Apple is told to help hack shooter's cellphone

WASHINGTON — A U.S. magistrate has ordered Apple to help the Obama administration hack into an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in San Bernardino, California.

The ruling on Tuesday requires Apple to supply highly specialized software the FBI can load onto the phone to cripple a security encryption feature that erases data after too many unsuccessful unlocking attempts.

Federal prosecutors told the judge they can't access a county owned work phone used by Syed Farook. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in a Dec. 2 shooting and later died in a police gunbattle. —AP

Oklahoma agency wants water injections cut at wells

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma-oil-and-gas regulators on Tuesday issued their most far-reaching directive yet in response to a surge in earthquakes by asking the operators of nearly 250 injection wells to reduce the amount of wastewater they inject underground by 40 percent.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission wants operators over the next two months to reduce injections by more than 500,000 barrels of wastewater daily in an area that covers more than 5,200 square miles of northwest Oklahoma.

The commission's plan has been in the works since late October, a commission spokesman said. —AP

Pentagon backs new tests involving runaway blimp

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has approved resuming a military exercise suspended last October when a radar-carrying blimp broke away from its mooring and floated for hours over rural Pennsylvania, triggering blackouts as it dragged its tether across power lines.

A restart of the program will require congressional action. —AP

Rock slide forces closure of I-70 section in Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Interstate 70 in western Colorado will be closed until at least Thursday afternoon as crews try to clear a rock slide in a deep and narrow canyon.

The slide happened late Monday in Glenwood Canyon about 125 miles east of the Utah border. Highway officials shut down traffic in both directions along 24 miles of highway. The highway is closed from Glenwood Springs in the west to Gypsum in the east. The shortest detour adds about 140 miles to the trip. —AP

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