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Analysis points to continuing cyberattacks on US companies after Chinese pledge to stem abuses

WASHINGTON Chinese hacking attempts on American corporate intellectual property have occurred with regularity over the past three weeks, suggesting that China almost immediately began violating its newly minted cyberagreement with the United States, according to a newly published analysis by a cybersecurity company with close ties to the U.S. government.

Alaska creates hunt for doomed musk oxen that float away from Bering Sea islands on sea ice

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Alaska big game officials have legalized an unusual hunt that will take a boat and a bold hand.

Starting Thursday, Alaska residents can harvest musk oxen that wander onto Bering Sea ice and become stranded when floes break and drift off.

Musk oxen stranded on ice are doomed to drown or starve, said Patrick Jones, assistant state area biologist.

Rare letter that Mozart penned to Austrian friend sells for $217,000 at Massachusetts auction

BOSTON A rare letter that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed to a friend has sold at auction for $217,000.

The Boston-based RR Auction house says the one-page German note was written in 1786 to Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, a close friend of Mozart’s.

Vatican family meeting takes new twist with letter complaining about ‘predetermined results’

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis’ divisive meeting on family issues took another controversial twist Monday with revelations that several conservative cardinals wrote to the pontiff expressing serious concerns about “predetermined results” coming out of the meeting ‚Äî only to have doubts arise over both the content of their letter and the cardinals responsible.

Nuclear smugglers shopped radioactive material to IS and other terrorists

CHISINAU, Moldova Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: 2.5 million euros for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks.

It was earlier this year, and the two men were plotting their deal at an unlikely spot: the terrace of Cocos Prive, a dance club and sushi bar in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova.

US to announce 2 new marine sanctuaries; Chile moving to protect waters near Easter Island

VALPARAISO, Chile President Barack Obama will declare new marine sanctuaries in the tidal waters of Maryland and Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan Monday, while Chile is expected to block off a more than 200,000 square miles of sea from commercial fishing and oil and gas exploration in an area of the Pacific Ocean near the world-famous Easter Island.