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  • Washington tries "passive tough love" in Iraq Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 4:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 29- When the United States withdrew its last troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, both Washington and Baghdad said Iraq was ready to defend itself. Washington has sent 1,900 troops to Iraq, while U.S. forces and their allies have conducted more than 1,300 air strikes against Islamic State, in both Iraq and Syria. Jonathan Stevenson, who from 2011 to...

  • Dec 28- Sony Pictures said "The Interview" has earned more than $15 million in online sales and another $2.8 million in theaters, an impressive return made possible by the publicity surrounding the cyberattack blamed on North Korea. The film that triggered the devastating cyberattack on the studio last month, which the United States says was launched by North...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Dec 28- Sony Corp's PlayStation Network suffered connection problems for a fourth straight day since hackers attacked the video game network, and the company said on Sunday that service was gradually being restored. "We are currently experiencing widespread network issues that are being addressed," Sony said in a statement on PlayStation's...

  • The Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview," meanwhile, wowed with $15 million from its 2 million online rentals and purchases. The final installment in Peter Jackson's trilogy marched to the top spot once again with an estimated $41.4 million take across the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Added Rentrak's senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian: "The...

  • Indonesian official: Prospects bleak for missing jet Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    JAKARTA, Indonesia— An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea. The Malaysia- based carrier's loss comes on top of the still-unexplained disappearance of...

  • GfK Poll: 5 things to know about the economy Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Few issues in a presidential campaign come close to being as meaningful as the economy. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll offers a look at how the public feels about this issue, which touches nearly every aspect of American life. The economy, writ large, has been America's top policy priority for the entirety of Barack Obama's presidency, despite...

  • Clinton economic approach under scrutiny Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 8:28 AM ET

    More than two decades after Bill Clinton won the presidency, Hillary Rodham Clinton is considering another White House bid— and for her, too, it's still "the economy, stupid." Democrats are watching closely, including members of the party's liberal wing who are wary of her ties to Wall Street and six-figure speaking fees. Clinton is widely expected to announce a...

  • Policies of GOP governors could find national play Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— One group of potential candidates for president probably won't be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan and John Kasich of Ohio were all elected after Republicans began taking political control of the middle of the country back in...

  • N. Korea uses racial slur against Obama over hack Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— North Korea blamed its recent Internet outage on the United States on Saturday and hurled racially charged insults at President Barack Obama over the hacking row involving the movie "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy. It wasn't the first time...

  • N. Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 10:42 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un.

  • HAVANA, Dec 26- Luis Abel Bango spent seven years searching for his dream car, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air. Out in the provinces, central Cuba. Cuba and the United States agreed last week to restore diplomatic ties that were cut off after the revolution, when the tail fin was still a recent innovation in automotive design.

  • Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    MIAMI— As he takes steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning from the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp.. The health care company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the former Florida governor told Tenet's board of directors that he would step down at the end of the year. A Bush spokesman said last week that the potential Republican contender...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Dec 26- With high-speed rail in the United States long on plans and short on construction, a Texas company is aiming to fast-track service between Dallas and Houston. The Texas Central Railway Company plans to use private investment and Central Japan Railway bullet train technology to run a line between two of the largest U.S. cities.

  • Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    Those are some of the top business stories of 2014, as chosen by business editors at The Associated Press. Others include massive product disasters: A string of auto recalls after faulty ignition switches from General Motors Corp. and air bags in many car models caused injuries and deaths. Janet Yellen became the first woman to head the Federal Reserve and U.S....

  • BEIJING, Dec 26- The Chinese government said on Friday that it will soon settle its antitrust investigation of U.S. mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc.. The NDRC also said it had completed its seventh round of discussions with Qualcomm President Derek Aberle and his team earlier this month. Qualcomm will continue to cooperate with the regulator to reach a...

  • New York showings of 'The Interview' sell out Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK— "The Interview" opened in several New York City theaters on Christmas to enthusiastic crowds as interested in the world drama the film produced as anything on the screen. "The whole story is like a movie," Nick Ratner said of the swirling controversy as he prepared to watch the film at Cinema Village East in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood Thursday...

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 cinemas across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing sell-out audiences in many theaters where outspoken patrons said they were championing freedom of expression. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in midnight screenings in a smattering of U.S. cinemas on Christmas Day, drawing moviegoers who said they supported the studio's decision to stand up to efforts to censor the low-budget comedy. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the film...

  • TOKYO/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- Sony Corp's Tokyo headquarters is changing its usual arm's-length relationship with its U.S. studio following a massive cyberattack and the controversy over the comedy "The Interview," with the group CEO being consulted on key decisions, company officials said. Officials with direct knowledge of the relationship said Sony Pictures...

  • The film was available for rental on Google Inc's YouTube site as of early Wednesday afternoon. Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before the hastily scheduled premiere at some 320 independent theaters. He added that Sony had first reached out to Google, Microsoft "and other partners" on Dec. 17, the day the studio said it had no future...