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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
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MIAMI (AP) — Waving U.S. and Cuban flags and chanting "Obama, traitor," anti-Castro protesters gathered Saturday in a Little Havana park in a show of opposition to the president's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation.
Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say one New York City officer has died after being shot inside a patrol car and a second officer is in critical condition.
Police: 1 NYC cop dead in shooting, 2nd critical
NEW YORK (AP) — Police: 1 NYC officer dies after being shot inside patrol car, 2nd officer critically hurt.
Police: 1 NYC officer dies after being shot inside patrol car, 2nd officer critically hurt
North Carolina forward Brice Johnson (11) dunks as forward Kennedy Meeks (3) and Ohio State forward Sam Thompson (12), guard Shannon Scott (3) look on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in CBS Sports Classic on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Playing in Michael Jordan's longtime home is a big deal for North Carolina, and the Tar Heels honored their most famous basketball alum with a winning performance.
No. 24 North Carolina beats No. 12 Ohio St 82-74
(Reuters) - Two New York police officers were shot on Saturday in their patrol car, and a suspect is in custody, a police spokesman said. The officers were on patrol in the borough of Brooklyn. They were taken to Brooklyn's Woodhull Medical Center, and their conditions are unknown, the spokesman said. The suspected shooter, a 28-year-old man, is being treated for injuries at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and a weapon has been recovered, he said. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; editing by Gunna Dickson)
New York police officers shot in patrol car, suspect in custody
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest of police brutality that caused at least part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shoppers.
Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America
This Dec. 19, 2014 photo provided by the Fort Worth Texas Fire Department shows a firefighter providing oxygen to rescued cat from a house fire in Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth Fire Department announced Saturday, Dec. 20, that the pet, named Stubby, survived. No one was hurt in Friday's fire, which heavily damaged a home. Authorities are trying to determine what sparked the fire. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Texas Fire Dept.)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own.
Fort Worth firefighters use oxygen to save cat
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) kicks the ball next to San Lorenzo's midfielder Juan Mercier during their FIFA Club World Cup final football match in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh on December 20, 2014Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014. The Spanish giants dominated the final with Sergio Ramos, who had been an injury doubt because of a hamstring strain, and Gareth Bale getting on the scoresheet. Real added the year-ending trophy to the Champions League, Copa del Rey and European Super Cup titles they had already secured in 2014. They will also end the year on top of La Liga.
Real Madrid win Club World Cup, fourth title of 2014
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Latest developments on the US-Cuba story
Louisville's Terry Rozier goes up for a layup during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Western Kentucky Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Montrezl Harrell's sudden meltdown appeared costly for fourth-ranked Louisville until Terry Rozier stepped up to provide composure for the Cardinals.
No. 4 Louisville holds off Western Kentucky 76-67
INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturbance during an upstate New York service, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutor: No charges in church disturbance death
NEW YORK (AP) — Police: 2 NYC officers critically hurt after being shot in patrol car, suspect believed dead.
AP NewsAlert
Cuba's President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. While praising the historic agreement between Cuba and the U.S. to restore relations, Castro made it clear that the agreement only goes so far, reminding the audience of his call for the U.S. Congress to end the trade embargo. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system.
Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system
Commissioner Bill Bratton, fourth from left, sit among police officials listening as Mayor Bill de Blasio, far right, new NYPD detectives during a promotions ceremony, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in New York. Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.
Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism
In this image taken from video and provided by the Riverdale, N.J. Police Department, Brian Chellis, 23, of Cedar Grove, N.J. talks with a Riverdale police officer after being found passed out in a car early Dec. 20, 2014. Police say that they found the man, who dressed as an elf, asleep behind the wheel of a van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring. Chellis, who faces drunk driving charges, was issued a summons and released to a family member. (AP Photo/Riverdale Police Department)RIVERDALE, N.J. (AP) — Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunken driving charges in New Jersey.
Police: Man in elf costume charged with DWI
Business
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:39
Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jack Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to North Korea's U.N. mission and the official KCNA news agency. ...
North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion
The sign in the lobby of the corporate headquarters of Dish Network is seen in the Denver suburb of EnglewoodWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite TV provider DISH Network Corp and Comcast Corp's SportsNet have reached a deal allowing the cable giant's regional sports networks to remain on-air for DISH subscribers, DISH said on Saturday. The two pay-TV companies have been in negotiations over whether DISH would drop Comcast's regional sports network, threatening access to televised games for satellite-TV customers in the Chicago, San Francisco and Washington areas. ...
DISH, Comcast SportsNet reach deal in regional dispute
Belgium's Central Bank Governor Coene addresses a news conference in BrusselsBRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Central Bank should start buying government bonds to tackle poor investor confidence and low inflation in the euro zone, governing council member Luc Coene said in an interview published on Saturday. The Belgian central bank chief said the bank had already waited too long, and that this could be one tool to spur economic activity in the 18-country euro zone and fight off deflationary pressures. "In this context, the purchase of sovereign bonds could prove to be an effective tool," he told La Libre Belgique. ...
ECB's Coene supports government bond purchases: newspaper
File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitBy Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made air bag inflators widens, forcing the U.S. automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said on Friday. More than 21 million vehicles have been recalled globally by numerous automakers since 2008 because of defective Takata Corp inflators that could rupture and shoot metal shards into the vehicle and have been linked to at least five deaths. GM's plans include directing Takata to share with rivals TRW and Autoliv the No. 1 U.S. ...
Exclusive: GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen
Boeing 787 Dreamliner under construction is pictured at the Boeing facility in EverettSEATTLE (Reuters) - Workers at planemaker Boeing's Everett plant near Seattle are following extra safety measures after three air bag-related accidents, including the death of a technician last month, the company said on Friday. No one was seriously hurt when an air bag deployed on Dec. 13 as a seat supplier technician was working on a Zodiac Aerospace seat on a plane being readied for delivery, Boeing spokesman Wilson Chow said. ...
Three air-bag accidents at Boeing plant lead to extra safety measures
An employee of state-owned Pertamina refuels a motorcycle at its petrol station in JakartaNEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil closed up as much as 5 percent on Friday, its biggest gain in over two years, as some traders took profits on short positions after prices this week hit their lowest since 2009.
Oil surges 5 percent as bears take profits, seeing $60 floor
Takata Corp's company plate is seen at an entrance of the building where the Takata Corp headquarters is located in TokyoDETROIT (Reuters) - FCA US , the former Chrysler Group, on Friday expanded a U.S. regional recall of older cars with potentially defective driver-side Takata air bags to a global action, affecting more than 3.3 million vehicles. FCA was one of five automakers asked by U.S. regulator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month to expand a recall of such vehicles beyond a limited area with high humidity. The FCA total for Takata Corp -related recalls is now 3,672,770, including affected passenger-side airbags. ...
Former Chrysler Group expands Takata driver-side air bag recall globally
A Wall Street sign is pictured in the rain outside the New York Stock ExchangeNEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors have wrung their hands over the last several weeks over the effect of lower oil prices on the broader S&P 500, but the relationship between the two is actually starting to break down.
Oil, stocks go their separate ways
People stand in line to withdraw money at an ATM of a bank in central MinskBy Elena Fabrichnaya and Alexander Winning MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's lower house of parliament hastily approved a draft law on Friday that would give the banking sector a capital boost of up to 1 trillion rubles ($16.5 billion). Russia's financial sector is reeling from the economy's slide towards recession, a plunge in the value of the rouble, and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, which have restricted banks' access to international capital markets, sharply raising their funding costs. ...
Russia's parliament rushes through bill boosting banking capital
A McDonald's restaurant is pictured in Encinitas, CaliforniaBy Daniel Wiessner (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp and some of its franchisees were named jointly in complaints filed on Friday by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board's Office of the General Counsel, accusing them of labor violations in a widely anticipated move that could have wide-reaching implications for businesses. Complaints were filed in 78 cases claiming that McDonald's workers across the country were fired or intimidated for participating in union organizing and in a national protest movement calling for higher wages. ...
U.S. labor agency files complaints against McDonald's
Members of pro-communist union PAME take part in an protest during a general strike in Athens, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Services across Greece shut down Wednesday as unions held a 24-hour general strike to protest further austerity cuts in the cash-strapped country. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Services across Greece shut down Wednesday as unions staged a 24-hour general strike and held peaceful demonstrations to protest further austerity cuts in the cash-strapped country.
General strike shuts down services across Greece
Unemployment rates fell in two-thirds of U.S. states last month, evidence that modest economic growth is boosting hiring in most areas of the country.
Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states
FILE - This May 11, 2007 file photo shows a Wall Street sign in front of the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Thursday, May 22, 2014, extending gains from a day earlier. Investors cheered earnings news from several retailers, including Best Buy, Dollar Tree and L Brands. Sears fell sharply after reporting disappointing results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Stocks were on track to finish higher Thursday afternoon for the second day in a row as investors drew encouragement from reports on Chinese manufacturing, U.S. home sales and some positive earnings from Best Buy, Dollar Tree and other retailers.
US stocks edge higher in afternoon trading
FILE - This May 11, 2007 file photo shows a Wall Street sign in front of the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Thursday, May 22, 2014, extending gains from a day earlier. Investors cheered earnings news from several retailers, including Best Buy, Dollar Tree and L Brands. Sears fell sharply after reporting disappointing results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Major stock indexes shifted higher in midday trading Thursday, getting a lift from an encouraging report on Chinese manufacturing and some positive earnings from Best Buy, Dollar Tree and other retailers. The market also got a boost from data showing modest improvement in sales of previously occupied homes.
US stocks edge higher in midday trading
FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 as investors weigh gains in productivity against worsening geopolitical concerns. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening mixed as investors look over more earnings reports from big companies.
