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Colombian Rebels Call Unilateral Truce
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:39:07 GMT

Colombia’s largest guerrilla group declared on Wednesday that it was about to begin an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire, in a challenge to the government to halt hostilities while the two sides continued negotiations toward an end to 50 years of war.






As Havana Celebrates Historic Shift, Economic and Political Hopes Rise
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:25:05 GMT

The sweeping changes President Obama outlined will have a profound impact on Cuba — where isolation by the United States has fundamentally shaped the island’s economy, its politics and even its national identity.






Shopping With Mandy Oser and Amorette Casaus: Cheese Boards and Knives: However You Slice It
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:12:56 GMT

Unlike mice, cheese lovers can’t use their hands. Thus, we seek elegant serving accessories.






U.S. Frees Last of the ‘Cuban Five,’ Part of a 1990s Spy Ring
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:10:34 GMT

Three members of the Cuban Five — part of a spy ring that infiltrated exile groups in Florida in the 1990s — were released from prison as part of the sudden diplomatic thaw in relations.

U.S. to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:02:47 GMT

The U.S. will open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, officials said.






Citing Health Risks, Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:55:17 GMT

The governor’s administration concluded that hydraulic fracturing, which was heavily promoted as a source of economic revival for depressed communities, could contaminate the state’s air and water.






Nonemployed: A Big Safety Net and Strong Job Market Can Coexist. Just Ask Scandinavia.
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:51:45 GMT

Sweden, Denmark and Norway may have a lesson for the United States. Their welfare benefits make it easier for people to work.






Sony Pictures Cancels Holiday Release of ‘The Interview’ After Threats
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:48:15 GMT

Multiplex chains that control more than 19,200 screens in North America decided not to release the film, ending any prospect of a serious theatrical release.






Horror Paralyzes Pakistan After a Methodical Slaughter
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:40:54 GMT

With flags at half-staff and businesses shuttered, Pakistanis seemed to be trapped between grief, anger and frustration, for once overcoming their divisions to unite in pain.

Opening of Relations Could Bring Cuban Stars to Major League Baseball
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:08:51 GMT

The vision of an active relationship between Cuba and Major League Baseball became a little more real after President Obama’s announcement that he planned to restore full diplomatic relations with the island nation.

Patrolling a Disputed Line, Israeli Border Police Become a Focus of Anger
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:06:35 GMT

The border police, whose green berets are a nod to the Green Line that demarcated Israeli territory from its hostile neighbors in 1949 armistice agreements, serve in the most sensitive situations.

Your Home on a Coffee Table
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:46:12 GMT

A recent venture publishes elegant books about private houses as gifts for family and friends.

U.S. Said to Find North Korea Ordered Cyberattack on Sony
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:06:31 GMT

American intelligence officials have concluded that the government of Kim Jong-un was “centrally involved” in the attacks on the film company’s computers.






Bits Blog: Uber Pledges to Strengthen Background Checks for Drivers
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:26:55 GMT

The popular ride-hailing start-up said it would add more tools and safety programs to improve the company’s screening of its drivers.






DealBook: Ruble Remains Volatile as Russia Pledges to Sell Foreign Currency
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:17:57 GMT

The country’s Finance Ministry said it was prepared to sell as much as $7 billion of its foreign currency reserves to support the ruble, which an official called “extremely undervalued.”






Theater Chains Decline to Show Sony’s ‘The Interview,’ Citing Threats
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:58:43 GMT

Multiplex chains that control more than 19,200 screens in North America decided not to release the film, ending any prospect of a serious theatrical release.

Economic Fears May Push Russia Into Ukraine Deal
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:21:48 GMT

Officials and analysts say that the ruble’s nose dive has put pressure on the Russian president to take a more flexible position on Ukraine.






Pope Francis Is Credited With a Crucial Role in U.S.-Cuba Agreement
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:06:11 GMT

Francis helped bridge the divide by first sending letters to President Obama and President Ral Castro of Cuba, and then having the Vatican host a meeting between them in October.

ArtsBeat: American and Chinese Orchestras to Join Cultural Exchange Via Radio
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:00:21 GMT

The New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony and programs from the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival will be broadcast.

For Obama, More Audacity and Fulfillment of Languishing Promises
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:33:58 GMT

Resuming relations with Cuba fit a recent pattern of aggressiveness by the president, whose cautiousness had led some allies to accuse him of abandoning his principles.


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Executions in United States at 20-year low: report
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:21:28 GMT

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.

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:19:09 GMT

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.






U.S. determines North Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movie
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:55:31 GMT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. government source said investigators had determined North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as the studio pulled all plans to release its comedy, "The Interview," about an assassination attempt on the North Korean leader.

Fed confident on U.S. growth, opens door wider to rate hike
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:05:01 GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the U.S. economy.

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:59:00 GMT

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.






Fed confident on U.S. growth, opens door wider to rate hike
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:57:56 GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the U.S. economy.

Exclusive: As easy targets thin, Syria air strikes by U.S. allies plunge
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:57:03 GMT

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) - As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.






Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:49:59 GMT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle an increasingly aggressive Taliban insurgency.






U.S. fears Sony hackers may never be caught: law enforcement official
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:12:36 GMT

WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Government investigators fear the hackers behind the unprecedented attack on Sony's Hollywood studio may never be caught if they are under the protection of North Korea, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

EU court says Hamas should be removed from terror list
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:49:38 GMT

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.






U.S. moves to normalize relations with Cuba in dramatic shift
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:36:31 GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba are moving to normalize diplomatic relations more than 50 years after they were severed in a historic shift in policy, President Barack Obama was set to announce on Wednesday.






U.S.-led coalition conducts 67 air strikes against Islamic State: task force
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:21:37 GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies have conducted 61 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in the past the three days, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Wednesday.

India goes on security alert weeks before Obama trip
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:11:08 GMT

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has put security agencies on nationwide alert for a militant strike in the lead-up to a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama next month, citing an assault on a Pakistani school this week as a warning signal.






Ruble crisis could shake Putin's grip on power
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:53:54 GMT

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia failed to halt the collapse of the ruble on Tuesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron grip on power.






Exclusive: Amgen's new leukemia drug to carry $178,000 price tag
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:51:37 GMT

(Reuters) - Amgen Inc on Wednesday said its new type of treatment for a deadly form of leukemia would cost about $178,000 when it becomes available on Thursday, which would make it one of the world's most expensive cancer drugs.






U.N. Security Council renews cross-border Syria aid authorization
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:49:49 GMT

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday renewed for 12 months its authorization for humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas of Syria at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan.






Afghan spy chief laments intelligence vacuum as foreign troops leave
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:44:51 GMT

KABUL (Reuters) - The departure of most foreign troops from Afghanistan has left an intelligence-gathering vacuum that facilitates Taliban attacks, the head of the Afghan spy agency said on Wednesday.






Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:03:33 GMT

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group's deputy leader said on Wednesday.






U.S. slaps sanctions on Swiss, Dutch companies over Syria
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:45:50 GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on Dutch and Swiss oil trading firms for their dealings with the Syrian government, which has been engaged in bloody civil war with opposition forces.

EU to tighten sanctions on Crimea in time for leaders summit: officials
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:30:01 GMT

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will widen its ban on investment in Crimea to target Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration, EU officials said on Wednesday, tightening sanctions first imposed over Moscow's annexation of the region.







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Feel younger at heart, live longer
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:58:20 EST

Go ahead. Lie about your age. It may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life.

Suspect in family killings found dead
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:32:20 EST

The body of a Pennsylvania man suspected of killing his ex-wife and five former in-laws has been found, with apparent self-inflicted wounds, authorities said Tuesday.

5 signs of U.S. love for public transit
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:37:59 EST

You could call it a budding romance with the possibility of a long-lasting relationship. More Americans are riding public transportation. In fact, ridership is on track to top 2013, which was the highest since 1956.

Sydney gunman's ex had been slain
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:35:19 EST

The gunman who held hostages for more than 16 hours in a Sydney cafe was no stranger to police -- and was on bail for violent criminal offenses at the time of the siege.

Top Google search for 2014 is ...
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:35:07 EST

In 2013, people just wanted to know how to twerk. It was a more innocent time. This year, people wanted to know if they had Ebola.

Remains found in 'house of horrors'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:38:15 EST

A woman has been indicted on two murder charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her home.

Did UVA rapist actually exist?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:56:27 EST

He's the man Jackie, the alleged victim of a gang rape, said lured her to his room. But accounts from some of Jackie's friends raise questions about whether he existed.

Anchor cries, knew standoff victim
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:34:42 EST

Channel Seven anchor breaks down over the death of her close friend Katrina Dawson.

Family of man killed at Walmart sues
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:15:06 EST

The family of a man who picked up a BB gun for sale at an Ohio Walmart and was shot dead by police has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming that the corporation and police are responsible for his death.

Girl gets best gift from soldier-dad
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:33:39 EST

A 9-year-old Florida girl got the best birthday gift when her dad came home to surprise her from Afghanistan.

Caught stealing eggs, then this ...
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:26:34 EST

Store owners called police on a woman caught stealing to feed her grandchildren, but a cop responded in a surprising way.

Actor's revenge prank on Kimmel
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:34:22 EST

"The Office's" John Krasinski gets revenge on Jimmy Kimmel in an epic holiday prank.

Marriage proposal goes very wrong
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:28:35 EST

A Dutch man rented a crane to reach his girlfriend's window for a romantic proposal, but things went a little wrong.

Atomic site could become national park
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:35:22 EST

It was the bomb credited with ending World War II.

5 ways to be extraordinary
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST

What makes a person extraordinary?

77-lb. dachshund gets makeover
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:29:19 EST

A 77-pound dachshund slims down, becomes a calendar boy! CNN's Jeanne Moos has a winner of a wiener dog.

#AskACop becomes place to vent
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:16:49 EST

People have strong views about the way police officers treat minorities -- and they're eager to share those opinions.

The healing power of music
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:18:59 EST

When Capt. Greg Galeazzi joined the Army seven years ago, he was well aware of the risks he would face.

'Clifford' author dies at 86
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:04:49 EST

Norman Bridwell, the creator of "Clifford the Big Red Dog," has died, according to his publisher, Scholastic.

Vergara stuns costar's husband
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:15:24 EST

When Sofia Vergara's boyfriend starred in "Magic Mike" she thought it would be fun, but then the injuries came.

Analyst: We underestimated them
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:16:34 EST

As the United States gets ready to blame the Sony hack on North Korea, a troublesome question is emerging: Just what is North Korea capable of?

Obama: 'Go to the movies'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:15:06 EST

President Barack Obama says Americans should "go to the movies" without fear, despite hackers' threats against venues that show a controversial film that Sony has now decided to pull.

Actor: Killing Rogen 'great'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:49:03 EST

Emmy-winning actor and radio host Jay Thomas talks about the threats over the release of Sony pictures' "The Interview."

Opinion: North Korea wins?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:26:10 EST

Timothy Stanley says theaters' understandable decision to pull 'The Interview' to protect patrons after hackers' extortionate threat of violence is a lesson about free speech and totalitarianism

LZ: Is U.S. learning from history?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:54:33 EST

LZ Granderson says the U.S. can set right some wrongs created in the 1950s when it supported a brutal dictatorship in Cuba, paving the way for Fidel Castro to take over

Who controls Congress? Banks
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:55:41 EST

Rick McGahey looks at how Congress passed a spending bill that repealed a key rule in the Dodd-Frank law.

Things about to get worse for Putin
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:24:05 EST

Russia's economic problems -- slowly incubating in recent months -- are about to get a lot worse. And that should make all of us nervous, says Frida Ghitis.

Rick Perry is wrong about Hanukkah
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:11:58 EST

On Tuesday night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- long a public fan of Judaism -- marked the beginning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah by comparing it to the Boston Tea Party, which was celebrating its 241st anniversary the same day.

Putin: 'The bear never asks permission'
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:03:06 EST

Have no fear, Vladimir Putin is here. That seems to be the message in an epic promo released ahead of the Russian president's annual news conference as the country's economy plummets.

Debilitating outbreak sweeps Americas
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:34:22 EST

Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the Americas one year ago.

'Heaven' actor: I did something terrible
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:58:25 EST

"7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins has admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors, People reports.

Lost ancient village rediscovered
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:50:22 EST

The site of a lost ancient Chamorro village has been rediscovered in the Northern Jungles of Guam. KTGM reports.

Selma protesters invoke Ferguson
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:49:50 EST

The chants of protest heard across America in recent weeks echoed Wednesday in the small city where the civil rights movement reached a crescendo five decades ago.

6 charged in W.Va. chemical spill
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:05:35 EST

Almost one year after water for more than 300,000 West Virginia residents was contaminated because of a chemical spill, six former officials for the company responsible for the leak are facing federal charges.

205 charges for kidnap suspect
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:50:28 EST

A 34-year-old man originally charged in the kidnapping of a New Hampshire teen is now facing 205 additional charges, according to two grand jury rulings.

Taliban's excuse for killing children
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:53:16 EST

As Pakistan started three days of national mourning Wednesday, the Taliban said they targeted a school that mostly admits soldiers' children because the students aspired to follow in their fathers' footsteps and target militants.

