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FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North …

Ghostly snailfish found at record depth

By The Washington Post
It came from the deep. The very, very deep. Recorded during a recent exploration of the Mariana Trench (the deepest place on the planet), the strange-looking new species has set a record for fish depth. Jeff Drazen and Patty Fryer, the ...

Gray wolf decision reversed

By The Associated Press
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region ...

Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude on interrogation tactics

By The Associated Press 12:33 p.m.
WASHINGTON — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA’s brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush’s national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected ...

Supreme Court won’t stop gay marriages in Florida

By The Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE — The Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings. In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to step into the Florida case. A federal ...

Replacement part beamed up to space station

By The Washington Post
Now that the International Space Station has a 3-D printer, engineers can design new tools on the ground and then beam them up to space. In September, Made In Space, Inc. shipped a 3-D printer to the astronauts at the ...

FBI’s 2001 anthrax attack investigation questioned

By The Associated Press
The FBI used flawed scientific methods to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others, federal auditors said Friday in a report sure to fuel skepticism over the FBI’s conclusion that Army biodefense researcher Bruce ...

Traffic deaths down 3 percent

By The Associated Press
DETROIT — Driving is getting safer. The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped about 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles traveled tied a record low, according to government statistics. But the number of ...

Computer hackers’ attack on Sony ‘merits an appropriate response,’ White House says

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The suspected North Korean computer attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is a “serious national security matter,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said ...

Federal regulators pen rules for Cuba trade, tourism

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Responding to President Obama’s historic decision to mend diplomatic ties with Cuba, American businesses and potential tourists scrambled to figure out what opportunities will be available on the island and position themselves at the head of the line. The ...

Panel review says Secret Service ‘starved for leadership’

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — A panel charged with reviewing the Secret Service after a series of security breaches is recommending significant changes to the fence that surrounds the White House to make it more difficult to climb, including raising it by about ...

2014 death sentences, executions plummet

By The Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — The death penalty continued its slow and steady two-decade decline this year, as fewer convicted murderers were sentenced to die and most executions were limited to just three states, according to a report released Thursday. The number of new ...

Pittsburgh fraud case, Uganda-based counterfeiting racket linked

By Jason Cato
A dapper young man known for bragging about Rolex watches and Lamborghini sports cars strolled into an Oakland coffee shop the day after Christmas in ...

U.S. to open embassy in Cuba soon

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — The United States has not had an embassy in Cuba for more than 50 years, but establishing one may not take much time. Although President Obama’s decision Wednesday to normalize relations with the Castro government in Havana upends long-standing ...

All companies now on alert for hackers

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA — Companies around the globe are on high alert to tighten 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. That the hack ...

Traffic camera use upheld in Ohio

By The Associated Press
CINCINNATI — A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state’s municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera advocates. The Supreme Court justices ruled 4-3 to stick ...

Federal injunction stops Arizona from enforcing policy of denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants

By The Associated Press
PHOENIX — A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona, who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy, to get driver’s licenses. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the ...

Colorado’s neighbors challenge legal pot sales

By The Los Angeles Times
A pair of states Thursday filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court in an effort to strike down Colorado’s laws that legalize recreational marijuana. Citing federal antidrug laws, particularly interstate drug trafficking, Nebraska and Oklahoma said in the lawsuit that Colorado’s ...

Feds to sue New York City over civil rights of teen inmates in Rikers jail

By Reuters
NEW YORK — The government will sue New York City over widespread violations of civil rights of teenage inmates in the Rikers Island jail complex, the Justice Department said Thursday, raising the prospect of years of federal oversight of the ...

Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tsarnaev back in court

By The Associated Press
BOSTON — 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 ...