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A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Under hackers’ threats, Sony cancels film release

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NEW YORK — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation’s largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview.” The cancellation announced Wednesday was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken …

Warren backers set up shop in Iowa

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place — for Hillary Rodham Clinton. MoveOn.org held a meeting Wednesday evening in Des Moines as part of its …

US, Cuba patch torn relations in 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 that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama’s dramatic announcement in Washington — seconded by …

Authorities retake Hong Kong streets

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities started clearing barricades Thursday from a pro-democracy protest camp spread across a busy highway as part of a final push to retake streets occupied by activists for two and a half months. …

UN officials demand prosecutions

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GENEVA — All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W. Bush’s national security policy must be prosecuted, top U.N. officials said Wednesday. It’s not …

Pakistani teen is Peace Prize’s youngest winner

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

OSLO, Norway — The Pakistani teenager stood on the stage of Oslo City Hall as the youngest Nobel Peace laureate, smiling as she listened to the thunderous ovation. Now, everybody knows: She is Malala. Shot in the head …

Both sides troubled by $1.1T spending bill

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Exposed to the light of day, a year-end, $1.1 trillion spending bill drew vociferous objections from liberals and milder criticism from conservatives on Wednesday while lawmakers readied a brief, stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown …

CIA pushes back after torture report

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Top spies past and present campaigned Wednesday to discredit the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s harrowing torture practices after 9/11, battling to define the historical record and deter potential legal action around the world. The Senate …

Two Air Force psychologists helped run interrogations

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — When the CIA set out to design a program to elicit intelligence from captured terrorists, it turned to two former Air Force psychologists with no practical interrogation experience and no specialized knowledge of al-Qaida, according to …

Palestinian Cabinet member dead after clash with troops

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Palestinian Cabinet member died Wednesday after a scuffle with Israeli troops during a West Bank protest, and images of an Israeli officer grabbing the 55-year-old by the throat before he collapsed quickly stirred …

America’s 10,000 gun ranges major source of lead poisoning from toxins in vapor and dust

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SEATTLE — A confused 38-year-old father in Kentucky rarely crawled out of bed. A conservation volunteer in Iowa lost feeling in his hands and feet. A 5-year-old girl in South King County, Washington, doubled over in pain and …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IN THE NEWS Kentucky blasts EPA carbon-pollution rule Officials with the state of Kentucky say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to rethink a carbon-pollution rule that could have the “most significant and far-reaching impact to environmental and energy policy that we have seen in 40 years.” In …

Senate panel: US tortured detainees

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — The United States brutalized scores of terror suspects with interrogation tactics that turned secret CIA prisons into chambers of suffering and did nothing to make America safer after the 9/11 attacks, Senate investigators concluded Tuesday. The …