Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea
President Barack Obama vowed that the United States will respond to the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on the North Korean government. Obama said the cyber attack "caused a lot of damage" to Sony but that he believed the company made a mistake in canceling the release of "The Interview," a comedy portraying the assassination of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. "We will respond," Obama told an end-of-year news conference. ...
12/19/2014 - 06:52 PM
Barbara Scrivner’s long journey to clemency
Twenty years into her three-decade sentence for selling small amounts of meth, President Barack Obama had decided to let Scrivner out of prison, her lawyer told her in a brief and emotional phone call. She started to cry.
12/19/2014 - 03:24 PM
Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children
SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested for murder in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home.
12/19/2014 - 05:11 PM
Obama says U.S. blacks better off overall than when he began presidency
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that U.S. blacks are better off now than they were when he began his presidency in 2009, but that the gap between blacks and whites remains. "Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office," he told reporters in an end-of-year news conference. "The gap between income and wealth of white and black America persists, and we've got more work to do on that front. ...
12/19/2014 - 03:19 PM
Friend of accused Boston bomber pleads guilty to gun, drug charges
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A high school friend of the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty on Friday to charges including having possessed a gun that prosecutors contend the suspects used to shoot dead a university police officer as they tried to flee the city. Stephen Silva, 21, changed his plea from not guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston after reaching a deal with federal prosecutors that was filed under seal. ...
12/19/2014 - 04:39 PM
U.S. Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in Florida next month
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Gay marriages may proceed in Florida next month after the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to extend a stay requested by state officials seeking to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Weddings would be allowed to start on Jan. 6 under an order by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta earlier this month. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented with the decision. (Reporting by Letitia Stein; Editing by Chris Reese)
12/19/2014 - 06:49 PM
Lawmaker wants investigation of St. Louis prosecutor
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis County prosecutor who convened the grand jury that investigated the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown says some witnesses before the panel obviously lied under oath.
12/19/2014 - 06:44 PM
'A human being gripped by a severe mental illness'
James Holmes's parents are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.
12/19/2014 - 12:00 PM
Painting sells for staggering sum
GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House kept secret its 2013 sale of an oil painting by French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million to help protect Detroit-owned artworks under threat due to the city's bankruptcy.
12/19/2014 - 10:51 AM
Hackers' latest message to Sony
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The hackers who launched a cyberattack on Sony Pictures praised the company's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and said its data will be secure if they continue to comply, CNN reported on Friday, quoting the message.
12/19/2014 - 11:58 AM
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