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Risky Comedies Could Be In Jeopardy After 'Interview' Is Pulled

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:49pm

Audie Cornish talks with John Horn of KPCC's The Frame, about what Sony's decision to cancel The Interview means for Hollywood, freedom of speech and future artistic expression.

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No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:43pm

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:06pm

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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New Popularity Of L.L. Bean Boots Sparks Scramble To Fill Orders

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:50pm

L.L. Bean's iconic rubber and leather boots have swung back into fashion with young people and are more popular than ever. The backlog stands at nearly 100,000 pairs; it will take months to catch up.

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How Much Will The Hack Cost Sony?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:47pm

It's difficult to know what pulling The Interview from theaters will cost Sony Pictures. Estimates vary widely and Sony hasn't announced whether it will pursue an alternative plan to release the film. At a minimum, though, the $45 million Sony put up to make the move appears to be at risk. And there is an unquantifiable hit to the company's reputation.

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And The Award For Most Offensive Fund-Raising Video Goes To...

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:56pm

If you're a charity that wants to help the developing world, you really, really, really don't want to win a "Rusty Radiator."

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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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