US stocks are mixed in early trading
World News
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:39
World News Headlines - Yahoo News
File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jack Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to North Korea's U.N. mission and the official KCNA news agency. ...
North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion
The frontier road parallels the security fence leading to the Northeast gate at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval BaseBy Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four Afghans held for over a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a gradual push by the Obama administration to close the jail. The men were flown to Kabul overnight aboard a U.S. military plane and released to Afghan authorities, the first such transfer of its kind to the war-torn country since 2009. With the repatriation of the four Afghans, Guantanamo’s detainee population has been whittled down to 132. ...
U.S. sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan
Cuba's President Castro speaks with his first vice-president Diaz Canel during a session of the National Assembly in HavanaBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - President Raul Castro demanded on Saturday that the United States respect Cuba's communist rule as the two countries work to restore diplomatic ties, and warned that Cuban-American exiles might try to sabotage the rapprochement. U.S. President Barack Obama this week reset Washington's Cold War-era policy on Cuba and the two countries swapped prisoners in a historic deal after 18 months of secret talks. Cubans have treated the end of open U.S. hostility as a triumph, especially the release of three Cuban intelligence agents who served long U.S. ...
Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system
By Isabel Coles SINJAR MOUNTAIN, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain on Saturday, two days after breaking through to free hundreds of Yazidis trapped there for months by Islamic State fighters. A Reuters correspondent, who arrived on the mountain late Saturday, witnessed Kurdish and Yazidi fighters celebrating their gains after launching their offensive on Wednesday with heavy U.S. air support. The Iraqi Kurdish flag fluttered, with its yellow sun, and celebratory gunfire rang out. ...
Yazidis cheer Kurds on Iraqi mountain for breaking Islamic State siege
Russian President Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in MoscowBy Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that it was preparing to retaliate against fresh Western sanctions. Both the European Union and United States adopted tighter restrictions on investments in Crimea this week, while Canada rachetted up its own sanctions directed at Moscow. ...
Putin says Russia won't be intimidated over Crimea
PARIS (Reuters) - French police on Saturday shot dead a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is the greatest") who stabbed and wounded three officers in a police station, authorities said. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who rushed to the scene, said the man was killed after he attacked the policemen with a knife in a station in Joue-les-Tours, a suburb of the city of Tours in central France. Cazeneuve confirmed the attacker had shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the attack, which he said was "extremely violent". ...
French police shoot dead knife-wielding man in police station
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says. But as the dead bodies — mostly children — started coming in from a school massacre this week that killed 148 people, he began to weep.
Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT
NOT SO FAST
Latest developments on the US-Cuba story
A campaign poster for retired footballer George Weah, one of 139 candidates in elections to Liberia's SenateLiberians voted Saturday in long-delayed Senate elections in the Ebola-ravaged west African nation as UN chief Ban Ki-moon wound up a regional tour to assess the fight against the epidemic. In nearby Guinea, where the UN chief staged a one-day Saturday before heading to Mali, violence broke out in southern Kissidougou when hundreds of youngsters went on the rampage against an Ebola health centre set up by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). In Liberia, the vote for 15 of the 30 seats in the upper house of parliament had been postponed twice already since October as the epidemic swept the impoverished nation. More than 3,340 people have now died from Ebola in Liberia, making it the country with the highest number of fatalities in the current outbreak, followed by Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Ebola-ravaged Liberia holds long-delayed Senate vote
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a financial fraudster used backers' money to have his wife's body cryogenically frozen before fleeing New York for South America.
Prosecutors: Fraudster used funds to freeze wife
Cuba's President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. While praising the historic agreement between Cuba and the U.S. to restore relations, Castro made it clear that the agreement only goes so far, reminding the audience of his call for the U.S. Congress to end the trade embargo. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system.
Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system
PARIS (AP) — Officials say a man armed with a knife has attacked a police station and been killed by an officer in a suburb of Tours, a city in central France.
French police shoot dead knife-wielding assailant
Residents and policemen carry the corpses of five soldiers killed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla during combat in a rural area of Santander de Quilichao, Department of Cauca, Colombia, on December 19, 2014Leftist rebels in Colombia began a unilateral ceasefire Saturday hailed as a key step in peace negotiations -- but uncertainty marred the truce, which the guerrillas threatened to break if attacked by the army. "Today, the FARC's unilateral and indefinite ceasefire began. I hope it will turn into a bilateral and final ceasefire, and we can put an end to a war that's lasted more than 50 years," President Juan Manuel Santos said at a ceremony in La Guajira in the country's northeast. Santos, who earlier had called the ceasefire "a positive gesture that goes in the right direction," added that he hoped the move would facilitate ongoing peace talks in Havana.
Colombia rebels begin indefinite, unilateral ceasefire
Iraqi Kurdish forces gather on the roof of their makeshift base, as they look upon areas held by Islamic State militants outside of Mosul, less than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the newly liberated village of Kasr Reej, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday. (AP Photo/Zana Ahmed)BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said.
Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official in Kenya is criticizing the United States for raising concerns about a new Kenyan law aimed at fighting terrorism.
Kenya to US: Our terror laws are better than yours
Technology
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:39
Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jack Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to North Korea's U.N. mission and the official KCNA news agency. ...
North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion
The Blackberry sign is pictured in WaterlooWATRERLOO, Ontario (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with. The Boeing Black device encrypts calls and is aimed at government agencies and others that need to keep communications and data secure. ...
BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs
A bitcoin ATM machine is shown at a restaurant in San DiegoBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charlie Shrem, an outspoken supporter of bitcoins, was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for indirectly helping to send $1 million in the digital currency to the Internet black-market bazaar Silk Road. Shrem, a former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan to forfeit $950,000 after pleading guilty in September to aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business. ...
Bitcoin backer gets two years prison for illicit transfers
A Staples truck delivers office supplies in San Diego(Reuters) - Office-supply retailer Staples Inc said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October. An investigation by external data security experts showed that criminals deployed malware to some point-of-sales systems at 115 U.S. stores, Staples said. The company said it has since eradicated the malware. Staples, which has more than 1,400 stores in the country, said the malware might have allowed access to some transaction data, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes. ...
Staples says security breach may have affected 1.16 million cards
A Hewlett-Packard logo is seen at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Palo AltoBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday rejected Hewlett-Packard Co's proposed settlement of shareholder litigation involving the information technology company's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco wrote that the settlement may not have been fair for shareholders because it broadly released HP from liability for events unrelated to Autonomy. "The shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP governance and practices," Breyer wrote. ...
U.S. judge rejects HP settlement in Autonomy shareholder case
Various lights are cast on a logo of Sony Corp on a podium during its high resolution audio products unveiling event in TokyoBy Anna Yukhananov and James Pearson WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's threat of a "proportional" response to North Korea's hacking of Sony Pictures shows once more the limits of Washington's options as it seeks to rein in one of the world's most unpredictable and isolated countries. U.S. authorities said on Friday investigators had determined that North Korea was behind the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures, setting up a further possible confrontation between the United States and the impoverished state. ...
Washington is limited in its response to North Korea over Sony hack
US responds to North Korean demands, tells government to 'admit their culpability'US officials today stood firmly by the FBI's conclusion that North Korea is responsible for the crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures that ultimately led to the cancellation of The Interview. After North Korea vehemently denied those accusations earlier on Saturday, White House National Security Council spokesperson Mark Stroh said in a statement, "As the FBI made clear, we are confident the North Korean government is responsible for this destructive attack. We stand by this conclusion. ...
US responds to North Korean demands, tells government to 'admit their culpability'
Evernote now adds context to your memos on Android and Windows
Evernote now adds context to your memos on Android and Windows
'MythBusters' returns with new vibe, casting changesCo-host Adam Savage and executive producer Dan Tapster reveal all about the next season of "MythBusters" and explain why Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci won't be returning.>
'MythBusters' returns with new vibe, casting changes
Reddit announces it will give $5 million to its users in the form of 'Notes'Reddit has revealed how it plans to distribute $5 million to its users. Kinda. In a blog post yesterday, the company unveiled "Reddit Notes," a sort of digital currency that represents a piece of equity inthe privately-held firm. Sometime late next year, a random selection of 950,000 Redditors will be gifted Reddit Notes. (The site is said to have roughly six illion active registered users, so not everyone will get a piece of Reddit's appreciation.) As long as you're an active user in good standing, you'll be eligible to receive a Note.
Reddit announces it will give $5 million to its users in the form of 'Notes'
This photo provided by Electronic Arts shows a scene from the video game, “Dragon Age: Inquisition." (AP Photo/Electronic Arts)The top 10 video games of 2014, according to Lou Kesten:
'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014
North Korea denies it hacked Sony, demands joint inquiry with USNorth Korea threatens "grave consequences" if the US doesn't agree to a joint investigation into the hack attack against Sony Pictures.>
North Korea denies it hacked Sony, demands joint inquiry with US
An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.
N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.
Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage
'The Interview' Sony scandal explained in hilarious animationsTaiwanese Animators reenacts the facts behind news of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Kim Jong-un, hackers and Sony Pictures with the weirdest animated videos yet.>
'The Interview' Sony scandal explained in hilarious animations
Politics
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:39
Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News
People pose with laptops in front of projection of binary code and CIA emblem in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times. The review panel is looking into the search by agency officials of staffers from the Senate Intelligence Committee who were investigating the CIA's use of torture in interrogations of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. ...
CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT
U.S. President Obama answers questions after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Normalized relations with Cuba will give the United States its best chance to influence the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Friday, and he urged Congress to ease the U.S. economic embargo against Havana. Obama, who announced on Wednesday that Washington was restoring diplomatic relations with Havana, said the historic end of decades of hostility between the two countries would not bring quick changes but ultimately would lead to greater freedom for the Cuban people. ...
