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N. Korea Denies Role in Hack

North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack

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

Get Ready for a Wet Christmas

A major storm is set to hit the East Coast and Midwest and build to a climax on Christmas Eve, with many areas bracing for heavy rain

Guantanamo Military Prison Stays Open As Future Status Remains Uncertain

U.S. Transfers 4 Guantanamo Prisoners to Afghanistan

The transfer marks the first repatriation of prisoners to Afghanistan since 2009. 132 detainees are still being held at the Guantanamo complex, which President Barack Obama vowed to shut down early in his presidency

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Antarctic Tourism Could Pose Threat to Penguins

A boom in Antarctic tourism--more than 37,000 people visited the continent in 2013--could introduce new, infectious diseases to the continent's penguin colonies, scientists warned in a new study

Madonna Unexpectedly Releases 6 New Tracks

Madonna called the surprise release--from her newest album, Rebel Heart--an "early Christmas gift" to her fans, adding that she hoped the completed tracks might deter fans from listening to unfinished songs that had leaked

Uber Shows Taxis Never Same As Smartphones Roil U.S. Industry

Uber Wants Surge Pricing Patent

The ride-sharing service wants to patent its pricing technology, which adjusts prices in real time based on the amount of demand in the area and has come under fire from critics who accuse it of price gouging

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What Might Be Next on Serial

The head of the Innocence Project Clinic talks about her role in the ongoing investigation from the sensational podcast

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

Instagram Could Be Worth $35 Billion

The photo-sharing service owned by Facebook could be worth a whopping $35 billion, according to a new estimate. The sky-high valuation makes Facebook’s $1-billion acquisition of Instagram in 2012 look like a slam-dunk

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Australian Woman Arrested in Deaths of 8 Children

A woman has been arrested for murder in the killings of 8 children in an Australian home. Police haven't said how the children died, but they're examining several knives in the home that may have been the weapon used

Dudu Kromah's husband died recently from ebola. She is looking after ten children, many of them orphans including a 3-month-old baby.

Ebola-Stricken Families to Receive Cash Payments

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will start offering cash payments for families hit by Ebola in 2015, as well as survivors having trouble re-acclimating to society out of stigma for the disease. Plans for the payment process are still being refined

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