14 arrested over meningitis outbreak
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:45:09 EST

Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the deadly 2012 national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections distributed by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, a law enforcement source told CNN on Wednesday.

Violent turbulence caught on video
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:15:36 EST

An American Airlines plane is diverted after several passengers and crew were injured by turbulence during the flight.

Real life castaway seen on island
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:29:42 EST

The Coast Guard released video of a real life castaway they say was stranded on an island in the Bahamas for six days.

'The Voice': Meet season 7's new winner
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:09:33 EST

Get to know the name Craig Wayne Boyd -- he's officially music's newest "Voice."

Ellsberg: He's a hero
published: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:18:17 EDT

Daniel Ellsberg tells CNN's Don Lemon that NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed courage, has done an enormous service.

25 random facts about 'The Simpsons'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:48:00 EST

When crudely drawn animated shorts about a dysfunctional American family began appearing on Fox's "The Tracey Ullman Show" in 1987, nobody predicted the birth of a cultural phenomenon.

Cop tackles, stun guns elderly man
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:18:53 EST

A Texas police officer pulled over a 76-year-old man then tackled and used a stun gun on him. KPRC reports.

How Alcatraz escapees could have lived
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:29:38 EST

On June 11, 1962, three Alcatraz inmates -- John Anglin, Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris -- attempted to leave the infamous San Francisco Bay island prison. They may have made it, says study by Dutch researchers.

Western-style stores growing in Iran
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:30:25 EST

When Thomas Cristofoletti walked into the Hyperstar supermarket in Shiraz, Iran, he was stopped at the door. He had his camera over his shoulder, and the international-style grocery store was built inside a large mall with a strict policy against photography.

Dog left on sinking ship but then...
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:28:08 EST

An owner thought he lost his dog forever after his boat sank in a storm. KPIX has the miraculous story.

Fan's gift chokes up Timberlake
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:19:03 EST

Justin Timberlake was brought to tears during a concert when a 10-year-old life-long fan gave him a bow tie.

Highlights from Sony photography awards
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:57:57 EST

Because there's nothing like a set of beautiful images from around the world to inspire travel plans.

The yearbook pic they didn't want you to see
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:22:41 EST

A high school senior's yearbook picture includes her two great loves: her dog and hunting. CNN affiliate WTEN has more.

Blind boy's cane taken by bus driver
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:14:07 EST

Parents are outraged after they say their blind son's cane was taken away from him by a school bus driver. WDAF reports.

Look at me! 28 selfies of the week
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:01:25 EST

Grandma passes out, 4-year-old does this
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:21:47 EST

A smart 4-year-old boy took all the right steps when his grandmother collapsed in their home. CNN affiliate WRIC reports.

Meet the stars of
New York's cat cafe

published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:06:08 EST

Meow Parlour, New York City's first cat cafe, is now open.

Watch thieves steal Barbie's corvette
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:22:34 EST

Police bust shoplifting "heart attack" scam. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on some heart-stopping shopping.

This city was rebuilt 40 times
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:16:34 EST

In the heart of Belgrade, the vibrant and resilient capital of Serbia, a slow and colorful transformation is taking place.

12 best places to spend Christmas 2014
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:12:45 EST

If your Christmas is too often one of tacky decorations and bitter family feuds, you may need to put the baubles back in the attic and plan a yuletide getaway.

Travel in 2015: 'Botlers' and 'braggies'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:41:31 EST

If travel experts are right, we'll be wearing hotel keys, eating at local's homes and likely heading to Asia in 2015.

Mom scolds fighting brothers on C-SPAN
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:30:51 EST

When two brothers were fighting on C-SPAN their mom called in to settle the dispute on air and demand a peaceful Christmas.

How'd ISIS grab Texas plumber's truck?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:28:55 EST

A plumber in Texas is trying to avoid fallout after a picture of his old work truck ended up on Islamic social media sites.

She put off cancer test, got sad news
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:15:01 EST

A new mother who put off cancer scans while pregnant finds she has inoperable cancer. CNN affiliate KETV reports.

Photos: Celebs salute CNN Heroes
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:08:07 EST

2014: Looking back at the year in pictures
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:37:30 EST

There was tragedy and comedy. There was war and far too little peace. And there was so much more to 2014.

Bells in Havana, anger in Miami
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:18:21 EST

Church bells rang out Wednesday afternoon in Havana, marking a major moment in history: Cuba and the United States are easing diplomatic relations.

Taliban try to justify killing children
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:07:59 EST

Militants said they targeted an army school because its students aspired to be soldiers.

Things about to get worse for Putin
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:24:05 EST

Frida Ghitis asks if Vladimir Putin will start a new military crisis to divert from Russia's economic troubles

When can you visit Cuba and buy cigars?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:36:22 EST

The end of the 50-year freeze in diplomatic relations with Cuba will mean many more U.S. travelers could be on their way to the neighbor island, only 90 miles from Key West, Florida.

Obama: 'New approach'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:25:18 EST

President Obama announces an end to an approach he says "for decades has failed" U.S. interests.

What to know
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:35:05 EST

President Barack Obama will ease sanctions imposed against Cuba under the U.S. embargo after Cuba agreed to release American aid worker Alan Gross.

Gross released
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:28:07 EST

Alan Gross was in a Cuban prison Tuesday morning when his attorney, Scott Gilbert, phoned to say Gross would soon be released.

Mystery man, too
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:22:55 EST

Five men can now reunite with their loved ones -- including one man President Barack Obama described as "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba" -- in a historic deal between the U.S. and Cuba announced Wednesday.

Pope's role
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:01 EST

Pope Francis -- the Catholic Church's first Latin American pontiff -- rang in his birthday Wednesday with a major geopolitical wish granted: the end of a half-century of frozen relations between the United States and Cuba.

Opinions vary
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:16:55 EST

Church bells rang out Wednesday afternoon in Havana, marking a major moment in history: Cuba and the United States are easing diplomatic relations.

Long history
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:55:21 EST

Just 90 miles away, Cuba inevitably shares a long history with the United States, from conquistadors to the Spanish-American War to the Cold War.

What about baseball?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:08:09 EST

More than half a century of hostility between the United States and Cuba has done nothing to diminish the island's love of America's national pastime.

5 questions about embargo
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:26:35 EST

The U.S. trade embargo on Cuba started in 1962, but what exactly does it entail? These are five key questions to ask.

Stephen Collins
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:58:25 EST

"7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins has admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors, People reports.

Chikungunya
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:34:22 EST

Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the Americas one year ago.

Pakistan attack
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:33:19 EST

As Pakistan started three days of national mourning Wednesday, horrifying details emerged on a massacre that left 145 people dead, most of them children.

'The Simpsons'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:45:45 EST

When crudely drawn animated shorts about a dysfunctional American family began appearing on Fox's "The Tracey Ullman Show" in 1987, nobody predicted the birth of a cultural phenomenon.

CNN Heroes
published: Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:03:51 EST

Photos: 'CNN Heroes' tribute show

Consumerism in Iran
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:19:13 EST

When Thomas Cristofoletti walked into the Hyperstar supermarket in Shiraz, Iran, he was stopped at the door. He had his camera over his shoulder, and the international-style grocery store was built inside a large mall with a strict policy against photography.

Look at me! 28 selfies of the week
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:18:51 EST

Old-school Hollywood
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:58:53 EST

What a shot! 31 sports photos
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:31:41 EST

A town that's lost its men
published: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:31:30 EST

In the Armenian village of Lichk, you will find many hard-working women, but you will not find many men. All these women's husbands are thousands of miles away.

Fast food with Renaissance flair
published: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:01:58 EST

In this brave, forever-new world of social media, the minutiae of daily life can be documented for public consumption with the tap of a finger.

Newest nation still at war
published: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:33:18 EST

When photographer Fabio Bucciarelli first visited South Sudan, he found a nation filled with hope. He found citizens worn out by decades of war -- but looking forward to an independent, peaceful future.

2014: The year in pictures
published: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:42:29 EST

Photo gallery: 2014 in pictures

Look at me! Selfies of the year
published: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:40:13 EST

75 amazing sports moments from 2014
published: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:40:44 EST


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Castro urges US to lift Cuba embargo
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:09:35 GMT

Cuban President Raul Castro urges the US to end its trade embargo as he and President Barack Obama agree to improve relations.

Sony cancels The Interview release
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:37:23 GMT

Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.

Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:59:23 GMT

A Nigerian court martial in the capital Abuja sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Farc rebels declare unilateral truce
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:50:43 GMT

Colombia's Farc rebels declare a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period of time, but the government is yet to respond to the move.

Palestinian peace plan put before UN
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:15:54 GMT

A draft resolution setting out a Palestinian timetable for a peace deal with Israel is submitted to the UN Security Council by Jordan.

Sharif vow to end Pakistan terrorism
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:32:03 GMT

Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after the Taliban killed 141 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school.

Mass grave 'found in eastern Syria'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:35:33 GMT

The bodies of more than 230 people thought to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists say.

New York bans fracking due to risk
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:06:17 GMT

Fracking, the controversial method of oil and gas development, will be banned in New York state after a report concludes the process poses "significant public health risks".

Sydney gunman 'had illegal firearm'
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:51 GMT

Australian police say Sydney cafe attacker Man Haron Monis did not have a gun licence, though they initially told PM Tony Abbott he did.

EU leaders focus on investment boost
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:05:18 GMT

EU leaders are to consider ways to unlock billions of euros of investment and policy on Russia, at a Brussels summit.

Mumps outbreak hits US hockey teams
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:18:55 GMT

An outbreak of the highly contagious disease mumps has swept through teams in the US National Hockey League, with at least five affected.

'Vast store' of world's oldest water
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:25:59 GMT

The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.

Couples tango for Pope in Rome
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:07:42 GMT

Hundreds of couples dance a mass tango in Rome's St Peter's Square in honour of Pope Francis' 78th birthday.

Squirrels are 'climate culprit'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:22:31 GMT

Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought, research suggests.

Six-time 'killer' found dead in woods
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:20:36 GMT

A body has been found in Pennsylvania woodland by police searching for a man suspected of killing six people in a shooting rampage.

Jeb Bush to explore White House bid
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:41:13 GMT

Ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush, brother and son of US presidents, takes a step towards a run on the White House in 2016.

Mexico vigilantes in deadly clash
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:18:00 GMT

At least 11 people are killed in a shoot-out between rival vigilante groups in the western Mexican state of Michoacan.

Colombia to print Garcia Marquez notes
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:48:15 GMT

The face of the Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez is to feature on Colombian bank notes, the country's lawmakers decide.

S Leone houses searched for Ebola
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:01:00 GMT

Sierra Leone starts house-to-house searches in the capital Freetown to find hidden cases of Ebola, at the same time restricting shop opening hours.

Kenya blogger on president slur charge
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:50 GMT

A popular and controversial Kenyan blogger is charged with undermining the presidency, following a tweet he posted earlier this week.

Avon fined $135m for China bribes
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:39:22 GMT

Beauty company Avon has been fined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for paying bribes and gifts to Chinese officials.

Sydney academic resigns over emails
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:41:53 GMT

An Australian professor and government education advisor, Barry Spurr, resigns from the University of Sydney for sending racist emails.

Russia plans new action over rouble
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:32:12 GMT

Russia says it is planning new measures to stabilise the rouble after its slump against the dollar.

Fatal tourist balloon crash in Turkey
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:01:41 GMT

A Chinese tourist is killed and nine other people, thought to be Chinese and Malaysian, are injured in a hot air balloon crash in Turkey.

UK army murder claims 'were lies'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:57:40 GMT

Allegations of murder and torture made against British soldiers by Iraqi detainees after a 2004 battle were "deliberate lies", the Al-Sweady Inquiry rules.

EU court takes Hamas off terror list
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:45:19 GMT

A European Union court annuls the bloc’s decision to keep Hamas on a list of terrorist groups, but temporarily maintains a funding freeze.

Royal Mail sale '180m underpriced'
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:29:01 GMT

The government made 180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says new report.

Police admit 'failure' over Savile
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:47:49 GMT

Opportunities to prosecute Jimmy Savile and a former mayor of Scarborough for child sex abuse were missed due to police "organisational failure".

Fed decision lifts Asia stocks
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:03:57 GMT

Asia stocks are rising after the Federal Reserve pledges to be 'patient' on raising interest rates from record lows.

North Sea firms facing 'crisis'
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:38:15 GMT

The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".

German road toll plan gets go-ahead
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:29:41 GMT

The German government approves plans for a controversial road toll, including charging foreigners for using the Autobahn.

Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:12:01 GMT

Liverpool secure a much-needed victory as Raheem Sterling scores twice in a League Cup quarter-final win at Bournemouth.

US coach banned for eight years
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:33:50 GMT

American sprinter Tyson Gay's former coach Jon Drummond has been banned for eight years for doping violations.

Armitage banned for abusing fans
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:11:06 GMT

Toulon's Delon Armitage is banned for 12 weeks for using foul and abusive language towards Leicester Tigers fans.

Bill Cosby will not face LA charges
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:12:39 GMT

Charges will not be filed against comedian Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in 1974, US prosecutors say.