Obama says normalization offers best chance to influence Cuba
U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes U.S. training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at nearly $578 billion, including about $64 billion for wars abroad. The legislation, approved by Congress earlier this month, sets defense policy and authorizes spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1, but does not actually appropriate funding. ...
Obama signs nearly $578 billion defense bill for fiscal 2015
Senator Marco Rubio, (R-FL), the son of Cuban immigrants, speaks during a press conference in MiamiBy Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Neither is officially running for president yet, but potential Republican 2016 presidential candidates Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have trading barbs about Cuba in what were the opening shots of an intraparty fight over U.S. policy toward Havana. Rubio, a Cuban-American freshman senator from Florida, has become the face of Republican opposition to the White House's plan to normalize relations with Cuba. Paul, a Kentucky senator who has fought to shed the "isolationist" label he often receives, had said the Cuban embargo was ineffectual. ...
Potential U.S. Republican 2016 contenders spar over Cuba policy
Accused Boston Marathon Bomber Makes Rare Court AppearanceMarc Fucarile showed his prosthetic limb to conspiracy theorists who think Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might be innocent.
Boston Marathon bombing survivor waves fake leg at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev supporters outside courthouse
RNPS - REUTERS NEWS PICTURE SERVICE - PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014After a prostitution scandal and consternation over how a fence-jumper at the White House got deep into the presidential mansion before he was stopped, the Secret Service needs to make sweeping changes like building a taller fence, hiring many more agents and stepping up their training, an independent commission says.
Secret Service report: White House needs a taller fence and more, better-trained agents
Columbus, Ohio skylineThe site a party chooses for its convention can say something about the kind of country it wants to build. And when Democrats select where they expect to host Hillary Clinton’s coronation in 2016, they should go to Columbus, Ohio, to show what American cities might yet become. In terms of jobs, urban renewal and a great location at the center of an urbanized state, Columbus has much to recommend it. But it also has other things all too rare in modern American cities: strong leadership and a business community that doesn’t shirk its civic responsibility. It’s a vision of a hopeful future.
Hello, Columbus
President Obama announced that the United States will start to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba as American Alan Gross is returned to the US after five years as a Cuban prisoner.
U.S. Cuba Timeline
On Wednesday, the ringleader of La Red Avispa — a group of Cuban undercover agents who sneaked into South Florida in the 1990s and were arrested by the FBI for spying for Fidel Castro’s government — and two of his associates were released from U.S. prisons and returned home as national heroes. The release is part of a deal between Cuba and the U.S. that is already provoking a storm of controversy. For some, it is an important step toward what could be a landmark diplomatic agreement. But for anti-Castro hard-liners, the deal is a betrayal and capitulation to communist tyranny.
The Cuban spy at the center of the Obama-Castro deal
Sony Hacking: President Obama Says Company Made 'Mistake' in Canceling 'The Interview'President Obama says Sony Pictures Entertainment made a "mistake" in canceling its planned release of the movie "The Interview" following a destructive cyber attack the U.S. government says was launched by North Korea."Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. I’m sympathetic to the concerns that they faced," Obama said. "Having said all that, yes I think they made a mistake. ...
Sony Hacking: President Obama Says Company Made 'Mistake' in Canceling 'The Interview'
These American Fugitives May Be Hiding Out in CubaFormer prisoner Alan Gross was thrilled to return to America from Cuba earlier this week but there are dozens of other Americans who are in the country for other reasons -- and probably don't plan on leaving.Cuba has been a haven for American fugitives for decades, but now that the two countries are restoring diplomatic relations their hideout might not be an option much longer."We will continue to press for the return of U.S. ...
These American Fugitives May Be Hiding Out in Cuba
Cuba: President Obama Determined to 'Chip Away' at 'Hermetically Sealed' CountryPresident Obama's decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba "chips away" at the nation's "hermetically sealed society," the president said today at what is likely his last news conference of the year."This is still a regime that represses its people," the president acknowledged. "But what I know deep in my bones is that if you've done the same thing for 50 years and nothing's changed, you should try something different if you want a different outcome. ...
Cuba: President Obama Determined to 'Chip Away' at 'Hermetically Sealed' Country
** FILE ** In this Oct. 10, 2007 file photo, reviewed by the U.S. Military, an American flag flies behind the barbed and razor-wire at the Camp Delta detention facility, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2014 file-pool photo, Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to U.S. troops at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. It may be only 2015 but the year ahead is likely to be filled with 2016 presidential politics. Plus, fights between Congress and President Barack Obama. Plus, a further ramp-up in wars that were supposed to be winding down. A look ahead at what’s in store from Washington in the year ahead. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, File-Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — Tumultuous 2014 is not even in the books, and already the shape of 2015 looms. The new year promises more war, when the plan was for less. It brings a new order in government, with an institutionally weakened president and strengthened opposition.
Politics, shotgun marriage in government, war loom in 2015
An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.
Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage
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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) runs away from New York Giants' Jayron Hosley (28) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
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10ThingstoSeeSports - Crystal Palace's Fraizer Campbell, left, competes for the ball with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.
10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos
Former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back Ray Rice arrives for a hearing at a New York City office buildingNEW YORK (Reuters) - Newly released video footage appears to show professional football's Ray Rice and his future wife kissing while handcuffed in a casino elevator following the couple's fight that cost Rice his job with the Baltimore Ravens. The brawl in which Rice, 27, knocked out and dragged an unconscious Janay Palmer, 26, at an Atlantic City casino in February inflamed debate over domestic violence and professional football. ...
Video seems to show football's Rice, future wife kiss after brawl
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, pictured earlier in the season, scored a career high 43 points as Portland beat San Antonio 129-119 in triple overtimeDamian Lillard scored a career high 43 points as Portland beat San Antonio 129-119 in triple overtime, sending the Spurs to their second-straight heartbreaking triple overtime loss. The reigning NBA champion Spurs also lost in multiple overtimes 117-116 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Spurs lose another overtime heartbreaker
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana PacersBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has often been a polarizing figure during his illustrious NBA career, criticized by some for being too selfish and not doing enough as a facilitator for his team mates. For his peers, however, Bryant is simply a winner and will do whatever it takes to instill a winning mindset, even though this season has been especially challenging for an injury-hit team decidedly low in overall quality. ...
Accolades pour in for Lakers' Bryant
By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Euroleague debutants Nizhny Novgorod and 1999 champions Zalgiris Kaunas booked the last two berths in the competition’s second group stage on Friday. Nizhny overpowered more fancied fellow Russians Unics Kazan 78-74 thanks to an outstanding performance by forward Tarence Kinsey and Zalgiris progressed after a dramatic 80-79 defeat of Italians Dinamo Sassari. ...
Nizhny and Zalgiris seal Euroleague Top 16 berths
NFL: Commissioner Roger Goodell-Press ConferenceBy Steve Keating (Reuters) - The stadiums and arenas where fans go to escape were invaded like never before in 2014 as the reality of racism, domestic violence and equality turned the Fields of Dreams into gloomy landscapes. LeBron James's homecoming, a Super Bowl blowout, a throwback World Series pitching performance and a Stanley Cup comeback for the ages all provided enough drama, suspense and awe to keep the turnstiles twirling and television ratings soaring. ...
Sport-Off-field drama takes focus away from top displays
McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his shot from the second tee during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship in DubaiBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A year to forget for an injury-plagued Tiger Woods was savored sweetly by Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy after the 'Celtic Tiger' won two majors in 2014 to regain his status as the game's leading player. McIlroy ended a stellar campaign with four victories and five runner-up spots in 23 starts worldwide, embellishing his credentials as a genuine golfing great in what many regard as a handover of the 'Tiger' torch to usher in a new 'Rory' era. ...
'Celtic Tiger' McIlroy emerges dominant in 2014
Four out of five Olympic rings are seen lit up during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter OlympicsBy Gene Cherry Five talking points for sports in 2014: 1. Soccer World Cup It began as a chance for fun-loving Brazilians to take back soccer's biggest honor but ended in humiliation for the hosts in what was widely regarded as one of the best ever World Cups. After years of doubt whether Brazil as a nation would be ready for the quadrennial show, Germany emerged as champions, defeating Argentina in the final after destroying Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals. ...
Five talking points for sports in 2014
Brazil soccer fans walk in the rain after watching a broadcast of their team's loss against Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-final match in Rio de Janeiro(Reuters) - Five of the biggest sporting flops from 2014: Brazil (Soccer) Anything less than a World Cup win on home soil was always going to be seen as a failure but nobody could have predicted Brazil would suffer a 7-1 semi-final drubbing by Germany, one of the greatest shocks in soccer history. To make matters worse, the Brazilians followed that up with a another woeful performance to lose 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff. ...
Biggest sporting flops of 2014
MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants ParadeBy Larry Fine (Reuters) - Five best sporting performances of 2014: 1. MADISON BUMGARNER (BASEBALL) San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner saved the day and the World Series for the Giants with a Game Seven effort that capped a record-breaking performance in the Fall Classic. The 25-year-old country boy from North Carolina put a spell over the Kansas City Royals, pitching five shutout innings of relief to preserve a deciding one-run win on two days rest after winning twice as a starting pitcher. ...
Five best performances of 2014
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - The lack of an Olympics or a soccer World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough world class action to satiate even the most refined palate. Tens of millions of cricket obsessives in South Asia will ensure plenty of eyeballs on the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, while rugby's equivalent is among many contenders for the title of the world's third biggest tournament. The Tour de France, with a worldwide TV audience of 3. ...
