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College professors turn to TV's 'Simpsons'

Dec 18, 2014

College professors turn to TV's 'Simpsons'

Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years, but that hasn’t stopped them from showing up on college campuses. Universities across the U.S. are using satirical references from “The Simpsons” to grab students’ attention and convey lessons in literature and ...

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 18, 2014

British pedophile victim picked for Vatican abuse watchdog

Pope Francis has appointed eight new members from five continents to the Vatican’s child protection body, including a British victim of pedophile priests, the Holy See said Wednesday. The commission of experts, which is tasked with advising Francis on how to deal with a ...

Dec 18, 2014

113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

The tempestuous 113th U.S. Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. More than 200 bills became law during the past two years, according to ...

Cuban intelligence agents back in Cuba in U.S. exchange: Castro

Dec 18, 2014

Cuban intelligence agents back in Cuba in U.S. exchange: Castro

Three Cuban intelligence agents who had served 16 years in U.S. jails returned to Cuba on Wednesday as part of a prisoner exchange in which Havana freed an American foreign aid worker, President Raul Castro said. “Gerardo, Ramon and Antonio arrived in our homeland ...

Dec 18, 2014

Islamic State jihadists kidnap two Kurdish reporters in Syria

Militants from the Islamic State group have abducted two reporters working for the Iraq-based Kurdish TV channel Rudaw in northeastern Syria, the network announced Wednesday. Rudaw said Farhad Hamo and Massoud Aqeel were kidnapped Monday on the road between the city of Qamishli and ...

Dec 18, 2014

Cuomo to ban fracking; health officials deem it unsafe

The New York state health department said fracking for natural gas can’t be done safely, dooming prospects that Gov.Andrew Cuomo will end a six-year moratorium. Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said at a Cabinet meeting in Albany on Wednesday that studies on the extraction ...

Dec 18, 2014

Spy freed by Cuba ID'd key Cuban agents in U.S. government: top intel chief

A Cuban national freed from prison by the Cuban government provided “critical assistance” to United States agencies in exposing Cuban agents who had infiltrated the U.S. government, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence’s office said on Wednesday. The informant, whose identity U.S. officials declined ...