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In the first verdict of its kind, the Constitutional Court of South Korea on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist party accused of supporting North Korea at the cost of the South’s national security and in violation of its constitution.

Choe Sang-Hun
With U.S. intelligence analysts quietly pointing to North Korea as having a hand in the destructive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment computers, Obama administration officials scrambled Thursday to consider what, if anything, they should do in response.Christi Parsons and Brian Bennett
The first release of Colorado River water for environmental purposes appears to have been successful in helping restore vegetation along Mexico's stretch of the river.Pete Spotts
After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, oil giant BP had to cut its worldwide portfolio significantly by selling off $43 billion in assets. Now, unexpectedly, the company finds itself in a more favorable position to weather a bear oil market than some competitors.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
An independent panel created in the wake of multiple security failures by the Secret Service is calling for a series of improvements, including a re-designed White House fence, a new director from outside the agency and increased staff and training.Matt Hansen
While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday. Yereth Rosen
When a visibly angry Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida emerged as the face of hard-line Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s new outreach to Cuba, he swept political calculations aside.ASHLEY PARKER and NICK MADIGAN
Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.Kristen Gelineau
A bearded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of planting bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, made a brief appearance in court Thursday, quietly telling the judge that he was satisfied with his lawyers.KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
 President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday delivered an acidic message of defiance and anger at the West at an annual news conference in Moscow, showing no sign of softening his position on Ukraine despite the financial turmoil that has gripped the country.NEIL MacFARQUHAR and ANDREW ROTH