No mega events but plenty on the sporting menu in 2015
Cuban players celebrate after winning the Gold medal against Nicaragua, at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, in Veracruz, Mexico on November 21, 2014A seismic shift in relations with Cuba had many in US baseball salivating Thursday at the prospect of a flood of talent from the Caribbean country where America's "national pastime" is a passion. Major League Baseball made a measured response to the news on Wednesday that the United States and Cuba would end five decades of Cold War hostility and move to revive diplomatic ties and ease a crippling US trade embargo. The sanctions, and Cuba's refusal to allow players there to seek employment in the United States, have made for an arduous path for Cuban baseballers who defy their government and seek to pursue careers in America. Amid speculation that the trickle of talent from Cuba could become a torrent, and the country could surpass the Dominican Republic and Venezuela as top Latin American sources for Major League players, MLB and the players' union were cautious.
US-Cuba thaw likely to shake up baseball Major Leagues
LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - On Friday Dec. 19 from 1900GMT we will publish the following series of year-end review stories: A review of world sport in 2014 A look ahead to 2015 Year reviews of: Olympics Soccer Rugby Cricket Tennis Motor racing Golf North American sport We will also have stories on: Five major upsets of 2014 Five best performances of 2014 Five biggest flops of 2014 Five talking points of 2014 (Editing by Ed Osmond)
ADVISORY-Reuters sport yearenders
Oklahoma City Thunder players check to see if Kevin Durant is okay after he twisted his ankle towards the end of the first half of their game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on December 18, 2014 in Oakland, CaliforniaKevin Durant's hot start was cold comfort when the Oklahoma City star limped out at halftime Thursday of the Thunder's 114-109 NBA loss to Golden State. Stephen Curry posted a game-high 34 points with nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals for Golden State. Six Warriors players scored in double figures as the team bounced back from a loss in Memphis on Tuesday that snapped their 16-game winning streak. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Durant seemed determined to remind the league-leading Warriors they can't expect to have things their own way in the Western Conference when he scored 16 points in the first quarter.
Thunder's Durant exits early with sprained ankle
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FILE - This file image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, center, in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)In surveying the year at the movies, the topography is rich. From the dusty, dying towns of "Nebraska" to the rooftop Roman parties in "The Great Beauty" to the sleek future Los Angeles of "Her," 2013 has been a trip. But has it been a great year? Negativity reached a fever pitch in the summer when Steven Spielberg lamented Hollywood's risk-adverse, finance-driven blockbusterism. The grim, humorless "Man of Steel" and its careless backdrop of mass destruction was a low point: the epitome of everything bad about movies today. Yet ambitious films gathered in number as the year went on, and many began calling 2013 a historically excellent year for film, after all. Here are one critic's top picks of the year, all of them reasons why 2013 was a good year for the big screen:
The AP's top 10 movies of the year
FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, “Ways to Go,” was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best musical or comedy film have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Globe nominations for musical or comedy film
In this image released by Showtime, Claire Danes portrays Carrie Mathison in a scene from the Showtime original series, " Homeland." Danes was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama series for her role in “ Homeland .“ The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Showtime, Kent Smith)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best television drama series have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Golden Globe nominations for TV drama series
The Golden Globe nominations for best actor in a television comedy series have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Globe nominations for TV comedy series actor
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best television comedy series have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Golden Globe nominations for TV comedy series
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best animated film have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Golden Globe nominations for animated film
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
This photo provided by Electronic Arts shows a scene from the video game, “Dragon Age: Inquisition." (AP Photo/Electronic Arts)The top 10 video games of 2014, according to Lou Kesten:
'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014
This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Ben Affleck in a scene from "Gone Girl." The film, released in 2014, is based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Merrick Morton)NEW YORK (AP) — Like a serial for the digital age, the book world's most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.
Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Nicki Minaj performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top?
Bold booty or sheer reveal: 2014 was big on flesh
FILE - this Nov. 8, 2014 image provided by NBC shows, from left, John Allyn as Michael Darling, Allison Williams as Peter Pan, Jake Lucas as John Darling, and Taylor Louderman as Wendy Darling from the musical version, "Peter Pan Live!" (AP Photo/NBC, Virginia Sherwood)NEW YORK (AP) — Along with its triumphs, the world of TV had its share of setbacks in 2014. Here's a sample:
Over and out: TV flops, exits and endings in 2014
In this image released by The CW, Gina Rodriguez portrays Jane in the new series, "Jane The Virgin." (AP Photo/The CW, Tyler Golden)NEW YORK (AP) — From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries "The Honorable Woman" on SundanceTV to Syfy's goofy "Sharknado 2: The Second One," TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air.
2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online
FILE - This March 2, 2014 file photo shows Idina Menzel performing during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. John Travolta accidentally introduced her as "Adele Dazeem" right before she was about to sing the hit song "Let It Go," from the animated film, "Frozen." (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.
Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture
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(Reuters) - A child being monitored for Ebola in a Chicago hospital has been discharged after testing negative for the virus, the state health agency said on Saturday. Federal officials screening for Ebola at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago detected a fever in the child, who had been held in isolation at the University of Chicago Medical Center for monitoring since Friday. "Tests by the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed a negative result for Ebola," the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement. ...
Child tests negative for Ebola at Chicago hospital
An election workers takes the temperature of a voter in the West Point slum before she casts her vote, during the senate election in Monrovia, Liberia. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate vote that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Health workers carrying thermometers and sanitizers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease.
Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears
U.N. Secretary General Ban has his temperature checked upon arrival at the Roberts International airport in MonroviaBy Matthew Mpoke Bigg CONAKRY (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged countries affected by the Ebola virus to avoid discriminating against healthcare workers fighting to end the disease. Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic. According to the latest World Health Organization figures, 7,373 people have died of Ebola in the three worst-affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. ...
U.N.'s Ban urges end to discrimination against Ebola workers
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A Sierra Leone military official says the country is withdrawing from the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia after being blocked from rotating its soldiers over concerns about the spread of Ebola.
Sierra Leone peacekeepers to leave Somalia mission
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, centre, inspects the honor guard upon arrival at the Roberts international airport in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised health workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Friday, saying they have shown "the most noble face of humankind" amid an epidemic that has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa. Ban, who made stops in both countries on Friday, travels Saturday to Guinea where the Ebola virus first emerged a year ago. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa on Saturday.
WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000
Interview is conducted with passenger arriving from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said. Federal officials screening arriving passengers at O'Hare International Airport detected the fever, but no other symptoms of the disease, the University of Chicago Medical Center said in a statement. The patient was isolated under strict quarantine protocols until the child’s condition improves and a diagnosis is established, the hospital said. The child was in stable condition. ...
Child being observed at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola
Health workers push a gurney with a dead body at a Red Cross facility in the town of KoiduGENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since previous WHO figures were issued on Dec. 17. Sierra Leone accounts for the most cases, 8,759, against 7,819 for Liberia. ...
Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO
United Nations Secretary General Ban speaks during a meeting with Liberia's President Johnson Sirleaf at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in MonroviaBy Matthew Mpoke Bigg CONAKRY (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged countries affected by the Ebola virus to avoid discriminating against healthcare workers fighting to end the disease. Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic. According to the latest World Health Organization figures, 7,373 people have died of Ebola in the three worst-affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. ...
UN's Ban urges end to discrimination against Ebola workers
The invention opens up the possibility of implanting almost unnoticeable sensors inside the body, letting doctors keep a close eye on a dodgy heart, for exampleScientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues. "Just by applying to the body like a compress, our novel sheet sensor detects biometric information extremely accurately," researchers at the University of Tokyo said in a statement Friday. The secret is an adhesive gel that prevents a fine grid of sensors from slipping, even if the thing they are in contact with is moving, said the team led by professor Takao Someya at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems.
Japan scientists develop micro-fine adhesive sensors
Health workers stand at the entrance to a quarantine zone in a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu(Reuters) - An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease, NIH said. "The patient has shown no clinical or laboratory evidence of Ebola infection and will complete 21 days of monitoring at a private residence in Virginia under the direction of the Virginia Department of Health," NIH said in a statement. ...
American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital
U.N. Secretary General Ban has his temperature checked upon arrival at the Roberts International airport in MonroviaBy Matthew Mpoke Bigg HASTINGS, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people. Ban paid tribute to local workers and the United Nations, but he singled out medics from the three countries at the heart of the epidemic who have fallen sick while treating patients. ...
UN chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie.
FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment
By Caroline Humer (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators on Friday approved AbbVie's all-oral treatment for hepatitis C, and the company said the drug would cost $83,319 for a typical 12-week plan, a bit below its huge selling competitor Solvadi from Gilead Sciences. Gilead's Sovaldi treatment stole headlines last year with its $84,000 price tag and set off a national debate about whether drug prices have climbed too high. AbbVie's newly approved regimen is also less costly than Gilead's newest one-pill regimen that combines Sovaldi with another drug and costs $94,500 for 12 weeks. ...
U.S. FDA approves AbbVie hepatitis C drug, costs $83,319 for 12 weeks
U.N. Secretary General Ban has his temperature checked upon arrival at the Roberts International airport in MonroviaBy Matthew Mpoke Bigg HASTINGS, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people. Ban paid tribute to local workers and the United Nations, but he singled out medics from the three countries at the heart of the epidemic who have fallen sick while treating patients. ...
U.N. chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit
Oddly Enough
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Haruko Obokata, a researcher at semi-governmental research institute RIKEN, lowers her eyes during a news conference in OsakaBy Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A disgraced Japanese researcher has failed to replicate results hailed as a potential breakthrough in stem-cell treatment and efforts to do so will be abandoned, officials at her research institute said on Friday. The scandal involving the research, which detailed simple ways to reprogram mature cells back to an embryonic-like state, eventually led to the retraction of papers published in the influential journal Nature and tarnished the reputation of Japanese scientific research. ...
