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FBI says it has conclusively linked North Korean government to devastating Sony hack
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, providing the most detailed accounting to date of a hugely expensive break-in that could lead to a U.S. response....

Obama closing 2014 with year-end news conference before heading to Hawaii
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will end his year in Washington with a news conference at which he'll face questions on Cuba, the Sony hacking and how he will work with the Republican Congress....

Hack attack on Sony intensifying calls in US for stiffer sanctions on North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism....

5 topics that may come up during President Obama's year-end news conference
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference....

Poll: Americans skeptical benefits of commercial drones will outweigh privacy, safety risks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution....

Senior officials weren't told key details about brutal CIA interrogations; they didn't press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election....

Investigation into Bergdahl disappearance wraps up; Top leaders get briefings on report
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and plans to brief Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday....

The least productive Congress since Harry Truman? Not this one, though only by a hair
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It turns out that this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of President Harry Truman. But it was pretty darn close....

Speaker invites Obama to deliver State of the Union on Jan. 20
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 20....

'Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville' among last callers to Massachusetts governor's show
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this call was one of a kind....

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Senior officials weren't told key details about brutal CIA interrogations; they didn't press

5 topics that may come up during President Obama's year-end news conference

Obama closing 2014 with year-end news conference before heading to Hawaii

Investigation into Bergdahl disappearance wraps up; Top leaders get briefings on report

The least productive Congress since Harry Truman? Not this one, though only by a hair

Report: US govt lacks disaster-relief coordination, unprepared for handling nuclear attack

Jindal defends headlining at controversial Christian group's LSU campus prayer rally

Groups that do not disclose donors spent estimated $25 million on ads for state-level races

AP Exclusive: NC Gov McCrory and SC Congressman Sanford get payout from broker while in office


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