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Source: Hackers send new message to Sony

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The source said that the company believes the email was from the hackers because it followed a pattern of previous messages, sent to a list of particular executives and formatted in a particular way. The hacker message is effectively a victory lap, telling the studio, "Now we want ...

Sony exec fires back at President Obama

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"The President, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened," Lynton said in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria. "We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters." (Watch the entire interview tonight ...

Sean Penn on Sony Pulling "The Interview": This Sends ISIS an "Invitation"

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Actor and activist Sean Penn, no surprise, has some thoughts about the Sony hacking and the movie studio's decision to pull The Interview after cyber-saboteurs linked (by the FBI) to North Korea threatened moviegoers and theaters. Here's a statement Penn sent me: It's not the first time culture ...

Personal Health Update

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I haven't had any fresh news on the health front lately, so I haven't brought it up on the blog. But I continue to get lots of queries and good wishes, and today I finally have something to report. I'm 8 weeks through my 16-week regimen of chemotherapy,

Why Supporting 'Black Lives Matter' Could Mean A New Chapter For Environmentalism

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The Sierra Club has had its share of environmental successes over the years. It prevented the damming of the Grand Canyon in the 1960s. It ran successful efforts to expand Sequoia National Park in 1926 and create the Redwoods National Park in 1968. And it has helped persuade ...

4 Legal Battles This Year That Were All About Climate Change

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With every passing year it becomes increasingly clear that climate change is not just an environmental issue. It’s damaging to public health. It’s a drag on the economy. And, more and more, it’s become the foundation for legal battles. As the far-reaching impacts of climate change are more ...

The Senate’s back-channel in Cuba deal

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Tim Rieser was a Vermont public defender before coming to the Senate Appropriations Committee in the late 1980s – and in many ways, he never stopped. Like all staffers, any power he has is owed to his patrons — in this case both Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and ...

Elizabeth Warren: Wall Street Just Got Another Giveaway

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Last week, Congress did Wall Street a solid. When lawmakers passed a giant spending bill that funds the government through September, they included a provision written by Citigroup lobbyists that allows banks to make more risky trades with taxpayer-insured money. Then, on Thursday, bankers got another giveaway: The ...

Watch President Obama Call on Female Reporters for Every Single Question During Friday's Presser

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For his final press conference of 2014, President Obama exclusively called on female reporters. The White House had planned it that way: By the eighth and final question, Obama even appeared to ignore a male reporter's attempt to participate. The result was amazing. Watch below: James West is ...

Obama: Sony "Made a Mistake" Stopping the Release of "The Interview"

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On Friday, President Barack Obama called Sony's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" a "mistake." "We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States," he told reporters at his final press conference of the year.

More Good News For Obamacare: Employer Health Coverage Hasn't Crashed

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The share of the population with employer health insurance has been slowly eroding for years. The chart on the right tells the story: total coverage rates have dropped from 70 percent to 62 percent since 2001. The trend is pretty clear: the number of workers covered by employer ...

Are Republicans Really Ready to Embrace Net Neutrality?

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Well, this is unexpected. Democrats are generally in favor of net neutrality, the principle that all websites should be treated equally by internet service providers. Companies can't pay extra for faster service and ISPs can't slow down or block sites they don't like. Naturally, since Democrats are in ...

Could Bacteria Help Convict Rapists?

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Could the trillions of bacteria living on the human body help identify and convict rapists? That's the question raised in a fascinating new study by a team of Australian researchers. The paper is the latest in a growing body of research on the microbiome, a term that refers ...

Americas

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Text byFRANCE 24Follow france24_en on twitter 1898: The US declares war on Spain and defeats the declining European power, which cedes Cuba to Washington. 1902: Cuba becomes independent but remains under US protection. American troops return to the island a decade later to help put down black protests ...

EBay Just Became The Latest Tech Company To Leave Conservative Group ALEC

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A spokesperson for eBay Inc. has confirmed to Reuters that it will end its association with the conservative political group American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. The confirmation comes two months after a coalition of more than 80 organizations asked eBay to leave ALEC, citing the conservative group’s ...

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill

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This past summer, the "border kids"—tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid groups mobilized, Congress held hearings, and pleas for compassion resounded at the highest levels of government. "These are ...

How Much More Rain Does California Need to End the Drought?

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2 mentions18 hours ago
Over the past two weeks, California has gotten a deluge of rain, lifting its reservoir levels and hydrating the soil in a state that is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in history. The chart above shows the state's drought levels pre- and post-storm, and ...

EPA Will Not Declare Coal Ash A Hazardous Waste

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In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Jenny Edwards, program manager for Rockingham County with the Dan River Basin Association, scoops coal ash from the banks of the Dan River. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued its first-ever regulations on coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning ...

