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    Mother arrested in deaths of 8 children in Australia, police say

    CAIRNS, Australia –The mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a house in the northeastern Australian city of Cairns has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said Saturday morning. The 37-year-old woman is under police guard at a hospital and in stable condition, he said at a news conference. The discovery of the bodies added to a traumatic week for Australia after a deadly hostage-taking in Sydney. Police said they were called […]

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    Sony exec fires back at President Obama

    NEW YORK — Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton responded Friday after President Obama said the studio had “made a mistake” by pulling “The Interview.” “The President, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened,” Lynton said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters.” Lynton’s response came just hours after a White House press conference at which […]

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    Hackers to Sony: We’ll stand down if you never release the movie

    NEW YORK  — The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a “very wise” decision to cancel the Christmas day release of “The Interview,” a source close to the company told CNN. The email message was received by Sony’s top executives on Thursday night and was obtained by CNN. The source said that the company believes the email was from the hackers because it followed a […]

  • The artistic concept shows NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2's first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets.

    Reborn Kepler spacecraft discovers another planet

    Kepler is still on the beat. The NASA spacecraft, which is designed to seek out other worlds but hit a snag when parts failed last year, found another planet thanks to some nifty repurposing by the space agency and its partners, NASA confirmed Thursday. The recently found world is named HIP 116454b and has a diameter 2.5 times the size of Earth’s, said NASA in a press release. That would make it smaller than Neptune, the next-largest planet in our […]

  • Obama’s year-end message: North Korea, Cuba and Congress

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama wrapped up his 50-minute year-end news conference on Friday, taking eight questions from all female reporters. Obama made immediate headlines by calling Sony’s decision to cancel a movie after North Korea hacked the company’s computer systems “a mistake.” He also defended his recent move to ease decades-old tensions with Cuba, and said he wants to work with the new Republican-led Congress on issues like trade and taxes. But he threatened to veto conservative measures that […]

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    FBI says North Korean government responsible for Sony hack

    WASHINGTON -- The FBI said Friday the North Korean government was behind the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. "The FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible," the FBI said in a statement.

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    WATCH: Stephen Colbert signs off ‘The Colbert Report’ with a song

    NEW YORK — For his final show, Stephen Colbert went out with a bang and a song. The Comedy Central host aired his last episode of “The Colbert Report” on Thursday as he prepares to take over David Letterman’s “The Late Show” in 2015. “If this is your first time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report,’ I have some terrible news,” Colbert announced during the finale. “This in fact is your last time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report.’ Until […]

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    Justin Bieber just lost 3.5 million Instagram followers in spam purge

    NEW YORK — Justin Bieber has been left behind by the Instagram Rapture. The “Baby” crooner lost a whopping 3.5 million followers after Instagram purged all the spam and deadweight from its site this week. Fake accounts comprised nearly 15 percent of Bieber’s Instagram following. Instagram went after spam in a major way this week, deleting millions of fake accounts in what has become dubbed the “Instagram Rapture.” It turns out that the celebrities on the Internet are not as […]

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    Children claim restaurant chain’s meatloaf killed their parents

    RIPLEY, W.V. — The children of an elderly West Virginia couple who passed away months apart in late 2012 and early 2013 are blaming their deaths on a restaurant chain’s meatloaf. Mark and Ann Starcher say a tainted meal that their parents shared from a local Bob Evans restaurant in October 2012 made them so “violently ill” that it ultimately led to their deaths, according to a lawsuit they’ve filed against the Ohio-based chain. According to the complaint, about nine […]

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    In wake of ‘The Interview,’ studio kills Steve Carell thriller set in North Korea

    “The Interview” isn’t the only movie on North Korea being stifled after the major hack of Sony Pictures. A Steve Carell film set in North Korea has been scrapped, a source familiar with the project said. The movie was to be a “paranoid thriller,” according to Deadline which first reported the news. The project from director Gore Verbinski and writer Steve Conrad wasn’t yet titled, Deadline reported, though some other industry outlets said the working title was “Pyongyang,” which is […]

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    What would make a baseball hat be worth $300,000?

    JAPAN — A baseball hat Babe Ruth wore during his 1934 tour of Japan just sold for $303,277 on the site Grey Flannel Auctions. The navy blue hat emblazoned with a “US” logo is believed to be the only hat the legendary slugger wore during the monthlong tour, according to Grey Flannel Auctions — except when he swapped the cap for a little leaguer’s hat, resulting in the classic photo of the Sultan of Swat with a tiny hat perched on […]

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    U.S. will respond to North Korea hack, official says

    WASHINGTON — U.S. government officials are preparing to publicly blame North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack — but haven’t yet decided how to respond to the attack. The White House and other agencies are holding a series of high-level meetings to discuss the United States’ range of options, a senior official in President Barack Obama’s administration said. “We do think it’s appropriate to respond,” the official said. Those options could include new sanctions against North Korea, another source said. […]