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Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:01

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)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.


Police cruiser involved in Germantown crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:58

Police cruiser involved in Germantown crashA Philadelphia police cruiser was involved in a crash Thursday morning in the Germantown section.


Slain German teen's parents testify about ordeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:58

Gulcin and Celal Dede embrace after Markus Kaarma was found guilty of deliberate homicide, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Missoula County District Court in Missoula, Mont., in the shooting death of their son Diren Dede, a foreign exchange student from Germany who trespassed in to Kaarma's garage last spring. Kaarma faces a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 11. His lawyers plan to appeal. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Michael Gallacher)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The parents of a German exchange student who was shot to death by a Montana man while trespassing in his garage told a judge Thursday their dreams are broken.


Trauma expert: Kidnapping, rape victim can thrive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:53

FILE In this photo taken July 29, 2014 in Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Nathaniel Kibby, of Gorham, N.H. listens during his arraignment charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl. Kibby has been indicted on charges he kidnapped the 14-year-old girl, imprisoned her and sexually assaulted her over nine months. Two courts on Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 released indictments on 200-plus counts charging Kibby with kidnapping, sexual assault and criminal threatening, among others. He has been jailed on $1 million bail since his arrest. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool, file)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Despite the grim picture painted by court documents this week, a trauma expert said Thursday there's every reason to believe a New Hampshire teenager who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted over nine months will not only recover but thrive.


Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:47

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012, file photo, New England Compounding Center President, co-owner, and Director of Pharmacy Barry Cadden takes the fifth amendment option and declines to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Energy subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing about the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak. Cadden was among 14 people from the Framingham, Mass., pharmaceutical company arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)BOSTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery's title. He is the acting associate attorney general, not an assistant U.S. attorney.


Police: Drunk man shot while entering wrong house

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:39
BENICIA, Calif. (AP) — Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a suburban San Francisco homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.

US prepared to veto UN plan for Israeli occupation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is prepared to veto a United Nations Security Council proposal that calls for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands in 2017.

Bristol Twp. police investigate sex video at middle school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:36

Bristol Twp. police investigate sex video at middle schoolPolice say they're investigating after students reported seeing a sexually explicit video involving juveniles circulated among classmates in Bristol Township.


White supremacist charged in Kansas deaths found competent for trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:29

Frazier Glenn Cross appears in court on murder charges in Olathe, KansasBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan (Reuters) - A Kansas judge on Thursday found that a white supremacist accused in the murder of three people at Jewish facilities is competent to stand trial, after reviewing a psychological report requested by his defense lawyers. Former Ku Klux Klan member Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., also known as Glenn Miller, is charged in the April shooting deaths in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. He could face the death penalty if convicted. ...


Ford expands Takata driver-side air bag recall in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:21

The Ford logo is pictured at the Ford Motor Co plant in GenkDETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Thursday expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata air bags with inflators, to include about 502,500 vehicles.


Mother pleads after boy, 2, kills sister with gun

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:19
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment after her 2-year-old son picked up a loaded .357 revolver and fatally shot his 11-year-old sister.

Death penalty sought in Jewish site shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:16

Frazier Glenn Cross, left, appears in Johnson County court in Olathe, Kan., at a competency hearing Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for shootings at a Jewish Community Center. Cross was found competent to stand trial. The state also filed notice that they intend to seek the death penalty. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Rich Sugg, Pool)OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty against a white supremacist from Missouri who was ruled competent Thursday to face trial on charges of killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.


Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:16

An American classic car passes next to the building of the US Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the island in a historic shift that aims to bring an end to a half-century of Cold War enmity.(AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House this week:


New ties with Cuba won't change immigration rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet.

Reformers target traffic courts after Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:09

In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Rev. Starsky Wilson, second from the left, talks with from left, Shirlissa Pruitt, Anthony Levine, Tina Cramer and Amir Brandy during a break in the third Ferguson Commission meetings in St. Louis, at Il Monastero St. Louis University. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.


Black-market chemist pleads guilty in U.S. baseball doping scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:07
MIAMI (Reuters) - A black-market chemist pleaded guilty on Thursday to concocting testosterone in the garage lab of his Florida home that was used to supply performance-enhancing drugs linked to the U.S. baseball doping scandal. Paulo Berejuk, 51, faces up to 10 years in prison at his February sentencing in Miami federal court for conspiring to distribute a controlled substance. Berejuk is the latest to admit guilt in one of the biggest doping scandals in U.S. sports. It led to the suspension of more than a dozen Major League Baseball players, including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. ...

Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:06

This June 20, 2014 file photo shows the Rikers Island jail with the New York skyline in the background. Over the past five years, there have been three deaths in New York City's jails in which inmates were alleged to have been fatally beaten by guards. Yet in none of those cases was anyone ever charged with a crime. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)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.


American accused of counterfeiting $2 million in Uganda

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:04
By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - An American man has been arrested in Uganda and accused by U.S. prosecutors of counterfeiting more than $2 million in fake dollars, some of which were to be mailed to the United States hidden in charity pamphlets, court papers showed. Ryan Andrew Gustafson, 27, is charged with conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, according to a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The U.S. ...

Botched cyberattack on Syria group blamed on IS

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:04

WITH STORY MIDEAST ISLAMIC STATE CYBERATTACK BY RAPHAEL SATTER - In this photo dated Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, Lebanese Bahaa Nasr of Cyber Arabs checks his email from his office in Beirut, Lebanon. Cyber Arabs is an online safety project run by the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting and Nasr is among those who recently helped uncover a botched cyberattack suspected of having been carried out by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)LONDON (AP) — A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal.


Alabama court: Running death case to continue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:03
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A state appeals court refused to dismiss a capital murder charge against an Alabama woman jailed in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter, potentially setting the stage for her trial early next year.