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White House Says Any Response To Sony Attack Needs To Be 'Proportional'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:27pm

The White House won't confirm North Korea is behind the attack, citing an ongoing investigation. Nevertheless, it is mulling over its options.

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Putin: Sanctions, Falling Oil Prices Causing Ruble's Tumble

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:17am

In a year-end news conference, the Russian President said the worst-case scenario for his country's economy would involve two more years of unease.

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Rapprochement With Cuba: What It Includes And Excludes

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

President Obama's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba does not lift the trade embargo. That jurisdiction belongs to Congress, but do the upcoming changes all but undermine the embargo?

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TSA Administrator John Pistole To Leave At Month's End

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

John Pistole is leaving the Transportation Security Administration after 4 and a half years as its chief. He will become president of a Christian university in Indiana.

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With Sony Hack, Nation State Attacks Go From Quiet To Overt

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:45am

U.S. intelligence officials claim that North Korea was centrally involved in the hack against Sony. That's major news in the world of cyberwarfare, where nation states typically make covert attacks.

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The U.S. Says North Korea Ordered The Sony Hack. How Do We Respond?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:04pm

The cyberattack successfully achieved its unusually public goals. The question, reporter David Sanger says, is how the United States can punish what already is the world's most-sanctioned nation.

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Sony Cancels Theatrical Release Of 'The Interview'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:18pm

Sony Pictures decided to cancel the release after several big theater chains opted to drop the movie from their line up. The Interview is a comedy centered on a plot to kill the leader of North Korea.

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Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:53pm

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has lead to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.

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Fed: Interest Rates Could Rise As Early As May 2015

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:45pm

After a two-day meeting, Federal Reserve policymakers say they will be "patient" before starting to raise interest rates from historically low levels.

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Major Movie Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview' After Threats

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:15pm

Audie Cornish talks with LA Times Hollywood Editor Joe Bel Bruno about the latest surrounding hacker threats to Sony and theaters showing the film, The Interview.

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Studios Hope Holiday Family Movies Will Grab Slice Of Shrinking Box Office

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:11pm

So far Disney's Big Hero 6 is a winner and DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar is not. Studios look closely at opening weekend. In December, Night at the Museum 3 will compete with Annie, just before Into The Woods enters the race on Christmas Day.

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We're Down To 5 Northern White Rhinos: Is It Too Late For Babies?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:11pm

With the death of a Northern White Rhino in San Diego's zoo this week, researchers are working to see if they can save the species. They'd better hurry — only five remain.

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Major Theater Chains Won't Screen 'The Interview' Amid Threats

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:23pm

News reports say Regal, AMC, Cinemark, Carmike and Cineplex will not screen the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The decision deals a blow to the film, which cost $44 million to make.

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Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Aides say Obama will sign a bill authorizing new economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its ongoing interference in Ukraine. Russia's economy is reeling from earlier western sanctions.

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Fed Officials May Be Closer To Raising Interest Rates

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The Federal Reserve is expected to drop the phrase that says it will keep interest rates low for "a considerable time." Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution

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Hacking Of Sony's Computers Creates Much Drama

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Following a hack of computers, Sony canceled some press for The Interview, a film the hackers claim motivated them to commit their crimes. The fallout includes a class action lawsuit.

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Ruble's Drop Has Implications For Global Economy

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been conspicuously silent since the ruble's plunge. Renee Montagne talks to Russian business journalist Kirill Belyaninov about why the ruble is in freefall.

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Is Russia's Currency On Its Way To Collapse?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The Russian ruble hit new lows on Tuesday despite efforts by the country's central bank to stop the selling. The currency lost 11 percent of its value.

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For Crop Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:45am

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.

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Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:45am

Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn't survive the night.

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