57,000-Gallon Oil Spill In Canada Forces Closure Of Pipeline To U.S.

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Enbridge, Inc. an energy delivery company based in Alberta, Canada, experienced an oil spill from one of its pipelines on Wednesday. Canadian energy delivery company Enbridge Inc. has temporarily shut down and isolated one of its crude oil pipelines that connects to the United States after a 1,350-barrel,

Sierra Leone's 'special forces' Ebola nurses

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Kenema, Sierra Leone - When the Ebola ambulance team arrived to pick up the parents of eight-year-old Fatima Bockarie last month, they faced a tough decision. What to do with the child? Fatima showed no symptoms of Ebola, but having lived in close proximity with her parents, the ...

Welcome To Machine Gun America, Where 13-Year-Olds Can Fire AK-47s

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Welcome to Machine Gun America. where you can “experience the exhilarating rush of shooting real machine guns and powerful firearms.” And be as young as 13. The new amusement attraction opens this weekend in Orlando, Florida — six miles away from Disney World. Among the automatic and military-grade ...

Listen to the Real Stephen Colbert Explain How He Maintained his Flawless Character for Nine Years

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The curtain comes down on The Colbert Report Thursday night after a spectacular nine-year run on Comedy Central. But a big question remains: How on earth did Colbert stay in character for so long? "Stephen Colbert", the character, is indisputably a brilliant creation. I watched every week because ...

Video: NYPD Officers Caught Arresting, Repeatedly Punching Boy

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Agraphic new video shows NYPD officers beating a young boy against a vehicle. After three cops hold the boy against the car, a non-uniformed officer is seen running up and punching the child repeatedly. In the video, the boy, who is identified as 12 years, and his friend ...

Op-ed: K-12 Teachers, Let's Step Up for Our Trans Students

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Do you just, well, go? Go in, do what you have to do, and leave? Or have you ever had to think "Will I get hassled for walking into this bathroom? Will there be a stall? Will someone call the police?" These are some of the questions transgender ...

Americas

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Text byFRANCE 24Follow france24_en on twitter Risks, routes, prices: A human trafficker shares details of refugees' journey from Middle East to Europe © 2014 Copyright France 24 – All rights reserved France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites Login Facebook Twitter Google+ Windows FrançaisEnglishعربي

'I Don't Deserve To Die On The Street': Inside A Funeral For The Homeless

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Activists and the homeless commemorate National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day with a symbolic funeral for the dozens of people who died on the streets of D.C. in 2014. WASHINGTON, DC — It’s a cold, grey Friday morning in Washington, D.C., and Schyla Pondexter-Moore is standing next to a ...

EXCLUSIVE

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Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeENChinese people are in need of the “peace, compassion and non-violence” advocated by Tibetan Buddhist culture, the Himalayan region’s exiled spiritual leader has said in a wide-ranging interview with FRANCE 24.Visit our website: http://www.france24.comLike us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.Eng...Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/France24_en

Pope Francis Celebrates Birthday By Giving Sleeping Bags To Homeless People

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Pope Francis, who turned 78 on Wednesday, celebrated the occasion by handing out 400 sleeping bags to homeless people living on the streets in Rome. There are approximately 3,276 homeless people currently living in Rome, half of whom have no shelter at all and live on the streets,

Obama libre

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If President Barack Obama’s year ended in November, it would have been one of the worst of his presidency. Obama feels liberated, aides say, and sees the recent flurry of aggressive executive action and deal-making as a pivot for him to spend the last two years being more ...

Executions Just Hit a 20-Year Low

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There's some encouraging news this week in the usually gloomy realm of criminal justice. According to a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), there were fewer executions this year than in any year since 1994—and fewer new death sentences imposed than any year since 1974.

This Lawmaker Wants Women to Get Permission From the Father Before Having an Abortion

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A Missouri Republican is pushing a bill that would allow a man who gets a woman pregnant to stop her from having an abortion. The measure would force a woman who wants an abortion to obtain written permission from the father first—unless she was the victim of "legitimate ...

Bid Farewell to "The Colbert Report" with Some of the Show's Most Genius Moments

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Tonight, Stephen Colbert will close the curtain on the ludicrous, yet wholly enjoyable persona he created as the conservative host of "The Colbert Report." As the nation prepares to say goodbye, Mother Jones pays tribute to everyone's favorite right-wing blowhard with a round-up of some of our most ...

