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An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

Saturday, December 20, 2014

North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. yesterday into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is …

Panama’s Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion. The U.S. intervention known as Just Cause began 25 years ago yesterday, on Dec. 20, 1989, and ended with Noriega’s surrender to American drug agents …

Burying the dead after Pakistan’s school massacre

Saturday, December 20, 2014

One of the gravediggers at Peshawar’s largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He’s a professional, he says. But as the dead bodies – mostly children – started coming in from a school massacre last week that killed 148 people, he began to weep. “I …

Fourteen connected with Massachusetts pharmacy charged following meningitis outbreak

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs …

Sony cancels movie release in wake of hacker threats

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment yesterday canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, bowing to threats of a wide-scale attack from hackers who U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were working for North Korea. U.S. officials, though, were not prepared to publicly accuse the reclusive government, in large part because …

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The United States and Cuba ended more than a half-century of enmity yesterday, announcing that they would re-establish diplomatic relations and begin dismantling the last pillar of the Cold War. The historic move, following 18 months of secret …

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country yesterday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with …

Republicans meet again day before move to replace House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the first official Republican House caucus, representatives outlined a broad list of more than two dozen policies they plan to prioritize in the coming legislative session, which range from balancing the budget without any new taxes to lowering energy costs and reducing the size of government. “What …

Seeking Shelter: Family looking for help in Concord, heads to Florida instead

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nicole Minerva and her family had plans to stay with a friend Saturday night. Minerva, 30, her husband Edward Portalla, 33, niece Tina Bushey, 26, and Bushey’s 4-year-old son, Kenneth, have been homeless for about three months and …

Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people – almost all of them students – before government troops ended the siege. The massacre of innocent …

MOscow: Ruble collapse shakes Russians

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a major new challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hit a new low yesterday despite the Central Bank’s desperate efforts to halt the selling. Putin’s popularity has …

Jeb Bush (almost) announces; he’ll ‘explore’ candidacy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House yesterday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, the son and brother …

Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings commits suicide

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives in a shooting and slashing frenzy was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds yesterday in the woods of suburban Philadelphia, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt …