Dennis Lavalle holds a ticket and a poster of the film "The Interview" as he attends the Christmas Day screening of in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles.

Hundreds of theaters across U.S. begin screening 'The Interview'

After initially calling off its release, Sony officials made the film available on a variety of digital platforms Wednesday afternoon.

about 5 hours ago

 Tom Frieden, far left, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies at an October hearing, which examined the government’s response to contain Ebola, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Ebola exposure feared in mistake at CDC lab

The error occurred Monday when a high-security lab in Atlanta sent samples that should have been inactivated to another CDC laboratory.

about 21 hours ago

 A woman who said she was the girlfriend of 18-year-old Antonio Martin leaves a message on a makeshift memorial Wednesday outside the gas station where he was fatally shot by a police officer in Berkeley, Mo.

White police officer kills black teen in Mo.

The shooting reignited tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.

about 21 hours ago

Obama seeks to close Gitmo

The Obama administration is preparing to move dozens of inmates out of the prison in coming months.

about 21 hours ago

Policy critic weighs states’ challenge to Obama’s loosened immigration rules

Justice Department lawyers urged the court to preserve the executive order allowing 4 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S.

about 21 hours ago

National Briefs: Sony releases ‘Interview’ for online viewing after major theater chains drop movie

PLUS: Gun in NYC killing traced; organ trafficker’s release; wet, warm Christmas Eve; ex-inmate to get back pay.

about 21 hours ago

CDC technician may have been exposed to ebola

A plate with material from an Ebola experiment was sent from a high-security biosafety laboratory to a less-secure facility at the agency’s

1 day ago

 Police try to control a crowd early this morning in the parking lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday night in Berkeley, Mo. St. Louis County police say a man who pulled a gun and pointed it at an officer has been killed.

Police: Officer in Missouri shoots, kills 18-year-old who pulled gun

Berkeley is near Ferguson, where white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, on Aug. 9.

1 day ago

 Assistant professor Dan Reed teaches automotive service technology students at the Community College of Philadelphia. The Labor Department said today that applications for unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

Applications for unemployment benefits fall to 7-week low

The Labor Department said today that applications dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

1 day ago

 A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles.

Sony streams 'The Interview' through YouTube, Google, Xbox, Sony site

In the Pittsburgh area, the SouthSide Works Cinema and the Dependable Drive-In in Moon will show the film.

1 day ago

 David Welborn, 7, sits in the lost luggage line at the Delta Airlines desk at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tuesday, with his trusty stuffed dog.

Travel headaches for some across country into Christmas Day

National Weather Service meteorologists predicted rain that would turn into snow for some parts of Missouri to Michigan.

1 day ago

 A building is severely damaged near Columbia, Miss., after a tornado touched down Tuesday afternoon.

Severe weather slams southern U.S., four killed

A survey team will be sent today to determine whether a tornado was responsible. Storm spotters said it was.

1 day ago

 New York City police officers embrace Tuesday as they visit a makeshift memorial at the site where two of their fellow officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn.

Across New York, Pausing to Honor Police Officers

New York City citizens took a moment Tuesday to silently honor two fallen officers savagely killed three days before on a Brooklyn corner.

1 day ago

US economy grew at a rate of 5 percent in third quarter, fastest in more than decade

Federal data shows that third-quarter U.S. economic annualized growth was 5 percent, driven by a consumer spending and plunging oil prices.

1 day ago

FDA lifting lifetime ban on gay blood donors

The Food and Drug Adminstration is advocating that the prohibition apply only to those sexually active within the last year.

1 day ago

 New York Rep. Michael Grimm

U.S. Rep. Grimm says will not resign after pleading guilty to tax fraud

New York Rep. Michael Grimm on Tuesday pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion but insisted that he would not resign from Congress.

1 day ago

Democrats best at tapping rich for political cash

When it comes to raising money from the very rich, it's Democrats who led the way in 2014.

1 day ago

 A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's "The Interview" on Monday.

Theories abound over who hacked Sony

Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues.

1 day ago

National briefs: Florida rises to No. 3 in population

Plus: Severe weather hits South; threat targets bridge; no Obama link in IRS flap; 6.4M on Obamacare; driving mom committed.

1 day ago

Dow tops 18,000 as market reaches new highs

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 68 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,027 as of 9:58 a.m. Eastern time.

2 days ago

U.S. economy grew at fast 5 percent rate in third quarter

Much of the strength came from consumer spending on health care and business spending on structures and computer software.

2 days ago

Battered New York mayor calls for temporary protest halt

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday urged a pause in protests for funerals after weekend slayings of two city police officers.

2 days ago

U.S. will probe ex-Milwaukee cop’s shooting of a black man

The local district attorney declined to press charges against Officer Christopher Manney.

2 days ago

U.S. rights groups want special prosecutor to probe CIA tactics

The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch want the Justice Department to name a special prosecutor for probe.

