The Brief

Ali Ibrahim Naimi
Kamran Jebreili—AP

Saudi Keeps the Wells Pumping

Saudi Arabia will not cut oil production to boost depressed prices, reversing the kingdom’s usual policy of moderating supply to control prices and sending a strong message about OPEC's strategy for dealing with a slumped oil market

President Obama Holds End-Of-Year News Conference At The White House

Obama: Hack Not Act of War

President Obama said he doesn't consider the Sony hack an act of war, but "an act of cyber vandalism," adding, "we take it very seriously"

James Franco and Seth Rogen

The Interview Still to Be Distributed

Sony Pictures lawyer David Boies asserted on Meet the Press that the studio will still distribute the controversial comedy despite pulling it from theaters

NYC Mourns Slain Officers as Police Force Bunkers Down

Following the shooting of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn on Saturday, NYPD officers have been directed to only go on foot patrols in pairs, detectives have been told to go out in teams of three and sentries have been deployed outside station houses

Kim Jong Un

North Korea Threatens Strikes on U.S. Amid Hacking Claims

President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says. Its National Defense Commission warned that its 1.2 million-member army is ready to use all types of warfare against the U.S.

Tunisia Elections

Veteran Tunisian Statesman Claims Win

Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi, who served in ousted autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s regime, claimed victory after a presidential run-off vote on Sunday. Tunisia is alone among Arab Spring nations in being hailed as a model for democratic reform

'The Hobbit'

The Hobbit Wins Weekend Box-Office Battle

The Peter Jackson film brought in $56.2 million over the weekend (and $90.6 million since its Wednesday opening), while Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie — all films showing in more than 3,000 locations — made almost $40 million less

Guantanamo Bay

U.S. Transfers 4 From Guantánamo

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

A DirecTV dish receiver sits on the roof of a home in Denver

Dish Network Drops Fox After Failed Contract Negotiations

Fox News Channel and Fox Business were blacked out Saturday on satellite TV provider Dish Network, after the two parties failed to agree on a new contract, in negotiations that had gone on for the last several weeks. Both sides are pointing fingers at each other

police shooting

Florida Authorities Say 1 Police Officer Shot and Killed

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. in the Tampa Bay–area city and that a suspect has been taken into custody after fleeing the scene of the shooting in a vehicle and crashing into a pole and another vehicle