Disgraced Japan researcher fails to replicate 'game changing' stem cell results
LONDON (Reuters) - European regulators have recommended approval of the first medicine containing stem cells to treat a rare condition caused by burns to the eye. The European Medicines Agency said on Friday that Holoclar, from privately held Italian company Chiesi, had been given a green light for moderate to severe limbal stem cell deficiency due to physical or chemical burns. Left untreated, the condition can result in blindness. Holoclar is a living tissue product made from a biopsy taken from a small undamaged area of the patient’s cornea and grown in the laboratory using cell culture. ...
Europe recommends approval for first stem-cell therapy
Henry Streby holds a male golden-winged warbler and the geolocator that the bird carried in the Cumberland Mountains of TennesseeBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - You might want to be careful about who you call a birdbrain. Some of our feathered friends exhibit powers of perception that put humans to shame. Scientists said on Thursday that little songbirds known as golden-winged warblers fled their nesting grounds in Tennessee up to two days before the arrival of a fierce storm system that unleashed 84 tornadoes in southern U.S. states in April. The researchers said the birds were apparently alerted to the danger by sounds at frequencies below the range of human hearing. ...
Songbirds fly coop long before tornadoes arrive in Tennessee
Falcon 9 rocket is launched by Space Exploration Technologies on its fourth cargo resupply service mission to the International Space Station, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in FloridaCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies is delaying the planned launch on Friday of an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA, to early January, officials said on Thursday. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida had been planned for 1:22 p.m. EST, but an undisclosed technical issue with the rocket prompted SpaceX, as the company is known, to postpone the flight until Jan 6. The problem surfaced during routine prelaunch test firing of the rocket’s engines, SpaceX spokesman John Taylor said. ...
SpaceX delays planned cargo run to space station to early January
By Aditya Kalra 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 Research Organization (ISRO) also checked the working of an unmanned crew module on the vehicle, which could give the agency the option of manned missions. ...
India tests its heaviest space launch vehicle, eyes global market
Boulders the size of stretch limousines littered beaches near the city of Tacloban in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan pounded the region in November 2013. The towering stones provided a rare look at the way intense storms can demolish coastal communities, researchers said here on Tuesday (Dec. 16) at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting. The surprising findings: freak waves that were as powerful as tsunamis shoved the enormous limestone rocks. "If we didn't know this occurred from a typhoon, people would have started drawing tsunami maps," said Andrew Kennedy, a coastal engineer at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana who counted hundreds of boulders during a damage survey soon after Haiyan hit.
Super Typhoon Shoved Car-Size Boulders Onto Philippine Beaches
Fool's Gold Preserves Some of Earth's Oldest FossilsFool's gold helps explain why many fossils of soft-bodied animals that lived more than 540 million years ago still survive, a new study finds.
Fool's Gold Preserves Some of Earth's Oldest Fossils
8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Found in Ancient Clay PotsAncient people pressed olive oil as far back as 8,000 years ago in Israel, a new study finds. Researchers found residues of the Mediterranean-diet staple on ancient clay pots dating back to the 6th millennium B.C. "This is the earliest evidence of the use of olive oil in the country, and perhaps the entire Mediterranean basin," Ianir Milevski and Nimrod Getzov, excavation directors at the Israel Antiquities Authority, said in a statement. The team discovered the clay vessels by accident.
8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Found in Ancient Clay Pots
Active Sun Unleashes Massive Solar FlareThe huge solar flare registered as an X1.8-class event, one of the most powerful types of flares possible, and was captured on camera by NASA's powerful Solar Dynamics Observatory. The flare triggered a strong radio blackout for parts of Earth as it peaked Friday at 7:28 p.m. EST (0028 Dec. 20 GMT), according to an alert from the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center overseen by NOAA. The solar flare erupted from a sunspot region classified as Active Region 2242, and more sun storms could occur from the region. Friday's solar flare capped an active week of sun storms.
Active Sun Unleashes Massive Solar Flare
SpaceX's Next Launch to Space Station Delayed Until New YearThe private spaceflight company SpaceX won't be flying its next delivery mission to the International Space Station until early 2015. SpaceX was originally expected to launch its Falcon 9 rocket carrying an uncrewed Dragon cargo ship to the station for NASA today (Dec. 19), but the launch was delayed partly due to a problem with the rocket. SpaceX is now expected to launch its fifth official mission to the orbiting outpost under a contract with NASA on Jan. 6.
SpaceX's Next Launch to Space Station Delayed Until New Year
Voyager 1 Rides 'Tsunami Wave' in Interstellar SpaceIt turns out that sailing through interstellar space isn't so peaceful. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft — the only object made by humans to reach interstellar space — might still be caught what scientists have described as a cosmic "tsunami wave," a shock wave that first hit the probe in February, according to new research. You can hear the eerie interstellar vibrations in a video, courtesy of NASA. "Most people would have thought the interstellar medium would have been smooth and quiet," study researcher Don Gurnett, professor of physics at the University of Iowa, and the principal investigator of Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument, said in a statement from NASA.
Voyager 1 Rides 'Tsunami Wave' in Interstellar Space
By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said. Important properties of wild plants, including varieties of wheat and rice, have been unintentionally lost during thousands of years of breeding. When humans first domesticated wheat around 7500 BC, farmers chose to use seeds based on a few selected traits, particularly their yields. ...
Back to the future: Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture
NASA Probe Piecing Together How Mars' Atmosphere Escapes to SpaceA NASA spacecraft that recently arrived in orbit around Mars is already helping to solve a Martian mystery. Scientists are using the space agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft to gather more data about how Mars' atmosphere bled molecules out into space over time. The agency released early results from the probe today (Dec. 15), showing how the continuous stream of particles emanating from the sun, called the solar wind, bury more deeply into the Martian atmosphere than scientists had previously thought. "Over the course of the full mission, we'll be able to fill in this picture and really understand the processes by which the atmosphere changed over time," Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, said in a statement.
NASA Probe Piecing Together How Mars' Atmosphere Escapes to Space
Why Birds Don't Have TeethThe common ancestor of all living birds sported a set of pearly whites 116 million years ago, a new study finds. In the study, researchers looked at the mutated remains of tooth genes in modern birds to figure out when birds developed "edentulism" — an absence of teeth. Ancient birds have left only a fragmented fossil record, but studying the genes of modern birds can help clarify how the bird lineage has changed over time. "DNA from the crypt is a powerful tool for unlocking secrets of evolutionary history," Mark Springer, a professor of biology at the University of California, Riverside and one of the study's lead researchers, said in a statement.
Why Birds Don't Have Teeth
Actor Seth Green Designs Mission Patch for Space Station ScienceLooking at the latest mission patch bound for the International Space Station, you would never know it was designed by actor Seth Green.
Actor Seth Green Designs Mission Patch for Space Station Science
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An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)The United States stands by its assertion that the North Korean government was behind the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council said on Saturday.
U.S. stands by assertion that North Korea behind Sony attack
FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2011, file photo, Sen. Bill Nelson D-Fla., speaks with reporters at the Florida Democratic Party State Convention in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. President Barack Obama's surprise decision this week to restore diplomatic relations with the communist nation is the surest sign yet those politics are changing, with some even suggesting it’s a political gambit aimed at cracking the Cuban-American community’s longtime support for the GOP. Nelson said you can see “in the polls, and you can see that just by going to Miami and talking to folks,” how much things have changed. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)For decades, the politics of Cuba in Florida were simple: anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro was a sure way to lose a race for office.
Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift
FILE - In this April 15, 1997 file photo, Air Force Lt. Jerome White stands at the door of his missile launch capsule 100-feet under ground where he and his partner are responsible for 10 nuclear-armed ICBM's, in north-central Colorado. Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years, repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps, the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.
Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?
Cowboys on the Muleshoe Ranch in Borden County work to get some cattle into a truck on Dec. 3, 2014. The ranch and others across the state suffered through the state's driest year ever in 2011, forcing some to sell off many if not all of their animals or sending their cattle to other states to graze. Many ranchers have since worked to diversify their incomes with other enterprises including leasing water and hunting acres for deer, antelope and quail. (AP Photo/Betsy Blaney)The Muleshoe Ranch's profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to move most of his cattle out of state.
Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes
A logo is pictured outside Sony Pictures Studios in Culver CityA spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be "grave consequences" if the U.S. refused to cooperate.
N. Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.
No Change at Guantanamo Under New Cuba RelationshipU.S. officials say the transfer from the detention center is a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
U.S. sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo
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.
Human rights in spotlight after U.S.-Cuba deal
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, embattled actor Stephen Collins admits to sexual misconduct with underage girls and talks about his time starring on the hit show '7th Heaven.'
Stephen Collins to '7th Heaven' Fans: 'I'm very sorry'
People pose with laptops in front of projection of binary code and CIA emblem in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times. The review panel is looking into the search by agency officials of staffers from the Senate Intelligence Committee who were investigating the CIA's use of torture in interrogations of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. ...
CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT
Former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back Ray Rice arrives for a hearing at a New York City office buildingNEW YORK (Reuters) - Newly released video footage appears to show professional football's Ray Rice and his future wife kissing while handcuffed in a casino elevator following the couple's fight that cost Rice his job with the Baltimore Ravens. The brawl in which Rice, 27, knocked out and dragged an unconscious Janay Palmer, 26, at an Atlantic City casino in February inflamed debate over domestic violence and professional football. ...
Video seems to show football's Rice, future wife kiss after brawl
File picture of U.S. artist and conservationist Guy Harvey leading a waterway cleanup in San JuanBy Letitia Stein ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - Guy Harvey stared at a mural of his marine paintings - images that are reproduced on 2 million T-shirts a year - and frowned at a butterfly fish. The Pacific species didn't belong among the Florida wildlife depicted at a beach resort restaurant bearing his name. "That one escaped me," said the 59-year-old artist and environmentalist, who said it can be difficult to control a brand in which he licenses his name and artwork. Harvey's colorful, meticulously detailed renditions of popular game fish are embedded in U.S. ...
