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  • 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...

  • HAVANA, Dec 24- Cuba released more information on its fragile external finances this week than it has in over a decade, as it seeks foreign investment and credit following its sudden improvement in relations with the United States. President Barack Obama' s announcement last week that Washington would restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and lift some economic...

  • Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before its 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 was canceling the movie's Christmas Day release. The showing is a chance for Google and Microsoft, which have been bit...

  • ( (Adds comment from Google and White House). Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, the studio said, a day after agreeing to release it at some 200 independent theaters. The showing is a chance for Google and Microsoft, which have been bit players in a VOD market dominated by Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and cable and satellite operators, to raise their...

  • Iowa regulator takes control of struggling insurer Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:55 PM ET

    Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said the 120,000 members of CoOpportunity Health in Iowa and Nebraska may find it in their best interests to find new carriers by Feb. 15, the deadline for open enrollment for 2015 coverage. CoOpportunity Health will no longer offer its policies through Iowa's online marketplace, leaving plans offered by Coventry...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 24- Sony Pictures will make its controversial comedy, "The Interview," available starting on Wednesday through online video platforms run by Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and Sony itself, the studio said. Sony, which just last week canceled the release of the comedy- about two TV talk show hosts who are sent to North Korea to assassinate its leader Kim...

  • Unions make push to recruit protected immigrants Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Unions across the U.S. are reaching out to immigrants affected by President Barack Obama's recent executive action, hoping to expand their dwindling ranks by recruiting millions of workers who entered the U.S. illegally. "I think we'll see very positive changes" because of the action, said Tom Balanoff, president of Service Employees International...

  • Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday— an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "It has always been Sony's intention to have a national...

  • Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony insiders, hired hackers, other foreign governments or Internet hooligans. "So we gather up a lot of evidence, and the evidence that the FBI has shown so far doesn't allow one to distinguish...

  • Officials cite progress on health care enrollment Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law is off to a good start but has a way to go to make it a success, administration officials said Tuesday. The numbers don't include states running their own insurance exchanges, including California and New York. At her year-end news conference, Burwell dodged questions about a...

  • Sony tries to save face with 'Interview' flip-flop Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:13 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Sony's flip-flop on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields. Although analysts don't believe the decision will have any effect on Sony's image, it will at least give the movie-going public a chance to vote with their wallets and send North Korea a...

  • US-Cuba: New life for Cuba's classic cars? Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    HAVANA— Dairo Tio cruises the streets of Havana in a gleaming black 1954 Buick with polished chrome highlights and the diesel motor from an electric plant bolted beneath the hood. One of the measures announced by Obama last week would allow U.S. exports to Cuba's small class of private business owners, which includes thousands of mechanics and taxi drivers who...

  • Judge rejects lawsuit against Obama on immigration Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:36 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A federal judge on Tuesday night rejected an Arizona sheriff's lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. "The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that federal officials can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws, and the actions announced by the president are...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 23- High-brow art house theaters and low-key college town cinemas became the unlikely stars of a Hollywood comeback by convincing the powerful Sony Pictures studio on Tuesday to let them screen "The Interview," the film shunned by the multiplexes and corporate chains. "This is completely atypical of Sony's usual deliberate and precise manner of...

  • The White House praised Sony's about-face, which the studio said would result in "a limited theatrical release" of the film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and is about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. "The decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome...

  • Obama selects longtime NRC attorney as chairman Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has selected a 33- year veteran of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Stephen G. Burns, to serve as its chairman. Burns replaces Allison Macfarlane, who is stepping down to take a position at George Washington University. He has also served a stint as head of legal affairs for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and...