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Sony Pulls Korea Film; U.S. Blames Pyongyang for Hack

18 hours 45 min ago
Sony Pictures canceled the planned release of “The Interview” after hackers threatened violence against theaters. U.S. officials concluded North Korea was behind the broad cyberattack on the firm.

Cuban-American Reactions to U.S. Diplomatic News Vary Widely

18 hours 54 min ago
Cuban-Americans reacted to news that the U.S. would begin normalizing relations with Cuba with a wide range of sentiment, from outrage to jubilation, highlighting deep rifts.

North Korean Role in Hack Presents Quandary for U.S.

21 hours 24 min ago
U.S. officials’ conclusion that Pyongyang was behind the hacking attack on Sony Pictures has raised the difficult question of how Washington should respond to an aggressive act by a foreign government.

U.S. Executions, Death Sentences Reach Multiyear Lows

December 17, 2014 - 9:36pm
The use of the death penalty in the U.S. is dwindling, with the number of executions and death sentences reaching multiyear lows in 2014.

U.S.-Cuba Deal Welcomed in Latin America

December 17, 2014 - 8:33pm
President Barack Obama’s move to end an unpopular Cold War policy toward Cuba received an embrace across Latin America.

Stents Boost Stroke Recovery, Study Finds

December 17, 2014 - 6:48pm
A landmark study of stroke patients found that using devices known as stents to pull blood clots from brain arteries can significantly improve people’s ability to rebound from a stroke.

Businesses Urge Passage of Terror Insurance Program

December 17, 2014 - 6:42pm
Business leaders warned of disruptions in the insurance and commercial real-estate markets after Congress adjourned without extending the federal government’s terrorism insurance program.

VA Official Apologizes for Colorado Hospital Construction Delays

December 17, 2014 - 4:56pm
A top official with the Department of Veterans Affairs apologized for budget problems and delays that have stalled construction of a major new VA hospital here.

Supreme Court Denies Arizona's Request to Block Driver's Licenses for Young Illegal Immigrants

December 17, 2014 - 3:02pm
The U.S. Supreme Court denied an emergency request by Arizona officials that sought to prohibit state driver’s licenses for young illegal immigrants who received a reprieve from deportation from the Obama administration.

Arrests Made in 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014 - 2:27pm
Federal authorities arrested 14 people early Wednesday connected to a Massachusetts pharmacy that they believe was behind a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012.

Poll: Mood Brightens on Economy, Not Race

December 17, 2014 - 8:39am
America’s long-standing pessimism about the economy is showing signs of waning, but views of race relations have turned more dour, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows.

Terrorism Insurance Program Set to Expire

December 17, 2014 - 7:25am
Congress ended the year Tuesday night without extending a federal terrorism insurance program slated to expire later this month.

Jeb Bush to 'Actively Explore' Run for President

December 17, 2014 - 5:20am
Jeb Bush will “actively explore the possibility of running for president” in 2016, according to an announcement the former Florida governor posted to his Facebook page.

Antony Blinken Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State

December 17, 2014 - 4:57am
The Senate confirmed Antony Blinken to be the State Department’s No. 2 diplomat in a 55-38 vote largely along party lines.

Los Angeles Police to Wear Body Cameras

December 16, 2014 - 8:36pm
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday the rollout of on-body cameras for the city’s entire police force, an endorsement of a tool that has gained attention since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., in the summer.

Senate Votes to Extend Temporary Tax Breaks to End of 2014

December 16, 2014 - 7:49pm
The Senate voted to extend a raft of temporary tax breaks through the rest of 2014, ending a protracted struggle that foreshadows even more difficult tax-code debates next year.

Home Building Faltered in November, but Broader Trends Point Up

December 16, 2014 - 7:28pm
Housing starts fell 1.6% in November, the latest sign of an uneven housing recovery.

Hotels Sue L.A. Over Minimum-Wage Law

December 16, 2014 - 7:18pm
Two national hotel-industry groups are suing Los Angeles, arguing a recent minimum-wage increase unfairly targets the hospitality business and that certain provisions interfere with federal labor law.

Police Find Body of Pennsylvania Man Suspected in Murder Spree

December 16, 2014 - 5:37pm
A 35-year-old Pennsylvania man suspected in the murder of his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead in a wooded area, ending a manhunt that had fueled anxiety in several suburban communities outside Philadelphia.

Survey: U.S. Teens' E-Cigarette Use Tops Traditional Cigarettes

December 16, 2014 - 5:22pm
A new survey shows U.S. teenagers are more likely to use electronic cigarettes than traditional cigarettes, a trend researchers say is driven by teens’ belief that e-cigarettes are less harmful.