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By By NICHOLAS RICCARDI | December 19, 2014 4:42 pm
Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot
  • Sales for holiday shopping season come down to the wire
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:36 pm
    Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.
  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:30 pm
    Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state.
  • Home confinement ordered for ex-pharmacy officials
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:24 pm
    A federal judge on Friday ordered home confinement and GPS monitoring for two former officials with a now-defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened more than 750 others across the country.
  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:18 pm
    Radical environmentalists were found in contempt of court Friday for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.
  • Sugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:06 pm
    Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday.
  • What's delaying trial of Colorado shooter
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:06 pm
    Defense lawyers acknowledge that James Holmes opened fire on an Aurora movie theater auditorium on July 20, 2012, killing 12 people and injuring 70. Yet jury selection for his trial doesn't begin until next month.
  • 2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:00 pm
    When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.
  • Jail boss: Restrictive NYC unit will stop violence
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:00 pm
    Correction officials on Friday encouraged the city's jail watchdog board to approve a proposed rule change to allow for the creation of a 250-bed restrictive housing unit at Rikers Island for the 2.2 percent of inmates they say are responsible for the vast majority of violence.
  • Obama's Cuba switch forces exile groups to adapt
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:54 pm
    Hours before President Barack Obama announced an end to a half-century of U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba's communist government, the Cuban American National Foundation opened the doors to its inviting new headquarters, with a modern glass and concrete lobby in the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community.
  • 1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:48 pm
    An aerial drone testing program got off to a bumpy start Friday in Nevada, when the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without direct Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony at a remote site.
  • PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:48 pm
    Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.
  • Chevron: Big flames at refinery no cause for alarm
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:48 pm
    Large flames and white clouds of steam visible for miles from a San Francisco Bay Area refinery caused no harm to the surrounding community.
  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:42 pm
    President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.
  • 5 ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:42 pm
    The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with malicious links to employee inboxes. Here are five simple steps to make your email more secure and limit the harm a hacker can have:
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