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President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama: N. Korea hacked Sony

Friday, December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and 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 … 0

FDA OKs Cubist antibiotic for serious infections

Friday, December 19, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medicine to fight complex infections in the abdomen and urinary tract, the fourth antibiotic the agency has approved since May. Zerbaxa treats serious and resistant bacteria, such as E.coli, that can cause life-threatening infections. The approval of Zerbaxa on Friday is the second antibiotic approval this year for Cubist Pharmaceuticals, a … 0

Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

Friday, December 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country’s first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan — part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren. Unchastened by criticism from all corners of the globe, the … 0

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

Friday, December 19, 2014

HAVANA — Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro. The larger-than-life retired leader of Cuba so far has made no public comment about the … 0

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Friday, December 19, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel’s military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer’s war. The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a “Hamas … 0

EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

Friday, December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. Environmentalists had pushed for the hazardous classification, … 0

Cops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction

Friday, December 19, 2014

BERNE, N.Y. — A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents’ care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from … 0

Guest lineups for Sunday news shows

Friday, December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ∎ ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. ∎  NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Rubio. ∎  CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Rubio; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. ∎  CNN’s “State of the Union” — … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, December 19, 2014

73 pounds of cocaine in coffee shipment BERLIN — A Berlin coffee business found stimulants it didn’t expect in a shipment of unroasted coffee from Brazil: nearly 73 pounds of cocaine. Police in the German capital said Thursday that employees at the coffee-roasting business found the bag full … 0

2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into neighboring states. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said the … 0

European court rules obesity can be a disability

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LONDON — Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff. The … 0

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

Thursday, December 18, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday. In Sunday night’s attack on the village … 0

Putin on the fritz

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BERLIN — During his annual news conference from Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that while plummeting oil prices and a free-falling ruble are reasons for concern, the economic crisis will pass, and Russia will be ready … 0