'Sorority Sisters' draws criticism, loses sponsors
LOS ANGELES (AP) — VH1 says its sticking with Sorority Sisters despite criticism of the reality shows depiction of black sorority members and the loss of some sponsors.
Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources
By Alexei Oreskovic and Ben Klayman SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version
Seventy years on, US judge clears executed black teen
A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a recent streak of activism, President Barack Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors.
New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center
Year after W.Va. river spill, execs face charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginias capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172 women, children in Nigeria
By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday. Although no one
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Carbon mission returns global maps
Nasas Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth atmosphere.
Staff 'bussed in to plug jail gaps'
Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.
Luxembourg speaks for the Dutch
How Luxembourg came to represent the Dutch
Is Putin right?
Most analysts say Russia can afford its debt repayments for the next couple of years, but Mr Putin will have to stem the tide of money leaving the country.
Two US states sue over marijuana
Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in the US state of Colorado.
'Slenderman' accused to stand trial
Both girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character are competent to stand trial, a judge says.
IS leaders 'killed by US strikes'
US air strikes have killed several high-ranking military leaders of Islamic State in Iraq, the Pentagons top uniformed officer says.
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The Dude is now a national treasure
The Big Lebowski, Ferris Buellers Day Off and Saving Private Ryan have long been national treasures, but the Library of Congress just made it official.
When Fidel Castro sent FDR fan mail
A dig through the National Archives shows a young Fidel Castro sent a letter to the White House praising Franklin D. Roosevelt. He also had a special request.
Raul Castro's daughter speaks out
The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro talks to Christiane Amanpour about the breakthrough in U.S.-Cuba relations.
'It's appropriate to respond'
U.S. government officials are preparing to publicly blame North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack but havent decided what to do after that.
Gingrich: Cyberwar lost over Sony
Newt Gingrich: No one should underestimate the historic importance of the cyberwar and the failure of American defenses in the Sony Pictures attack
'Heaven' actor: I did something terrible
7th Heaven star Stephen Collins has admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors, People reports.
Family of man killed at Walmart sues
The family of a man who picked up a BB gun for sale at an Ohio Walmart and was shot dead by police has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming that the corporation and police are responsible for his death.
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OPINION Sony saga: When a lack of principle meets cowardice
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Castro brothers’ resistance to change could test renewed U.S.-Cuba diplomacy
During the 47 years that he ruled the island, Fidel Castro was a dominant and near-daily presence in the lives of ordinary Cubans. He cajoled, lectured, and admonished them, feuding with enemies — especially the United States — in looping,
WorldViews: Why ‘The Interview’ is not ‘The Great Dictator’ of our times
We live in strange times. A huge hack against Sony Pictures and apparent threats against cinemas planning to play the James Franco/Seth Rogan film The Interview has lead to Sony shelving the release indefinitely. Stranger still, the U.S. government now
WorldViews: ‘Not as skinny as Obama, like Putin is okay.’ China censors schoolboy’s sugge(...)
BEIJING — Chinese censors have never been known for their sense of humor, but their lack of it was amply demonstrated this week when they blocked a child’s light-hearted suggestion that President Xi Jinping might like to lose some weight.Read
WorldViews: There’s just one problem with Putin’s joke about a ‘drunk’ journalist
Russian President Vladimir Putin had his annual televised press conference on Thursday. And it contained what appeared to be the perfect fodder for countless Russian jokes - including one by Putin himself. The president took a question from a local
U.S. spy freed by Cuba was longtime asset
The Cuban government on Wednesday freed a U.S. spy whom President Obama described as one of most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in the Communist country and who helped unravel several long-running Cuban espionage operations.Read
WorldViews: Why a Communist dictator may be the world’s most popular leader — at home and abroad
BEIJING — He presides over a one-party state that jails more journalists than any other on the planet, silences its critics ruthlessly and censors the Internet extensively. But China’s President Xi Jinping is not only wildly popular in his own
Christian enclave in India fears violence as Hindus press for conversions
ALIGARH, India — The trouble started a few months ago, when Hindu nationalists swept into a small village where several families had converted to Christianity more than a decade earlier. They held a fire purification ceremony with the villagers, tore
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Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources
SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.
Washington weighs response to Sony hack; options limited
WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday said it was weighing the proportional response to the sophisticated perpetrator of a cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures, exposed its executives and led to the cancellation of the film The Interview.
U.S.-led air strikes focus on Islamic State Kobani in Syria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes in Syria focused on the contested city of Kobani near the Turkish border on Thursday, with six air strikes that destroyed seven Islamic State fighting positions, a building and a tactical unit, the U.S.
U.S. Secret Service too insular, needs outside leader, more agents: review
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service is in dire need of an overhaul that requires an outside leader, an infusion of agents and more training - not to mention a better fence - to protect the White House, an
U.S. holiday sales may recover with help of deep discounts
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Despite a disappointing Thanksgiving weekend, U.S. holiday sales may squeak by expectations if steeper and longer-running discounts lure enough shoppers.
U.S. weighs response to Sony hacking attack blamed on North Korea
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States was considering possible options on Thursday in response to a major cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea, amid calls for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang to cut it off from the global
United Nations concerned by 'highly intrusive' digital spying
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations General Assembly expressed concern on Thursday at digital spying and said unlawful or arbitrary mass surveillance and the interception and collection of online data are highly intrusive acts that violate privacy rights.
