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White House: Sophisticated cyber attack...American spy...Los Angeles arson fire

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 18, 2014 at 7:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is declining to blame North Korea for the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Instead, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says evidence points to a "sophisticated actor" with "malicious intent." But a U.S. official says federal investigators have linked North Korea to the attack. Hackers made threats against theaters planning to show the movie "The Interview," which spoofs North Korea's leader,

HAVANA (AP) — The former intelligence official in the United States says the American spy convicted in Cuba and released this week is Rolando Sarraff Trujillo. But neither Cuban nor American officials have confirmed that Sarraff was spirited off the island and his parents have not heard from their son since he supposedly was freed. Trujillo was a cryptologist in Cuba's Directorate of Intelligence working on "agent communications," the codes used by Cuban spies abroad.

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty against a white supremacist from Missouri who was ruled competent today to face trial on charges of killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City in April. Frazier Glenn Miller, a 74-year-old, from Aurora, Missouri, has said he felt it was his patriotic duty to kill Jews. None of the three people slain was Jewish.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has ordered a former Tulsa police officer to stand trial on a charge that he killed his daughter's boyfriend in an off-duty shooting. The Tulsa World reports that Shannon James Kepler will face a trial on a first-degree murder charge, along with two counts of shooting with intent to kill. Police say Kepler also fired shots at his own daughter. She had recently been kicked out the house.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dec. 8 fire that reduced an unfinished downtown Los Angeles apartment building to a block-long mountain of blackened wood was an act of arson. And fire officials say the blaze caused an estimated $20 million to $30 million in damage, Federal agents are involved in the investigation.

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