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U.S. stands by assertion that North Korea behind Sony attack

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.


12/20/2014 02:22:21pm
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Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift

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.


12/20/2014 01:57:56pm
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Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?

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.


12/20/2014 09:39:04am
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Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes

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.


12/20/2014 10:48:40am
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N. Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.

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.


12/20/2014 02:39:39pm
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U.S. sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

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.


12/20/2014 11:50:50am
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Human rights in spotlight after U.S.-Cuba deal

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.


12/20/2014 08:45:00am
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Stephen Collins to '7th Heaven' Fans: 'I'm very sorry'
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.'
12/19/2014 05:42:11pm
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CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT

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. ...


12/20/2014 11:17:12am
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Video seems to show football's Rice, future wife kiss after brawl

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. ...


12/20/2014 11:50:58am
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Gifts That Wow, and What They Say About You


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Wow. Unless you're living in some alternative universe, that's the reaction you're likely shooting for when others open your holiday presents. But with so many choices out there -- including a seeming bombardment of online offers -- you nee

Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season. Yes, for those wondering, if you're planning on popping The Big Question -- marriage, that is -- a diamond engagement ring c

ACA Marketplace Complicates Tax Returns -- May Delay 2015 Tax Season


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Taking Care on and off the Sports Field


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - It's one of the unfortunate truths of our obsession with sports: Coaches don't normally get much credit unless they take their teams all the way to a title. And yet, there actually still are some coaches -- let's call them the good guys -- who

Are You a Candidate for Chiropractic Care?


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Most of us would consider many alternatives to having to undergo surgery or to be dependent on medication to find relief from back pain, sciatica, neck pain or chronic headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic care provides such an option. Doctors