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US consults China about Sony attack...Kurdish fighters battle militants in Iraq...Florida police officer killed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — The U.S. is asking China for help as it considers how to respond to the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. A senior Obama administration official says the U.S. and China have shared information about the attack, which the U.S. blames on North Korea, and that Washington has asked for Beijing's cooperation. China has considerable leverage over North Korea, but China has also been accused of carrying out cyberattacks.

SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Loud explosions and intense gunfire have been heard in an Iraqi town where Kurdish fighters are battling to oust Islamic State militants with the help of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition. The operation to retake Sinjar began last week. The fighting opened up a passageway to Mount Sinjar, which overlooks the town. That has allowed some of the thousands of Yazidis trapped on the mountain following to evacuate.

UNDATED (AP) — Syrian activists say the U.S.-led coalition has carried out at least a dozen airstrikes against towns controlled by the Islamic State in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo. Mainstream rebels as well as fighters linked to al-Qaida have been battling the Islamic State in the area for months, while also trying to fend off an advance by Syrian government forces.

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a police officer has been shot dead in Tarpon Springs. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says a suspect is in custody. There are no other details yet. The shooting early today follows the killing of two New York City police officers yesterday. Police say they were gunned down by a man who then killed himself.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt rules governing the self-driving cars of the future. The reason: Regulators first must figure out how they'll know whether the cars are safe. Right now there are no agreed-upon safety standards. With the technology still in prototype testing, there are plenty of unanswered questions, such as what happens if a car's computers freeze?

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