Big Red Dog creator Bridwell dies
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:25:44 GMT

US illustrator Norman Bridwell, creator of the Clifford the Big Red Dog books, dies at the age of 86.

City of Angels returns to London
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:24:07 GMT

Two decades after its London premiere, City of Angels returns to the stage at London's Donmar Warehouse.

VIDEO: Sony 'forced' to bow to film hackers
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:01:32 GMT

Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.

VIDEO: Reactions to thaw in Cuba-US ties
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:46:04 GMT

The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations is prompting strong reactions from Cubans in Havana and exiles in the US.

VIDEO: New footage shows Sydney cafe raid
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:00:54 GMT

As new footage emerges of the Sydney cafe siege Australia's prime minister announces a review into how and why the attack happened.

VIDEO: Pakistan attack 'darkest day of my life'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:30:16 GMT

BBC News speaks to Shah Jehan, a UK relative of two young boys who died in the Peshawar school attack.

VIDEO: Why was Alan Gross jailed in Cuba?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:36:36 GMT

The US and Cuba have struck a prisoner swap deal that involves the release of American Alan Gross and three Cubans, US officials have announced.

VIDEO: Clove price hits Tanzanian farmers
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:23:42 GMT

Following dramatic price falls, clove farmers in Tanzania are calling for more government help to sustain a crop they have been farming for generations.

VIDEO: Can Pakistan unite against Taliban?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:53:10 GMT

BBC reporter Nick Childs gauges the mood in Pakistan following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar and looks at the government's response.

VIDEO: Sony hackers threaten cinema attack
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:23:01 GMT

Hackers who targeted Sony Pictures are threatening to attack cinemas showing the studio's latest film.

Greek political crisis: Huge amount at stake
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:23:34 GMT

Greece on knife-edge over presidential vote

The boats of guns for hire against pirates
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:30:04 GMT

The risks and rewards of storing guns at sea

'Ringing' rock arches recorded
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:51:09 GMT

America's huge humming arches

The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:27:16 GMT

The ordinary Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine

Last orders for LA British boozer
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:33:47 GMT

LA's British ex-pat haven the Cat and Fiddle pub goes dark

VIDEO: 'Buddhist bug' art explores difference
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:19:02 GMT

Artist's colourful search for identity

A guide to the Sony Pictures hack
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:38:11 GMT

A guide to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures

Watch list questions over Sydney gunman
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:02:16 GMT

Watch list questions over Sydney siege gunman

MEPs back Palestinian statehood bid
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:51:42 GMT

European Parliament backs Palestinian bid for statehood

Russian media note panic over rouble
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:29 GMT

Bleak predictions in Russian media as currency plunges


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published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:01:15 GMT
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Accenture, Rite Aid among Thursday stocks to watch
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:01:15 GMT

Earnings reports due from ConAgra, Scholastic as well.

North Korea behind Sony attacks, reports say
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:37:10 GMT

As Sony Pictures, fearful of violent reprisals, drops plans to show the controversial film “The Interview,” reports say that North Korea was behind the hacking attacks on the studio.

What the opening of Cuba could mean for U.S. travelers
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:45:25 GMT

Could a Cuban beach vacation be the next big thing for American travelers?

Personal Finance Daily: What the opening of Cuba means for you, predict how rich you’ll be
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:17:24 GMT

What new political agreements mean for your travel and cigar-smoking plans, and a financial literacy quiz.

The Wall Street Journal: FIFA investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:40:01 GMT

Michael Garcia, FIFA’s top investigator, resigns in protest over soccer’s world governing body’s handling of his findings regarding the 2018, 2022 World Cup bidding process.

Currencies: Dollar gains against yen, euro after Fed statement; ruble calms
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:28:16 GMT

The ruble stages a solid rebound on Wednesday after a report that the Russian finance ministry has started to sell foreign currency in an effort to halt the recent slide in the currency.

Movers & Shakers: Oracle shares rise after earnings, sales beat
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:25:54 GMT

Oracle shares rise in the extended session Wednesday after the database software company’s quarterly results top Wall Street expectations.

Earnings Outlook: What to look for in Nike earnings
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:20:04 GMT

Nike is scheduled to report its second-quarter earnings after the market closes on Thursday, and demand for the Black Friday release of its $200 Lebron James 12th signature shoe won’t be the only talking point.

Market Snapshot: U.S. stocks enjoy best day this year on dovish Fed remarks
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:15:17 GMT

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average scored their best one-day gains of 2014 on Wednesday after the dovish Federal Reserve statement

MarketWatch First Take: Oracle investors buoyed by cloud revenue
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:07:25 GMT

Oracle surprised analysts with strong growth in cloud computing.

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published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:52:33 -0500
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Catskills hang hopes of revival on new casino
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:52:33 -0500

Restaurant owner Randy Resnick poses for a portrait Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Rock Hill, N.Y. Three economically distressed communities in upstate New York have been selected as sites for casinos bringing an end to a fierce competition among developers and job-hungry communities. "This means rebirth. This means new life," said Resnick. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)THOMPSON, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of a faded corner of New York's Catskills Mountains are celebrating the recommendation to license a casino here in the heart of the once-bustling "Borscht Belt" resort region.


Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:52:02 -0500

In this Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 file photo people walk past a huge Christmas tree installed in Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral, center, the Kremlin's Spassky Tower, right back, and Lenin Mausoleum, right, in Moscow, Russia. By all accounts, President Vladimir Putin has had a horrible year: Russia’s currency has lost more than half its value, the economy is heading toward recession and he has become a pariah in the West. And yet so far, Putin’s tough, anti-Western rhetoric and aggressive actions in neighboring Ukraine have helped him weather the storm, with a new Associated Press-NORC Center poll showing that 81 percent of Russians still support their president. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.


AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:45:56 -0500

In this Nov. 13, 2014, photo, a small urn containing the ashes of Mattisyn Blaz is displayed on a bookshelf in front of a photo of the infant girl in the home of Jennifer Blaz, 34, in Butte, Mont. At least 760 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities, The Associated Press has found, including the death of 2-month-old Mattisyn. (AP Photo/Lido Vizzutti)BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.


Marathon bombing suspect due in court Thursday
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:43:36 -0500

FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. Tsarnaev is scheduled to be in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for the final hearing before his trial begins in January. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned on 30 federal charges in July 2013, when he still bore signs of the bloody standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of his older brother, Tamerlan.


AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:33:22 -0500

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has found that at least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span while in plain view of child protection officials.

Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:30:01 -0500

People come to lay flowers to pay respect to the shooting victims at a temporary memorial site close to the Lindt cafe in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The siege ended early Tuesday with a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the Iranian-born gunman dead, and a nation that has long prided itself on its peace rocked to its core. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder.


Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados form
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:27:42 -0500

DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning how tornados form.

Executions in United States at 20-year low: report
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:21:28 -0500

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. ...


Hackers trick way into ICANN computers
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:19:59 -0500

A "spearfishing" attack aimed at US-based nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) hooked staff with emails crafted to appear as though they were sent from peers using "icann.org" addresses, according to a blog postA "spearfishing" attack aimed at US-based nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) hooked staff members with emails crafted to appear as though they were sent from peers using "icann.org" addresses, according to a blog post. "The attack resulted in the compromise of the email credentials of several ICANN staff members," ICANN said.


Why the Fed thinks US economy still needs its help
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:19:42 -0500

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen makes a statement on jobs and economic outlook, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at the Federal Reserve in Washington. The U.S. economy is finally doing better, and the Federal Reserve may be ready to acknowledge that fact. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — If you didn't know about the lingering damage from the Great Recession, the U.S. economy would appear remarkably strong.


AP investigation finds that 786 children died in plain view of abuse-and-neglect authorities
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:18:42 -0500

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — AP investigation finds that 786 children died in plain view of abuse-and-neglect authorities.

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:12:34 -0500

Students and teachers celebrate after listening to a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, at a school in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Castro said profound differences remain between Cuba and the U.S. in areas such as human rights, foreign policy and questions of sovereignty, but that the countries have to learn to live with their differences "in a civilized manner." (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.


Grizzlies outlast Spurs 117-116 in 3 overtimes
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:10:24 -0500

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, shoots against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, of Spain, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Marc Gasol scored 26 points, including a banked-in 3-pointer as regulation expired, and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame blowing a 23-point lead for a 117-116 triple-overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.


Executions, new death sentences continue to fall
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:08:37 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new report.

Today in History
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:02:01 -0500

Today is Thursday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2014. There are 13 days left in the year.

Mack leads surging Hawks to blowout in Cleveland
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:30:54 -0500

Atlanta Hawks' Shelvin Mack (8) shoots a 3-point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers' largest loss of the season didn't sit well with coach David Blatt.


Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:28:52 -0500

In this Dec. 8, 2014 file photo, supporters of Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) hold placards during a protest after a woman was allegedly raped by a driver from ride-booking service Uber in New Delhi, India. Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions. In a blog post Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, Uber's head of global safety defended the company's safety record but also wrote that "as we look to 2015, we will build new safety programs and intensify others." (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.


Nightlife king faces queries from gaming regulator
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:22:36 -0500

This Aug. 22, 2014 photo shows Sam Nazarian, CEO of SBE Entertainment, during the ceremonial ringing of the bell at SLS Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. Nazarian and the SLS Las Vegas’ majority owner announced this week that he won’t have any role in the day-to-day operations as he pursues a license. Nazarian is scheduled to appear before Nevada’s Gaming Commission on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jeff Scheid)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Los Angeles nightlife entrepreneur who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara Hotel and Casino into a hipper, sleeker destination is getting ready to defend his past again so he can obtain a Nevada gambling license after admitting recent cocaine use and explaining his curious business dealings with felons.


AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:14:30 -0500

A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.


N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:02:23 -0500

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to 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/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. official says North Korea has been linked to 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 film at the heart of the hack, "The Interview."


California gets more rain, 1 big mudslide
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:55:06 -0500

Caltrans crews work to clean up a torrent of mud and rocks covering part of State Route 91 in Orange County early Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Yorba Linda, Calif. Cars and trucks were stuck for several hours, but no injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California on Wednesday, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide before mostly moving on.


10 Things to Know for Thursday
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:53:00 -0500

A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Castro survived odd, often inept, US schemes
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:49:21 -0500

FILE - In this June 14, 1961 file photo, Prime Minister Fidel Castro holds a cigar during a news conference in Havana, Cuba. For over half a century, the U.S. government tried many schemes to overthrow the Castro regime: poisonous cigars, an exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba. U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 the United States will re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba and bring change to the longstanding trade embargo. But it was unclear if all secret operations would cease. (AP Photo/RHS)WASHINGTON (AP) — For over half a century, the U.S. government's schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba.


Avon beauty firm pays $138 mln to settle China bribe probe
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:40:12 -0500

Skyline of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou where Avon's China operations are based, pictured on November 11, 2013US authorities fined the international cosmetics seller Avon Products $135 million to settle a corruption probe in China. The SEC said Avon had violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by failing to stop bribes to Chinese officials. "The SEC alleges that Avon's subsidiary in China made $8 million worth of payments in cash, gifts, travel, and entertainment to gain access to Chinese officials implementing and overseeing direct selling regulations in China," the SEC said.


Fed rate wording boosts Asian stock markets
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:35:03 -0500

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, people pass a Wall Street subway stop, in New York's Financial District. U.S. stocks are opening moderately lower Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, as the price of oil continues to drop. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Asian stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would to remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates.


Thaw in relations with Cuba positive for U.S. agriculture: USDA
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:18:29 -0500

By Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) - Exports of U.S. agricultural products such as wheat, rice, soybeans and meat products stand to gain from a surprise U.S. move toward repairing relations with Cuba, agriculture industry officials said on Wednesday. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called the move an "important opportunity" that will make exports of U.S. farm goods cheaper, easier and less time-consuming for shippers. President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50 years after they were severed. U. ...

Chattanooga women stun No. 7 Stanford 54-46
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:11:27 -0500

Chattanooga Lady Mocs Moses Johnson (23) celebrates beating Stanford in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Chattanooga won the game 54-46. (AP Photo/Billy Weeks)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The star power of the opponent doesn't concern Chattanooga. As long as the Mocs are playing at home, they believe they are going to win.


White House says FBI leading probe of cyber attack on Sony Pictures
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:55:31 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House National Security Council said on Wednesday the FBI was leading the investigation on a cyber attack on Sony Pictures and that the U.S. government had offered the company support and assistance. "The United States is investigating attribution and will provide an update at the appropriate time," the NSC said in a statement. A source said earlier that the United States may officially announce in the near future that the North Korean government was behind the attack. ...

U.S. determines North Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movie
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:55:31 -0500

File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey, Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. government source said investigators had determined North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as the studio pulled all plans to release its comedy, "The Interview," about an assassination attempt on the North Korean leader. Hackers who said they were incensed by the film attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines, and now they have forced an apparently unprecedented change of plans for a major movie release. ...


