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Hacking response vowed...Mideast action...Chrysler air bag recall

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 19, 2014 at 4:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there will be a "proportional" response for a cyberattack on Sony Films that the FBI says clearly points to North Korea. But Obama says Sony "made a mistake" when it withdrew the film "The Interview" because of hacker threats. Sony later said it was forced to make the decision because theaters declined to show it. Meanwhile, North Korea denies it is behind the hacking. The film, a comedy, is about a plot against the regime's leader.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military has launched a strike in the Gaza Strip. It says the target was a Hamas site and was in response to a rocket attack. This was the first time there has been an airstrike in the Palestinian territory since this summer's war. There are no reports of injuries.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York police officer seen on a smartphone video punching a teenage suspect during an arrest has been suspended. NYPD hasn't identified the officer. The arrest happened Monday after police responded to a report of an assault in Manhattan. The video shows several uniformed officers struggling to handcuff a 16-year-old boy before a plainclothes officer rushes in and throws two punches.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition but faces a gun possession charge has been released from a New Jersey jail without having to put up bail. Marcus Hubbard had been jailed since his arrest in Trenton in August. He was among four people in a car pulled over for running a red light by officers who found a stolen gun in a seatback pocket.

DETROIT (AP) — After resisting for nearly a month, Chrysler has bowed to government demands and will expand a recall of driver's side air bag inflators across the nation. The automaker says it will recall nearly 2.9 million older cars and trucks in the U.S., as demanded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The faulty devices can explode with too much force and shoot out shrapnel. They're linked to at least five deaths.

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