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Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign.

Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq

Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new... Read more »

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Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached

The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm... Read more »

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Land, water rights needed for Nevada nuclear dump

Federal nuclear regulators say the U.S. Energy Department will need to acquire water rights and a land buffer before it can entomb the nation's radioactive waste beneath a long-studied volcanic... Read more »

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect appears in court for 1st time since 2013

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law... Read more »

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A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers

President Barack Obama is using a streak of recent activism to shake up the governing status quo and create a new normal for his successors. Read more »

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Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday. Read more »

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Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy... Read more »

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Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based... Read more »

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'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters

Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters. Read more »

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Iraqi Kurdish troops battling Islamic State open key corridor in Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a key corridor so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped on a... Read more »

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IRS head says budget cuts could delay tax refunds

Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday. Read more »

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Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?

Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business, and it's killing artists' faith in studios to release... Read more »

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars... Read more »

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How Pope Francis’ diplomacy may change everything, not just US-Cuba relations

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Pope Francis is being hailed around the world — and criticized by some in the U.S. — for his pivotal role in brokering the historic breakthrough in relations between Washington and Havana. Read more »

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Review panel: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

The Secret Service is an "insular" agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials tasked with examining the embattled agency after a man with a... Read more »

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Idaho's new Catholic leader meets followers

The Rev. Peter F. Christensen, Idaho's next Catholic bishop, has set an assignment for himself even before he assumes his office: Learn Spanish. Read more »

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Number of students being held back plunges over past decade

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Report has no explanations, but "social promotion" remains an educational hot potato. Read more »

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Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? Read more »

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This week in history: Outrage follows Grant's order to expel Jews

On Dec. 17, 1862, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant issued General Order 11, which expelled the Jews from the Dept. of Tennessee. Grant blamed the Jews for the illegal black market in cotton in his... Read more »

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President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S.... Read more »

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Questions and answers about traveling to Cuba

Don't rush to book that flight to Cuba just yet. Read more »

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'Prison Houdini' set to make his 1st legal escape

Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30... Read more »

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Reformers target traffic courts after Ferguson

In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court. Read more »

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Feds: Uganda-based man counterfeited $2M in cash

Federal authorities have charged a man with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other... Read more »

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Musical of 'School of Rock' heading to Broadway

Rockers, rejoice: The Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" may be going, but get ready for "The School of Rock." Read more »

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