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N. Korea compares Obama to monkey in Sony hacking row

N. Korea blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview."

Congress likely to make key decisions on drones

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from... Read more »

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Drought, plastic bags prompt new California laws

California's historic drought prompted the Legislature into action in 2014, leading lawmakers to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fine members for... Read more »

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N. Korea compares Obama to monkey in hacking row

North Korea on Saturday blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview" and compared President Barack Obama to a monkey. Read more »

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Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health

Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in. Read more »

Dec. 26, 2014

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Scientists target mess from Christmas tree needles

The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree. Read more »

Dec. 26, 2014

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Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap

Sony's iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it's apparent... Read more »

Dec. 26, 2014

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Sony announces limited release for 'The Interview'

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Tuesday a limited theatrical release of "The Interview" beginning Thursday, putting back into the theaters the comedy that prompted an international incident... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Key N. Korean websites suffer short outages after shutdown

Key North Korean websites suffered intermittent outages Tuesday after a nearly 10-hour shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Trashing electronics becomes illegal in New York

If Santa brings you a shiny new laptop, video game console or flat-screen TV, don't toss the old one in the trash. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and... Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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Going it alone, Obama rocked the boat in 2014

President Barack Obama rang in 2014 by declaring a "year of action," vowing to strengthen the nation by focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. Since Congress... Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the... Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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Entrepreneur builds a sleek ship, but will anyone buy it?

There's an unusual ship undergoing sea trials off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. Read more »

Dec. 21, 2014

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10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?

Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland. Read more »

Dec. 21, 2014

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California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt rules governing the self-driving cars of the future. Read more »

Dec. 21, 2014

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N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe... Read more »

Dec. 20, 2014

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Experts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control

Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health. Read more »

Dec. 20, 2014

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Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and... Read more »

Dec. 20, 2014

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Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. Read more »

Dec. 20, 2014

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Ancient clay seals may shed light on biblical era

Impressions from ancient clay seals found at a small site in Israel east of Gaza are signs of government in an area thought to be entirely rural during the 10th century B.C., says Mississippi State University archaeologist James W.... Read more »

Dec. 20, 2014

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Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games

The bowls haven't disclosed their asking prices, but sports marketing experts contacted by The Associated Press estimated the annual cost for the top-tier games ranges from $25 million to more than... Read more »

Dec. 19, 2014

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Report: FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed

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... Read more »

Dec. 19, 2014

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Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city

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. Read more »

Dec. 19, 2014

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Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe... Read more »

Dec. 19, 2014

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Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers

Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low." Read more »

Dec. 18, 2014

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