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Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea

Obama vows response to North Korea over Sony cyber attackPresident 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. ...


Human rights in spotlight after U.S.-Cuba deal

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2010 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro attends the opening ceremony of the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba. To many exiles and their allies, Castro is a dictator who locks up dissenters and snuffs out political discourse. Cuba’s supporters see the government as heroic, justified by the behavior of its giant enemy to the north and offset by the fact it provides health care and education that most developing countries could only dream of. As often is the case, the truth lies somewhere in between. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.


Ferguson prosecutor: Some witnesses lied, including woman who didn’t see shooting

Missouri Prosecutor Releases More Evidence From Ferguson ShootingA woman who swore she saw teenager Michael Brown pummel Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson and charge him “like a football player,” was lying about being at the scene of the controversial police shooting, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Friday.


Obama says U.S. blacks better off overall than when he began presidency

U.S. President Barack Obama reponds to a question during his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (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. ...


Friend of accused Boston bomber pleads guilty to gun, drug charges

Hayden, defense attorney for Matanov who is accused of lying to federal investigators about his ties to accused Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, talks to reporters following Matanov's arraignment in federal courtBy 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. ...


San Francisco prosecutor charges deputy in hospital assault: report
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco District Attorney's office charged a sheriff's deputy on Friday for allegedly attacking a hospital patient and covering it up with a false police report, according to officials and local media. District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement on Twitter that his office charged officer Michael Lewelling with assault and perjury in connection with the incident at San Francisco General Hospital. The attorney's office could not be immediately reached for comment or to provide additional details. ...

New Ray Rice video shows couple kissing after elevator punch


Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2014 photo, medical personnel in protective suits stand by an ambulance at the Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed that the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon.


Barbara Scrivner’s long journey to clemency

Barbara ScrivnerTwenty 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.


Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in AustraliaSYDNEY (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.


Lawmaker wants investigation of St. Louis prosecutor

Prosecutor: Some Ferguson witnesses clearly liedST. 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.


'A human being gripped by a severe mental illness'

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialJames Holmes's parents are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.


Painting sells for staggering sum

Edsel & Eleanor Ford HouseGROSSE 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.


Hackers' latest message to Sony

Hackers tell Sony wise to cancel film, don't make more trouble: CNNWASHINGTON (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.


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