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President Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving its film

2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner

Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. Read more »

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European court rules obesity can be a disability

Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal... Read more »

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Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy

Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country's long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy. Read more »

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Tired of interruptions, one priest found the best way to silence all cellphones

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A Roman Catholic priest in Naples, Italy, is fed up with the sound of cellphones interrupting masses and funerals. His answer? Install a cellphone jammer. Read more »

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A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities

Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. Read more »

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Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. Read more »

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Abused children die as officials across the United States fail to protect

At least 760 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while... Read more »

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Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet

Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country. Read more »

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US consumer prices fall in November

Plunging gasoline costs caused U.S. consumer prices to drop in November, muting inflation across the entire economy. Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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Vermont governor abandons single-payer health care plan, says tax increases would be too big

Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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Utah mourners for Pakistani children killed in Taliban attack say 'enough is enough'

Mourners lit candles and offered prayers for 132 children and nine adults killed in a Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan. Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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50 things you might not know about the 'Lord of the Rings,' 'Hobbit' films

Audiences around the world are joining Peter Jackson on a last journey to Middle Earth with the release of the third and final "Hobbit" film, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," on... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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Final goodbye: A roll call of some who died in 2014

ch turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers

In that way, the long, fruitless hunt for clues to Flight 370's fate set the tone for many of the headlines that defined 2014. It was a year upended by calamity and conflict, disease and division... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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Tango, cake and food for the poor greet Pope Francis on his birthday

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What do you give the pontiff who has no material needs? Pope Francis' 78th birthday was marked Wednesday by a tango demonstration in St. Peter's Square, birthday cake, handmade cards from children... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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Sony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release after hacker threats

Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens. Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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Nevada regulators again reject tribal solar plant

Nevada regulators rejected for the second time Wednesday a request to waive competitive bids for utility company NV Energy to buy solar power from a proposed solar generation station on the Moapa... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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Gov. Nixon ends state of emergency for Ferguson protests

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday ended the state of emergency that he declared for the St. Louis area ahead of unrest over the Ferguson grand jury decision, praising the work of police and the... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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82-year-old caught in Sydney hostage situation planned daring escape

The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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Public menorah displays celebrate 40 years of lighting Hanukkah for all

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Four decades of public Menorah displays — showing the eight-branch candelabra to communities around the world — have kindled understanding of a Jewish holiday for many, advocates say. Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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Rabbi David Saperstein confirmed as U.S. ambasssador for religious freedom in midst of chaotic Congress

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While Congress moved bills on federal spending last weekend, it also approved the appointment of Rabbi David Saperstein as U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom, a post vacant since... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2014

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So wait? Pets don't go to heaven?

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Thanks to a near-global misreading of an Italian newspaper story, pet lovers around the world Friday swooned at word that Pope Francis apparently suggested all pets — and not just dogs... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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