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Mississippi's attorney general calls 'a time out' after Google sues him

The aftermath of Project Goliath<p>Hours after Google took legal action against him, Mississippi's attorney general is retreating. Jim Hood issued a statement late Friday saying he is "calling a time out, so that cooler heads may prevail." His next sentence seemed to be missing a word or two, but here …

A cyber conflict with North Korea is 'dangerous uncharted territory'

<i>The United States and North Korea have long found themselves locked in a bitter cycle of escalating and deescalating tensions but the current cyber conflict may be especially hard to predict.</i><p><i>CNN's Wilfred Chan</i> <i>discussed this with Mike Chinoy, a longtime North Korea expert who has traveled to the</i> …

Sony threatens to sue Twitter to hide these tweets

Sony has just threatened to sue Twitter if it doesn't ban the accounts that keep posting internal emails that have been leaked by its hackers. The company's lawyer, David Boies, also asked the microblogging site to share the warning letter with user Val Broeksmit, who tweets screenshots of those …

At U.N. council, U.S. calls life in North Korea 'living nightmare' | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and other Western members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday slammed North Korea’s human rights record after voting to overrule China’s objections and add alleged grave abuses by the hermit state to the council’s agenda.<p>U.S. Ambassador to the United …

US slaps sanctions on Putin's biker gang over Ukraine

The Night Wolves are blacklisted along with Crimean prosecutor who became separatists' pin-up girl<p>Vladimir Putin’s favourite biker has been targeted by new US sanctions against Moscow over the Kremlin’s armed intervention in Ukraine.<p>Barack Obama, the US president, issued an executive order this …

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Mark Cuban: 'Hackers Are Going To Want More Trophy Hacks' Like Sony

On Sunday, the billionaire told CNN's Reliable Sources that prior to the hack, he had already stopped using email to conduct confidential business interactions and had instead moved to his app Cyber Dust, which he has described as "What's App meets SnapChat."<p>Cuban was unequivocal about how the hack …

Obama slams Sony, takes aim at North Korea

President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony erred in choosing not to release “The Interview” amid cyberthreats linked to North Korea.<p>“I think they made a mistake,” he said at his year-end news conference at the White House. Later, he added, “I wish they’d spoken to me first. I would have told …

Justin Upton to Padres: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

The latest domino of the Atlanta Braves' offseason rebuild has fallen, as Atlanta agreed Friday to send outfielder Justin Upton to the San Diego Padres in exchange for prospects.<p>The Braves made the move official on Twitter:<p>Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the news, while CBS Sports' Jon …

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What’s So Scary About A Nuclear-Armed Drone?

In one word: Everything<p>It's a plane designed for the war no one wants to fight. The Long Range Strike Bomber is the Air Force’s secretive and long-running project to develop the next generation of nuclear-armed bombers, designed to unload hell in hostile skies. And there's a chance that it'll be …

FBI Says North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

The FBI on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of the hacking attack that led Sony Pictures Entertainment to cancel the movie “The Interview.”<p>Sony also received a message saying that it was “very wise” to cancel the movie and warning the studio to prevent its release in any form, …

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Mavericks title odds jump to 8-1 after Rajon Rondo trade

Oddsmakers buy into the Mavericks with Rondo.<p>After the Dallas Mavericks traded for Rajon Rondo, Sportsbook.com immediately updated their championship …

Obama Gives 'Christmas Clemency' to 20

President Obama quietly changed the lives of 20 people on Wednesday, granting what has come to be known as “Christmas clemency” to Americans tangled …

India's biggest space rocket lifts off

India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket, including an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme.<p>The rocket, designed to carry heavier communication and other satellites into higher orbit, blasted off from …

Obama says U.S. 'hammering' ISIS in speech to troops

President Barack Obama offered a bullish assessment of his war on Islamic terrorists in Syria and Iraq on Monday, even as he acknowledged small gains by ISIS would mean the U.S. engagement there will be prolonged.<p>Speaking inside a New Jersey airplane hangar with a massive Navy C-130 as his …

Amazon sellers hit by nightmare before Christmas as glitch cuts prices to 1p

There were Christmas shopping bargains galore on Amazon’s website over the weekend … for about an hour. Because of a technical glitch, the prices of thousands of items crashed to 1p – giving eagle-eyed customers a pre-Christmas treat while leaving scores of small family-owned businesses nursing …

QB Drew Stanton hurt as Cardinals beat Rams 12-6

ST. LOUIS -- The Arizona Cardinals lost another quarterback and won another game.<p>Despite the departure of starter Drew Stanton, Arizona used its stout defense and four field goals by placekicker Chandler Catanzaro to post a 12-6 win over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night in the Edward Jones Dome.<p>…

'Fragile' Ukraine Truce Leads to First Casualty-Free Day

A tentative truce between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine has resulted in the first 24 hours free from deaths and injuries …

Brazil psychopath serial killer 'strangled 38 women for fun'

Police are investigating the claims of Sailson Jose das Gracas, 26, who says he murdered dozens of women and would "do it again"<p>A 26-year-old Brazilian psychopath has confessed to being a prolific serial killer who murdered 38 women over the last decade.<p>Police in Rio de Janeiro are investigating …

North Korean defectors share their ordeals as pressure mounts

Starvation. Execution. Imprisonment. Rape. Torture.<p>In a human rights report, these can seem like distant concepts or dry statistics, but when told by the people who experience them first hand, they take on new meaning.<p>That is why U.S. officials invited two young North Korean defectors to address a …

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Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …

Falling oil prices threaten to transform the industry - BBC News

Fraud trial urged for husband of Spanish princess

MADRID (AP) — Princess Cristina's husband should be tried for fraud and embezzlement, but there's no basis for charges against her, a prosecutor said …

Opinion: Investors must believe in magic to buy stocks now

In the Emerald City, a.k.a. Wall Street, central banks are the all-powerful Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and her friends are hopelessly bullish.<p>Unlike the …

Abercrombie CEO abruptly retires as sales fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Abercrombie & Fitch's longtime and embattled CEO Michael Jeffries has abruptly retired as the once-hip teen clothing chain struggles …

Man with knife survives attack by 525-pound bear

CENTER CITY, Minn. – In the annals of hunting stories, this one wins.<p>On a fall day near Sand Stone, Minn., Brandon Johnson, a hunter since he could walk, helped his camp track a black bear that his friend shot.<p>"We wanted to give it four hours before we went out and looked for it to make sure the …

Ukraine accuses rebels of violating 'Day of Silence'; Russian gas flows resume | Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s military accused separatists of violating an agreed “Day of Silence” in the country’s embattled east on Tuesday, an initiative that was seen as an attempt to forge a durable ceasefire paving the way to a new round of peace talks.<p>Toys are left at the window of a destroyed …

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unveil mortgages with 3% down payment

Hoping to broaden the pool of home buyers and boost the real estate market, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are launching mortgage programs with down payments as low as 3%.<p>The move, targeting buyers with good credit but little cash, has drawn fire for encouraging the kind of risky lending that caused …