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Dec 20, 2014

Sony Pictures faces fourth ex-employee lawsuit over hack

A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information. Lionel Felix’s lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles states he ran ...

Dec 19, 2014

Obama signs legislation ending U.S. benefit checks for Nazis

President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. government pension benefits, known as Social Security. The AP’s investigation, which was the ...

Dec 19, 2014

Seventy years on, U.S. judge clears executed black teen

A judge in the southern U.S. state of South Carolina has thrown out the conviction of a black teenager executed 70 years ago for the murder of two white girls. George Stinney was 14 when he became the youngest person to undergo the death ...

Dec 19, 2014

Judge to rule on FBI ruse in case against Malaysians

A federal judge said Thursday she’ll rule soon on whether the FBI improperly entered suites at a Las Vegas Strip casino without a warrant during a probe of what prosecutors say was illegal gambling involving a Malaysian businessman and his son. U.S. Magistrate Judge ...

Dec 19, 2014

U.S. weighs response to Sony hacking attack blamed on North Korea

The United States was considering possible options on Thursday in response to a major cyberattack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea, amid calls for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang to cut it off from the global banking system. U.S. experts say options for the ...

Dec 19, 2014

U.N. General Assembly calls for North Korea to be referred to ICC

The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday condemned North Korea’s rights record and called for Pyongyang to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity. The nonbinding resolution was adopted by a vote of 116 to 20 with 52 ...

Dec 18, 2014

Scientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived

Scientists say the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land. Using software to study currents the night of the 1962 escape, three Dutch scientists ...

Dec 18, 2014

$10 million in stolen Los Angeles art recovered

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 Los Angeles hotel in ...

Dec 18, 2014

14 pharmacy workers arrested over U.S. meningitis outbreak fatal to 64

Two owners and 12 former employees of a U.S. pharmacy were arrested Wednesday in connection with a 2012 outbreak of meningitis that killed 64 people across the country, prosecutors said. Barry Cadden and Gregory Conigliaro owned the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which lost ...