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North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

North Korea wants joint investigation with US over Sony hacking to prove it's not involved
Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation.

6th man pleads guilty in MLB steroid case

6th man pleads guilty in MLB performance-enhancing drugs investigation
Curt Anderson, The Associated Press

MIAMI - The sixth man to plead guilty in the Major League Baseball performance-enhancing drugs scandal was described in court Friday as a recruiter of mostly foreign-born players for the now-shuttered South Florida clinic at the centre of the case.

Juan Carlos Nunez, 48, admitted at a hearing that he brought several professional ballplayers, many of them from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, to Anthony Bosch and his Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables. Most of the 14 players suspended by MLB for using steroids last year were from those two countries.

Steroids trial pushed back for A-Rod's cousin

Steroids trial delayed from February to April for A-Rod cousin over health problems
The Associated Press

MIAMI - A federal judge has delayed for two months the trial of a cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez on charges stemming from dealings with the clinic that illegally provided performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players.

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

Evidence in Sony hack 'whodunit' mostly circumstantial; US weighs a North Korea response
Eric Tucker And Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - 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.

Experts cautioned that hackers notoriously employ disinformation to throw investigators off their tracks, using borrowed tools, tampering with logs and inserting false references to language or nationality.

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

AP IMPACT: At least 786 kids die of abuse or neglect under watch of child protective services
Holbrook Mohr And Garance Burke, The Associated Press

BUTTE, Mont. - At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

To determine that number, the AP canvassed the 50 states, the District of Columbia and all branches of the military — circumventing a system that does a terrible job of accounting for child deaths. Many states struggled to provide numbers. Secrecy often prevailed.

AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking

AP source: US investigators link NKorea to Sony hacking; official statement could come
Eric Tucker And Ted Bridis, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - 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.

Kurt Busch testifies at no-contact order hearing

NASCAR's Kurt Busch says he told ex-girlfriend to leave the night she claims she was assaulted
Randall Chase, The Associated Press

DOVER, Del. - NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his turn on the witness stand Wednesday and testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims he assaulted her.

A-Rod cousin seeks delay in drug trial

Alex Rodriguez cousin seeks delay in drug trial, citing health concerns and complex evidence
The Associated Press

MIAMI - A cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is asking a federal judge to delay his trial on charges stemming from his dealings with the Florida clinic tied to more than a dozen baseball players suspended for violating the sport's drug program.

The lawyer for Yuri Sucart said in a court filing Wednesday that Sucart has been hampered by serious health problems and has been unable to fully participate in his defence. The filing also says Sucart needs more time to review the voluminous evidence.

Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

US assures Afghans of full probe of Marines video amid condemnation and fear of strained ties
Pauline Jelinek,Robert Burns, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video that purports to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses, an act that would appear to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.

UK spies will face criminal inquiry over Libya

UK spies will face criminal inquiry into claims that intelligence shared with Gadhafi regime
Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's spy agencies will face a criminal investigation into claims that intelligence shared with Moammar Gadhafi's regime led to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families, authorities announced Thursday.

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