Guy Harvey, marine artist and environmentalist, fishes for growth
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. ...
Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea
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.
Ferguson prosecutor: Some witnesses lied, including woman who didn’t see shooting
New Ray Rice video shows couple kissing after elevator punch
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.
Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions
ABC World News
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: International
The United States will release four Afghan prisoners from its Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the Department of Defense said today.
US Sending 4 Gitmo Prisoners Back to Afghanistan
The U.S. and Cuba have started to re-build their relationship but Fidel Castro remains a mystery to many.
Barbara Walters Talks About Her Meetings With Fidel Castro
There is no official total number of Americans who have fled to Cuba but there are reports that it could be upwards of 70 fugitives.
These American Fugitives May Be Hiding Out in Cuba
Feds say they have "enough information" to make that conclusion.
FBI Blames North Korea for Sony Hacking
The fish is 20 cm in length, with a distinct snout similar to a cartoon dog.
How Scientists Found Deepest-Ever Fish 5 Miles Down
The pontiff donated sleeping bags to Rome's homeless for his 78th birthday.
Pope Francis Celebrates Birthday by Donating 400 Sleeping Bags
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been invited to Moscow, the Kremlin confirmed to Russian media.
Kim Jong-un Invited to Russia for Victory Day Celebration
Not as much as you would think.
What It Takes to Set Up a New Embassy In Cuba
Secretary of State John Kerry???s announcement that he plans to visit Cuba in 2015 and that a U.S. embassy will open in Havana are major diplomatic steps, given that the la
The Last Time an American President Visited Cuba
Double-stroke victim jokes along with Russian president.
Watch Putin Mistake Stroke Survivor for Drunken Journalist
Security officials: Egypt's powerful intelligence chief replaced
Egypt's Powerful Intelligence Chief Replaced
Here are some of the latest developments regarding the US-Cuba relationship
Latest Developments on the US-Cuba Story
Raul Castro's blunt message to Washington: Detente won't change the system Cubans fought for
Raul Castro: Don't Expect Detente to Change Cuban System
Police kill a knife-wielding assailant who attacks an officer in central France
French Police Shoot Dead Knife-Wielding Assailant
Kurdish fighters advance against IS group in northern Syrian town of Kobani, Sinjar mountains
Kurds Advance Against IS Group in Syria, Iraq
ABC U.S. News
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: U.S.
Two New York City police officers were shot in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn today, the NYPD said.
Two NYPD Cops Shot Sitting in Patrol Car in Brooklyn
Lion had age-related health issues, according to zoo.
Rare White Lion Euthanized at Ohio Zoo
An employee at the Maine State Museum said her instincts kicked in when she saw an alleged attempted abduction.
65-Year-Old Woman Stops Alleged Abduction Attempt of Young Girl
Another incident alleged by magazine didn't happen, university says.
UVA Alleges Error in Rolling Stone Reporting Before Discredited Gang-Rape Story
Stephen Collins says he is ???absolutely not??? a pedophile, claiming that the three underage girls he confessed to having sexual misconduct with were isolated incidents.
Stephen Collins Denies He's a Pedophile
The parents of James Holmes, the man accused in a 2012 movie theater rampage in Colorado, said their son ???is not a monster.???
Aurora Shooting Suspect's Parents Break Silence for 1st Time
Bill Ansell has a sinister display on his yard that features a beheaded choir, a hanging Mickey Mouse and even a urinating Santa Claus that lights up at night.
Man Terrorizes Neighbors With Hostile Holiday Decorations
"I almost passed out, for real," cashier Cheryl Semien told ABC News.
Woman Gives Fast Food Worker Her Mink Coat as Surprise Tip
Police: 1 NYC officer dead after being shot in patrol car, 2nd is in critical condition
Police: 1 NYC Cop Dead in Shooting, 2nd Critical
Police: 1 NYC officer dies after being shot inside patrol car, 2nd officer critically hurt
Police: 1 NYC Officer Dies After Being Shot Inside Patrol Car, 2nd Officer Critically Hurt
Judge dismisses lawsuit by California family saved at sea against phone company
Judge Dismisses Suit by Family Saved at Sea
Police brutality protesters gather in Mall of America rotunda on busy day for holiday shoppers
Police Brutality Protesters Rally at Mall of America
Prosecutor: No charges for parishioners who restrained armed man who died in church fracas
Prosecutor: No Charges in Church Disturbance Death
Police: 2 NYC officers critically hurt after being shot in patrol car, suspect believed dead
AP NewsAlert
More crime lows in NYC despite rising complaints on 'broken windows' style of policing
Crime in NYC Drops Even as Tactics Draw Criticism
ABC Politics
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: Politics
The commander-in-chief snags a little R&R.
First Weekend In Paradise: Obamas Arrive In Hawaii
Mark this down as a historic day in White House history. President Obama has just become the first president to field questions from only female reporters at a White Hou
In Case You Missed It, Obama Made History Today
The cost of U.S. military airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has topped $1 billion, US officials said.
Bill for US Airstrikes Against ISIS Tops $1 Billion
The president made the comments at his final news conference of 2014.
Obama Says Sony Made 'Mistake' in Canceling 'The Interview'
Following President Obama???s historic opening with Cuba, ???This Week??? anchor George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sunday on ???This Week.??? And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week???s politics, with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor...
Sunday on 'This Week': Sen. Marco Rubio
"I know, deep in my bones," that my decision was wise, Obama said.
Obama Determined to 'Chip Away' at 'Hermetically Sealed' Cuba
The president and first family have arrived in Hawaii, for a 16-day tropical vacation that???s become their annual holiday tradition.
Aloha, Obama! First Family Arrives in Hawaii for 16-Day Vacation
Here's a look at how President Obama fared this year, by the numbers.
Obama's Crummy Year: By the Numbers
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES TODAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE: President Obama holds his annual year-end press conference at 1:30 pm ET in the White House briefing room. Obama last fielded reporters??? questions the day after the mid-term elections and there???s a lot of new...
Obama's Year To Remember - And To Forget
At White House Hanukkah party, Obama gets a sniff of a cigar.
Obama Surprised With 'Cuban' Cigar
The president's slip-up came during a news conference when he was referring to "The Interview."
Watch: President Obama Calls Actor James Franco 'James Flacco'
The president discusses the movie studio's decision to pull "The Interview" from theaters.
Watch: Obama: Sony Made a 'Mistake'
Jorge Ramos travels to DC to confront Speaker John Boehner about why he is blocking immigration reform.
Watch: Jorge Ramos Confronts John Boehner
President weighs in on 2016 presidential race.
Watch: Obama: 'I Have a Lot of Disagreements' With Jeb Bush
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) captured some of the first moments of freedom involving the jailed American.
Watch: The Remarkable Moments When Alan Gross Entered US Airspace, Hugged Wife
MONEYScope
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: Money
With less than two weeks to go before the end of the year, both Santa and the "tax man" will be checking their "naughty or nice" lists.
Easy Year-End Money Tips for 2014
ABC News Fixer steps in to save mourning sister on plane ticket.
Airline Won???t Refund Change of Plans for Funeral
Icahn commits $20 million to keep casino operational throughout bankruptcy.
Atlantic City's Taj Mahal Safe ??? for Now
Falling oil prices force Algeria to confront heavy spending and subsidies
Falling Oil Prices Worry Algeria
Some brick and mortar stores are doing all they can to offer high-tech in-store shopping and mimic an online shopping experience to draw more customers in.
Clever Ways Brick-and-Mortar Stores Fight Online Shopping
Cuba hopes to spur oil industry but environmentalists worry and industry remains skeptical
Hopes, Fears, Doubts Surround Cuba's Oil Future
No one looks forward to writing a will, but the task is important. Here's what to know, along with details that must be taken care of.
5 Tips for Writing Your Will
Regulators close small bank in Minnesota, bringing number of US bank failures to 18 in 2014
US Regulators Close Small Minnesota Bank
Kocherlakota says Fed taking 'unacceptable' risk in not worrying more about low inflation
Kocherlakota Warns Fed of 'Unacceptable' Risk
Staples says 1.2 million customer cards may have been exposed in security breach
Staples: Customer Data Exposed in Security Breach
Judge allows Family Dollar shareholder vote on $8.5 billion Dollar Tree bid
Judge: Family Dollar Can Vote on Dollar Tree Buyout
Hasbro, Teekay, Nike, Xerox and BlackBerry are big market movers
Hasbro and Xerox Are Big Market Movers
Business Highlights
Retailers offer big discounts for those looking to score last-minute gifts.
Watch: 'Super Saturday' May Be Biggest Shopping Day of the Year
Blackberry third quarter revenue misses forecast as turnaround plan is in doubt.
Watch: Investors Hang Up on Blackberry
SciTech
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: Technology
Amazon is refusing to give up on its Fire phone and the users who snapped up the devices, which made a lackluster debut over the summer.
Amazon Fire Phone Gets Major Updates
A spat over a Facebook friend request resulted in a 72-year-old woman being slapped and another woman being arrested, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Facebook Friend Request Spat Leads to Arrest
What you need to know before you set up your new devices.
