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  • ( (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...

  • Severe storms slam the South, killing at least 4 Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 4:52 AM ET

    Phil Bryant said at a Wednesday news conference in Columbia, about 80 miles southeast of the state capital of Jackson. Bryant, who toured the stricken area by helicopter and by vehicle before the news conference, said state emergency officials believe the destruction was caused by a tornado, although the National Weather Service in Jackson has not confirmed...

  • SEOUL, Dec 24- South Korea expects power supplies in the peak winter season to remain stable even if some of its 23 nuclear reactors are shut following threats by a hacker, the energy ministry and Korea Power Exchange officials said on Wednesday. Korea Hydro& Nuclear Power, which operates 23 nuclear reactors to supply a third of the country's power, said on Monday...

  • 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...

  • Shortly thereafter, the White House praised Sony's about-face, which the studio said would result in "a limited theatrical release" on Christmas Day 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...

  • Jerry Brown named a former adviser on Tuesday to be the next head of California's troubled utilities commission, replacing a regulatory chief accused of back-channel dealings with utilities. Michael Picker, a former adviser to Brown on renewable energy and a former board member of a California utility, was Brown's pick to lead the California Public...

  • LOS ANGELES/ WASHINGTON, Dec 23- Sony Pictures cleared the way on Tuesday for release of "The Interview" in some U.S. theaters on Christmas Day, less than a week after pulling the movie following a devastating cyberattack that has been blamed on North Korea. Sony Pictures Chief Executive Michael Lynton said there would be "a limited theatrical release" in the United...

  • Work starts on disputed offshore windmill project Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Work began Tuesday on a proposed New Jersey wind power project that's still very much up in the air. The plan, rejected three times by New Jersey utility regulators, is the subject of a court appeal due to be heard in March. "This milestone marks the commencement of construction for Fishermen's Atlantic City wind farm, a project that will bring...

  • SEOUL/ WASHINGTON, Dec 23- North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures, experienced a complete Internet outage for hours before links were restored on Tuesday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. President Barack Obama had vowed on Friday to respond to the major cyber attack, which he...

  • Indianapolis airport solar farm expansion completed Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 4:32 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Contractors have finished bringing online dozens of acres of solar panels at Indianapolis International Airport, solidifying its status as the home of the nation's largest airport-based solar farm. The airport southwest of Indianapolis now has a total of 76,000 solar photovoltaic panels that turn sunlight into electricity and feed that...

  • "Alstom's corruption scheme was sustained over more than a decade and across several continents," Deputy Attorney James Cole said at a news conference. In one case in Indonesia, prosecutors said, an Alstom executive emailed an employee that "one of the engineering chaps" who had influence on the outcome of a particular project was involved in a new project and "...

  • LONDON/ PARIS, Dec 22- Britain's Serious Fraud Office has charged a British subsidiary of French energy equipment firm Alstom with bribing officials to secure a power contract, making it the second Alstom unit to face UK charges this year. Monday's charges are the latest in a series of international bribery investigations into Alstom, which has suffered a drop...

  • SKorea holds N-plant drills against cyber threats Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 5:18 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills Monday against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants. State-owned Korea Hydro& Nuclear Power Co. said the two-day drills are meant to prepare workers in the event of hacking attacks aimed at disabling the plants' controlling systems.

  • SEOUL, Dec 22- Computer systems at South Korea's nuclear plant operator have been hacked, the company said on Monday, sharply raising concerns about safeguards around nuclear facilities in a country that remains technically at war with North Korea. But the hacking was reported as the United States accused North Korea of a devastating cyberattack on Sony...

  • SEOUL, Dec 22- Computer systems at South Korea's nuclear plant operator have been hacked, but only non-critical data has been lost and there is no risk to the safety of nuclear installations including the country's 23 atomic reactors, the company and the government said on Monday. The attacks come amid concerns that North Korea may mount cyberattacks against...

  • SEOUL, Dec 21- Seoul prosecutors have launched an investigation into a leak of non-critical data at South Korea's nuclear power operator, the prosecutors' office said on Sunday, as worries mount about nuclear safety and potential cyberattacks from North Korea. Concern over potential cyberattacks from North Korea has got worldwide attention since the...

  • Lincoln power utility adds wind, solar farms Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 5:55 PM ET

    The solar farm's footprint— equivalent to about 25 football fields— will be one of the largest in the Midwest and will be visible to passing motorists, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said. The projects are expected to save Lincoln power customers more than $420 million over the next 25 years, said Kevin Wailes, administrator and CEO of the city-owned utility.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. The EPA ruled that the ash can be treated like regular garbage, meaning regulating the stuff will be left up to states and watchful citizens. "We had to go to court to force EPA to issue this first-ever coal ash rule, and unfortunately, we will be back in court to force coal plants to...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 19- Argentina has held a preliminary auction to award the contract to build a $1.84 billion hydroelectric dam in the southern province of Neuquen, the country's Planning Ministry said on Friday. Construction of the dam called Chihuido, in Argentina's Patagonia region, will be managed by a consortium of the following Argentine companies:...

  • A look at large coal ash spills in the US Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 PM ET

    The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the EPA has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants. The Tennessee Valley Authority...