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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

Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings committed suicide

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PENNSBURG, Pa. — An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead of self-inflicted knife wounds Tuesday in the woods, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed suburban Philadelphia schools and … 0

Cosby won’t be charged over molestation claim

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came … 0

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, … 0

US judge says Obama immigration action invalid

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Pittsburgh is declaring that President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab says Obama’s order in November designed to spare millions living illegally in the United States from deportation amounts to “unilateral legislative action” in … 0

Apple wins class-action iPod lawsuit

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California found in favor of Apple on Tuesday in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players. The eight-member jury in … 0

Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months. The legislation was a compromise that angered liberals and conservatives alike but avoided a government … 0

Captive audience

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By JEFF BAENEN Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Harpist Terry Tacheny had long enjoyed taking her young daughters to Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minn. — except for the Primate House, where she thought the gorillas, orangutans … 0

Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law

Monday, December 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a … 0

Can identifying mental illness stop terror attacks?

Monday, December 15, 2014

LONDON — A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada’s Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas’ capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An Al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death … 0

6 dead, suspect on loose in Philadelphia

Monday, December 15, 2014

PENNSBURG, Pa. — A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her teenage niece, was at large, and prosecutors said investigators didn’t know where he … 0