Internet of Things: How to Keep Your Connected Devices Safe From Hackers
North Korea wants joint investigation with US over Sony hacking to prove it's not involved
N. Korea Proposes Joint Probe Over Sony Hacking
Sony hacking case combines rare blend of international intrigue and Hollywood star power
Sony Saga Blends Foreign Intrigue, Star Wattage
Sony cyberattack gets muted coverage in Japanese media
Why the Sony Hack Isn't Big News in Japan
Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign
Protesters in Contempt of Court for Anti-Whaling Campaign
AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens us all if society lives in fear
AP Interview: Coelho Says Sony Hack Threatens All
Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign
Protesters in Contempt of Court for Anti-Whaling Campaign
Obama: Sony made mistake in shelving film under pressure by North Korea hackers; vows response
Obama Says North Korea Hacked Sony, Vows Response
Sony defends shelving of 'The Interview' after Obama criticism: 'We had no choice'
Sony on Shelving 'The Interview': 'We Had No Choice'
Decision to pull 'The Interview' likely influenced by Colorado shooting, ensuing lawsuits
2012 Movie Massacre Hung Over 'Interview' Decision
Arctic offshore drilling company enters guilty pleas to environmental, maritime crimes
Arctic Offshore Drill Company Enters Guilty Pleas
Lawsuit focused on Apple's early days of reshaping the music industry.
Apple Wins iPod Class-Action Antitrust Lawsuit
Instagram delivered the ultimate holiday gift today to its users: five new filters.
How Instagram Is Souping Up Your Holiday Pictures
Health
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: Health
Twenty-eight people have become ill in 10 states.
Caramel Apples Linked to 4 Deaths In Multi-State Listeria Outbreak
Knatalye and Adeline Mata underwent a 5-hour skin-stretching surgery.
Conjoined Twin Babies Undergo First Step Toward Separation
Make new year's goals stick past Jan. 2 with these psychological tactics.
The Science Behind Doing New Year's Resolutions Right
A school took away an 8-year-old blind boy's cane as punishment for acting up and replaced it with a pool noodle, his father told ABC News.
School Takes Away Blind Child's Cane as Punishment
Many patients misuse lifesaving inhalers and EpiPens, researchers find.
How Lifesaving Medical Devices Are Being Used Incorrectly
Girl gets full "red carpet" treatment that she wants every day.
Spa 'Makeover' Lifts This 4-Year-Old Cancer Patient
First it was a disease, now it's a disability.
Obesity Could Be a Disability, Court Rules
There were some stunning medical moments this year.
Biggest Medical Miracles of 2014
"He was so happy,??? owner says of dog's reaction to prosthetic paws and legs.
Pup Tries Out New 3-D-Printed Paws
The paleo diet you've been eating is probably all wrong, two anthropology professors suggest.
Why You're Doing the Paleo Diet All Wrong
The outbreak killed 64 people and sickened 687 others across 20 states.
Pharmacists Charged in 2012 Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
In rural villages, distance and distrust are keeping people away.
Watch: How One Family Is Dealing With Ebola
The way Jahi McMath's mom takes care of her will warm your heart.
Girl's Mysterious Sign Showing She May Not Be Brain Dead
Nadia Campbell was cured of a chronic sinus condition after 17 years.
What Finally Cured a Woman's 18-Year Stuffy Nose
Researchers are concerned over rise in use of e-cigarettes by young people.
More Teens Using E-Cigarettes Than Tobacco, Survey Finds
Entertainment
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: Entertainment
Jill Dillard announced in August she and husband Derick Dillard were expecting their first child, affectionately hastagged "babydilly."
'19 Kids and Counting's' Jill Duggar Dillard Looks Ready to Pop
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will be back on screen together in "By the Sea," which is set to be released next year and features the famous duo as a couple.
Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Directing Brad Pitt in Sex Scene
George Clooney blasted North Korea in a new interview, criticizing the country following the cyberhacking attack that drove Sony to pull ???the Interview??? from theaters.
George Clooney Blames Hollywood Amid Sony Hack Attack
Here are some fun facts that you may not know about ???The Godfather: Part II??? on its 40th anniversary.
Little-Known Facts About 'The Godfather: Part II'
A horde of celebrities helped to send off host Stephen Colbert on the final episode of Comedy Central???s ???The Colbert Report.???
'Colbert Report' Final Episode Includes Santa Claus, Tons of Celebs
The singer tells a reporter what it took for him to write song for "Unbroken."
Did Angelina Jolie Really Kidnap Chris Martin?
How "Big Bang Theory" actress decorated for the holidays.
Inside Kaley Cuoco's Sparkly Holiday Home
After a few theaters tried to replace "The Interview" with another movie involving North Korea, "Team America" has also been pulled from theaters, according to the AP.
Theaters Pull 'Team America' Day After 'The Interview'
We are just about two months away from the premiere of "Fifty Shades of Grey" the movie and the film's star Jamie Dornan is opening up on how he prepped for the big role.
The Crazy Thing Jamie Dornan Did to Prep for 'Fifty Shades'
Months after reports first surfaced that "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins had sexually abused minor children years ago, the actor is breaking his silence and admits wron
Stephen Collins Breaks Silence Amid Reports of Sexual Abuse
Zak Williams still hasn't gotten over the death of his famous father Robin Williams earlier this summer.
Robin Williams' Son Zak Opens Up About His Lingering Grief
Yorkville Endoscopy is taking corrective steps to maintain accreditation after the death of Joan Rivers following a procedure there.
Joan Rivers' Clinic Has a Plan to Stay Open
Singer flaunts her bikini body in new cover story for Women's Health.
How Britney Spears Stays in Such Amazing Shape
Luke Bryan brought along orphaned nephew Til to Monday's American Country Countdown Awards.
Luke Bryan Accompanied by Orphaned Nephew at Country Awards
"He is the father you thought you knew," Evin Cosby said.
Bill Cosby's Daughter Says Her Dad Is a Real-Life Cliff Huxtable
Travel
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: Travel
Orlando is guaranteed to please the kids whenever you take them. But navigating through all the parks can be overwhelming. That???s why I asked the kids for tips.
The Kids' Guide to Orlando
Hotel Suite of the Week: The Oak Grove Studio Suite at Carmel Valley Ranch
Photos: The Oak Grove Studio Suite at Carmel Valley Ranch
What you can do to quell the chaos and sometimes even save a buck.
Holiday Travel: How to Avoid the Drama
If you love cats and pastries, you'll want to visit Meow Parlour - New York City's first-ever cat cafe.
Meow Parlour, NYC's Newest Cat Cafe, Opens Today
Family vacations are meant to be relaxing and enjoyable.
The Caribbean's Best All-Inclusive Resorts For Families
'Tis the season for vacations, parties and far-away plans.
Holiday Travel: Should Fido Stay or Go?
Some 45 million people are projected to travel by air from Dec. 17 through Jan. 4, an average of 2.4 million per day.
Why You Should Stay Home Dec. 19
The Castle Hotel is a new luxury hotel in China
Photos: Magnificent Castle Hotel Fit for King, but Open to Public
Virgin America upgrades First Class menu for select long-haul business flights.
Photos: For Hungry Travelers, A Taste of First Class
Affordable suites in Manhattan with plenty of perks? Look no further.
Photos: Affordable NYC Suites With Plenty of Perks
New York City has unveiled suites for pampered pooches and owners, too.
Photos: Welcome to OUT Hotel Doggie Suites
Famous cities around the world appear to look like toy towns.
Photos: Bird's-Eye View of Famous Cities
World's Weirdest Restaurants
Photos: This Plane is a Tiny McDonald's
Winners of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
Photos: Dazzling Photos Will Spin You Around the World
These hotel infinity pools from travel site Trivago will have you planning your next vacation, stat.
Photos: 8 Unbelievable, Incredible Infinity Pools
Relationships
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
GMA
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: GMA
An employee at the Maine State Museum said her instincts kicked in when she saw an alleged attempted abduction.
65-Year-Old Woman Stops Alleged Abduction Attempt of Young Girl
Here are some fun facts that you may not know about ???The Godfather: Part II??? on its 40th anniversary.
Little-Known Facts About 'The Godfather: Part II'
With a nickname like Sin City, Vegas is an obvious choice for revelers looking to do a little more than sit on the couch with a glass of wine.
NYE in Vegas: The Hottest Hotel Parties
This British Independent Overseas Territory is the "Jewel of the Atlantic."
See This, Skip That: Bermuda
No one looks forward to writing a will, but the task is important. Here's what to know, along with details that must be taken care of.
5 Tips for Writing Your Will
The app Calorific has created a handy guide that shows what 200 calories of holiday treats look like.
App Shows What 200 Calories of Holiday Treats Look Like
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepherd welcomed their second child, ABC News has confirmed.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Welcome Baby
Another incident alleged by magazine didn't happen, university says.
UVA Alleges Error in Rolling Stone Reporting Before Discredited Gang-Rape Story
Turns out there???s even more surveillance video Ray Rice doesn???t want you to see.
Exclusive: Video Reveals What Happened After Ray Rice Punch
Knatalye and Adeline Mata underwent a 5-hour skin-stretching surgery.
Conjoined Twin Babies Undergo First Step Toward Separation
Sara Haines brings you the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
Watch: George Clooney's 'Downton Abbey' Appearance Detailed
The Grammy award-winning singer speaks about the uncomfortable situation of being cross-examined by her alleged stalker.
Watch: Ashanti Comes Face-To-Face With Stalker in Courtroom Battle
Newly released video shows what happened after Rice punched his then-fiancee.
Watch: Ray Rice, Girlfriend Kiss After Elevator Punch in New Video
Two women help save the day after stolen car prompts Amber Alert.
Watch: Mother Reunited With Baby After Robber Ditches Stolen Vehicle
Brazen thieves target stores selling luxurious items in daring daytime robberies.
Watch: Smash and Grab Jewelry Heists Caught on Video
Nightline
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: Nightline
When ???Nightline??? was contacted by a company promising two free airline tickets and a free hotel stay, we set out on a mission to track the anatomy of a "free vacation"
We Decided to Follow a 'Free Vacation' Mail Offer
Some brick and mortar stores are doing all they can to offer high-tech in-store shopping and mimic an online shopping experience to draw more customers in.