Sony cancels parody film as NKorea suspected over hack
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:51:58 -0500

Hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in their most chilling threat yet against Sony Pictures, warning the Hollywood studio not to release a film which has angered North KoreaSony Pictures cancelled the release of a madcap comedy about North Korea that triggered chilling threats from hackers, as US investigators reportedly blamed Pyongyang for a damaging cyber-raid on the movie giant. The dramatic action came as several US media outlets reported that investigators now believe North Korea was behind the devastating cyber-attack that saw hackers gain access to a trove of internal Sony documents and unreleased movies. "In light of the decision by the majority of our (theater) exhibitors not to show the film 'The Interview,' we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release," Sony said in a statement. "Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film," a spokesman added to AFP, suggesting -- though not confirming -- the film will not even be released on DVD or in other formats.


Factbox: Who is Alan Gross and what did he do?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:39:44 -0500

HAVANA (Reuters) - Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews. Here are some facts about Gross: Gross was a longtime supporter of Jewish causes and a career development consultant who traveled the world on private contracts before taking his Cuba assignment. He had only once previously visited Cuba and spoke very limited Spanish. ...

Obama on Hanukkah says small acts can make miracles
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:35:11 -0500

President Barack Obama, right, puts his arm around Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, as first lady Michelle Obama applauds during a Hanukkah reception Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in the Grand Foyer of the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle.


AP source: Cuba releases US prisoner Alan Gross
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:32:08 -0500

In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo provided by James L. Berenthal, jailed American Alan Gross poses for a photo during a visit by Rabbi Elie Abadie and U.S. lawyer James L. Berenthal at Finlay military hospital as he serves a prison sentence in Havana, Cuba. AP sources: American Alan Gross released from Cuba after 5 years in prison. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Obama administration official says Cuba has released American Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for five years.


Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:25:45 -0500

A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."


A look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:19:59 -0500

People walk past a billboard showing "The Cuban Five" that reads in Spanish "End the injustice. Freedom now." in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, three of the five Cubans were released by the U.S. in exchange for U.S. citizen Alan Gross and an unnamed Cuban man who was imprisoned for nearly 20 years for spying for the United States. Two of the Cuban Five had previously been released after finishing their sentences. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)HAVANA (AP) — The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.


Cubans in Miami slam 'betrayal' after historic move
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:08:59 -0500

A supporter (L) of the new Cuba policy laid out by President Barack Obama argues with opponents outside the Little Havana restaurant Versailles on December 17, 2014 in Miami, United StatesCubans in Miami's Little Havana reacted with anger -- and a sprinkling of hope -- to President Barack Obama's dramatic bid Wednesday to end a half-decade Cold War with the communist-ruled island. "It is a betrayal. The talks are only going to benefit Cuba," said Carlos Munoz Fontanil in Calle Ocho, the historic heart of an exile community that has long pined for the fall of the Castro regime in Havana. He spoke as dozens of people gathered outside Cafe Versailles, a Little Havana landmark, to protest the rapprochement announced almost simultaneously in Washington and Havana by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, 83.


Wisconsin brings Pitt's Chryst home as coach
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:59:17 -0500

FILE - In this July 21, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C. The University of Wisconsin plans a news conference, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, to update their search for a new football coach to replace Gary Andersen. Pittsburgh's Paul Chryst has been widely reported to be the university's choice. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Paul Chryst is back at Wisconsin, settling into familiar surroundings in his hometown.


APNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:55:18 -0500

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging both sides to go back to the drawing board.

$10 million in stolen Los Angeles art recovered
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:53:54 -0500

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have recovered $10 million worth of art — including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera — that were stolen in one of Los Angeles' largest art heists.

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:50:34 -0500

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012, file photo, New England Compounding Center President, co-owner, and Director of Pharmacy Barry Cadden takes the fifth amendment option and declines to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Energy subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing about the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak. Cadden was among 14 people from the Framingham, Mass., pharmaceutical company arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)BOSTON (AP) — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.



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Obama's Approval Among Latinos Jumps 10 Points: Poll
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:16:39 GMT

Fifty-seven percent now say they approve of the job that Obama is doing, compared to 47 percent who said the same in September.






'Slap in the Face': Dead Pilots' Families Slam Cuba Swap
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:52:09 GMT

The families of pilots fatally shot down by Cuba in 1996 spoke out against the release Wednesday by the U.S. of three Cuban prisoners.






Three Sex Assaults Reported on Princeton Campus
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:51:56 GMT

All three sex assault were reported to authorities at the Ivy League school this past weekend as students prepared to head home for the holidays, said police.

Feets of Fury: China to Require Every Child to Play Soccer
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:02:42 GMT

President Xi Jinping is reportedly so determined to turn China into a soccer stronghold that he's requiring all children to play the game.






Cold War to New Thaw: A History of U.S.-Cuban Relations
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:58:11 GMT

The U.S. decision to restore diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba follows decades of tense ties that had recently eased between the two nations.






Historic Thaw: Obama Scraps 'Outdated Approach' on Cuba
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:30:45 GMT

President Barack Obama said he was ending a "a rigid policy that's rooted in events that took place before most of us were born."






'Sickened': School Attackers Are Dead, Evil Cause Is Not
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:48:20 GMT

NBC News' Bill Neely reports on the horrific scene where Taliban gunman stormed a school in Pakistan and murdered 132 children Monday.






'Shmoney Dance' Rapper Arrested in Drugs, Guns Sting
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:11:03 GMT

Ackquille Pollard, aka Bobby Shmurda, was taken into custody Wednesday shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall.

What's Old is New: BlackBerry Reboots 'Classic' Smartphone
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:57:20 GMT

BlackBerry' hopes the Classic will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices.

Wisdom the Laysan Albatross Lays an Egg... at Age 63
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:55:06 GMT

The world's oldest living, banded wild bird is preparing to be a mother again.

Can't Go 'Unanswered': N. Korea Ordered Sony Hack, Officials Say
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:17:39 GMT

Two U.S. officials told NBC News that the government assessment the hackers were acting on orders from the North Korean government.






One Dead, Two Hospitalized in Los Angeles Shooting
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:59:13 GMT

The gunman was seen dressed in dark clothing and chasing people through the neighborhood. Three people were shot, and one later died.






Gagged and Shocked: Indictment Details Teen Kidnap
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:23:00 GMT

Court papers say Nathaniel Kibby kept the teen in a storage container that he had her wipe down before her release.






What Crisis? Russians Who Can Afford It Are Going Shopping
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:55:14 GMT

Russians are even going to car dealerships with cash-in-hand to "at least buy something"

Here's What Hillary Clinton Said About Cuba in Her Book
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:38:18 GMT

Former Secretary of State Clinton considers the U.S.'s failure to bring Alan Gross home during her tenure one of her "regrets."






Kill Spree Suspect's Death Is Still a Mystery
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:37:05 GMT

The manner in which Bradley Stone, the man accused of going on a killing spree in Pennsylvania, died is unclear after a county's coroner report.






Can Americans Travel to Cuba Right Now?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:22:10 GMT

Even though a 1962 U.S. trade embargo restricts travel to Cuba, some Americans are allowed to travel there if they follow certain rules.






10 Steps Obama Plans to Take to Change Cuba Relations
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:30:27 GMT

The Obama administration's attempt to normalize relations with Cuba after decades of a U.S.






Sony Nixes 'Interview' Release and Fox Drops 'Pyongyang'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:23:24 GMT

One U.S. Government sources says a link has been found, while Sony announced it was pulling 'The Interview' from theaters.

Sony Hack: Studio Cancels 'Interview' Release
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:23:24 GMT

One U.S. Government sources says a link has been found, while Sony announced it was pulling 'The Interview' from theaters.


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US determines North Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movie - Reuters
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US determines North Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movie
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70-year-old murder conviction of SC teen overturned - Charlotte Observer
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70-year-old murder conviction of SC teen overturned
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In this June 8, 1944, photo, George Stinney Jr., 14, center right, and Bruce Hamilton, 21, center left, enter the death house in the state prison in Columbia, S.C. Both were executed in the state's electric chair on June 16, 1944. Stinney had been found guilty of ...
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Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State - New York Times
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Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of debate over a method of extracting natural gas. Fracking, as it is known, was ...
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US Executions, Death Sentences Reach Multiyear Lows - Wall Street Journal
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US Executions, Death Sentences Reach Multiyear Lows
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The use of the death penalty in the U.S. is dwindling, with the number of executions and death sentences reaching multiyear lows in 2014. ENLARGE. In 2014, 35 people were executed—the fewest since 1994, according to the latest annual report by the ...
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Pope's Intervention Helped Break Logjam - Wall Street Journal
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Pope's Intervention Helped Break Logjam
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Plan to End Animosity Between U.S. and Cuba Took Final Form at Vatican in November. Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday. ENLARGE. Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience at the Vatican on ...
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Montana homeowner guilty of killing teen in his garage - USA TODAY
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A Montana jury rejected a homeowner's "stand your ground" defense Wednesday, convicting him of killing a 17-year-old exchange student he found in his garage late at night. Markus Kaarma, 30, of Missoula, was found guilty of deliberate homicide in the ...
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Netanyahu: Weak against Hamas, strong against Europe - Haaretz
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Netanyahu: Weak against Hamas, strong against Europe
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Michigan offers Harbaugh 6-year, $48 million deal - New York Daily News
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The Jets might not even get a chance to make a play for Jim Harbaugh. According to NFL Network, the University of Michigan has offered the 49ers coach an 6-year, $48 million offer to coach his alma mater. Harbaugh starred at Michigan under coach Bo ...
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Why Miami's Cuban-Americans are divided on US thaw with Cuba

Cuban-Americans in South Florida were torn after President Obama's announcement that he would restore ties with Cuba. Long seen as a monolithic group opposed to the Castro regime, 68 percent of Miami-Dade County's Cuban-American population said they favored diplomatic relations in a recent poll.

In surprise move, Mike Enzi will chair Senate Budget Committee

Sen. Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee for the past four years ended his effort Wednesday to becomes the panel's chairman. Sen. Mike Enzi, of Wyoming, will head the committee.

Nathaniel Kibby charged in case of kidnapped New Hampshire teen

Nathaniel Kibby faces charges including kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, and criminal threatening in the case of a 15 year-old New Hampshire girl he is accused of kidnapping at gunpoint in 2013.

70 years later, judge rules 14-year-old boy was wrongly executed

On Wednesday, a judge threw out the conviction of George Stinney, who at 14, was the youngest person to be executed in the United States in 1944. In the span of three months he was arrested, convicted of murdering two young girls, and sent to the electric chair.

Venezuela's role in warming Cuba - US relations

Cuba had relied on Venezuela to prop up its economy. But with that support uncertain, the Castro brothers appear to have decided to come in from the cold.

Arctic still heating up twice as fast as rest of planet

Annual average temperatures have continued to rise for Arctic as a whole throughout the recent slowdown in the pace of global warming, according to a new analysis.

From the Monitor archives: US slaps Cuba with trade embargo

Today's announcement of restored diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US comes after five decades of antagonism, including the 54-year-old US trade embargo against the Communist island. The Christian Science Monitor covered the embargo from the start.

Sony hack: Attack threat leads Sony to cancel 'The Interview' release (+video)

When those who hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment then threatened a 9/11-type attack if 'The Interview' was released, major theater groups said they wouldn’t show the film. Sony then canceled its Christmas Day release.

If Congress objects to Obama's move on Cuba, what can it do? (+video)

President Obama moved Wednesday to reestablish diplomatic ties with Cuba. Many in Congress were not pleased, and there are several ways they can oppose the move.

Is New York governor's ban on fracking grounded in science? (+video)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Opponents of the ban claim that the governor's concerns about health and environmental impacts are unfounded.

In last-ditch effort, BlackBerry launches Classic phone

BlackBerry goes back to its roots with a smart phone that features a traditional keyboard.

​Fed opens door to interest rate hike – a tribute to healing economy (+video)

Employers have been hiring at a faster clip. The official unemployment rate has fallen from 10 percent of the labor force five years ago to 5.8 percent today. Households have lightened their debt loads. And now a plunge in oil prices is acting like a holiday gift for consumers.

Sony hack: Why do analysts believe North Korea is behind attack?

Sony reportedly canceled the release of 'The Interview' Wednesday, after a terrorist threat aimed at theaters that screened the comedy about the attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Obama's historic opening to Cuba: A hint of things to come with Iran?

By restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba, President Obama has acted in accord with one of his most deeply-held principles: America must engage its enemies.

How did a Texas plumber's truck end up with Syrian rebels?

Mark Oberholtzer's Ford pickup truck is now being used on the front lines of Syria. The path from Texas to Syria may have been shorter than some speculate.

Five best laptop deals for the holidays

If you're on the lookout to buy a notebook as a holiday gift, we've compiled this week's best laptop deals.

Bristol Bay: Obama blocks drilling where no one really wanted to drill anyway

President Obama has made Alaska's Bristol Bay off limits to oil and gas drilling. Green groups applauded the move, but the oil and gas industry's response was muted. A sign of compromise? Sort of.

Obama's Cuban invasion

In opening official ties with Cuba, President Obama made sure to focus on the Cuban people more than the Castro regime. Globalization, such as the Internet, has empowered individuals, making governments less important to the forces of change.

After school massacre, Pakistan's media point accusing fingers (+video)

Editorials in English-language media are casting blame on everyone from the prime minister to opposition firebrand Imran Khan to Army leaders. Across the border, Indian media are urging a further crackdown on the Taliban. 

Life on Mars? NASA rover spots ingredients.