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GOP likely to court moderate Democrats in Senate
Progressives worry centrist Democrats will give away too much in talks with Republicans.       
Obama's options on Cuba end at embargo
Congress almost certainly wont move to overturn 1996 Helms-Burton Act, experts say.       
Ex-Va. gov's son arrested on drunk-driving charges
He was about 2 miles from his familys Virginia Beach houses.       
N.J. leaders call on Cuba to return trooper's killer
Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, received political asylum in Cuba.       
Update: 'Team America' screening canceled at Texas theater
Texas theater subs for another irreverent movie about North Korean leader.       
Tire swing slams into man's face, kills him
The freak accident happened in Tompkins Square Park in New York.       
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Head north
Much of upper Midwest, Ohio Valley, Rockies and portions of New England will see a white Christmas.     
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Slender Man Stabbing: Girls Found Competent for Trial
Lawyers for the girls, now 12 and 13, wanted the case moved to juvenile court, but the judge set a preliminary hearing for February.
Watch Live: Authorities to Give Update on Burned Teen Investigation
District Attorney John Champion will speak to reporters Thursday about the investigation into Chambers death, who was burned alive on Dec. 6.
Review Finds Secret Service Needs 'Culture Change'
The Secret Service is overstretched and needs a culture change from outside leadership, according to a new review.
'Utter Devastation': Who's Next in Line After the Sony Hack?
News of cyberattacks now dominate the headlines often, but experts say the Sony hack was designed to cause utter devastation unlike theyve ever seen.
The U.S. Still Doesn't Have Diplomatic Relations with These Five Countries
Re-opening relations with Cuba means that there are only five countries that the United States does not have a diplomatic relationship with.
Feds Sue Over Rikers Island Violence Against Youth
They say the city has been too slow to institute reforms after a report found a deep-seated culture of violence at the lockup.
Dow Soars More Than 400 Points as Oil Prices Fall
After scoring their best session of the year so far on Wednesday, U.S. stocks topped that on Thursday.
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Bits Blog: The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the Erasable Internet
The hack at Sony underscores the need for more secure online communication systems. That is, if people are willing to use them.
Journey to Reconciliation Visited Worlds of Presidents, Popes and Spies
The deal that restored full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba ultimately rested with a spy swap.
As Havana Celebrates Historic Shift, Economic and Political Hopes Rise
The changes President Obama outlined will have a profound impact on Cuba — where isolation by the U.S. has fundamentally shaped the island’s economy, its politics and even its national identity.
U.S. Plans to Sue New York Over Rikers Island Conditions
Federal prosecutors are concerned about what they see as the slow pace of reforms at the jail complex, a court filing reveals.
As 2016 Nears, Hillary Clinton Keeps in Mind Mistakes of 2008 Campaign
“If she runs, it will be different,” Hillary Rodham Clinton’s spokesman said, and an effort is being made to avoid repeating the problems with her husband and her staff.
Pakistan Grants Bail to Key Suspect in 2008 Mumbai Attacks
Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a militant commander behind the blitz of attacks in India that left 166 people dead, was freed on a bond of about $5,000, prompting protests from Indian officials.
Can Liberal Zionists Count On Hillary Clinton?
With Israel turning rightward and U.S. politicians following, what’s a left-leaning American Jewish voter to do?
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Young Immigrants in Arizona Allowed to Get Driver’s Licenses
The preliminary injunction bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewers policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants
How to Talk to Your Teen About Sex Abuse
A Planned Parenthood vice president weighs in on the importance of keeping your kids informed
‘Team America’ Screenings Canceled After Sony Pulls ‘The Interview’
Theaters opted to show the film after Sony said it wouldnt screen the The Interview
Minecraft Is Getting a Story Mode
Its a big change for a normally open-ended game
College Football Top 25, Ranked By Academics
TCU didnt get in the football playoffs, but at least the Horned Frogs won something.
Here’s What Happens When Two Male Coworkers Try to Recreate Famous Paintings
The funs at the Squarespace office in New York City
This Video of a Guy Proposing in a Photo Booth Is the Sweetest Thing You’ll See Today
What do we do for this one? Smile?
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Cartoon: North Korea's exports
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LI banana executive's former driver sentenced in drug-death case
The one-time driver for Long Island banana executive Thomas Hoey was sentenced to 45 days in prison Thursday for trying to help his boss dodge responsibility for the drug-related death of a woman during a 2009 sex party in his
5 lessons learned from 'The Interview'
What we learned from the debacle.
Undercover drug buys in Great Neck, Manhasset lead to probe that dismantled Mexico-Long Island (...)
A case that started with four undercover drug buys in Great Neck and Manhasset spiraled into an investigation that dismantled a drug pipeline from Mexico to New York, with authorities seizing between $1.5 million and $3 million in heroin, Nassau
James Bizzaro of Bohemia arrested after marijuana-growing operation, dead animals found at home(...)
A Bohemia man faces criminal and wildlife charges after a drug investigation uncovered not just a cocaine and a marijuana-growing operation but a cache of dead and live animals, Suffolk police said.
NYS releases statistics on firearm use in violent crimes through Oct. 2014
New York State has released new data regarding the use of firearms in violent crimes through October 2014, including data reported by the Nassau County, Suffolk County and Hempstead Village police departments.
Brookhaven approves retirement home community on South Setauket golf course
The Brookhaven Town Board has narrowly approved a zoning change to allow 200 retirement homes at a South Setauket golf course.
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