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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony hack to North Korea. And even as hackers targeted Sony executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials, the studio experienced significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention. Sony also canceled the Christmas Day release of "The Interview" following terror threats against theaters showing it. The comedy is about a CIA plot to assassinate North Korea's leader.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress. Criticism has come mostly from Republicans, but some prominent Democrats are voicing opposition as well. Opponents are talking about steps such as holding up money to set up a full-service U.S. embassy in Havana and blocking Obama's nominee as ambassador. But if Obama vetoed legislation blocking his actions, few think opponents could override it.

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police in Redondo Beach, California say a woman ran a red light before plowing into a group of pedestrians Wednesday night, killing one and injuring several others. The crash happened outside a church where a Christmas service had just ended. Police say they've arrested the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence.

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has found that at least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span while in plain view of child protection officials. The children died even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services. The AP canvassed the 50 states, District of Columbia and the military.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A wildlife official says tests have confirmed that a pesticide killed more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, Oregon, but investigators still can't say whether the birds were poisoned intentionally. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tells the Oregonian that investigators are still trying to determine what happened. The crows were reported to have suffered from seizures before dying at three downtown parks on Nov. 26.

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