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Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 19 min ago
In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.

5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 19 min ago
Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference.

FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 19 min ago
President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he vowed the United States will respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to a hack attack the FBI blamed on the secretive Communist regime.

Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 19 min ago
President Barack Obama praised the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Friday but said he doesn't expect it to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation.

California's winter storms spark hope for recovery from three-year drought

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 19 min ago
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The wet weather that has soaked California for the past few weeks may be a sign that the state is beginning to pull out of its devastating three-year drought, climate experts said on Friday. With precipitation already higher than normal for this time of year and rain in the northern part of the state on Friday, experts are "cautiously optimistic" that the dry cycle may be starting to ease, said Courtney Obergfell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. ...

F.B.I. Evidence Often Mishandled, Inquiry Finds

New York Times Headlines - 2 hours 19 min ago
An internal investigation recounts tales of missing and mislabeled evidence that could have consequences for criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Prosecutor: Some Ferguson witnesses clearly lied

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 21 min ago
Some witnesses before the grand jury that investigated the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown obviously lied under oath, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Friday.

2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 21 min ago
When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.

Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 21 min ago
Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 21 min ago
Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Colorado vows to defend pot law against states' challenge

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 22 min ago
Colorado's top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state's historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states.

Theater shooter's parents plead for his life

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 22 min ago
DENVER (AP) — The parents of James Holmes pleaded Friday for his life to be spared if he is convicted of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others after opening fire in a Colorado movie theater.

After school massacre, 2 Pakistan militants hanged

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 22 min ago
Pakistan hanged two convicted militants on Friday -- the country's first executions in years -- after the government reinstated the death penalty in response to a horrific Taliban school massacre this week that killed 148, most of them children.

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 22 min ago
Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro.

Killed PC 'may have been recognised'

BBC World News - 2 hours 22 min ago
An off-duty PC who died after being attacked in Liverpool city centre might have been recognised as an officer, the chief constable says.
Categories: BBC World News

NY police officer apparently punches teen in video, probe underway

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 23 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police are investigating a plainclothes officer who appears to punch a teen-aged black boy during an arrest that was captured on video and widely circulated on the Internet, the department said on Friday. The posting of the footage follows days of U.S. protests over recent cases of police violence toward unarmed black men, including one in which a New York City man died after an officer placed him in a banned chokehold. ...

Peshawar spurs Pakistan executions

BBC World News - 2 hours 24 min ago
Pakistan carries out its first executions since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre.
Categories: BBC World News

CEO gets two years’ pay to go away

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 25 min ago
Only weeks after boasting to shareholders about “one of the most exciting and productive periods in the company’s history,” ClearSign Combustion chairman and CEO Richard Rutkowski is out — by all apearances pushed, although he officially resigned.

Least productive Congress? Not this one, barely

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 25 min ago
It turns out that this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of President Harry Truman. But it was pretty darn close.

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 5 deaths

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 25 min ago
A teen boy from Thurston County is among some 28 people so far sickened in a multi-state outbreak of listeria food poisoning tied to prepackaged caramel-coated apples.