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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 cyber counterattack

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Biggest Stocks Gains in Years

The Dow rallied more than 400 points for the index's biggest two-day increase in three years after the Fed said it won't imminently raise interest rates

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U.S. Kills 3 ISIS Leaders in Iraq

Defense officials said Thursday that American air strikes had killed three of the group's mid- to high-level leaders in the past month and a half

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Bush Commerce Secretary Knocks Obama on Cuba Decision

Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told TIME on Thursday that the U.S. "will have egg on our face" following President Barack Obama's move to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in half-a-century

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Uber Driver Accused of Raping Passenger in Boston

An Uber driver in Boston was charged with kidnapping and raping a customer of the ride-sharing service, in another potentially damaging case for the rapidly expanding company. An Uber spokesperson called it "a despicable crime"

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Amazon Unveils 1-Hour Delivery Service in New York

Amazon announced today the launch of Prime Now, a one-hour delivery service for items such as “paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries,” according to a news release. The service is launching in parts of New York, and will be available in other cities next year.

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Oklahoma Inmate 'Felt Liquid Fire' During Execution

Convicted murderer Clayton Lockett, whose prolonged execution triggered a statewide moratorium on executions in Oklahoma, likely suffered excruciating pain akin to “liquid fire” throughout his lethal injection last April, a doctor testified in a federal court

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3 New Sexual Assault Allegations at Princeton

Three new sexual assaults were reported over the weekend to Princeton University police, at a time when colleges and universities are under increasing national scrutiny for how they handle sexual assault allegations

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Elton John to Wed Longtime Partner David Furnish

The pair entered a civil partnership in 2005, but in recent weeks, rumors have run rampant about impending nuptials. Various outlets have reported that a private, intimate ceremony will take place at their Windsor estate on Dec. 21

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E.U. Court Rules That Obesity Could Be a Disability

The European Court of Justice on Thursday said "obesity can constitute a disability" for the purposes of equality at work legislation. The judgement may mean that employers will have to start providing larger seats, special parking spaces and other facilities for obese workers

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 17: A view of the debris of the army-run school that was attacked by Taliban on Tuesday, in northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 17, 2014. Taliban attack on an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday has left at least 141 people dead, most of whom are students. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Peshawar Death Toll at 148 as Full Horror Emerges

With the death toll from Peshawar school massacre rising to 148 — at least 132 of them children — residents of this strife-torn Pakistani city, and survivors, are struggling to come to terms with Tuesday's horror, in which Taliban gunman attacked an army-run school

Marketplace guide Jim Prim works on the Healthcare.gov federal enrollment website as he helps a resident sign up for a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act at an enrollment event in Milford, Delaware on March 27, 2014.

Number of Uninsured Americans Near Record Low

New federal government data shows the percentage of Americans without health insurance was at or near historic lows this year following the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, with just 11.3 percent of Americans uninsured in the second quarter