FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

BBC News - The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says North Korea was behind a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures over a film about its leader Kim Jong-un. The agency said analysis of malware showed links to North Korea. Sony withdrew the film The Interview following ...

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Cuba policy changes won't happen overnight, says Obama

euronews - US President Barack Obama said he does not expect a quick end to US sanctions on Cuba. Two days after reinstating diplomatic relations with Havana, he said that change would not happen overnight. The president was speaking at his year-end news ...

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The man behind the Sydney siege

Irish Times - On Tuesday Australians woke up to find their worst fears realised. The siege in Sydney's Lindt Chocolate Cafe, which had begun at 9.44am the previous morning (10.44pm on Sunday in Ireland), had come to a sudden and violent end just after 2am. What the ...

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Oil boosted by pre-holiday short-covering, but down for 4th week

CNBC - Oil bounced higher on Friday as selling pressure from a six-month price rout eased for a second time this week on short-covering, helped by fresh buying in U.S. crude before the expiry of the front-month contract. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures ...

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Fed's Lacker Supports FOMC 'Patient' Statement on Rates

Bloomberg - Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker, an ardent internal critic of the central bank's loose monetary policy, said he backs a Fed statement this week that it would be patient on raising interest rates. “I support the characterization that we ...

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Putin invites Kim to Russia

Philly.com - Officials in Moscow confirmed Friday that North Korean despot Kim Jong Un may attend ceremonies next year commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It would be Kim's first public foreign visit since coming to power in December 2011.

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US stocks log best weekly gains in two months

Economic Times - NEW YORK: US stocks extended gains for a third session on Friday, giving the S&P 500 index its best weekly performance in nearly two months as energy shares continued to rebound. The S&P energy index jumped 3.1 per cent, leading the benchmark ...

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Obama mocks absurd plot twist of cyber attack on Sony

Reuters - WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Faced with the most destructive cyber attack of a company on U.S. soil, President Barack Obama resorted to humor to explain an absurd plot that even Hollywood did not see coming. In his rebuke of Sony Pictures' ...

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Have a cigar: American smokers hopeful they will be able to get Cuban ...

Fox News Latino - One of the iconic images of Cuba is that of former leader Fidel Castro – all green fatigues and thick, greying beard – puffing on his favorite cigar, a Cohiba Corona Especial. The Cuban Cohiba – along with Romeo y Julieta, Montecristo No. 2 and host of others ...

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Belarus slaps 30% tax on foreign currency purchases

Financial Times - Belarus has imposed a 30 per cent tax on buying foreign currency and more than doubled interest rates to 50 per cent as the ripples of this week's Russian market turmoil began to be felt in other former Soviet countries. The Belarusian central bank said the ...

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Padres trade for Justin Upton - U

T San Diego - A.J. Preller's idea of going all-in is something to behold. The Padres' first-year general manager has traded for outfielders Matt Kemp and Wil Myers and catcher Derek Norris in the last week. Friday, Preller acquired another power bat from the Braves in Justin ...

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Red Wings' Howard leaves game with injury

NHL.com - Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was replaced by Petr Mzarek after the first period against the New York Islanders on Friday as a precaution because of a lower-body injury. DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard left the game ...

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T-Mobile Settles to Tune of $90M Over "Cramming" Charges

Modern Readers - T-Mobile Settles to Tune of $90M Over "Cramming" Charges The Uncarrier found itself in some hot water Friday, as T-Mobile agreed to pay over $90 million over so-called “cramming” charges, or garnishing customers' bills with unauthorized third-party ...

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Putin's Russia is the crude crash wild card

The Globe and Mail - Oil shocks can overhaul the global economic order at alarming speed and another one is under way. While oil-importing countries will love the cheap energy bills, the price plunge threatens to lay waste to a few oil exporters that, only a year ago, were riding ...

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Expedition Finds New Fish Species at a Depth of 5 Miles in Mariana Trench

Apex Tribune - An international team of researchers during the survey of the Mariana Trench have discovered a new species of fish which resides at the depth of 5 miles. Mariana trench is the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean and it is virtually impossible for any human to ...

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Vladirmir Putin accuses journalist of being drunk when he is survivor of strokes

Daily Mail - Vladimir Putin mistakenly thought that a journalist who has survived two strokes was attending a press conference drunk, it has emerged. Vladimir Mamatov slurred his words slightly as he spoke to the Russian president during the televised event in Moscow ...

