December 19, 2014


New York premiere of ‘The Interview’ film canceled as threats fly

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, from left, 1st AD Jonathan Watson, DP Brandon Trost, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen on the set of Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)

NEW YORK (AP) — Threats of violence against movie theaters. The New York premiere of “The Interview” canceled. Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages. The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Read More…

Ruble volatile as Russians rush to stores

A couple carry a television set they purchased from a shop in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday. The collapse of the national currency triggered a spending spree by Russians desperate to buy cars and home appliances before prices shoot higher. Several car dealership were reported to have suspended sales, unsure how far down the ruble will go, while Apple halted all online sales in Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government looked at ways of easing the selling pressure on the ruble Wednesday amid fears the country may face a full-blown bank run and as consumers look to buy big-ticket items before prices rise. Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseyev was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that the Read More…

No doubt now: Jeb Bush eyeing 2016 race

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gives the keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington. On Tuesday, Bush took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore" a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s suddenly become crystal clear that Jeb Bush has his eye on the presidency. With just a few words, the former Florida governor stepped further into the 2016 Republican presidential contest than potential rivals, declaring via Facebook on Tuesday that he will “actively explore the possibility of running.” Some of those rivals, as well Read More…

Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

People come to lay flowers to pay respect to the shooting victims at a temporary memorial site close to the Lindt cafe in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Wednesday. The siege ended early Tuesday with a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the Iranian-born gunman dead, and a nation that has long prided itself on its peace rocked to its core. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

SYDNEY (AP) — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency’s watch list — but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday. Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian-born, self-styled cleric described by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as deeply Read More…

Pakistan school: Devastation where 148 were slain

People attend funeral of a student killed in Tuesday's Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday. Pakistan is mourning as the nation prepares for mass funerals people killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the country's northwest. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Taliban massacre that killed 148 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway Wednesday. The attack at the Army Public School and College in the city Read More…

AP: Carolinas politicians get payouts from broker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Soon after taking office, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused by regulators of deceiving its customers. The two Republicans served as directors at, the Charlotte-based corporate parent of the website LendingTree. As board members, they Read More…

Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan,Tuesday. Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city, killing and wounding dozens, officials said, in the latest militant violence to hit the already troubled region. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over. The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school, which instructs grades 1-10. Pakistani Prime Read More…

10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Dec. 16

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Pakistan school attack kills more than 125  The Taliban claim responsibility for storming a military-run school in the troubled region of Peshawar in one of its bloodiest operations in recent times. Most of the dead are children Read More…

Qatar: Small country the big new player in sport

This file image shows an artist's impression of the Qatar Foundation Stadium . The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is shaping up as a unique experience. (AP Photo/Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, File)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Leaders of Qatar seem to have a simple formula for their plans over the next decade: money + sports = global fame. Never in sporting history has a country invested so massively, quickly, broadly, internationally and ostentatiously as the small oil-and-gas rich Gulf emirate that is using the world’s thirst for energy and for sporting Read More…

Camille Cosby defends husband as ‘kind, generous’

In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby, left, and his wife Camille appear at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts before Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Cosby’s wife rejected sex assault allegations against her husband of a half-century on Monday, saying the man being accused by at least 15 women of drugging and having sex with them is “a man I do not know.” In a statement issued Monday, Camille Cosby dismissed accusations that date back as far as the late Read More…