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected organic chemicals inside a Martian rock, further bolstering the case that the Red Planet was once habitable.

Small-town sleuth meets Shakespeare in 'Absolutely Truly'

Heather Vogel Frederick, author of the 'Mother-Daughter Book Club' books, returns to New England to create a cozy setting for her new series. 

More Cuban-Americans now favor thawing US-Cuba relations. Why? (+video)

A growing chorus of Americans – including Cuban-Americans – and lawmakers view the current US-Cuba policies as a relic of the Cold War. 

On Arab uprising anniversary, US back to business as usual with Egypt's military

Four years after the start of the so-called Arab Spring, the US is back to business as usual with a military regime in Egypt.

James Patterson completes $1 million in donations to independent bookstores

'Here's to local governments waking up to the fact that bookstores and libraries are essential to our way of life,' Patterson said in a statement. 'Here's to media coverage of books, booksellers, and publishers, and to a wiser, more literate America.'

Sony debuts Google Glass-like gadget that clips onto your favorite shades

Sony unveiled a small module that clips onto a pair of glasses, adding a screen, camera, and Wi-Fi connectivity to any shades. The Sony module will be available next year, and the company will show it off at the CES expo in January.

Pentagon's floating missile defense future: a pair of billion-dollar blimps (+video)

The Pentagon previewed two helium-filled surveillance airships Wednesday. The giant dirigibles are expected to be deployed over the East Coast in February as the United States' new missile defense system.

New York bans fracking: Why shale is off-limits across state

New York fracking ban comes as state officials deem that shale gas extraction carries unacceptable risks that haven't been sufficiently studied. New York has had a temporary fracking ban in place since the environmental review began in 2008. 

Bestselling books the week of 12/18/14, according to IndieBound*

Created by the American Booksellers Association, the IndieBound bestseller list uses data from hundreds of independent bookstores across the country to determine which books are flying fastest off the shelves on any given week. This week, some of the bestselling titles flagged by the stores that report their data to the ABA include "The Happiest People in the World" by Brock Clarke and "The Heart Has Its Reasons" by Maria Duenas. Check out the full IndieBound list below.

Remembering author Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog

Bridwell wrote and illustrated more than 150 titles for Scholastic, according to the publisher. Two 'Clifford' titles are still forthcoming.

The 10 best movies of 2014: Our critic's picks

Monitor critic Peter Rainer chooses the best 10 movies of the year. What films made his list?

What inflation? Consumer prices fall by largest amount in six years.

Millions of consumers are getting an end-of-year boost: the main gauge of consumer prices fell in November by the largest amount in six years, driven down by plunging fuel costs and price declines for items such as clothing and used cars.

Fourteen charged in deadly meningitis outbreak case (+video)

Two years ago, 64 people died and more than 750 people in 20 states were sickened after they contracted fungal meningitis and other illnesses from tainted steroids made by the New England Compounding Center.

How's the water on Mars? Curiosity rover finds out. (+video)

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected water locked inside a rock, shedding light on what the Red Planet's surface water was like billions of years ago.

Is Europe really making things better for Palestinians? (+video)

A European court's ruling that Hamas was incorrectly listed as a terrorist organization may look like a win for the group. But, like the various European votes to recognize a Palestinian state, it may change little.

Why Texas dads gave a school crossing guard a car

"Mr. Kent" has been guiding children across the street in East Dallas, Texas, for more than a decade. The Lakewood fathers of those children decided to pay it forward.

Caramelized onion and apple slab tart

This delicious tart can either be served as an appetizer or with a hearty salad as an entree for four.

Five great Christmas gift ideas for kids

We all love to see the shine and excitement on our kids faces when they see their presents on Christmas morning. That's why we've rounded up five of our favorite gift deals for kids, including 36 cans of Play-Doh at 44 cents a piece, a Dora and Friends bilingual play set at a $17 low, and more. 

Angelina Jolie has cybersecurity detail for her kids

The actress and director of the new film 'Unbroken' has said she has a team to help monitor her kid's activity online. What are the options for parents without the budget for a cybersecurity team?

Entrepreneur Barbie doesn't need to wear pink to get the job done

Toy makers are taking steps to build toys that model business leaders for girls, but are they missing the point as they pick wardrobes and professions that perpetuate stereotypes?

In northeast Iraq, flashes of resistance against Islamic State militants (+video)

A combination of Iraqi Army units and Kurdish and Shiite paramilitaries has flushed Sunni militants from much of Diyala Province. But tribal leaders run a lethal risk for defying militants and joining the resistance.  


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Judge bars dead Steve Jobs from appearing on TV news FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:57:10 GMT

Apple icon's deposition won't be given to the public

A US judge has stricken a request to release a video of Steve Jobs recorded just months before the Apple cofounder and CEO died in 2011.…

Softlayer hops into Equinix's Cloud Exchange
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:01:03 GMT

Last in, best dressed

IBM's cloudy concern SoftLayer has decided it'll be better off if it joins Equinix's Cloud Exchange.…

Bill cram woes piling up for Sprint: Campaigners lob in a sueball
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:56:03 GMT

CFPB seeking to get payback for fraudulent charges

Yet another group has filed suit against Sprint, alleging the US telco unfairly profited from phone bill cramming.…

Singapore startup does an Uber on tech support
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:01:04 GMT

Fynd seeks geeks looking to turn downtime into cash

Next time your friend's Aunty Gladys asks if that software the nice man from India installed on her PC is legitimate, you might just get paid for helping her out.…

URL LOL: Delta splats web flight boarding pass snoop bug
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:06:48 GMT

Mobile site spits out details on fellow passengers

Delta Airlines techies have been racing to fix a flaw in the biz's paperless boarding pass system that allowed a hacker to access information on strangers' flights.…

Sony axes The Interview flick amid hacker terror threat
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:21:12 GMT

Terrorists win, Norks fingered again

Sony Pictures has confirmed the inevitable and cancelled the December 25 launch of The Interview after most major theater chains refused to run it.…

Hurd'n'Catz leading Oracle to the cloud, but core biz still lags
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:04:49 GMT

Software, hardware remained sluggish in Q2

Oracle beat analysts' estimates for once for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, with an earnings report that otherwise showed only modest results.…

Sony looks at unpopular Google Glass, shouts 'ME TOO!'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:39:35 GMT

Electronics giant wants to clip a computer to your specs

Sony has unveiled a headset display that snaps on to a pair of glasses a la Google Glass.…

Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:50:45 GMT

Next build to be a major update

Microsoft says Windows Insider program members shouldn't be upset that no more Windows 10 Preview builds are coming this year, because the build that's expected to arrive in late January will be awesome – literally.…

Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:14:46 GMT

This mobe is all tool belt and braces

Hands on How can a phone maker sell out of its new smartmobe in advance when no one even knew what was inside? BlackBerry has somehow managed that feat.…

ESA: Venus probe doomed to fiery death on weird planet's surface
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:51:09 GMT

Nine years of exploration ending up as Venusian rubble

The European Space Agency's has administered the last rites to its Venus Express probe, saying that the spacecraft is now out of control and has gone "gently into the night."…

ICANN hackers sniff around global DNS root zone system
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:57:17 GMT

Timing couldn't be worse for domain name overseer

Domain-name overseer ICANN has been hacked and its root zone administration system compromised, the organization has said.…

Could Cisco's Intercloud give it another chokehold on the Internet?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:54:11 GMT

We asked senior veep Nick Earle what it means

Interview When companies around the world are still running $40bn worth of your networking kit that is officially classified as past end-of-life, you might have to learn a few new tricks to keep the revenue coming in. Or even better, dream up a whole new strategy.…

If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:52:04 GMT

Talkin' 'bout an evolution...

Analysis The start of 2015 is sure to bring an even greater intensity of interest in what "5G" might be. After all, some operators are saying they will start commercial deployments in 2020, and a five-year time-scale is short enough to induce panic attacks.…

Can't stop Home Depot-style card pwning, but suppliers will feel PCI regulation pain
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:02:08 GMT

Third parties must comply to new standard

Third-party providers will face more stringent regulations as part of a revamp in payment card industry regulations due to go into full effect in the new year.…

American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:03:11 GMT

SPB chief takes up arms against Stateside culinary outrage

It's been quite a week for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team, as myself and Edge Research Laboratory's David Patterson travelled to Spaceport America in New Mexico, and took delivery of the Vulture 2 spaceplane in Denver, picking up a couple of rocket motor reloads along the way.…

Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:00:07 GMT

Less really is more this time

Review This has been a year of pain for Android phone makers, and Sony has suffered as much in this over-saturated market as anyone. But manufacturers' pain is your gain. Sony's overlooked Z3 Compact is, for you if not Sony, the happy result.…

ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:43:10 GMT

Toothless watchdog growls, firm says 'LA LA LA, WE'RE NOT LISTENING'

Toothless ad regulator the Advertising Standards Authority has put online souk Ebuyer on the naughty step again for using misleading advertising – the seventh complaint upheld against the company roughly three years.…

Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:32:09 GMT

Specialist programming site will post no new content

Programming journal and website Dr. Dobb's is ceasing publication of new content at the end of 2014.…

Dixphone's half-year P&L accounts are in. So much RED INK
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:14:07 GMT

Restructuring charges wipe out 'barnstorming' UK sales at Frankencorp

Fewer arch enemies and a brighter economy should help Frankencorp - the merged Dixons and Carphone Warehouse organisation - oil the wheels of commerce. It's done that with gusto in the six months since the union was sealed.…

NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:02:11 GMT

GoP hint at 9/11-style attack for screenings of Nork assassination movie

The New York premiere of Sony Pictures’ movie about a fictional assassination attempt on Kim Jong-Un has been cancelled in the wake of hacker threats invoking 9/11.…

Keep an eye on those Object Storage critters, y'hear?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:37:07 GMT

Another year in bits, bytes, and bods

Storagebod So as another year draws to a close, it appears that everything in the storage industry is still pretty much as it was. There have been no really seismic shifts in the industry, yet. Perhaps next year?…

London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:22:09 GMT

Sentence will be passed in January next year

A 17 year-old Londoner has pleaded guilty to a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year.…

Speaking in Tech: MICROSOFT to buy out TWITTER? Nah
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:02:12 GMT

Podcast Blabbermouths' site could become the new Skype

EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:58:04 GMT

Selling knick-knacks? Register or face taxman's WRATH

New EU tax rules that come into force on 1 January could kill thousands of mini and micro online businesses.…

Profit-shy Instagram adds 5 new filters for hipster-photo types
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:32:28 GMT

Wow. So photograph. Much lighting. Very colour

Instagram has added five more filters to the Facebook-owned, profit-shy photo app.…

UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:02:12 GMT

'Reliability' of face-matching tech vexes legal eagle

The legality of uploading of millions of photographs to the Police National Database for automated facial recognition tech searches has been called into question by the UK's Biometrics Commissioner.…

Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:32:09 GMT

HOW will shareholders rip off taxpayers now?!

Worstall on Wednesday What consumers end up paying for mobile phone services isn't the only price we're worried about.…

HOW MUCH did WD pay for Skyera? Join the dots, work it out
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:04:52 GMT

WD gros fromage: It wasn't $400m

Comment We at El Reg suggested yesterday, Monday, that WD paid up to $400m for the all-flash array upstart, but WD has since mailed us to say that's wrong.…

At last! Something else for smartwatches to do as BMW promises park-by-wristjob demo
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:27:10 GMT

GPS-free parking proposed thanks to carpark plans baked into beemers

Auto-maker BMW has announced a park-by-wristjob demo at January 2015's CES electronics extravaganza.…

Why is ICANN rushing its 'UN 'net security council'? So it can be announced at Davos
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:01:05 GMT

Fascinating tale of world elites, anti-NSA rumblings and the web's future

Despite rejections from its closest allies and calls for delay, ICANN is determined to create a "coordination council" for its internet-steering NetMundial Initiative this month. Why?…

Pacnet becomes 'potential' prey for Australia's Telstra
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:28:04 GMT

Oh great. Dominant telco from five eyes member bidding to buy US-to-Asia cables

Australia's dominant telecommunications company, Telstra, has told the nation's stock exchange “that it is in discussions with the owners of Pacnet around a potential transaction to acquire the company.”…

30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:02:09 GMT

Cards Against Humanity pwns its customers (or provides a 'life lesson')

Would you pay $6 for a box of shit? Fans of the "party game for horrible people", Cards Against Humanity did.…

IBM and Red Hat power up for virtualisation on Power systems
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:02:03 GMT

Billion-buck-bet on Linux bears fruit

Red Hat has announced that its Enterprise Virtualization product now works on IBM's Power systems.…

FCC to smack Sprint with $105m fine over 'cramming' – report
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:56:08 GMT

Stuffing customers' bills with bogus charges will cost it

US mobile carrier Sprint should expect a hefty fine from the Federal Communications Commission for overbilling its customers, say sources with knowledge of the agency's plans.…

Telstra scores deal to drive data to Teslas
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:13:45 GMT

At last! The information superhighway comes to Australia

Australian buyers of the Tesla model S will become customers of the nation's dominant telco, Telstra, after the two companies announced a deal.…

It's whiff, Jim, but not as we know it: Curiosity sniffs ORGANICS on Mars
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:54:06 GMT

But David Bowie still waiting for his answer

Two new papers on the latest data from the compact chemistry laboratory aboard nuclear-tank Curiosity show organic compounds in Mars' atmosphere and rocks – and therefore offer tantalizing clues to the Red Planet's watery past.…

Google bakes W3C malware-buster into Gmail
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:02:09 GMT

Content Security Policy standard means non-complying extensions SHALL NOT PASS!

