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Cruz: Don't Trust the Castros

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, writing for TIME, shares his family’s experience with the Castro regime, and argues that Congress should reject President Obama’s new Cuba policy. “[The Castros] are evil, and we cannot make a deal with an evil regime,” he writes

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

U.S. Eyes Sony Hack Attack

The White House said it is currently devising a "proportional response" to the massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment

President Obama Tapes An Interview For The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert

Watch Stephen Colbert Bid Farewell to The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert brought an end Thursday to one of the greatest sustained performances in pop culture, TV or otherwise, when he hosted the final episode of his satirical Colbert Report, featuring cameos from everyone from Christiane Amanpour to Bill Clinton

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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

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

"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

Uber At $40 Billion Valuation Would Eclipse Twitter And Hertz

Uber Takes a Break in Portland

Facing ruinous fines of $1,500 against the company, and up to $2,250 for the driver, each time a fare was picked up, Uber has agreed to stop its services until Portland legalizes ride-sharing

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