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Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He declared the United States would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to a hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the communist government.... 12/19/2014 8:44 PM

Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.... 12/19/2014 8:17 PM

Theater shooter's parents plead for his life
DENVER (AP) -- The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes pleaded Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain - a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.... 12/19/2014 8:51 PM

Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino.... 12/19/2014 6:16 PM

Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took a series of online digs Friday at potential GOP presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy, declaring that he rejects an isolationist approach to foreign policy.... 12/19/2014 8:16 PM

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say
MIAMI (AP) -- The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.... 12/19/2014 5:28 PM

Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.... 12/19/2014 7:23 PM

Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.... 12/19/2014 8:26 PM

Prosecutor: Some Ferguson witnesses clearly lied
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Some witnesses before the grand jury that investigated the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown obviously lied under oath, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Friday.... 12/19/2014 7:52 PM

Woman who foiled abduction was ready for a fight
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- The Maine State Museum worker who police say prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says she was ready for a "big fight" if the assailant hadn't stopped trying to yank the girl through the exit.... 12/19/2014 6:03 PM