If an online service offers even the slightest gap through which miscreants can launch an attack, they will do so. It's therefore not surprising that Google feels some extensions to its Gmail service may not be entirely friendly to users.…

Back dat app up: Microsoft opens Azure Backup to Windows PCs
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:02:09 GMT

Cloudy data protection no longer just for Windows Server

Microsoft's Azure Backup cloud service could start getting a lot more traffic soon, with the introduction of backup services for Windows client operating systems.…

Screwball ruble closes Apple's Russia store, whole kit and caboodle
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:03:10 GMT

Crazy exchange rates force iGiant to give up for now

Apple has temporarily halted online sales in Russia while the country remains in an economic free-fall.…

Gigabit-over-TV-cable spec DOCSIS 3.1 passes interop test
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:37:31 GMT

Saviour of Australia's National Broadband network edges closer to real-world deployment

DOCSIS 3.1, a standard designed to deliver downloads at up to 10Gbps on existing hybrid fibre-coax cable television networks, has passed an interoperability test.…

How does the US government run the internet? This is how
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:44:33 GMT

Step-by-step guide to IANA role in global DNS revealed

The US government has posted a step-by-step guide to how it authorizes changes to the internet's root zone – the heart of the world's domain-name system.…

Google Cloud gets 'snappy' with Ubuntu Core support
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:16:09 GMT

Canonical's Docker-friendly micro-OS arrives on Compute Engine

Canonical's "snappy" new formulation of Ubuntu has gained the support of another major public cloud vendor, with Google making the lightweight Linux available for customers of its Compute Engine IaaS offering.…

Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:45:35 GMT

What if movie studio loses? Big biz liable for big data blunders?

As if Sony Pictures didn't have enough on its plate, now former employees have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Hollywood giant over the parlous state of its security – and to recoup the damage hackers have allegedly caused them.…

Apple WINS iPod antitrust fight, jury nixes BILLION-dollar payout bid
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:49:51 GMT

Cook & Co defeat long-running suit over scrubbed MP3s

Apple has prevailed in an almost decade-long antitrust legal battle over the way its iPod gadgets handled music not obtained through iTunes.…

NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:48:53 GMT

Can't wait for Messenger probe to crash into Crater Moot

There's a chance to enter the history books (or at least a planetary geography atlas) as NASA is asking the public to help name five prominent features on Mercury, the tiny planet closest to the Sun.…

Boggling bum babe Kim fails to 'break the internet' – Robin Williams instead tops Google charts
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:29:56 GMT

Millions search for comic online after star's death

Legendary comedian Robin Williams has, we're told, topped 2014's chart of the most searched for thing or person on Google.…

IS there anything sexier than hyper-converged systems?
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:03:10 GMT

First Map Reduce, then Hive/Impala, but what’s next?

Comment Everyone likes hyper-converged systems. They are cool, dense, fast, energy-saving, agile, scalable, manageable, easy-to-use, and whatever else you want. But you know what? They have their limits too.…

Unlock your mobe by STROKING it with your PEARL
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:59:25 GMT

1. Ram silicon into hapless mollusc. 2. ???? 3. Profit

Jewellery firm Galatea has released an app which plays audio when one of the company's pearls is touched to the back of a phone. That's not a euphemism.…

HUMAN HAIR will soon be FOUND on MOON: Brit 'nauts aim for SPAAAACE
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:03:12 GMT

Lunar Mission One hits crowdfunding target

Blighty-backed moonshot Lunar Mission One has managed to hit its Kickstarter goal of £600,000 in crowdfunding, just a day and a half ahead of the cut-off point.…


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Intel to power two new 4G Lenovo smartphones in early 2015
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:02 GMT

The chipmaker is expected to expand its smartphone partnership with Lenovo, introducing phones for both China and the global market in the coming weeks.






Curiosity has discovered organic matter on Mars
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:28:18 GMT

Molecules found by Curiosity on Mars have been confirmed as organic matter -- the building blocks of all known forms of terrestrial life.






Have a merry Sithmas with this 'Star Wars' music parody
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:05:12 GMT

Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and even Han Solo in carbonite sing their favorite festive hits in the parody video "Star Wars Lost Holiday Album Collection."






Steve Jobs video in iPod lawsuit to stay under wraps, judge rules
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:45:30 GMT

After weeks of back-and-forth argument, the judge in the now-settled iPod antitrust suit says never-before-seen footage of the late Apple CEO won't be made available to the public.






This is what happens when severe turbulence hits a plane
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:13:17 GMT

Passengers on an American Airlines flight between Seoul and Dallas post videos showing the sheer fright during turbulence.






Sony cancels 'The Interview' as US links hack to North Korea
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:57:19 GMT

Bowing to pressure from hackers who threatened theatergoers with a terrorist attack, Sony halts release of the comedy focused on North Korea as the US says it has evidence North Korea was behind the attack.






Microsoft likens Google to knucklehead, then changes its mind
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:17:58 GMT

A blog post, critical of Google Apps and written by a senior product manager at Microsoft, appears, and then disappears. But why?

Why send a Christmas card when you can send a 100-foot-tall gif?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:11:57 GMT

This Saturday, everyone in the world can send a gif that will be projected onto two buildings in San Francisco, as well as sent to the recipient by e-mail.






Sprint faces federal lawsuit over illegal 'cramming'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:07:16 GMT

A federal consumer protection agency is suing Sprint over allegations that it allowed third-party companies to "cram" customers' bills with fraudulent charges.






The 404 Show 1,596: It's the end of an era with Steve Guttenberg (podcast)
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:01:24 GMT

Today's the last video episode of The 404. Ever. To help us say goodbye to our video feed, Steve Guttenberg joins us to discuss his dreams, speakers and FLAC audio.

State Dept. said to have OK'd 'The Interview'
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:00:20 GMT

Not only did US officials view the upcoming film, they were fine with Sony keeping the final assassination scene, according to a new report.






Have yourself an ugly Christmas sweater, by renting one
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:45:24 GMT

Why spend full price on festive fashions if you can rent a wacky wardrobe to show off your love for reindeer, snowmen, wreaths, holly, Santa Claus, elves and candy canes?

Priest jams cell phones in church
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:20:27 GMT

Fed up with his services being disrupted by technology, an Italian priest installs a jamming device. Not everyone is pleased.






Monosyllabic Yo app gets more talkative for the holidays
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:44:12 GMT

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Yo users will hear a festive ho ho ho when receiving a message from their Yo contacts.






The Force is with this 'Star Wars'-themed light show
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:33:40 GMT

Music teacher and director Tom BetGeorge has put together a light show set to "Star Wars" tracks. It even includes a little lightsaber action.






10 gloriously geeky highlights from 2014 (pictures)
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:48:29 GMT

From lady Lego scientists to landing on an asteroid, 2014 has been quite the year for geeky moments. We picked 10 fabulous geek moments from the past year worth revisiting before 2015 arrives.






Hoverboards and hobbits: 10 geek events of 2014 that rocked our nerdy world
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:38:00 GMT

From Groot swings to jetpacks, 2014 goosed our geeky hearts with zombie-proof cabins, comets, "Star Wars" and delicious crowdfunded potato salad.






Smashed smartphones, totaled tablets: Gawk at readers' broken gear
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:32:11 GMT

Ouch! These busted gadgets have flown off car roofs and motorbikes, been sat and stepped on and wrestled with kids and dogs. Needless to say, they've seen better days.






BlackBerry Classic hopes to strike bold, nostalgic chord
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:20:25 GMT

The much-teased smartphone harkens back to the long-past glory days of BlackBerry. Its CEO also teased a reconciliation with T-Mobile.






Our holiday lights are so bright, NASA can see them from space
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:50:19 GMT

All those strings of lights you're decorating your house with are contributing to a brightening effect in cities around the world, and a satellite can see the difference.







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Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:28:00 GMT

Rambo Tribble writes It was long thought that gamma ray bursts were the exclusive province of deep space sources. More recently it was found that storms could produce such emissions, but such occurrences were thought rare. Now, data from NASA's Fermi satellite suggest such events happen over a thousand times a day. Per Prof. Joseph Dwyer, from the University of New Hampshire, "These are big, monster bursts of gamma rays, and one would think these must be monster storms producing them. But that's not the case. Even boring-looking, garden-variety, little storms can produce these."

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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:04:00 GMT

First time accepted submitter River Tam writes Cybercriminals behind the TorrenLocker malware may have earned as much as $585,000 over several months from 39,000 PC infections worldwide, of which over 9,000 were from Australia. If you're a Windows user in Australia who's had their files encrypted by hackers after visiting a bogus Australia Post website, chances are you were infected by TorrentLocker and may have contributed to the tens of thousands of dollars likely to have come from Australia due to this digital shakedown racket.

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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:11:00 GMT

mrspoonsi writes The proposal was made by the Google developers working on the search firm's Chrome browser. The proposal to mark HTTP connections as non-secure was made in a message posted to the Chrome development website by Google engineers working on the firm's browser. If implemented, the developers wrote, the change would mean that a warning would pop-up when people visited a site that used only HTTP to notify them that such a connection "provides no data security". Currently only about 33% of websites use HTTPS, according to statistics gathered by the Trustworthy Internet Movement which monitors the way sites use more secure browsing technologies. In addition, since September Google has prioritised HTTPS sites in its search rankings.

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Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:36:00 GMT

First time accepted submitter giulioprisco writes Magic Leap, a secretive Florida augmented reality startup that raised $542 million in October, hired renowned science fiction writer Neal Stephenson as its "Chief Futurist." Stephenson offers hints at the company's technology and philosophy: "Magic Leap is bringing physics, biology, code, and design together to build a system that is going to blow doors open for people who create things." According to the Magic Leap website, their Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal technology permits generating images indistinguishable from real objects.

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Navy Develops a Shark Drone For Surveillance
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:51:00 GMT

An anonymous reader writes The Navy is testing a new underwater drone called GhostSwimmer, which is designed to a href="https://www.yahoo.com/tech/navy-develops-ghostswimmer-drone-that-looks-like-105375377914.html">look like a shark and conduct surveillance work. It is being adapted by the chief of naval operations' Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) project, Silent NEMO, in Norfolk, Va.. GhostSwimmer is 5 feet long and weighs almost 100 pounds. It can operate in water depths from 10 inches to 300 feet, and is designed to operate autonomously for long periods of time, according to the Navy.

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Google Strikes Deal With Verizon To Reduce Patent Troll Suits
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:05:00 GMT

mpicpp writes Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. struck a long-term patent cross-license agreement to reduce the risk of future patent lawsuits, the latest in a string of deals that signal a slowdown after years of aggressive patent wars. The deal effectively bars the companies from suing each other over any of the thousands of patents the companies currently own or acquire in the next five years. It also protects the companies if either sells a patent to another company, and that company attempts a lawsuit. "This cross license allows both companies to focus on delivering great products and services to consumers around the world," said Kirk Dailey, Google's head of patent transactions.

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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:23:00 GMT

tobiasly writes The country's top five theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment — have decided not to play Sony's The Interview. This comes after the group which carried off a massive breach of its networks threatened to carry out "9/11-style attacks" on theaters that showed the film. Update: Sony has announced that it has cancelled the planned December 25 theatrical release.

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NASA Tests Feasibility of 3D Printing on the Moon and Other Planets
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:40:00 GMT

ErnieKey writes A major application of 3d printing that could revolutionize space travel would be using 3d printers to create structures on non-terrestrial bodies like the moon, other planets, and even asteroids. Researchers from NASA's Kennedy Space Center have been working to develop solutions to materials issues, and recently presented initial findings on the potential for using in-situ materials like basalt for 3D printing. Their innovative method is based on only using in-situ supplies, and not materials that need to be brought into space.

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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:58:00 GMT

MassDosage writes "At the the risk of exposing my age I remember building my first website using a rudimentary Unix text editor (Joe) and carefully handcrafting the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) while directly logged on to the web server it was being served from. Back then Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) weren't even a glint in the eyes of their creators. A lot has changed and there's now a world of fancy WYSIWYG web page editors to choose from as well as Content Management Systems that allow you to create websites without looking at the underlying code at all. While this is all very useful and allows less technical people to create websites I still feel that having at least some knowledge of how everything works under the hood is empowering — especially in situations where you want to go beyond the limits placed on you by a certain tool. This is where Build Your Own Website: A comic guide to HTML, CSS and Wordpress comes into the picture. Its aim is to enable people new to web development to learn the subject by teaching the fundamentals of HTML and CSS first and only then describing how to use a Content Management System (CMS) — in this case Wordpress. While Wordpress might not be everyone's kettle of fish it's a good choice as an example of a modern CMS that is easily accessible and very popular. The concepts presented are simple enough that it should be easy enough for a reader to apply them to a different CMS should they want to. Read below for The rest of MassDosage's review.