Clever Ways Brick-and-Mortar Stores Fight Online Shopping
Hannah Overton, who has spent seven years in a Texas prison for murder of a young foster child she says didn???t commit, has finally has won her freedom.
Mom Released After Years in Prison for Foster Son's Murder
In a morning radio show universe where many of the biggest players are deliberately obnoxious shock jocks, Elvis Duran breaks the mold.
Elvis Duran, The Man Behind the Voice
Becky G, singer of bubbly hit ???Shower??? and sultry single, ???Can???t Stop Dancing,??? is positioned for mainstream success.
6 Things You Didn't Know About Becky G
The big difference between the two families is their race -- and how they talk about racial issues at home.
2 Fathers, 2 Sons: Very Different Conversations About Race
Fashion icon Beverly Johnson alleges that Bill Cosby drugged her in 1986, adding her voice to the chorus of women accusing Cosby of impropriety.
Fashion Icon Beverly Johnson Says Bill Cosby Drugged Her
It remains to be seen if discussions about #CrimingWhileWhite, and being #AliveWhileBlack, will ever bridge a racial divide or polarize us even more.
Hashtags Raise Questions About Racism, But Can They Bridge Racial Divides?
???Do The Right Thing,??? which debuted 25 years ago, is eerily similar to what was captured on home video in the final moments in Eric Garner???s life.
How 1989 Film 'Do The Right Thing' Still Resonates
There is a new generation of elite, pint-sized supermodels-in-training, modeling some of the most glamorous names in luxury fashion.
The Next Generation of Supermodels Are Still Losing Baby Teeth
ABC News' Hamish McDonald goes inside the Czech Republic's latest tourist craze.
What It's Like to Bathe in Beer: Inside a Czech Republic Beer Spa
Summer Hull of MommyPoints.com knows the secrets to turning all that holiday shopping into free travel.
One Mom's Secret to Turning Christmas Shopping Into Free Travel
Small business owners and store fronts are turning to Instagram to sell their wares.
Insta-Sales: Using Instagram as a Personal Shopping Mall
Ten-year-old Shyanne Roberts loves purple: Purple sneakers, purple bike -- even her semi-automatic shotgun is purple.
Meet This Rising Competitive Shooting Star. She's 10.
The Oath Keepers are a group taking up armed positions on the streets and rooftops of Ferguson, with the intent of protecting local businesses.
Oath Keepers Guard Ferguson's Streets and Rooftops
Primetime
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: Primetime
Jaycee Dugard says she doesn't want to live in the past.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Tells Diane Sawyer About Moving On
On her first trip to New York City, Jaycee Dugard attended a star-studded awards ceremony, took in a Broadway play and was awed by the city's skyscrapers. But for her, the most memorable part of the trip was going for pizza. "Just walking down the street. With everybody. It was my favorite moment," Dugard told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.
Dugard Revels in Being Free in NYC
Abducted by strangers and held captive for 18 years.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard: The Full Interview
Jaycee Dugard revels in saying her name, a name she wasn't allowed to utter or even write for 18 years while she was held captive by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Dugard chose to tell her story in a new memoir and in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer because she wants to live free of Phillip Garrido's secrets.
Jaycee Dugard: 'Life After Something Tragic'
Handcuffed in the backyard, her attacker, Phillip Garrido, is her only contact.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Dependent on Her Abductor
Phillip Garrido's wife is introduced bearing dolls and chocolate as gifts.
Watch: Introducing Jaycee Dugard to Nancy Garrido
While held captive she gives birth to two girls.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Pregnant at Age 14
Over 18 years, officials fail to detect a crime right under their noses.
Watch: Parole Officers Visit the House 60 Times
Lisa Campbell and Ally Jacobs look into Phillip Garrido's past after public rant
Watch: Unlikely Heroes Start to Investigate Garrido
The system failed despite Garrido being a known sex offender and being monitored
Watch: How Did Phillip Garrido Pull Off This Crime?
Nancy Garrido videotapes a parole officer as he conducts a surprise search.
Watch: Officer's Failed Search Caught on Tape
Adjusting to life after being rescued from the torments of Phillip Garrido.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Recovers With the Love of Family
Jaycee Dugard has powerful memories from the last 20 years, 18 of them spent as a prisoner of kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Yet, some of the most overwhelming memories come from her first two years of freedom which she and her children have spent reunited with her mother.
Jaycee Dugard's Triumph Over Kidnapping, Captivity
Authorities visited the home of Phillip Garrido at least 60 times and still somehow missed the hidden compound housing Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters. There were even reports that neighbors and residents alerted authorities to sightings of Dugard and the fact that children were living in tents in the convicted sex offender's backyard. Experts say there are several things you can look for to help a missing or exploited child.
How to Report a Missing Child Sighting
Jaycee Dugard has formed the JAYC Foundation to help families of abduction. Dugard, kidnapped at 11 and held captive for 18 years, has spent her first two years of freedom healing with her family. She now wants to help other families do the same.
Jaycee Dugard's New Foundation Helping Families of Abduction
20/20
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: 20/20
Stephen Collins says he is ???absolutely not??? a pedophile, claiming that the three underage girls he confessed to having sexual misconduct with were isolated incidents.
Stephen Collins Denies He's a Pedophile
Collins tells Yahoo Global Anchor Katie Couric that he is not sexually or physically attracted to children.
Watch: Stephen Collins Describes 'Inappropriate' Encounter with 10-Year-Old
Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh's son was injured during a SWAT team raid on the wrong home.
Watch: Baby Clings to Life After Flash-Bang Grenade Lands in His Crib
Ryan and Marti Ruth used social media to find who took the packages containing their kids' Christmas gifts.
Watch: Woman Caught on Camera Taking Packages from Family's Doorstep
Ross Township, Pennsylvania, residents say Bill Ansell is terrorizing them with his anti-Christmas spirit.
Watch: Homeowners Feel Trapped by Neighbor's Hostile Holiday Display
Bill Ansell has a sinister display on his yard that features a beheaded choir, a hanging Mickey Mouse and even a urinating Santa Claus that lights up at night.
Man Terrorizes Neighbors With Hostile Holiday Decorations
Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh never imagined their family would be at the center of a controversy over the militarization of police.
Family of Boy Injured by 'Grenade' Has $1M in Medical Bills
Ryan and Marti Ruth found a clever way to catch someone taking their kids' Christmas gifts from their porch.
Watch: How One Family Used Facebook to Catch Package-Taking Culprit
Hannah Overton, who has spent seven years in a Texas prison for murder of a young foster child she says didn???t commit, has finally has won her freedom.
Mom Released After Years in Prison for Foster Son's Murder
One of the two suspects appeared in court today.
'Slender Man' Stabbing Suspects Ruled Competent to Stand Trial
Detroit CEO and entrepreneur Asia Newson, 11, often approaches strangers on the street with her sales pitch.
Watch: Watch This 'Super Business Girl' Rap About Her Accomplishments
Eleven-year-old Asia Newson could sell dust to a desert.
This 11-Year-Old Detroit Girl???s Perfect Sales Pitch Will Blow You Away
The businessman and investor demonstrates the five classic sales techniques to guarantee a sale.
Watch: Robert Herjavec of 'Shark Tank' Shows 5 Ways to Close a Sale
Nicole Faccenda plots the murder of her ex's new girlfriend.
Watch: Listening in as NJ Woman Hires a Hit Man
After a drug dealer is arrested and looks for a hit man while in prison, an ATF agent goes on an assignment that no one else wanted to take.
Undercover ATF Agent on the Assignment No One Else Wanted
WNT
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:11
ABC News: World News Tonight
See what the stars of ABC's "Shark Tank" picked for their top gifts.
Watch: Sharks Pitch Holiday Gifts Made in America
Turns out there???s even more surveillance video Ray Rice doesn???t want you to see.
Exclusive: Video Reveals What Happened After Ray Rice Punch
Feds say they have "enough information" to make that conclusion.
FBI Blames North Korea for Sony Hacking
The president made the comments at his final news conference of 2014.
Obama Says Sony Made 'Mistake' in Canceling 'The Interview'
Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleads guilty to 2nd DUI; says he realizes problem
Gold Medalist Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty to DUI
The parents of James Holmes, the man accused in a 2012 movie theater rampage in Colorado, said their son ???is not a monster.???
Aurora Shooting Suspect's Parents Break Silence for 1st Time
Stephen Collins, the star of "7th Heaven," tells Yahoo News' Global Anchor Katie Couric that a sexual encounter with an underage girl was "unthinkably wrong."
Stephen Collins Describes 'Unthinkably Wrong' Encounter With Girl
Defense plans to file motion to delay the trial.
First Look at Boston Bombing Suspect, 17 Months Later
Comments come after he spent five years in a Cuban prison.
Alan Gross Says It's 'Good to be Home'
David Muir reveals the stories people have been buzzing about all week.
Watch: Instant Index: Four New Breeds of Dogs Headed to Westminster
New Ray Rice Video Shows What Happened After the Elevator Incident; Michael Phelps Caught on Camera Allegedly Driving While Intoxicated Through Maryland Tunnel
Full Episode: WN 12/19: Colorado Shooter James Holmes' Parents Say He Suffers from Severe Mental Illness
The pontiff donated sleeping bags to Rome's homeless for his 78th birthday.
Pope Francis Celebrates Birthday by Donating 400 Sleeping Bags
Twenty-eight people have become ill in 10 states.
Caramel Apples Linked to 4 Deaths In Multi-State Listeria Outbreak
World News Tonight with David Muir shares this Made in America holiday gift guide just in time for you to go shopping!
Made in America 2014: Holiday Gift Guide
Brian and Julie Whitman sell GrooveBook for $14 million to Shutterfly.
Watch: Family's Way to Preserve Images Hits Jackpot With the Help of "Shark Tank"

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