Dec 19, 2014

Obama signs legislation ending U.S. benefit checks for Nazis

President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. government pension benefits, known as Social Security. The AP’s investigation, which was the ...

Leaked CIA document outlines how targeted killings could backfire

Dec 19, 2014

Leaked CIA document outlines how targeted killings could backfire

The U.S. government’s program to capture and kill insurgent leaders can backfire, a leaked CIA report said Thursday, citing “limited” results in Afghanistan in particular. The July 2009 document released by WikiLeaks tackles the pros and cons of “high value targeting” (HVT) operations conducted ...

Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

Dec 19, 2014

Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

President Barack Obama has the power to further weaken U.S. sanctions against the Communist-run island nation beyond the normalization of relations with Havana that he announced on Wednesday, experts said. While the restoration of diplomatic ties to Havana after decades of animosity was a ...

Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

Dec 19, 2014

Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said ...

Dec 19, 2014

Takata issues apology ad in U.S., Germany but not in Japan

Takata Corp. issued an apology advertisement in U.S. and German newspapers on Thursday, as the Japanese auto parts supplier has been embattled due to global recalls over its potentially defective air bags. But Takata did not issue such an apology in Japan, even as ...

Dec 19, 2014

Ford expands Takata air bag recall nationwide

U.S. automaker Ford said Thursday that it was expanding its recall of vehicles equipped with faulty Takata air bags nationwide, as required by U.S. safety regulators, and in other countries. The action will add 447,310 vehicles to the recall for defective Takata driver-side air ...

Dec 19, 2014

U.S. weighs response to Sony hacking attack blamed on North Korea

The United States was considering possible options on Thursday in response to a major cyberattack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea, amid calls for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang to cut it off from the global banking system. U.S. experts say options for the ...