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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:16:00 GMT

anguyen8 writes Deep neural networks (DNNs) trained with Deep Learning have recently produced mind-blowing results in a variety of pattern-recognition tasks, most notably speech recognition, language translation, and recognizing objects in images, where they now perform at near-human levels. But do they see the same way we do? Nope. Researchers recently found that it is easy to produce images that are completely unrecognizable to humans, but that DNNs classify with near-certainty as everyday objects. For example, DNNs look at TV static and declare with 99.99% confidence it is a school bus. An evolutionary algorithm produced the synthetic images by generating pictures and selecting for those that a DNN believed to be an object (i.e. "survival of the school-bus-iest"). The resulting computer-generated images look like modern, abstract art. The pictures also help reveal what DNNs learn to care about when recognizing objects (e.g. a school bus is alternating yellow and black lines, but does not need to have a windshield or wheels), shedding light into the inner workings of these DNN black boxes.

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Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:55:00 GMT

Trailrunner7 writes that researchers at Palo Alto Networks have found a backdoor in Android devices sold by Coolpad. "A popular Android smartphone sold primarily in China and Taiwan but also available worldwide, contains a backdoor from the manufacturer that is being used to push pop-up advertisements and install apps without users' consent. The Coolpad devices, however, are ripe for much more malicious abuse, researchers at Palo Alto Networks said today, especially after the discovery of a vulnerability in the backend management interface that exposed the backdoor's control system. Ryan Olson, intelligence director at Palo Alto, said the CoolReaper backdoor not only connects to a number of command and control servers, but is also capable of downloading, installing and activating any Android application without the user's permission. It also sends phony over-the-air updates to devices that instead install applications without notifying the user. The backdoor can also be used to dial phone numbers, send SMS and MMS messages, and upload device and usage information to Coolpad."

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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:37:00 GMT

Nerval's Lobster writes Back in the day, Microsoft viewed open source and Linux as a threat and did its best to retaliate with FUD and patent threats. And then a funny thing happened: Whether in the name of pragmatism or simply marketing, Microsoft began a very public transition from a company of open-source haters (at least in top management) to one that's embraced some aspects of open-source computing. Last month, the company blogged that .NET Core will become open-source, adding to its previously open-sourced ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and Web Pages (Razor). There's no doubt that, at least in some respects, Microsoft wants to make a big show of being more open and supportive of interoperability. The company's even gotten involved with the .NET Foundation, an independent organization designed to assist developers with the growing collection of open-source technologies for .NET. But there's only so far Microsoft will go into the realm of open source—whereas once upon a time, the company tried to wreck the movement, now it faces the very real danger of its whole revenue model being undermined by free software. But what's Microsoft's end-goal with open source? What can the company possibly hope to accomplish, given a widespread perception that such a move on its part is the product of either fear, cynicism, or both?

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The Joys and Hype of Hadoop
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:52:00 GMT

theodp writes "Investors have poured over $2 billion into businesses built on Hadoop," writes the WSJ's Elizabeth Dwoskin, "including Hortonworks Inc., which went public last week, its rivals Cloudera Inc. and MapR Technologies, and a growing list of tiny startups. Yet companies that have tried to use Hadoop have met with frustration." Dwoskin adds that Hadoop vendors are responding with improvements and additions, but for now, "It can take a lot of work to combine data stored in legacy repositories with the data that's stored in Hadoop. And while Hadoop can be much faster than traditional databases for some purposes, it often isn't fast enough to respond to queries immediately or to work on incoming information in real time. Satisfying requirements for data security and governance also poses a challenge."

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:10:00 GMT

HughPickens.com writes: Peter Baker reports at the NYT that in a deal negotiated during 18 months of secret talks hosted largely by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis, the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century. In addition, the United States will ease restrictions on remittances, travel and banking relations, and Cuba will release 53 Cuban prisoners identified as political prisoners by the United States government. Although the decades-old American embargo on Cuba will remain in place for now, the administration signaled that it would welcome a move by Congress to ease or lift it should lawmakers choose to. "We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. It does not serve America's interests, or the Cuban people, to try to push Cuba toward collapse. We know from hard-learned experience that it is better to encourage and support reform than to impose policies that will render a country a failed state," said the White House in a written statement. "The United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people."

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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:27:00 GMT

FarnsworthG writes: A multi-billion-dollar Army project will soon be able to track nearly everything within 340 miles when an 80-yard-long blimp is hoisted into the air over Maryland. Way to be subtle, guys. From the article: "Technically considered aerostats, since they are tethered to mooring stations, these lighter-than-air vehicles will hover at a height of 10,000 feet just off Interstate 95, about 45 miles northeast of Washington, D.C., and about 20 miles from Baltimore. That means they can watch what’s happening from North Carolina to Boston, or an area the size of Texas."

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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:01:00 GMT

Esra Erimez writes: Backblaze is transitioning from using 4 TB hard drives to 6 TB hard drives in the Storage Pods they will be deploying over the coming months. With over 10,000 hard drives, the choice of which 6TB hard drive to use is critical. They deployed 45 and tested Western Digital (WD60EFRX) and Seagate (STBD6000100) hard drives into two pods that were identical in design and configuration except for the hard drives used.

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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:44:00 GMT

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC reports on the construction of Prelude, a new ship that will be the world's longest vessel. It is 488 meters long and 74 meters wide, built with 260,000 tons of steel and displacing five times as much water as an aircraft carrier. Its purpose is to carry an entire natural gas processing plant as it sits over a series of wells 100 miles off the coast of Australia. Until now, it hasn't been practical to move gas that comes out of the wells with ships. The gas occupies too much volume, so it is generally piped to a facility on shore where it is processed and then shipped off to energy-hungry markets. But the Prelude can purify and chill the gas, turning it into a liquid and reducing its volume by a factor of 600. It will offload this liquid to smaller (but still enormous) carrier ships for transport.

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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:03:00 GMT

schwit1 sends this report from The Verge: Most anti-piracy tools take one of two paths: they either target the server that's sharing the files (pulling videos off YouTube or taking down sites like The Pirate Bay) or they make it harder to find (delisting offshore sites that share infringing content). But leaked documents reveal a frightening line of attack that's currently being considered by the MPAA: What if you simply erased any record that the site was there in the first place? To do that, the MPAA's lawyers would target the Domain Name System that directs traffic across the internet. The tactic was first proposed as part of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2011, but three years after the law failed in Congress, the MPAA has been looking for legal justification for the practice in existing law and working with ISPs like Comcast to examine how a system might work technically. If a takedown notice could blacklist a site from every available DNS provider, the URL would be effectively erased from the internet. No one's ever tried to issue a takedown notice like that, but this latest memo suggests the MPAA is looking into it as a potentially powerful new tool in the fight against piracy.

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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:22:00 GMT

An anonymous reader writes: IEEE Spectrum reports on a study out of NASA exploring the idea that manned missions to Venus are possible if astronauts deploy and live in airships once they arrive. Since the atmospheric pressure at the surface is 92 times that of Earth, and the surface temperate is over 450 degrees C, the probes we've sent to Venus haven't lasted long. The Venera 8 probe sent back data for only 50 minutes after landing. Soviet missions in 1985 were able to get much more data — 46 hours worth — by suspending their probes from balloons. The new study refines that concept: "At 50 kilometers above its surface, Venus offers one atmosphere of pressure and only slightly lower gravity than Earth. Mars, in comparison, has a "sea level" atmospheric pressure of less than a hundredth of Earth's, and gravity just over a third Earth normal. The temperature at 50 km on Venus is around 75 C, which is a mere 17 degrees hotter than the highest temperature recorded on Earth. The defining feature of these missions is the vehicle that will be doing the atmospheric exploring: a helium-filled, solar-powered airship. The robotic version would be 31 meters long (about half the size of the Goodyear blimp), while the crewed version would be nearly 130 meters long, or twice the size of a Boeing 747. The top of the airship would be covered with more than 1,000 square meters of solar panels, with a gondola slung underneath for instruments and, in the crewed version, a small habitat and the ascent vehicle that the astronauts would use to return to Venus's orbit, and home."

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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:40:00 GMT

theodp writes: "CS Principles," explains the intro to a Microsoft Research talk on a new Computer Science Toolkit and Gaming Course, "is a new AP course being piloted across the country and by making it more accessible to students we can help increase diversity in computing." Towards this end, Microsoft has developed "a middle school computing toolkit, and a high school CS Principles & Games course." These two projects were "developed specifically for girls," explains Microsoft, and are part of the corporation's Big Dream Movement for girls, which is partnering with the UN, White House, NSF, EU Commission, and others. One of Microsoft's particular goals is to "reach every individual girl in her house." According to a document on its website, Microsoft Research's other plans for Bridging the Gender Gap in computing include a partnership with the University of Wisconsin "to create a girls-only computer science Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)."

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You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:00:04 GMT

You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space

SAN FRANCISCO—People love the holidays so much you can see it from space. Data collected by a satellite with a special nighttime sensor found that the glow from our collective light displays brightens many major U.S. cities as much as 50 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. A team led by NASA scientist Miguel […]

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The Electrician Who Makes Bolts of ‘Lightning’ in His Basement
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:00:14 GMT

The Electrician Who Makes Bolts of ‘Lightning’ in His Basement

By day, Jacques Emery is a middle-aged electrician living in Martigny, Switzerland. By night, he descends into his basement, where a kind of magic happens. There amongst a sea of capacitors, resistors, diodes, and coils, he is transformed into something of a mad scientist, experimenting with the strange and beautiful power of electricity. Photographer Olivier […]

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As the Ruble Plummets, Apple Suspends Online Sales in Russia
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:47:59 GMT

As the Ruble Plummets, Apple Suspends Online Sales in Russia

Apple has suspended online sales in Russia, blaming extreme fluctuations in the value of the ruble.

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The Second Coming of D’Angelo Makes for an Extra-Nasty Playlist
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:31:01 GMT

The Second Coming of D’Angelo Makes for an Extra-Nasty Playlist

D'Angelo's Black Messiah is finally here. And it's glorious. If we could, we'd make it the entire playlist, this week, but we can't.

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Can Wearables Bring Efficiency to the Enterprise?
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:38:28 GMT

Can Wearables Bring Efficiency to the Enterprise?

It might be tempting to ignore wearables as some kind of geek fad, but businesses can’t risk ignoring how wearable technology is disrupting industries. On its own, Google Glass may not have generated the same mass consumer adoption that triggered corporate IT to accommodate BYOD or social media use, but Apple’s recent partnership with IBM […]

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Former Employees Are Suing Sony Over ‘Epic Nightmare’ Hack
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:04:28 GMT

Former Employees Are Suing Sony Over ‘Epic Nightmare’ Hack

The plot of the Sony hack drama has taken a new turn. Two former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment filed a class-action lawsuit against the studio giant on Monday for failing to properly secure sensitive employee data. The recent widespread breach of Sony has resulted in the theft and release of documents exposing Social Security […]

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An App That Can Instantly Identify Any Car (At Least Half the Time)
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:52:47 GMT

An App That Can Instantly Identify Any Car (At Least Half the Time)

So you're shopping for a car. You've been browsing online, talking to friends, and actually paying attention to TV commercials, yet you still haven't seen anything you really like. And then it happens: Something zips past you on the street and you're awestruck. "That," you think. "That I'm into." But you have no idea what it is. No worries. Chase it down, snap a photo from the back, and upload it to Car Capture. The free app, created by State Farm, needs just seconds to identify the make, model and year of the car and a pile of other helpful info.

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Spain’s Google News Shutdown Is a Silly Victory for Publishers
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:47:25 GMT

Spain’s Google News Shutdown Is a Silly Victory for Publishers

Trying to stick it to Google is an understandable impulse, a resentment fed by the company's monolithic influence over the web. But all the Google News shutdown in Spain really shows is how powerless traditional publishers really are.

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Now T-Mobile Lets You Roll Over Your Data Every Month
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:35:06 GMT

Now T-Mobile Lets You Roll Over Your Data Every Month

A new "Data Stash" feature will let customers use all the data they pay for, according to T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

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Sci-Fi Author Neal Stephenson Joins Mystery Startup Magic Leap as ‘Chief Futurist’
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:25:28 GMT

Sci-Fi Author Neal Stephenson Joins Mystery Startup Magic Leap as ‘Chief Futurist’

American science fiction writer and game designer Neal Stephenson has just joined the stealthy augmented reality startup that’s been getting a lot of buzz lately, Magic Leap.

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Believe It: Co-Working Space Startup WeWork Is Now Worth $5B
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:17:31 GMT

Believe It: Co-Working Space Startup WeWork Is Now Worth $5B

WeWork, the New York City-based startup that rents out office space to entrepreneurs across the country, has just raised a $355 million round of funding, a deal that values the company at a whopping $5 billion

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Can We Trust Drug Companies? The Future of Healthcare May Depend On It
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:22:09 GMT

Can We Trust Drug Companies? The Future of Healthcare May Depend On It

Providers’ relationship with life science companies has been difficult, to say the least. But it has become clear that to move the needle on improving healthcare, these stakeholders will have to learn to work together. Providers guard a wealth of physiological data on patient populations within their Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Life science companies have […]

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The Next Big Thing You Missed: ‘Rise’ App Puts a Real-Life Personal Health Coach in Your Pocket
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:00:51 GMT

The Next Big Thing You Missed: ‘Rise’ App Puts a Real-Life Personal Health Coach in Your Pocket

Fitness and diet tracking technologies are great for collecting data about your health. But what should you do with all that data? Rise is here to help.

