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46 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Sony doesn't need Obama's advice on 'The Interview'

To the editor: Unless President Obama has all the facts and commits to indemnify and defend Sony Pictures and theater owners against lawsuits in the wake of an act of terror tied to the showing of "The Interview," then Sony made the right decision to cancel the movie's Christmas Day...

47 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Torture isn't a left-right issue

To the editor: While the idea of complete transparency on torture is admirable, the real problem our country faces is how facts are now deconstructed and placed on one side of an opinion spectrum. "The need for radical transparency on U.S. torture," Op-Ed, Dec. 18

48 minutes ago // The Guardian

world New cabinet sworn in: changes put focus on jobs and families, says Abbott

Prime minister commits to building stronger economy during swearing-in ceremony for raft of new appointees in CanberraThe new ministry has been sworn in at Government House in Canberra, following a reshuffle announced by Tony Abbott on Sunday.It was the first time the governor general, Sir Peter Cosgrove, has officiated over the swearing-in ceremony since he took the top job in late March. Continue reading...

48 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Want to teach kids English? Then teach their parents.

To the editor: The Los Angeles Unified School District is trying to fix something it broke. "California schools step up efforts to help 'long-term English learners,'" Dec. 17

48 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Dig more on pay for L.A.'s injured city workers

To the editor: What a depressing article about the impotence of the Los Angeles City Council to deal with municipal employees on disability leave who make more money sitting at home than working. Some of the claims cited in the article are suspect. "L.A. to review 'flawed and expensive'...

51 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Fire in San Bernardino knocks out power to more than 19,000 residents

A fire at an electrical substation in San Bernardino knocked out power to more than 19,000 people Monday afternoon, officials said.

52 minutes ago // CBS

world North Korea's Internet takes a hit after Sony hack

The country's Internet went dark Monday, prompting experts to wonder whether the outage was a result of a cyberattack

53 minutes ago // CBS

world Mike Myers returns as Dr. Evil

Myers brings back the character on "SNL" to address Sony hacking scandal

53 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Smartphone app Nestdrop halts pot deliveries as L.A. court date nears

With a court date set for Tuesday, officials of the smartphone app Nestdrop have stopped helping medical marijuana dispensaries deliver products as they prepare to tee off in their legal battle with the city of Los Angeles.

53 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Before 'Late Late Show,' Angel City Chorale had L.A.'s skid row

T Bone Burnett is a fan. So is Craig Ferguson. Now, Betty White is an admirer of the Angel City Chorale, which serenaded her Wednesday night during the final week of Ferguson's "The Late Late Show."

1 hour ago // CBS

world Kanye West, Kim Kardashian star in Balmain campaign

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are taking their love of fashion to the next level

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Iran's Economy Facing New Perils

Plummeting oil prices and the failure so far to conclude a nuclear agreement are dealing a double blow to Irans economy just as it was starting to recover.

1 hour ago // New York Times

world World Briefing: France: 11 Hurt as Van Strikes Market

An Interior Ministry spokesman, Pierre-Henry Brandet, said the driver deliberately crashed into the crowd.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Kobe Bryant to rest for a game? Lakers ponder the matter

Lakers Coach Byron Scott said Monday he's still mulling whether to rest a weary and struggling Kobe Bryant for Tuesday night's home game against the Golden State Warriors.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Picture power: The masked man

Photographer Marko Djurica on the story behind his picture from Donetsk.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Immigration policy in 2014: Reza Barati's death was a low point, and just the beginning

Under Australias watchful eye, asylum seekers face an environment of intimidation, violence, self-harm and procedural uncertainty. And all the signs suggest we are heading towards a moment of crisis on NauruIt has not been a good year for asylum seekers in Australia. That much may seem self-evident, but the horrors faced by those seeking protection this year is difficult to fathom in review. It began with whispers of unrest. Reports of tensions on Manus Island began to trickl

1 hour ago // New York Times

world World Briefing: Liberia: Soccer Star Leads Senate Race

The former soccer star George Weah appears to have won a landslide victory in a Senate race that pitted him against the presidents son, Robert Sirleaf.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Internet crashes in North Korea

North Korea suffers severe internet outages, days after the US accuses the country of being behind a massive attack on Sony Pictures.

