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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

Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ATLANTA — 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. … 0

Headed to Havana? Not quite yet ...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NEW YORK — Don’t rush to book that flight to Cuba just yet. While the U.S. plans to restore diplomatic ties with the Caribbean island nation, globe-trotting tourists won’t be able to hop on a plane to Havana … 0

Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops … 0

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HAVANA — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military … 0

US, Cuba reach historic accord

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters … 0

Congress ends federal ban on medical marijuana

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. The bill’s passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed … 0

Kingmaker or royal pain?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

By WILLIAM DOUGLAS McClatchy WASHINGTON — As a senator, Jim DeMint sometimes ran afoul of fellow Republicans by personally recruiting, nurturing and supporting his own stable of conservative candidates for Congress. Now, as president of the Heritage Foundation, … 0

Senate approves tough new auto safety chief

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a new administrator to lead the government’s auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags. Mark Rosekind, 59, a leading expert on human fatigue, was approved by … 0

Obama on Hanukkah says small acts can make miracles

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle. Obama reflected on Hanukkah’s meaning Wednesday during a White House reception marking the second day of the eight-day Jewish holiday also … 0

Pope of diplomacy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

VATICAN CITY — The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history’s first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of … 0