• Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

    Updated: 4 min ago

    It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview." That fanned security fears nationwide and resulted in the four top U.S. theater chains pulling the film from their screens, ultimately driving Sony to cancel the film's release. Here's a look at key developments in the hack: Nov.

  • Lyft gets Pennsylvania regulatory nod, not Philly

    Updated: 9 min ago

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Ride-sharing service Lyft received regulatory approval Thursday to operate for two years everywhere in Pennsylvania except for Philadelphia, giving it 30 days to accept conditions required by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The utility commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the company's application. The conditions offered to Lyft were identical to those offered recently to competitor Uber, an agency spokeswoman said. Lyft has until Jan. 20 to accept them, while Uber has until Jan. 5, spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher said. If the San Francisco-based companies reject the conditions, they will be banned from Pennsylvania, Kocher said.

  • 'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters

    Updated: 14 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters. After Sony dropped its planned Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" on Wednesday, a handful of theaters across the U.S. plugged in screenings of "Team America," the 2004 puppet film that parodies former North Korea leader Kim Jong Il. Cleveland's Capitol Theatre said its long-planned "Team America" screening was canceled Thursday by Paramount Pictures, the studio that released the film. The theater had booked the film in October, intending it as a 10th anniversary midnight showing. Texas' Alamo Drafthouse said it had to pull its plans to s

  • US stocks surge; Oracle leads technology stocks higher

    Updated: 14 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, rising sharply for a second day. The Federal Reserve set off the rally a day earlier by indicating that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates. The gains were led by technology stocks as Oracle soared following better-than-expected earnings. Industrial and health care stocks also logged big gains. Even the energy sector advanced, despite another drop in the price of oil. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that she foresaw no rate hike in the first quarter of 2015. The comments eased concerns that policymakers would start raising interest rates at a time when growth outside the U.S. appears to be flagging.

  • BC-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA

    Updated: 16 min ago

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in California. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Los Angeles bureau at 213-626-1200, losangeles@ap.org, or to the AP-San Francisco bureau at 415-495-1708, sanfrancisco@ap.org. John Antczak is on the Los Angeles news desk, followed by Andrew Dalton. Kristin Bender is on the San Francisco news desk, followed by Olga Rodriguez. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-626-1200 or fsbaker@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Adv

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

    Updated: 20 min ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. That the hack included terrorist threats and was focused on causing major corporate damage, rather than on stealing customer information for fraud like in the breaches at Home Depot and Target, indicates a whole new frontier has emerged in cybersecurity. Suddenly every major company co

  • Liberace Hologram Show Announced by Hologram USA

    Updated: 21 min ago

    Hologram USA's website: http://www.hologramusa.

  • Hawaii County Council decides to appeal GMO ruling

    Updated: 25 min ago

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii County plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling invalidating a county law restricting genetically modified crops on the island. The county council voted 5-4 to appeal the ruling, West Hawaii Today reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1Gw9zuS ). Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille, who authored the original bill limiting genetically modified organisms, said it's an important decision affecting home rule. "It's not just about GMO," she said. Puna Councilmen Greggor Ilagan and Danny Paleka joined Hilo Councilmen Dennis "Fresh" Onishi and Aaron Chung on the no votes. They cited concerns for local farmers and a reluctance to enter what could be lengthy litigation. U.S.

  • PTAB Issues Mixed Decision on IPR Petitions for Three ParkerVision Patents

    Updated: 33 min ago

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ParkerVision, Inc. (Nasdaq:PRKR), a developer and marketer of semiconductor technology solutions for wireless applications, today announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") of the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") denied institution of trial for inter partes review ("IPR") of one claim contained in three ParkerVision patents and granted trial for 14 claims contained in those same three patents. The three IPR petitions were filed in June 2014 by RPX Corporation and Michael Farmwald against an aggregate of 15 patent claims of ParkerVision patents 6,601,551, 6,266,518 and 6,370,371.

  • Michigan to vote on 7 percent sales tax for roads

    Updated: 39 min ago

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters would be asked to approve a 1 percentage point hike in the 6 percent state sales tax as part of an estimated $1.6 billion road and school funding deal announced Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders. The Republican-led Legislature is expected to vote on the plan later in the day, the last of the two-year session. A statewide vote would occur in May if two-thirds of the House and Senate OK the proposed constitutional amendment. It would ask voters to raise the state sales tax to 7 percent, drop the sales tax on fuel and ensure that school aid fund revenue could go to K-12 districts or community colleges and not universities. Transportation funding would rise by $1.

  • Cheniere and GE Sign $1B Service Agreement for Sabine Pass LNG Export Terminal

    Updated: 42 min ago

    HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 18, 2014--GE (NYSE:GE) and Sabine Pass Liquefaction, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (“Cheniere Partners”) (NYSE MKT: CQP), announced today that they have entered into a $1 billion, 20+-year service contract under which GE will provide spare parts and planned inspections, maintenance services and round-the-clock technical support for the gas turbines and refrigerant compressors on the first four LNG trains currently under construction at the Sabine Pass LNG export facility. Each train will have six gas turbines and is expected to have nominal capacity to produce approximately 4.5 million metric tons per annum (mtpa) of LNG.

