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U.S. links N. Korea to Sony hacking

A banner for "The Interview"is posted outside Arclight Cinemas, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. A U.S. official says North Korea perpetrated the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview." (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Sony cancels its release of "The Interview," citing threats from hackers.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:14:33 -0500
Obama reignites political debate over Cuba

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, prepares his statement before a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Among potential Republican presidential candidates, Rubio led the attack on Obama's plans Wednesday to ease of economic and travel restrictions on Cuba, to open an embassy in Havana and review the communist nations designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:07:38 -0500
Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety

William Rouse, the General Manager of Los Angeles Yellow Cab, at podium, takes questions from the media as hundreds of Los Angeles area taxi drivers circle City Hall in their cabs to protest unregulated ride-share services being promoted through smart-phone applications and social media in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 25, 2013. The protest came one day after the citys transportation department issued "cease and desist" letters to companies such as Uber that allow consumers to book rides online with limo companies and private drivers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:28:52 -0500
U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

Alan and Judy Gross walk through a parking garage after arriving for a news conference in WashingtonBy Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:48:36 -0500
From joy to outrage, Florida's Cuban-Americans greet new U.S. policy

City of Miami Mayor Toms Regalado speaks with journalists in Little Havana in MiamiBy Zachary Fagenson and David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Some Cuban exiles responded with outrage. Others with ecstasy. News on Wednesday that the United States will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than a half century divided America's 1.5-million-strong Cuban exile community and threatened to shake up the political landscape in the vital battleground state of Florida. ...

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:13:46 -0500
Executions in United States at 20-year low: report

Handout of revamped lethal injection room at San Quentin State PrisonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amid growing concerns about how executions are carried out in the United States, the number of prison inmates being put to death fell to a 20-year low in 2014, the Death Penalty Information Center said in a report issued on Thursday. The 35 executions this year was the lowest since 1994, said the Washington-based nonprofit, which does not take a position on whether the death penalty should be abolished, in its annual survey of national data. ...

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:21:28 -0500
Cuba's Castro hails new era of 'living together' with U.S.

A man waves a Cuban flag while celebrating the restoration of diplomatic relations between the island nation and the United States, in the courtyard of the Cuban Embassy in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations between the two nations. U.S. President Barack Obama spoke as Cuban President Raul Castro was addressing his nation in Havana, where church bells rang and school teachers paused lessons to mark the news. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility. The United States freed three convicted Cuban spies in return for the release of U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba in 2009, and of an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and had been held for nearly 20 years. ...

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:56:20 -0500
Pakistan massacre blowback from U.S.-backed offensive against Taliban, officials say

The Pakistani Taliban assault on a school killing 145, including 132 children appears to be blowback from a months-long Pakistani military offensive against the terror group that was encouraged and supported by the U.S. government, Pakistani and U.S. officials said today.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:02:10 -0500
Obama to free 8 nonviolent drug offenders

Obama to free eight non-violent drug offendersPresident Barack Obama will shorten the sentences of eight prisoners serving time for nonviolent drug crimes and pardon 12 ex-convicts, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:40:19 -0500
Clinton early 2016 front-runner but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after accepting the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award during a ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)While Hillary Clinton may be the prohibitive favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the margin of American voters who would support her in a general election is razor thin.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:36:16 -0500
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