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Judge: Oklahoma Can Proceed With Lethal Injections

Twenty-one Oklahoma death row inmates had argued that the use of the sedative midazolam would subject them to cruel and unusual punishment.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Pope Sharply Rebukes Vatican Bureaucracy

Pope Francis launched his harshest criticism to date of the Vaticans Roman bureaucracy, lighting into a hierarchy that he likened to an ailing body that has often failed to provide a positive model for the Catholic Church at large.

1 hour ago // ABC

world Wife of Cuban Agent Freed From US Expecting Baby

US allowed artificial insemination for jailed Cuban agent's wife amid secret talks on ties

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Alamo Bowl won't offer a reunion for UCLA's Jake Brendel

The Valero Alamo Bowl comes about two months too late for UCLA junior center Jake Brendel. There will be someone missing from the moment when the Bruins play Kansas State in the Jan. 2 game his sister.

1 hour ago // CBS

world First gorilla born in a zoo turns 58 in Ohio

Colo, a Western lowland gorilla, is celebrating with cake made of peanut butter, applesauce, honey, carrots and Greek yogurt

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Celebrating Winter Solstice at Stonehenge

Druids and hundreds of revellers gathered at sunrise on Monday to celebrate the winter solstice at Stonehenge.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Clashes Erupt in Myanmar Over Copper Mine

A woman was killed and a dozen others were injured in clashes with authorities over a copper mine in central Myanmar, activists said, just after a state-run Chinese company said it would resume construction at the site.

1 hour ago // Boston Herald

world Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

VATICAN CITY To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia."Francis issued a blistering indictment of the Vatican bureaucracy Monday, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who serve him of using their Vatican careers to grab power and wealth, of living "hypocritical" double lives and forgetting that they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

1 hour ago // CBS

world France sees second car attack on crowd in 2 days

A trio of incidents, including an apparent extremist knife attack on police officers, has France on edge over possible Islamic militant attacks

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Photos of the Day: Dec. 22

In photos picked Monday by Wall Street Journal editors, St. Pauls Cathedral choristers get ready for Christmas, a rickshaw puller bundles up against the cold in India, protesters face off against police in Myanmar, and more.

1 hour ago // New York Times

world Argentine City Takes Beauty Off Its Pedestal

The City Council in Chivilcoy, Argentina, has banned beauty pageants after it decided that the nations unwavering expectations for female beauty were out of control.

1 hour ago // ABC

world Watch: What #AlexFromTarget Hopes to Do With His Internet Fame

Life changed for Alex Lee, 16, when a photo of him taken by a secret admirer went viral on social media.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Never a Dahl moment: Esio Trot on TV

Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench on age, romance and tortoises

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world 2 indicted in violent Stockton bank robbery that left hostage dead

A Northern California grand jury has indicted two men accused of being involved in a dramatic bank robbery and subsequent police chase that left two suspects and a hostage dead in Stockton earlier this year, authorities said Monday.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Angels pitcher Cesar Ramos' wife Melanie has beaten tough foe: Cancer

Little Addison Ramos, a 5-month-old bundle of coos and giggles, sits on her father's lap and gnaws on the hand that feeds her, turning the thumb of recently acquired Angels reliever Cesar Ramos into a teething toy.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Ebola vaccine 'promising in Africa'

Early trials in Uganda reveal an experimental Ebola vaccine is as safe in African populations as it is in American populations.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Tackle loneliness to 'shield' A&E

NHS leaders warn loneliness could cause a major spike in emergency admissions

1 hour ago // Al Jazeera

world Essebsi wins Tunisia presidential vote

Beji Caid Essebsi wins run-off vote with 55.68 percent of the vote, against rival Moncef Marzouki's 44.32 percent.