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WASHINGTON (AP) — It remains unclear what, if anything, the U.S. can do to respond to a cyberattack on Sony Entertainment that investigators have linked to North Korea. In public, White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to blame the regime. Earnest said evidence shows the hacking was carried out by a "sophisticated actor" with "malicious intent."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. led-coalition has had a key success against the extremist group Islamic State. U.S. officials say two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week. It's believed those killed were a key deputy of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State militants, and one of al-Baghdadi's military chiefs. A third militant, described as a mid-level leader, was also killed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several potential Republican presidential hopefuls are opposed to President Barack Obama's policy shift on Cuba. But Rand Paul isn't one of them. The Kentucky senator told a West Virginia radio station (WVHU) today that the 50-year embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked." Other potential GOP candidates have said Obama is appeasing the Castro regime.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma are taking Colorado to court. The two states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional. The states say their residents are buying the drug in Colorado and bringing it back. The lawsuit argues that the legalization conflicts with federal law and violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which says federal laws trump state laws.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts. That's the prediction of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. He also says about half the people who call the IRS for assistance this filing season won't be able to get through to a person. Congress cut the IRS budget by $346 million for the budget year that ends in September 2015.

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