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In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, file photo, a banner for "The Interview" is posted outside Arclight Cinemas in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

A look at North Korea’s cyberwar capabilities

- Associated Press

Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations of South Korean computer systems in recent years, officials in Seoul believe, despite North Korea protesting innocence.

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Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

- Associated Press

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.

Cars enter and depart from Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film, "The Interview," and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

- Associated Press

Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Vancouver school wins contest for recycling

- Associated Press

Lifting the lid from a plastic container, Cedric Hitzeman broke off a chunk of waste cardboard and paper decomposing with the aid of mushrooms.

India's space program notches 2 more successes

Associated Press

India on Thursday announced two more successes in its space program - launching the country's largest rocket and testing the re-entry of an unmanned crew module, part of India's quest to send humans into space.

Pitch made for new NC info technology department

- Associated Press

Gov. Pat McCrory's administration asked North Carolina lawmakers Thursday to create a Cabinet-level information technology department to better control state computer projects historically marked by delays, cost overruns and programs that missed expectations.

Lyft gets Pennsylvania regulatory nod, not Philly

- Associated Press

Ride-sharing service Lyft received regulatory approval Thursday to operate for two years everywhere in Pennsylvania except for Philadelphia, giving it 30 days to accept conditions required by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Seth Rogen, center, as Aaron, and James Franco, as Dave, arriving in North Korea to a welcoming crowd in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)

AP source: North Korea linked to Sony hacking

- Associated Press

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.

IHSA to post hoops title-games video online

Associated Press

The Illinois State High School Association says fans of high school basketball will soon be able to watch state-title games from six decades online.

Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

- Associated Press

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.

Sony emails show a studio ripe for hacking

- Associated Press

In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.

A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

- Associated Press

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.

Perry touts sale of state-backed biotech company

Associated Press

A private startup awarded more than $40 million in taxpayer dollars at Texas A&M University and sold to an international drug manufacturer will expand the state's influence on biotechnology, Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday.