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December 18, 2014

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Rabbi Harold Schulweis dies in Los Angeles at 89

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rabbi Harold Schulweis, an influential Conservative synagogue leader, has died in Los Angeles at age 89.

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Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack
Posted: December 18, 2014

It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview." That fanned security fears nationwide and resulted in the four top U.S. theater chains pulling the film from their screens, ultimately driving Sony to cancel the film's release.

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Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:03 pm

DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.

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2 defendants in meningitis outbreak case seek bail
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:03 pm

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people should be freed until their criminal trials.

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Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:03 pm

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.

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Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:03 pm

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.

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California power regulator to address allegations
Posted: December 18, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator is expected to address allegations of backroom dealings with the state's largest utility on Thursday when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission.

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Oklahoma prisons lawyer says he felt pressured
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:03 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma's prison system says he felt pressured by the governor's and attorney general's offices to make sure executions last spring happened on schedule, despite the lack of an execution method.

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Icahn promises Taj Mahal casino $20M to stay open
Posted: December 18, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn pledged $20 million on Thursday to keep Atlantic City's Taj Mahal casino open indefinitely, eliminating a plan to shut it down early Saturday.

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