BREAKING

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Risks, routes, prices: A human trafficker shares details of refugees' journey from Middle East to Europe © 2014 Copyright France 24 – All rights reserved France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites Login Facebook Twitter Google+ Windows FrançaisEnglishعربي

Rape threats, then no response: What it was like to be a woman on Twitter in 2014

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When someone calls you an unprintable, gender-based slur on Twitter and invites you to “get raped,” you presume — or at least, I presumed — that the network would do something about it. Twitter’s policies on this type of thing are pretty clear. The site has long forbidden ...

The Fierce Life and Too-Soon Death of My Unlikely Cuban Friends

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When Luis Enrique passed in early September, just a couple of months after first learning he was HIV-positive, Carlos took his remains to Cuba's best funeral parlor, the one where they bring the government officials. He had seven of the nicest wreaths made, and he dressed Luis Enrique,

This Is What Cuba Really Looks Like These Days

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If you know anyone who's been to Cuba in the last decade or two, you've likely seen the photos from their visit: some lovingly restored colonial manors, sometimes right alongside a crumbling facade; the bookshelves lined up around Havana's Plaza de Armas; and image after image of 1950s ...

Ebola-Stricken Families to Receive Cash Payments

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In 2015, the three Ebola-affected countries will start offering cash payments for families hit by Ebola, as well as survivors having trouble re-acclimating to society out of stigma for the disease. Every aspect of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone’s societies have taken a hit from Ebola, and the ...

Obama vows response to 'N Korea cyber attack'

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The United States will "respond proportionately" to a North Korea cyber attack that damaged Sony Pictures Entertainment, President Barack Obama has said, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Pyongyang was responsible. "We will respond. We will respond proportionately and we'll respond in a place and time and ...

New York State Just Banned Fracking

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After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York's top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks. The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by ...

Politifact Readers Choose 'Climate Change Is A Hoax' As 'Lie Of The Year'

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Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), one of Congress’ most outspoken climate deniers, has often claimed that global warming is a hoax. Earlier this year, readers of the Tampa Bay Times’ fact-checking project PolitiFact were asked to vote on what they believe was the year’s biggest lie. And as of ...

Who is Alan Gross?

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Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- He spent more than 25 years traveling the world, helping people in more than 50 countries. But for the past five, Alan Gross had been stuck in a Cuban prison, losing his hope, health and more than 100 pounds. Gross, now 65, was a ...

4 Signs the Arctic Is Getting Baked by Climate Change

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If you're looking for the ground zero of climate change, head to the Arctic. Nowhere else on Earth is changing as quickly or as dramatically; air temperatures there are rising twice as fast as at lower latitudes. In the summer of 2012, Arctic sea ice reached the lowest ...

Obama's Very Sly Cuban Move

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For years, President Barack Obama faced a tough problem: what to do about Alan Gross, the US subcontractor imprisoned in Cuban? And this dilemma encapsulated the larger puzzle of how to change US-Cuba relations, which have been frozen in a Cold War narrative. The Cubans arrested Gross in ...

Russia Has Already Blown Up the Global Economy Once. Will It Do It Again?

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Just in case you're thinking that Russia's economic problems are little more than a fitting karmic payback for Vladimir Putin, you might want to think twice. When the global economy is fragile, sometimes even small events can send the whole system into cardiac arrest, and that affects everyone,

Birds Are Avoiding Offshore Wind Farms, Study Finds

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A new report by a leading bird research institute in the U.K. found that over 99 percent of seabirds were likely to alter their flight paths in order to avoid collision with offshore wind farms. While the analysis offers new estimates of which seabirds and what percentage change ...

Dalai Lama concedes he may be the last

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The Dalai Lama: "Whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not is up to the Tibetan people" Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said he realises that he may be the last to hold the title. But he told the BBC it would ...

Headlines for December 19, 2014

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Javascript is required to watch video inline on this page. You can choose another option on the listen/watch page if you prefer. The top U.S. general in charge of forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has said it will take a minimum of three years ...

The Future of Demand Response: How a Legal Challenge Could Dramatically Change the Industry

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Over the past six months, the U.S. demand response industry has been enveloped in a legal challenge, one that’s threatening to disrupt a decade-old, multi-billion-dollar way of doing business in grid markets around the country. This is the saga of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 745, the ...

BREAKING: New York Will Ban Fracking

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday where the results of a 5-year study of hydraulic fracturing were announced. After presenting the findings of an exhaustive five-year study on the potential environmental, economic, and public health effects of fracking, state Department of Environmental Conservation ...

New Documents Show the US Called Waterboarding Torture During World War II

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Decades before it started waterboarding terrorism suspects, the US government had dramatically different standards for what it considered torture, particularly when it was being done to our soldiers in World War II. Recently released documents detail how the the United States charged hundreds of Japanese military officials and ...
 

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