North Korea Hack On Sony May Be Costliest Ever

Posted by Associated Press on December 17, 2014
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NEW YORK — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyber attack ever inflicted on an American business.

The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean …

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US, Cuba Patch Torn Relations in Historic Accord

Posted by Associated Press on December 17, 2014
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WASHINGTON — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

President Barack Obama’s dramatic announcement in Washington — seconded by Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana — was accompanied …

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Sydney Cafe Siege Ends With Three Dead Including Gunman

Posted by Associated Press on December 15, 2014
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SYDNEY — The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia’s largest city. An Iranian-born gunman burst in, took 17 people hostage, and forced some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith above the shop window’s festive inscription of “Merry Christmas.”

It ended after …

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Senate Probe Catalogs Brutality Against Detainees

Posted by Associated Press on December 9, 2014
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WASHINGTON — The United States brutalized scores of terror suspects with interrogation tactics that turned secret CIA prisons into chambers of suffering and did nothing to make America safer after the 9/11 attacks, Senate investigators concluded Tuesday.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report, years in the making, accused the CIA of misleading its political masters …

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Obama Spurns GOP With Expansive Immigration Orders

Posted by Associated Press on November 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.”

The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades and set off …

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