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'A human being gripped by a severe mental illness'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:20 -0500

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialJames Holmes's parents are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.




Painting sells for staggering sum
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:51:36 -0500

Edsel & Eleanor Ford HouseGROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House kept secret its 2013 sale of an oil painting by French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million to help protect Detroit-owned artworks under threat due to the city's bankruptcy.




FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:55:59 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, providing the most detailed accounting to date of a hugely expensive break-in that could lead to a U.S. response.

Hackers' latest message to Sony
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:58:19 -0500

Hackers tell Sony wise to cancel film, don't make more trouble: CNNWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The hackers who launched a cyberattack on Sony Pictures praised the company's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and said its data will be secure if they continue to comply, CNN reported on Friday, quoting the message.




8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:17:04 -0500

SYDNEY (AP) — The bodies of eight children — aged 18 months to 15 years — and a wounded woman were discovered in a home in northern Australia on Friday, police said.

'A human being gripped by a severe mental illness'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:51:22 -0500

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialJames Holmes's parents are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.




Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:56:14 -0500

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, a poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater in Atlanta. Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony pictures and a threat against movie theaters will intensify calls for a tougher US Steps to cuts its access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)The hack against Sony and a threat against theaters intensify calls for tougher U.S. steps.




'Colbert Report' gets star-studded sendoff
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Even though it was the last-ever edition of The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert seemed determined to treat Thursday night's farewell like any ordinary episode.




Lawyers for two friends of accused Boston bombers due in court
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:07:31 -0500

Hayden, defense attorney for Matanov who is accused of lying to federal investigators about his ties to accused Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, talks to reporters following Matanov's arraignment in federal courtBOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for two friends of the accused Boston Marathon bombers are due in court on Friday for separate hearings as the city braces for the January start of a trial focused on the attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. Attorneys for Khairullozhon Matanov, a cab driver from Kyrgyzstan who was charged with lying to investigators by downplaying his relationship with the accused bombers after calling police to offer information on them, are expected to ask a judge to crack down on leaks about their client from law-enforcement sources. ...




Five dead, dozens ill from bacteria linked to caramel apples
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:18:52 -0500

By Mary Wisniewski (Reuters) - Five people have died and 21 others have been hospitalized in recent weeks in a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples, federal health officials said on Friday. A total of 28 people infected with listeria have been reported from 10 states, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The CDC warned consumers not to eat any pre-packaged, commercially-produced caramel apples, including those with other toppings such as nuts, chocolate or sprinkles, until more information is available. ...

Boy found dead in New York after false kidnap report, police say
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:50:50 -0500

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The body of a 5-year-old boy was found near his home in upstate New York on Thursday night hours after a relative told police two men in ski masks had kidnapped him, a report the local sheriff said on Friday appeared to have been a lie. Kenneth White lived with his aunt, his legal guardian, in a trailer home in Berne, a town near Albany, according to the Albany Times Union. ...

8 children killed in home in northern Australia
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:51:29 -0500

AUSTRALIA FAMILY STABBINGSYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.




Report: Secret Service needs more, better-trained agents
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:05:16 -0500

Secret Service report: White House needs a taller fence and more, better-trained agentsAfter 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.




Report: Death sentences, executions continue to drop
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:27:34 -0500

New death sentences, executions continued to drop in 2014, report saysThe Death Penalty Information Center says the number of executions in 2014 was the lowest it’s been in 20 years.




Accused Boston marathon bomber makes first appearance since 2013
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:25:38 -0500

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013The scene that unfolded in a federal courtroom in Boston on Thursday was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s first public appearance in 17 months. The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, said just five words in the final hearing before his trial begins in January on charges that he, along with his older brother, set off two deadly bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013.




How much will cyberattack cost Sony?
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:05:59 -0500

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)It may be the most damaging hack ever inflicted on an American business.




Bill O'Reilly declares victory in the 'War on Christmas'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:52:14 -0500

Bill O'Reilly declares victory in the 'War on Christmas'The Fox News host, who has become Christianity's General Patton in the so-called "War on Christmas," is declaring victory.




'Savior of the nation'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:14:08 -0500

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference, he also said Putin says Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.




Good news for U.S. homebuyers
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:34:54 -0500

In this photo made Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, a for sale by owner sign sits in front of a home in Richardson, Texas. Mortgage company Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year.




Matt Bai: Why Democrats should take their convention to central Ohio
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:18:31 -0500

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.




Obama reignites political debate over Cuba
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:30:07 -0500

In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, prepares his statement before a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Among potential Republican presidential candidates, Rubio led the attack on Obama's plans Wednesday to ease of economic and travel restrictions on Cuba, to open an embassy in Havana and review the communist nation’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House.




Executions in United States at 20-year low: report
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:21:28 -0500

lethal injection roomBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amid growing concerns about how executions are carried out in the United States, the number of prison inmates being put to death fell to a 20-year low in 2014, the Death Penalty Information Center said in a report issued on Thursday. The 35 executions this year was the lowest since 1994, said the Washington-based nonprofit, which does not take a position on whether the death penalty should be abolished, in its annual survey of national data. ...




Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:28:52 -0500

William Rouse, the General Manager of Los Angeles Yellow Cab, at podium, takes questions from the media as hundreds of Los Angeles area taxi drivers circle City Hall in their cabs to protest unregulated ride-share services being promoted through smart-phone applications and social media in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 25, 2013. The protest came one day after the city’s transportation department issued "cease and desist" letters to companies such as Uber that allow consumers to book rides online with limo companies and private drivers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.




Pakistan massacre ‘blowback’ from U.S.-backed offensive against Taliban, officials say
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:02:10 -0500

The Pakistani Taliban assault on a school — killing 145, including 132 children — appears to be ”blowback” from a months-long Pakistani military offensive against the terror group that was encouraged and supported by the U.S. government, Pakistani and U.S. officials said today.

Obama to free 8 nonviolent drug offenders
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:40:19 -0500

Obama to free eight non-violent drug offendersPresident Barack Obama will shorten the sentences of eight prisoners serving time for nonviolent drug crimes and pardon 12 ex-convicts, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.




After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:23:40 -0500

President Barack Obama talks with President Raúl Castro of CubaIn a move to wipe away one of the last vestiges of the Cold War, President Barack Obama launches negotiations with Cuba on resuming diplomatic ties five decades after they broke off. Obama's decision comes after Cuba freed US aid contractor Alan Gross.




Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:54:24 -0500

President Barack Obama returns a salute as he steps off Marine One helicopter upon his return on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Obama traveled to New Jersey to speak to members of the military at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months.