Dec 18, 2014

U.S. determines North Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movie

A U.S. government source said investigators had determined North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as the studio pulled all plans to release its comedy, “The Interview,” about an assassination attempt on the North Korean leader. Hackers who said they were incensed ...

Dec 17, 2014

U.S. Senate confirms Obama nominee for No. 2 diplomat

The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Tony Blinken as the country’s No. 2 diplomat Tuesday, as Democrats pushed to approve some of President Barack Obama’s choices for government posts before Republicans control Congress next year. Senators voted 55-38 to approve Blinken to serve ...

Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

| Dec 17, 2014

Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a house with a bright red door ...

Dec 17, 2014

Castaway rescued from remote Bahamas island

The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a man who drifted at sea for five days and ended up stranded on an uninhabited island in The Bahamas. Coast Guard Petty Officer John-Paul Rios says the 39-year-old set out from Marathon in the Florida Keys in ...

Jeb Bush to 'actively explore' U.S. presidential bid

Dec 17, 2014

Jeb Bush to 'actively explore' U.S. presidential bid

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has all but declared his candidacy for president, an early move that raises more clearly the possibility of a 2016 showdown between America’s two most powerful political dynasties. Bush, the son and brother of two former Republican presidents, declared ...

Dec 17, 2014

Avian flu confirmed in wild birds in Washington

U.S. agriculture officials said Tuesday they have found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there is no immediate public health concern. The Department of Agriculture said separate strains of the H5 virus were identified in a northern pintail duck and a ...

Sony hackers threaten 9/11-style attack on 'Interview' viewers

Dec 17, 2014

Sony hackers threaten 9/11-style attack on 'Interview' viewers

Threats of violence against movie theaters. Canceled showings of “The Interview.” Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages. The fallout from the hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy ...

Russia's shriveling economy becomes a global threat

Dec 17, 2014

Russia's shriveling economy becomes a global threat

by Josh Boak

Russia’s suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy. With economies in Japan, China, Europe and Latin America already ailing, fresh threats have emerged from Russia’s shriveled currency, its move to dramatically boost interest rates, the ...