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December 19, 2014 20:13
US President Barack Obama.(AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan)
Obama chides Sony’s decision to nix film, says US must retaliate and pass cyber act
​Sony Pictures Entertainment should have touched base with the White House before deciding to cancel the release of a controversial movie, United States President Barack Obama said Friday.
AFP Photo / Pablo POrciuncula Neighboring states challenge Colorado's legal weed law
​The states of Nebraska and Oklahoma are taking their neighbor Colorado to court over its first-in-the-nation marijuana rules which for nearly a year now have let adults enjoy recreational weed without legal reprimand.
Reuters / Eduardo Munoz Plainclothes NYPD officer hits teen subdued by other cops (VIDEO)
The New York Police Department said it has launched an internal investigation of a plainclothes police officer caught on video punching a young suspect as three uniformed cops tried to subdue and handcuff him during an arrest.
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen.(Reuters / Joe Raedle) IRS: Americans should expect delays in tax refunds this year
Budget cuts at the Internal Revenue Service will likely delay tax refunds, hinder taxpayers services, and hamper enforcement efforts, according to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
Screenshot from the film FBI formally accuses North Korea in Sony hack
The Federal Bureau of Investigation first time on Friday officially weighed in on the colossal computer hack suffered by Sony Pictures Entertainment that in recent days has been elevated to an issue of national security.
John Moore/Getty Images/AFP NY cracks down on toy gun sellers
Giants of American retail such as Walmart and Amazon have announced they will comply with New York Attorney General’s order to stop selling realistically looking toy guns, unless their barrels are clearly marked with clearly visible orange markings.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch (Reuters/Cristina Fletes-Boutte) ​Ferguson prosecutor says witnesses lied under oath to grand jury
Some witnesses obviously lied while testifying under oath to the Ferguson grand jury that ultimately declined to indict 18-year-old Michael Brown, said the St. Louis county prosecutor in charge of the case, Bob McCulloch.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House December 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski) Obama: Keystone XL pipeline does not benefit Americans
Republican leadership in Congress has said authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline will be its first order of business next year, but President Barack Obama said the project would be of small benefit to Americans.
Reuters/Molly Riley Penis-injury lawsuit to rise again - federal appeals court
A man who severely injured his penis during a fall off a ladder can move forward with his lawsuit against Home Depot and the equipment’s manufacturer because the case had been thrown out improperly by the previous judge, a federal appeals court ruled.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House December 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo)
Obama authorizes ‘economic embargo’ on Russia’s Crimea
US President Barack Obama has authorized sanctions against individuals and entities operating in Russia’s Crimean peninsula, according to the White House statement.
Reuters/Dado Ruvic Personal data of 45,000 US federal workers at risk after KeyPoint breach
The computers of a company conducting background checks for the US government have been breached by hackers, putting the personal data of around 45,000 federal employees at risk of exposure.
Reuters / Amir Cohen Obama stops Social Security payments to Nazi war criminals
President Barack Obama signed Thursday a new law that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving US Social Security benefits. The legislation came in response to reports that suspects continued to receive benefits long after losing citizenship.
Screenshot from YouTube user R Gonzo $3mn awarded in lawsuit to family of prisoner who died as guards watched laughing
The Colorado Department of Corrections will pay $3 million to the family of a mentally ill inmate who died after guards and nurses at the facility for several hours watched his fatal seizures without helping him.
Peter Kassig.(AFP Photo / Kassig Family handout ) FBI knew of secret plan to save US hostage Peter Kassig from ISIS – report
The FBI knew of secret negotiations with two jihadist clerics conducted to try and save American hostage Peter Kassig, The Guardian reports. The discussions lasted for weeks before the aid worker was beheaded by ISIS militants.

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