FBI formally accuses North Korea of hacking of Sony Pictures, says it is 'deeply concerned'

The Brief

The tree is seen during the 81st Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York
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Wet Christmas

The weather outside really is going to be frightful. A major storm is set to hit the East Coast and Midwest and build to a climax on Christmas Eve. While snow may accumulate from Wisconsin to Western Pennsylvania, regions to the east can expect heavy rain

The Instagram logo is displayed on a smartphone on Dec. 20, 2012 in Paris, France.

Instagram Valued at $35B

The photo-sharing service owned by Facebook could be worth a whopping $35 billion, according to a new estimate

Boston Celtics Vs. Orlando Magic At TD Garden

Mavericks Close to Rondo Trade

The NBA trade market isn't typically fruitful in December, but the Celtics and Mavericks are reportedly finalizing a deal for Rajon Rondo

Sony's logo is seen outside the company's headquarters in Tokyo.

U.S. Eyes Sony Hack Attack

The White House is treating the massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment as a "serious national security matter" and is currently devising a "proportional response" to the cyberattack. An official didn't rule out a cybercounterattack

Guantanamo Bay Cuba

U.S.-Cuba Thaw Won't Close Guantanamo Bay

The reopening of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba doesn't mean the U.S. Navy’s historic base—and new terror prison—is likely to go anywhere anytime soon, TIME's Mark Thompson writes

James Holmes

Colorado Movie Theater Shooter’s Parents Plead for His Life

The parents of the man accused of killing 12 people when he opened fire in a Colorado movie theater in 2012 are pleading that their mentally ill son be spared the death penalty. "He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness," the couple wrote in a letter

Second day of protests over Eric Garner verdict in New York City

Woman Files Trademark Application for 'I Can't Breathe'

An Illinois woman has filed an application to trademark Eric Garner's dying words, "I can't breathe" for use on hoodies and T-shirts. In her application, Catherine Crump says she has been using the phrase commercially since August 18, one month after Garner's death


Report: U.S. Not Fully Prepared for Large-Scale Catastrophe

A new report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office finds that the federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, citing a lack of effective coordination among federal agencies

"Gone Girl" Press Conference

Fincher and Ellroy to Make HBO Series

Gone Girl Director David Fincher has signed up for an HBO noir detective series together with L.A. Confidential writer James Ellroy. Shakedown is set in the underworld of 1950s Los Angeles and is inspired by the life of Hollywood vice cop-turned-private eye Fred Otash

Washington Redskins helmets lay on the ground during a game against the Oakland Raiders

FCC Rejects Claim That the Word 'Redskins' Is Obscene

The FCC denied a law professor’s attempt to strip a radio station of its license because of repeated use of the word. The FCC said the word isn’t obscene, citing a Supreme Court ruling defining obscene material as something sexual in nature