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Oil boosted by pre-holiday short-covering, but down for 4th week

CNBC - Oil bounced higher on Friday as selling pressure from a six-month price rout eased for a second time this week on short-covering, helped by fresh buying in U.S. crude before the expiry of the front-month contract. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures ...

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Stocks sluggish after huge 2-day rally

USA TODAY - Stocks are sluggish Friday, an early indicator that the boost from Fed's mid-week reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates may finally be petering out. Asian stocks -- which were still buoyed by the Fed's Wednesday announcement -- rallied.

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Equities extend rally; oil rebounds, helping rouble rise

Reuters - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Equity markets worldwide extended the week's rally on Friday and oil prices rebounded from recent lows, as investors closed out the last full week of trading in 2014 on an upbeat note. Wall Street rose, and the S&P 500 came within a ...

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'Late Late Show' Finale: Craig Ferguson Gets Quirky Sendoff From Jay Leno

Hollywood Reporter - Craig Ferguson said goodbye to The Late Late Show with a little help from guest Jay Leno and a few dozen other stars. The opening features a star-filled video of Ferguson singing "Bang Your Drum" by Dead Man Falls, with a little help from Samuel L.

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US stocks edge higher after a big two-day rally

CNBC - NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher as the market comes off a massive two-day rally. The market closed out its second-best week of the year Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose nine points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,070. It rose 3.4 percent ...

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A Md. role model: Scrooge

Baltimore Sun - We obviously remember Scrooge for his uncompromising stinginess. On Christmas Eve Scrooge is a skunk, satisfied with the illusion of his own goodness. Too many forget that on Christmas morning Scrooge 2.0 is heading to a life of charity, philanthropy and ...

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Stocks climbing more after huge 2-day rally

USA TODAY - The stock market nearly erased the damage from its recent mini correction Friday as stocks extended a three-session that started when the Federal Reserve cheered Wall Street with its assurance that it is in no hurry to raise interest rates. The Standard ...

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For now, it's all about patience for Celtics

Boston Globe - Although the Celtics organization was pleased with the return from the Rajon Rondo deal — including a $12.9 million trade exception, a future first-round pick, and an opportunity to closely evaluate Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder — team president of ...

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After big rally, stocks eye new record highs

USA TODAY - Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon of Dec. 18, 2014. The stock market had its best day of 2014, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising over 400 points. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images). The biggest ...

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Flu Season Is Off to an Earlier Start This Year Than Last: CDC

NBCNews.com - This flu season is ramping up earlier than last year's. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the flu is widespread in 29 of the 54 states and territories that it tracks. This time last year, it was widespread in only four. Eleven children ...

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AP PHOTOS: In North Korea, the Kims are adored

Chron.com - To say that Kim Jong Un is the leader of his country is a gross understatement. In North Korea, he is regarded as the epitome of his country. The same was true of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, and his father, Kim Jong Il. Each in his turn has been the focus of ...

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Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

Boston Herald - BALTIMORE — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps avoided jail time on Friday when a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning. "You don't ...

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Is Bill Cosby a predator or being preyed upon?

Asbury Park Press - Phylicia Rashad, right, Bill Cosby's television wife on “The Cosby Show,” wipes lipstick from his cheek after a kiss following an interview by Katie Couric in 2002. Cosby hugs Keshia Knight Pulliam, one of his television daughters.

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Oil Prices Rise in Europe

Wall Street Journal - A worker walks in between oil barrels at Pertamina's storage depot in Jakarta in this file photo. Reuters. By. Georgi Kantchev. Georgi Kantchev. The Wall Street Journal. CANCEL. BiographyGeorgi Kantchev · [email protected] · @georgikantchev.

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Emma: Jay Cutler Masks Frustration As Uncertain Future Lingers

CBS Local - LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Decked out in a team-issued Bears T-shirt and hat, Jay Cutler masked frustration and uncertainty behind a $126.7-million smile Thursday. Cutler spoke with conviction and confidence, sounding like the franchise quarterback who ...

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Contaminated caramel apples linked to four deaths, dozens of illnesses in 10 ...

Fox News - MINNEAPOLIS – Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak ...

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Center for Biological Diversity petitions to reintroduce Grizzly Bears in Bitterroot ...

PerfScience - The Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit membership organization, said efforts should be started to move grizzly bears into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, a protected wilderness region in the states of Idaho and Montana. On Thursday, the ...

