Sony cancels film release amid threats

Sony Pictures Entertainment on Wednesday canceled the Christmas Day release of "The Interview," bowing to threats of a wide-scale attack from hackers who U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were working for North Korea. U.S.

14 face charges in deadly 2012 outbreak of meningitis

Boston - Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics.

Sydney hostage risked death as he planned daring escape

Sydney - The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so he made a decision, one he knew...

Sex assault report calls for change at Brown

Providence - A Brown University task force on sexual assault said Wednesday the school's current culture is unacceptable and must be changed to ensure the campus is a "safe and welcoming place." The 17-member panel, formed amid...


U.S.-Cuba deal ends decades of conflict

Washington - The United States and Cuba ended more than a half-century of enmity Wednesday, announcing that they would re-establish diplomatic relations and begin dismantling the last pillar of the Cold War. The historic move,...

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

Albany - Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies...

Richard C. Hottelet, CBS radio newsman in WWII, dies at 97

Richard C. Hottelet, the longtime U.N. correspondent for CBS News who provided memorable eyewitness accounts of the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge during World War II and was among the last surviving reporters mentored by the...



Why is no one walking the Amistad plank?

Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane should investigate Amistad America finances.


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Pakistan school: Devastation where 148 were slain

The Taliban massacre that killed 148 people — mostly children — at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of devastation and carnage as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway Wednesday.

Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba

President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America's “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold...

Protester detained

Plainclothes police officers detain a man who was trying to set up a tent to mourn and commemorate the fighters killed in Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobani, in southern Turkish city of Adana on Monday.



Santa does nursery duty

Twins Alexa and Camila Ochoa are held by a man dressed as Santa Claus at the neonatal intensive care unit at Memorial Hermann Southwest on Tuesday in Houston. The twins were to have their first photos taken with Santa.