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 ...

Dec 19, 2014

U.S. delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S. foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic. The ...

Cubans cheer historic renewal of U.S. relations

Dec 18, 2014

Cubans cheer historic renewal of U.S. relations

Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country on Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with its five-star insignia, the 83-year-old ...

Dec 18, 2014

Will U.S. move bring an end to its secret operations against Cuba?

For over half a century, the U.S. government’s schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba. President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will re-establish diplomatic ties with ...

Army's blimplike airships get East Coast test

Dec 18, 2014

Army's blimplike airships get East Coast test

The U.S. Army showed off a blimplike airship Wednesday that is designed to help the military detect and destroy cruise missiles speeding toward the nation’s capital or other major East Coast cities. The radar-toting vehicle will be launched next week as part of a ...

Dec 18, 2014

Cuba detente a smokin' deal? Close, but no cigar

American cigar smokers anxiously flicked their lacquered lighters this morning when news broke that President Barack Obama would be easing the decades-old restrictions on Cuban travel and goods. Since 1962, Cuba’s legendary cigars have been banned from the shelves of American tobacconists and many ...

Dec 18, 2014

Survey finds teens trending toward e-cigarettes

More U.S. teens are trying out e-cigarettes than the real thing, according to the government’s annual drug use survey. Researchers were surprised at how many 8th-, 10th- and 12th-graders reported using electronic cigarettes this year, even as regular smoking by teens dropped to new ...

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 ...