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Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.... 12/18/2014 9:05 PM

Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert
ATLANTA (AP) -- Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.... 12/18/2014 11:02 PM

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.... 12/18/2014 10:02 PM

2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.... 12/18/2014 11:43 PM

Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence
NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" toward young inmates.... 12/18/2014 7:06 PM

Bondage 'master' convicted in plot to kill wife
DETROIT (AP) -- A Detroit-area man was convicted Thursday of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him "Master Bob."... 12/19/2014 1:35 AM

'Prison Houdini' set to make his 1st legal escape
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.... 12/18/2014 10:43 PM

Oklahoma official: Felt `pressure' on executions
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma's prison system said Thursday that he felt pressured by the governor's and attorney general's offices to make sure two executions last spring happened on schedule, even though the state didn't have the drugs to carry them out.... 12/19/2014 1:31 AM

Amid scrutiny, Vegas hotelier wins gambling license
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A contrite Sam Nazarian who revamped the Sahara hotel and casino on the Strip, won a gambling license from Nevada's regulators Thursday but not without limits and a promise that the nightlife magnate would remain under heavy scrutiny.... 12/18/2014 11:44 PM

Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold
PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.... 12/18/2014 11:55 PM