Arts and entertainment
TOKYO - If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. The movie, "The Interview," pushed all of North Korea's buttons.
No country would welcome a movie portraying the glib and graphic assassination of its leader.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Hollywood loves its overseas villains. Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. But, in the wake of the dramatic cancellation of "The Interview," an entire species of movie baddies might be in danger of extinction.
One film already bit the dust.
AUSTIN, Texas - The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accused organizers Thursday of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd of concertgoers.
WASHINGTON - 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.
Experts cautioned that hackers notoriously employ disinformation to throw investigators off their tracks, using borrowed tools, tampering with logs and inserting false references to language or nationality.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll of Russia was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago with fieldwork by GfK Russia from Nov. 22-Dec. 7. It is based on a nationally representative random sample of 2,008 Russians age 18 and older.
Funding for the survey came from NORC at the University of Chicago.
Fieldwork for the in-person survey was conducted by GfK Russia.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Authorities have recovered $10 million worth of art — including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera — that were stolen in one of Los Angeles' largest art heists.
The FBI and Los Angeles recovered nine pieces of art at a West LA hotel in October, and a man was arrested, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1zxsXo4 ), citing court documents.
WASHINGTON - Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of cancelling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."
MIAMI - A cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is asking a federal judge to delay his trial on charges stemming from his dealings with the Florida clinic tied to more than a dozen baseball players suspended for violating the sport's drug program.
The lawyer for Yuri Sucart said in a court filing Wednesday that Sucart has been hampered by serious health problems and has been unable to fully participate in his defence. The filing also says Sucart needs more time to review the voluminous evidence.