2 days ago

 A Delta jet passes another plane on the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where former a Delta employee suspected of smuggling firearms onto New York passenger jets worked as a baggage handler.

Delta baggage handler charged with smuggling guns into airport

Investigators said the worker was assigned to work within a designated secure area at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

2 days ago

National briefs: FedEx, UPS set for rush of late shippers

Plus: Satanic display erected; N.C. law struck down; Ariz. issues licenses; Ga. shootout ends; Drone safety

2 days ago

 Former President George H.W. Bush, and his wife former first lady Barbara Bush

President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital Tuesday evening after experiencing shortness of breath.

1 day ago

Law enforcement nationwide on alert after NYC officer killings

The slayings of two officers Saturday in Brooklyn has heightened fears about the safety of law enforcement officials nationwide.

3 days ago

New York cop killer had long rap sheet

Calls for peace come from across the spectrum as details about the shooter emerge.

3 days ago

After Ottawa attack, a renewed focus on statehouse security

States show wide range of approaches to securing capitol buildings.

3 days ago

Rape accusations follow him around campus and beyond

Columbia student Paul Nungesser for the first time addresses accusations of rape.

3 days ago

National briefs: Lightning strike injures seven

PLUS: Obama selects Yates for DOJ spot; Florida officer killed; gas prices still falling; Tom Brokaw’s cancer in remission.

3 days ago

Florida police officer killed; shooting suspect in custody

Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was gunned down in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a call around 2 a.m.

4 days ago

  In this file April 5, 2011, file photo, Jami Cash, daughter of dead coal miner Michael Elswick, attends a vigil following the Upper Big Branch memorial service in Whitesville, W.Va., for the 29 coal miners killed in an explosion at the mine in Montcoal, W.Va.

U.S. coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

Federal mine safety officials credit changes they've made since the Upper Big Branch disaster in April 2010.

4 days ago

 In this December 2012 file photo, the former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, center, is crowned

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson's, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition.

4 days ago

Ohio moves to make elections more competitive

A state legislative election proposal could have an indirect impact on congressional districts because they are drawn by state lawmakers.

4 days ago

Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

Its modest achievements were overshadowed by partisan gridlock, investigations and sharp clashes capped by a government shutdown.

4 days ago

Mississippi attorney general retreats after lawsuit by Google

The company contends Mississippi’s Jim Hood was improperly influenced by Hollywood studios that are trying to crack down on pirated movies.

4 days ago

National Briefs: World War I memorial approved

Plus: Anthrax report issued; Record auto recalls; Bus crash hurts dozens; Negative Ebola test; Obamas start vacation.

4 days ago

 The driver of this truck was killed in 2008 when his rig overturned on Interstate 79.

Is that big rig road worthy?

Trucks have become safer to drive than ever. So why are they involved in so many accidents?

4 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Refusniks: some attorneys general play a new role, declining to enforce laws

Are attorneys general nationwide showing discretion, or abdication, when they refuse to uphold laws they deem unconstitutional?

4 days ago

 President Barack Obama speaks at his end-of-the-year news conference in Washington, D.C.

Obama pans Sony on 'The Interview'

The president spoke at his end-of-the-year press conference.

5 days ago

Sony defends shelving of 'The Interview' after Obama criticism

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s chief executive on Friday rebuked the president’s comment that the company made a “mistake.”

5 days ago

Obama downplays Keystone XL pipeline’s impact

President Barack Obama on Friday cast the Keystone pipeline project as important to Canadian oil producers.

5 days ago

Panel to advise against penalty for CIA’s computer search

An inquiry into the CIA’s search of a Senate investigative panel’s computers will yield no disciplinary action.

5 days ago

 Bulletproof vests lie on each side of an NYPD patrol car as investigators work at the scene where two NYPD officers were shot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Police said an armed man walked up to the officers sitting inside the patrol car and opened fire before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide. Both police officers were killed.

Two NYC police officers killed in ambush shooting

An armed man walked up to two officers in a patrol car and opened fire, then ran into a subway station and committed suicide, police said.

5 days ago

 U.S. President Barack Obama announces a shift in policy toward Cuba while delivering an address to the nation.

Obama intends to lift several restrictions against Cuba on his own

President Barack will act as soon as next month to lift curbs on travel, commerce and financial activities with Cuba, despite congressional

6 days ago

Sony hacking 'merits an appropriate response,' White House says

The White House calls the Sony movie studios hacking “a serious national security matter.”

6 days ago

Report on White House security: Need higher fence, new leadership

Homeland Security panel decries Secret Service “starved for leadership.’’

6 days ago

Obama goes from midterm drubbing to checking off bucket list

Mr. Obama’s recent spree of actions shows he’s using his executive powers “to the hilt” to create a new paradigm.

6 days ago


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