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The one true queen: Kim Kardashian has the most followers on Instagram

Hindustan Times - Reality star Kim Kardashian has become the most followed person on Instagram by surpassing Justin Bieber, after he lost more than 3.5 million followers in a fake follower purge. Reality TV personality and wife of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian. (Instagram).

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Thunder vs. Lakers: Score and Twitter Reaction from 2014 Regular Season

Bleacher Report - The Oklahoma City Thunder held on late for a 104-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers inside the Staples Center on Friday night. Hounded by the Thunder's Andre Roberson, Kobe Bryant couldn't get a clean look in the final seconds, and his shot hit the front ...

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Padres trade for Justin Upton - U

T San Diego - A.J. Preller's idea of going all-in is something to behold. The Padres' first-year general manager has traded for outfielders Matt Kemp and Wil Myers and catcher Derek Norris in the last week. Friday, Preller acquired another power bat from the Braves in Justin ...

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North Dakota Game and Fish Department drops One-License Restriction Proposal

West Texas News - Last month, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department proposed one-license restriction. The proposal was given to restrict deer hunters to one deer license next fall. But the department has withdrawn the proposal. One of the main reasons for dropping the ...

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Japanese scientist resigns over stem cell scandal

Daily Mail - A researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan's scientific establishment said Friday she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells. Haruko Obokata said she was ...

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UPDATE 1-Fed's Lacker says he supported "patient" change on guidance

Reuters - (Adds more comments from Lacker, background on Fed). CHARLOTTE, N.C. Dec 19 (Reuters) - A top Federal Reserve official said on Friday that he supported the central bank's addition of the word "patient" to describe its interest rate guidance in its policy ...

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Chrysler recalls 257000 Ram pickup trucks

USA TODAY - Chrysler announced they will be recalling 257,000 Ram pickup trucks after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the rear axle can seize up or the drive shaft can fall off of the 2005 model of the Ram 1500. Loading…

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EXCLUSIVE-Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

Reuters - ... * Damascus has relied on Tehran to fight its war. * Drop in oil price affects oil-producing Iran. * Syrian traders say Damascus worried about future support. By Suleiman Al-Khalidi. AMMAN Dec 19 (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they ...

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Equities rise on Fed signals; oil resumes declines

Reuters - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street up more than 1 percent for a second straight day with investor sentiment buoyed by comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting of the year. The Swiss ...

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Yen weakens as risk sentiment improves, BoJ maintains status quo

Reuters - LONDON (Reuters) - The yen fell on Friday amid expectations of further stimulus next year to bolster Japanese inflation and also on a revival of global risk sentiment after battered oil prices and Russia's ruble stabilised. The dollar gained 0.5 percent against ...

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ISRO tests its heaviest space launch vehicle, eyes global market

Reuters - NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry. The Indian Space ...

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MPAA actions: Google files lawsuit against Mississippi attorney general

America Herald - Software giant Google on Friday filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood accusing him of federal law violations in a campaign launched against the company. The tech company has filed the case in Mississippi district court, seeking to ...

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BASF, Gazprom Fall Victim to Sanctions as Asset Swap Ends

Businessweek - BASF SE (BAS) and OAO Gazprom (GAZP) became the biggest corporate casualties of souring Russian-European relations with the collapse of a deal to swap gas assets. BASF, which was prepared to give up 12 billion euros ($14.7 billion) of sales in return ...

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More about 'A Healthy Florida Works' plan

St. Augustine Record - How is this different from previous attempts to expand Medicaid or come up with an alternative to provide health care to roughly 1 million poor Floridians? Unlike other failed plans, this one was crafted by a coalition of business and health care groups.

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Americans Skeptical of Commercial Drones: Are These Remote-Controlled ...

Headlines & Global News - A visitor watches for a quadcopter drone at Deutsche Post headquarters on December 9, 2013 in Bonn, Germany. (Photo : Getty Images). A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that Americans are skeptical that benefits of commercial drones will outweigh ...

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Northern white rhinos face extinction

CBC.ca - Experts will meet in Kenya next month to discuss ways to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction. The recent death of two of the rhinos in zoos has left only five captives left: a female at San Diego Zoo, a female at the Czech Dvur ...

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Samsung to shut ChatOn across countries in first quarter of 2015

Daily News & Analysis - Samsung is closing its ChatOn application in all its markets in the first quarter of the next year as a survey found that users spent only six seconds on the app per month. The app would be shut down in most of the countries by February 1. However, it would ...

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