The Brief

North Korean leader Kim inspects the Artillery Company under the KPA Unit 963, in this undated photo released by North Korea's KCNA in Pyongyang

U.S. Points Finger at Kim

The FBI accused Kim Jong Un's North Korean government of being behind the devastating hack on Sony that eventually prompted it to cancel the release of The Interview, the first formal statement that the U.S. has concluded the isolated nation is responsible

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

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

It's Going to Be a 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

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

U.S. Teens Are Deserting Facebook Faster Than Ever

A new report has found that Americans aged 13 to 17 who use social media are leaving Facebook faster than ever, with the percentage of those with accounts dropping six points from 94% last year to 88% in 2014. From 2012 to 2013, it only dropped one point

Detroit Exteriors And Landmarks

U.S. Sells Off Last Major TARP Investment, 6 Years On

The Treasury Department announced Friday that it will sell its remaining stake in Ally, the former financing division of General Motors, capping the end of its last major TARP investment and the auto rescue program

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps walks into a courthouse in Baltimore, Md. for a trial on drunken driving and other charges on Dec. 19, 2014.

Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty to DUI, Avoids Jail Time

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps on Friday plead guilty in a Baltimore court to his second DUI in a decade. Phelps was given a one-year suspended prison sentence and 18 months of supervised probation, and will not need to serve jail time

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

San Francisco Public Attorneys Hold "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Demonstration

Race Concerns Americans More Than It Has in 2 Decades

The percentage of Americans who consider "race relations" or "racism" to be the biggest problem facing the country is at its highest level since 1992 at 13%. Among nonwhites, 22% named race relations or racism as the country's biggest problem; among whites, only 9%

A driver drives a Google Inc. self-driving car in front of the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California on September 27, 2013.

Google Eyes Android-Powered Cars

Google is planning to build the next version of its Android operating system, dubbed Android M, directly into automobiles, according to reports. The technology would allow drivers to access the Internet and use Android apps without the synching their car with a smartphone