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US calls movie studio hack a national security breach
Thu Dec 18, 2014 - 7:42 PM
With "This is bigger than us," the studio insisted, as footage that leaked onto the Internet showed that the film's climax was to have been a graphic close-up of the North Korean leader's fiery death.White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to confirm reports that North Korea had attacked the movie giant, which pulled the film after hackers invoked September 11, 2001 in threatening attacks on cinemas.But, in a sign US intelligence believes the attack came from an enemy of th ...
Moroccan man sentenced to 30 years in U.S. bomb plot
Fri Sep 14, 2012 - 9:53 AM
WASHINGTON Amine El Khalifi, 29, an illegal immigrant who lived in Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced after pleading guilty in June to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
He faced a maximum sentence under the law of life in prison, but prosecutors agreed to 25 to 30 years as part of a plea deal.
"The sentence in this case must be a beacon to those would seek to commit such attacks that, when caught and prosecuted, they will be sentenced to d ...
Obama picks Brooklyn prosecutor Lynch for attorney general
Fri Nov 7, 2014 - 4:41 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will nominate Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace the retiring Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general and if confirmed, she would become the first black woman to serve in the post, the White House said on Friday. The 55-year-old North Carolina native and Harvard-trained lawyer has deep experience in both civil rights and corporate fraud cases. Lynch is known for a low-key personality and stirred little contro ...
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Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed
Mon Dec 22, 2014 - 7:36 AM
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday. Instead, he chose the occasion to issue a stinging critique, telling the priests, bishops and cardinals who run the Curia, the central administration of the Roman Catholic Church, that careerism, scheming and greed had infected them with "spiritual Alzheimer's". Fran ...
Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency
Mon Dec 22, 2014 - 2:41 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation. Conservative groups have been calling for the replacement of CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, who was appointed by Democrats in 2009 and whose term expires next month. They argue that a Republican-leaning economist wou ...
Packers, Steelers and Cowboys head to playoffs
Mon Dec 22, 2014 - 1:50 AM
(Reuters) - The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys booked their places in the playoffs after victories on Sunday while the New England Patriots earned a first round bye for the postseason. Sunday's results meant that defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks also secured a place in the playoffs before crushing their NFC West rivals the Arizona Cardinals 35-6 in the evening finale. The Packers gained their berth with a 20-3 w ...
China charges Jackie Chan's son over drug offense
Mon Dec 22, 2014 - 2:50 AM
The younger Chan, a 32-year-old actor and singer, was arrested in Beijing this year after testing positive for marijuana, with police saying they found 100 grams of the drug at his home. In a brief statement on its official microblog, the Supreme People's Procuratorate said it had begun legal proceedings against him for "the crime of sheltering others to take drugs". It did not elaborate. President Xi Jinping said in June that China would &qu ...
Timeline of events before and after NYC cop deaths
Mon Dec 22, 2014 - 2:41 AM
___5:48 a.m. - Baltimore County police are dispatched to Brinsley's ex-girlfriend's home in the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills, Maryland. Brinsley had shot the 29-year-old woman in the stomach and fled with her phone. She's expected to survive.6:05 a.m. - Brinsley calls his ex-girlfriend's mother and tells her he shot her daughter by accident and hopes she will survive.6:35 a.m. - Brinsley boards a bus to New York City.10:50 a.m. - The bus arrives in Manhattan.12:07 p.m. - Brin ...
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Fri Sep 21, 2012 - 12:26 PM
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