Dec 24, 2014

Key North Korean websites suffer short outages after shutdown

Key North Korean websites suffered intermittent outages Tuesday after a nearly 10-hour shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the Internet stoppage in one of ...

Dec 23, 2014

Crisis-hit Russia's main allies moving closer to Ukraine

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev followed his Belarusian counterpart to Ukraine on Monday as Moscow’s old allies reassessed their reliance on Russia in the heat of its financial malaise. Both visits were ostensibly made to kickstart stalled peace talks between Kiev and the two Russian-speaking ...

Dec 23, 2014

Arizona set to change combination of drugs used in executions

Arizona officials said Monday they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to death. The state will no longer use the combination of midazolam, a sedative, ...

Dec 23, 2014

U.S. home sales hit slowest pace in six months in November

Fewer Americans bought homes in November as buying slid to its slowest pace in six months. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes fell 6.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million. That was down from ...

Dec 23, 2014

North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages; U.S. mum

North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country’s online access is “totally down.” The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible. President Barack Obama said ...

Dec 22, 2014

France driver rampage stokes 'lone wolf' fears

A driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds around the city of Lyon, in southeastern France, on Sunday, raising concerns at a time when Islamic extremists are calling for attacks in France. Police arrested the out-of-control driver after he injured at least 11 people, ...