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Mint’s Latest App Helps You Pay Every Bill on Time
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:00:23 GMT

Mint’s Latest App Helps You Pay Every Bill on Time

Mint Bills lets you track and automatically pay all your bills.

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Apple Pay Recruits Dozens of New Banks and Stores
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:58:28 GMT

Apple Pay Recruits Dozens of New Banks and Stores

Just two months after its launch, dozens more banks, retailers, and even an NBA arena now work with Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payments system that uses NFC to let users send money from their iPhones to payment terminals in-store, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Why Uber Isn’t the Only Future for the Business of Other People’s Cars
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:00:55 GMT

Why Uber Isn’t the Only Future for the Business of Other People’s Cars

As Uber gets all the attention, the basic rationale for renting other people's cars still seems worth considering. For so many of us, our cars spend most of their time parked, empty, going nowhere. And isn’t that a waste?

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This Digital Piggy Bank Could Finally Get You To Start Saving
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:00:36 GMT

This Digital Piggy Bank Could Finally Get You To Start Saving

Digit is like a digital piggybank. It connects to a user's checking account, analyzes the user's spending habits and income history, and uses an algorithm to automatically set aside small amounts of money at times when the user is least likely to miss it.

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Life Under the Microscope: The Year’s Best Biology Close-Ups
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:00:19 GMT

Life Under the Microscope: The Year’s Best Biology Close-Ups

Life is pretty interesting, and at the microscopic scale, it can also be beautiful, strange, intriguing, frightening and gross. The winning photos and videos from this year’s Olympus BioScapes competition span the whole range. From rat brains to butter daisies to weevils and barnacle appendages, these microscope photos will amaze. First prize this year went […]

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What’s Up With That: The Dark Days of Winter Bum You Out
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:00:16 GMT

What’s Up With That: The Dark Days of Winter Bum You Out

There's a link between sunlight and happiness, and in winter time a lot of people aren't getting enough of either.

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Legendary Mad Magazine Illustrator Jack Davis Calls It Quits at 90
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:00:04 GMT

Legendary Mad Magazine Illustrator Jack Davis Calls It Quits at 90

Jack Davis, the legendary Mad magazine illustrator and movie poster artist, is hanging up his pencils.

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Survivor: San Juan del Sur: Who Won Season 29? Plus, Find Out What's In Store for Season 30!
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:26:11 GMT

Survivor, Missy Payne, Jaclyn Schultz, Baylor Wilson, Keith Nale, Natalie AndersonWell that was fun! Particularly the past few weeks of this season of Survivor have been filled with some awesome twists and turns, often engineered by the clever two-time reality competition alum...

About American Horror Story's Devastating and Shocking Pepper Episode...
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:20:00 GMT

American Horror StoryWhen you're done crying thanks to Naomi Grossman's wonderful—albeit heartbreaking—performance as Pepper on tonight's American Horror Story: Freak Show, we'll be here to...

Mel B's Husband Stephen Belafonte on Split Rumors: "I'm Not Disputing It"
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:13:11 GMT

Mel B, Stephen BelafonteMelanie Brown's husband didn't confirm a split, but he didn't exactly deny it, either. Stephen Belafonte spoke out about the status of his relationship with the former Spice...

Stephen Collins Admits He's a "Flawed Person" After Confessing to Sexually Abusing Underage Girls
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:08:00 GMT

Stephen Collins, 20/20 with Katie CouricStephen Collins is more than willing to admit one thing: He's far from a perfect man. "I'm a human being with flaws," the 7thHeaven star reveals to Katie Couric in...

Stevie Wonder, 64, Welcomes Baby No. 9—Get the Details!
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:08:42 GMT

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder got his Christmas present early. The 64-year-old legendary musician welcomed his ninth (!) child, and second child with girlfriend Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, a baby girl named...

Pregnant Kimora Lee Simmons Debuts Her Baby Bump While Enjoying Family Vacation in St. Barths
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:07 GMT

Kimora Lee SimmonsOh baby, baby! As Kimora Lee Simmons eagerly waits to welcome her fourth child, the actress has managed to find the perfect place to rest and unwind. Joined by her darling dog,...

Did Clarke Really Just Kill [SPOILER]?! The 100's Eliza Taylor Dishes All About That Shocking Choice
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT

The 100Sorry, but The 100 has rendered us completely speechless. Our minds are completely blown. We have no liquid left to cry out of our face holes. No words left in our brains to...

Gisele Bündchen Stuns in Vogue Australia—See the Gorgeous Pics!
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:29:00 GMT

Gisele Bundchen, Vogue AustraliaNot that this is new news, but Gisele Bndchen is absolutely gorgeous. The supermodel flaunted her enviable features on the cover of Vogue Australia for their January issue, which...

North Korea Wins? Steve Carell, Aaron Sorkin, Rob Lowe and More Slam Sony for Pulling The Interview From Theaters
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:42:00 GMT

James Franco, Seth Rogen, The InterviewNot everyone in Hollywood is happy to see The Interviewget shunned from movie theatres. Shortly after Sony Pictures made the decision to pull the film's theatrical release due...

The Backstreet Boys Documentary Trailer Is Here and It Looks Pretty Interesting—Watch Now!
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:23:19 GMT

Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of Backstreet's back, all right. Backstreet Boys fans will be excited to hear that the trailer for the famous boy band's upcoming documentary Backstreet Boys: Show Em What...

Did The View's Beverly Johnson Interview Drive a Wedge Between Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell?
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:19:00 GMT

Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, The ViewIt's no secret that The View has experienced its fair share of feud rumors (some with more truth than others). The reports, which have repeatedly plagued the show, resurfaced...

Man Who Accused Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him as a Teenager Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:13:24 GMT

Bryan SingerThe man who accused Hollywood director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager has been indicted on wire fraud charges. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Michael...

Kendall Jenner Pulled Over by Cops: Find Out Why and Watch the Video!
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:44:00 GMT

Kendall Jenner, British Fashion Awards 2014Kendall Jenner had a harmless run-in with the law on Monday night. The 19-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star was out and about with BFF Hailey Baldwin earlier this week in...

Friendly Exes Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy Reunite for Breakfast With Son Bingham—See the Pic!
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:31:00 GMT

Kate Hudson, Matt BellamyKate Hudson and Matt Bellamy may have called off their engagement, but these two celebs are far from bitter exes. The newly single pair were spotted reuniting on Wednesday morning to...

Has the Ending for Serial Already Been Spoiled?!
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:18:00 GMT

Serial, Funny Or DieIf you're obsessed with all things Serial, chances are you're already planning your day around tomorrow's final podcast. Whether you're aiming to play hooky, waking up...

Jay Thomas "Meant No Ill" to Seth Rogen & James Franco With His Comments on CNN About Sony Hacking, Threat
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:52:00 GMT

Jay Thomas, Seth Rogen, James FrancoJay Thomas appeared to shock a CNN host—and many viewers—with harsh comments about Seth Rogen and James Franco on Wednesday. Thomas was discussing...

Jim Carrey's How the Grinch Stole Christmas vs. the Classic Cartoon: We Take a Hard Stance on Which is Better!
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:44:00 GMT

Jim Carrey, GrinchWe're taking a hard stance this year: the 2000 feature film version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is better than the 1966 TV cartoon special. We are NOT grinches for saying that!...

Original Real World Cast Reunites 22 Years Later, Reminisce About Fights and Fame—Watch Now!
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:36:28 GMT

The Real World New York, Season 1 ReunionIt was the show that changed reality TV forever! Seven complete strangers were picked to live in a house and have their lives filmed for all to see. And did we mention the rules? They...

Hayden Panettiere's Fianc Wladimir Klitschko Opens Up About the Birth of His Daughter
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:17:30 GMT

Wladimir Klitschko, InstagramIt's been a whirlwind year for Hayden Panettiere and her fianc, Wladimir Klitschko. The professional boxer took to Instagram to reflect on 2014 just days after the Nashville...

Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger Go Christmas Shopping in Beverly Hills—See the Pic!
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:16:00 GMT

Miley Cyrus, Patrick SchwarzeneggerThe couple who runs errands together, stays together. Miley Cyrus and her cute beau Patrick Schwarzenegger were spotted getting some Christmas shopping done on Rodeo Drive in Beverly...


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Obama moves to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:04:37 -0500

In a historic move, the administration is beginning talks with communist nation to restore full diplomacy; development follows release of American Alan Gross

U.S. closer to formally blaming North Korea for Sony hack
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:02:19 -0500

Amid hacking threats, Sony cancels Dec. 25 opening of "The Interview"; sources say U.S. has determined North Korea behind Sony hack

The winner of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" is...
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:01:54 -0500

Wednesday night's finale left one contestant the Sole Survivor and winner of the million-dollar prize

Stephen Colbert: The "60 Minutes" interview
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:15:11 -0500

As "The Colbert Report" wraps up, watch a 2006 interview with Colbert as he details what inspired his "high-status idiot" character

Divided reaction in Miami to breakthrough in U.S.-Cuba relations
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:01:18 -0500

Feelings mixed among Cubans and Cuban-Americans in Little Havana, ranging from anger and betrayal to cautious optimism

​Eric Garner case: New York pushes for settlement in chokehold death
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:01:38 -0500

"There are advantages of settling early and not going to court," city comptroller says of family's $75 million civil rights claim

Montana man convicted in German exchange student's death
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:36:16 -0500

A man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide

Cuba today
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:52:42 -0500

A look at the island nation as the U.S. announces plans to normalize relations for the first time in more than 50 years

The Fed powers a monster rally on Wall Street
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:59:43 -0500

Stocks enjoyed their biggest one-day gains of the year as the Fed stuck to its interest rate plan and oil prices rebounded a bit

Southern California hit with intense series of storms
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:54:15 -0500

Lightning, snow, heavy downpours and mudslides were all part of the fierce weather people in Los Angeles and nearby counties dealt with

"Person of interest" in custody after TV meteorologist shot
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:21:36 -0500

Authorities say they have taken a "person of interest" into custody in connection with the shooting of a Central Texas television meteorologist

Former NFL players may appeal after painkillers lawsuit dismissed
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:47:39 -0500

Judge rules collective bargaining agreement covers claims by 1,300 players that they were damaged by teams routinely dispensing painkillers

NY woman: Police should have arrested DWI son before deadly crash
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:30:59 -0500

Long Island mother says officers brought her son home after drunk driving crash, shortly before he got into second accident and died

S.C. boy executed for 1944 murder is exonerated
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:37:43 -0500

Judge calls trial, execution of black teen George Stinney, Jr. for beating deaths of two white girls a "truly unfortunate episode in our history"

Video shows aftermath of Taliban massacre of Pakistan students
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:00:22 -0500

Gunmen killed more than a hundred children in Peshawar, an attack Taliban militants in Afghanistan call "un-Islamic"

National Film Registry adds movies
published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:52:55 -0500

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Big Lebowski" and "Saving Private Ryan" are just a few of the classics to be preserved by the Library of Congress

Temperatures in the Arctic rising twice as fast as rest of the world
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:14:12 -0500

A new report that finds Arctic warming is affecting global weather bodes well for algae, less so for polar bears

New theory behind 1962 Alcatraz prison break
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:53:52 -0500

Three men escaped from an un-escapable prison and were largely assumed dead, but now scientists think the inmates could have floated to their freedom

​Rikers Island guard convicted in NYC inmate's 2012 death
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:44:43 -0500

Guards testified captain refused to call for help after inmate swallowed toxic substance: "Don't bother me unless someone is dead"

Will the U.S.-Cuba policy shift mean access to Cuban cigars?
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:02:05 -0500

Wednesday's move to normalize relations with the island means Americans may soon have access to the banned stogies

​See the Navy's new underwater shark drone
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:36:30 -0500

If Jaws were a robot that worked for the U.S. military, this is what it would look like

Two charged in "grisly" death of Pa. teacher
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:25:31 -0500

Police say suspects, one a minor, intended to rob the home of sixth-grade teacher Nicole Mathewson

Marvel editor on black Captain America, other diverse characters
published: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:08:58 -0500

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso talks with CBSN about some of the ways the company is transforming its iconic superheroes

Calorie counts coming to alcoholic drink menus
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:27:44 -0500

The FDA wants you to know what booze will do to your diet, but there are some exceptions to the new rule

City lights from space
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:28:22 -0500

Images from the European Space Agency show what cities around the world look like at night from space

Richard C. Hottelet, the last living member of the famed CBS News "Murrow's Boys," dies at 97
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:29:28 -0500

World War II radio reports for CBS News under the direction of Edward R. Murrow set the standard for broadcast journalism

Missing 1927 Walt Disney Christmas film discovered in Norway
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:20:10 -0500

​An old Disney film, featuring Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit, has been discovered just in time for the holidays

Office holiday party survival guide
published: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:13:06 -0500

Follow these helpful hints and have fun on the company's dime, while still maintaining your dignity the day after