  • Solar-Tectic LLC Has Been Awarded A Patent By The U.S. Patent And Trademark Office For Single Crystal Thin-Film Solar Cell Technology

    Updated: 47 min ago

    [STK] [IN] OIL UTI SEM ECP CPR ALT [SU] PLW TO BUSINESS, ENERGY, AND TECHNOLOGY EDITORS: Solar-Tectic LLC Has Been Awarded A Patent By The U.S. Patent And Trademark Office For Single Crystal Thin-Film Solar Cell Technology BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y., Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Solar-Tectic LLC ("ST") announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent for technology which allows for the growth of single crystal semiconductor films on inexpensive substrates, such as glass.  The technology was invented by the late Dr.

  • BC-Entertainment and Arts Digest,5th Ld-Writethru

    Updated: 48 min ago

    Questions to Shelley Acoca at sacoca@ap.org or Steve Loeper at sloeper@ap.org. Expanded AP content, beyond what appears on this wire, can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact customer support@ap.org or call 877-836-9477. For reruns of stories and questions about the best-seller lists, call the Service Desk at 800-838-4616. Times are EST. UPDATES THURSDAY, DEC. 18 SONY HACK-VILLAINS LOS ANGELES — Hollywood loves its overseas villains. Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have all been busy in recent years menacing our big-screen heroes.

  • Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached

    Updated: 53 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government confirmed Thursday. Concerned that some data might have been exposed, the Office of Personnel Management has begun notifying the workers that their files were in jeopardy. Nathalie Arriola, speaking for the personnel office, said it will offer credit monitoring at no cost to those affected by the breach.

  • Revance Therapeutics Added to NASDAQ Biotechnology Index

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEWARK, Calif., Dec. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Revance Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:RVNC), a specialty biopharmaceutical company developing botulinum toxin products for the use in aesthetic and therapeutic indications, announced today that it has been selected for addition to the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (Nasdaq:^NBI), which will become effective upon market open on Monday, December 22, 2014. The NASDAQ Biotechnology Index is designed to track the performance of a set of NASDAQ-listed securities that are classified as either biotechnology or pharmaceutical according to the Industry Classification Benchmark. The NASDAQ Biotechnology Index is re-ranked annually.

  • Hyperion Therapeutics Added to Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (NBI)

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BRISBANE, Calif., Dec. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HPTX) today announced that it has been selected for addition to the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index(R) (Nasdaq:NBI). The semi-annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index will become effective upon market open on Monday, December 22, 2014. The NASDAQ Biotechnology Index is designed to track the performance of a set of NASDAQ listed securities that are classified as either biotechnology or pharmaceutical according to the Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB). The NASDAQ Biotechnology Index is re-ranked semi-annually in May and November.

  • Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans. Experts cautioned that hackers notoriously employ disinformation to throw investigators off their tracks, using borrowed tools, tampering with logs and inserting false references to language or nationality. The hackers are believed to have been conducting surveillance on the network at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

  • Lending Club Platform Now Open to Massachusetts Investors

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    [STK] NYSE:LC [IN] FIN [SU] PDT -- WITH PHOTO -- TO BUSINESS EDITORS: Lending Club Platform Now Open to Massachusetts Investors SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lending Club (NYSE: LC), the world's largest marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, announced today that its marketplace is now open to investing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Lending Club's marketplace has facilitated over $6 billion in loan originations since its 2007 launch, including nearly $1.2 billion in the most recent quarter closed on September 30, 2014. The company began trading on the New York Stock Exchange following an initial public offering last week.

  • AAR Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Results

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    [STK] NYSE:AIR [IN] ARO HMS AIR TRN [SU] ERN CCA TO BUSINESS, AND TRANSPORTATION EDITORS: AAR Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Results WOOD DALE, Ill., Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AAR (NYSE: AIR) today reported second quarter fiscal year 2015 consolidated sales of $490.0 million and net income of $15.2 million, or $0.38 per diluted share.  For the second quarter of the prior fiscal year, the Company reported sales of $540.7 million and net income of $20.0 million, or $0.50 per diluted share. Within the Aviation Services segment, sales decreased 11.1% to $377.7 million.

  • Revving it up in Detroit

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    [STK] [IN] TRN AUT [SU] BFA TDS -- WITH PHOTO -- TO AUTO, AND BUSINESS EDITORS: Revving it up in Detroit DETROIT, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With just under a month to go until the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opens its doors to the international press Jan. 12-13, the good news continues to pour into Detroit. One of the most important automotive events on the planet, NAIAS is consistently the strategic choice of global automakers to launch their new products on Detroit's world stage. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.