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'The Interview' jeopardizes overseas movie villains

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:51pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hollywood loves its overseas villains. Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. But, in the wake of the startling cancellation of "The Interview," an entire species of movie baddies might be in danger of extinction....
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Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:37pm
TOKYO (AP) -- If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. The movie, "The Interview," pushed all of North Korea's buttons....
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Review: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:22pm
That I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in....
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2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:43pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states....
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First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:09pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio....
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Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:08pm
It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview."...
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Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:02pm
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings....
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Contractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:01pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations - leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross....
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Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:53pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor?...
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Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:16pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists....
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Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:47pm
MOSCOW (AP) -- Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years....
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Slain German teen's parents testify about ordeal

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:57pm
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- The parents of a German exchange student who was shot to death by a Montana man while trespassing in his garage told a judge Thursday their dreams are broken....
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Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:16pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House this week:...
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Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:06pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" toward young inmates....
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Bruce and Kris Jenner finalize divorce

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:57pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Court records show Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalized their divorce, but they won't be officially single until March....
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AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:46pm
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found....
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Exiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:46pm
MIAMI (AP) -- When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country's largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets....
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FACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukraine

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:37pm
MOSCOW (AP) -- A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday:...
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10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:03pm
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see....
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Craig Ferguson to end 10 years as host of 'Late Late Show'

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:40am
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's not such a great day, America - not for fans of Craig Ferguson....
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