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A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California on Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Kevork Djansezian for Reuters.

U.S. says North Korea was source of Sony hacker attack: Reports

“We have found linkage to the North Korean government,” one government source told NBC. CNN reported that the U.S. could make an official announcement concerning the alleged connection on Thursday.
'Drug Bundles Found In Spare Tire' [Shutterstock]

Calif. cop won’t be charged despite stashing seized marijuana at home and lying about it

"They are cutting him some slack because he's a police officer," said the county's chief public defender, Robin Lipetzky. "Anybody else found with 5 pounds of marijuana in their possession, I don't care who that is, that person is going to be charged with a crime."
Congregants of First United Methodist Church Anderson (Facebook)

Indiana church that fired gay choir director closing after attendance withers away

United Methodist Church law allows LGBT people to attend church services but says “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve.”
Police officer arrests young woman (Shutterstock.com)

Judge shames ‘sucker-punching’ officer for snapping ‘Good Samaritan’ woman’s leg with karate kick

“This is the best Christmas present ever,” Farrell, who is still forced to walk on crutches, said outside the court. “I’ve been going through hell … but I knew the truth would prevail.”
George Stinney Jr appears in an undated police booking photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. (REUTERS/South Carolina Department of Archives and History/Handout)

Judge overturns 1944 conviction of George Stinney, executed at 14 after three-hour trial

George Stinney Jr. was, at age 14, the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the past century. He was convicted of killing Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, 7, and was executed three months after their deaths.
Dakota Nafziger (WDAF)

School bus driver punishes blind 8-year-old by taking away cane, replacing it with pool noodle

The boy attended his sister’s concert using the pool noodle to guide him, but he said the floatation device didn’t work as well.
Rick Brattin (Official photograph)

GOP lawmaker: Women need man’s permission for abortion unless they can prove ‘legitimate rape’

“Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it,” he said. “So you couldn’t just go and say, ‘Oh yeah, I was raped,’ and get an abortion. It has to be a legitimate rape.”
Mark-1 Plumbing truck in ISIS video (Screen capture)

Texas plumber has ‘no idea’ how ISIS militants ended up with his old truck

The last time he saw the truck was when he traded it in at a Ford AutoNation dealership in October of 2012. Oberholtzer said he forgot to remove the door decals, but figured the dealership would take care of it.
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) argues Ted Cruz should give up pay [MSNBC]

Texas GOP congressman who owns ‘blow-me.org’ website accused of sexual harassment

Rep. Blake Farenthold was accused of harassing a female staffer in a lawsuit filed last Friday.