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Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo

Why the fury? Sony film portraying Kim assassination took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo
Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press

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.

'The Interview' jeopardizes overseas movie villains

'The Interview' jeopardizes overseas movie villains
Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press

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.

Fatal South by Southwest crash brings first wave of lawsuits

First lawsuits since South by Southwest crash that killed 4 accuse organizers of safety lapses
Paul J. Weber, The Associated Press

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.

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

Evidence in Sony hack 'whodunit' mostly circumstantial; US weighs a North Korea response
Eric Tucker And Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press

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.

Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever

Sony faces losses on multiple fronts from unprecedented cyberattack
Bernard Condon, Eric Tucker And Mae Anderson, The Associated Press

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.

How the AP-NORC Center Russia poll was conducted

How the AP-NORC Center poll of Russia was conducted
The Associated Press

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.

$10 million in stolen Los Angeles art recovered

Authorities recover 9 artworks valued at $10 million stolen from Los Angeles home in 2008
The Associated Press

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.

AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking

AP source: US investigators link NKorea to Sony hacking; official statement could come
Eric Tucker And Ted Bridis, The Associated Press

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.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

Sony cancels 'The Interview' release amid terror hack threats
Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

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."

A-Rod cousin seeks delay in drug trial

Alex Rodriguez cousin seeks delay in drug trial, citing health concerns and complex evidence
The Associated Press

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.

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