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No credible sign of plot against theaters showing Sony movie: U.S. official

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 15:51
BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating a threat against theaters planning to show Sony Corp's controversial movie about an assassination of the leader of North Korea, and so far it has seen no credible sign of an active plot, an agency official said. A hacking group published what appear to be more internal emails on Tuesday and promised "bitter fate" for those who went to see the movie, "The Interview"…
Jeb Bush's 2016 preparations alarm Democrats and conservatives
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:51
Organizations on both the left and the right are already attempting to raise money by sounding the alarm over former Gov. Jeb Bush's preparations for a potential 2016 campaign. "Jeb Bush is starting to run for president... Think about how President Bush worked out last time," the Democratic National Committee wrote in an email to supporters. The email encourages people to "Chip in $10 or more and help Democrats beat him." Meanwhile, an outside group…
Jeb Bush explores 2016 U.S. presidential run
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:51
By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will "actively explore" a potential presidential campaign for 2016, he announced on Tuesday. The announcement, in a Facebook post, makes Bush the first major likely Republican candidate to formally move toward a presidential bid. The son of former President George H. W. Bush and the brother of former President George W. Bush, Jeb Bush served as Florida's governor between 1999 and 2007.
Judge declares Obama immigration action unconstitutional
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:51
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's new plan to ease the threat of deportation for 4.7 million undocumented immigrants violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge found on Tuesday, handing down the first legal ruling against the plan. The ruling has no immediate impact, with the government saying there was no reason for Judge Arthur Schwab of the Western District of Pennsylvania to address the issue in the case, which concerns 42-year-old…
First job for new Republican Senate is Keystone XL: McConnell
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. "It'll be open for amendment," McConnell said. "I will hope that senators on both sides will…
Police looking for Pennsylvania suspect find body
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:50
PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman who told neighbors she feared her ex-husband would kill her was among six people found fatally shot in three suburban Philadelphia homes, and her Marine veteran former husband was on the run. Suspect Bradley Michael Stone, 35, remained at large early Tuesday, causing one local school district to close schools as a precaution. Residents of nearby communities had been asked to shelter in place temporarily late Monday as an…
Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referenced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The group also released a trove of data files: what they called the beginning of a "Christmas gift." But GOP, as the group is known, included a message warning that people should stay away from places where "The Interview" will be shown, including…
Body found near Pennsylvania home of Iraq war vet sought in deaths of family
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:50
By Daniel Kelley LOWER SALFORD, Penn. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania police on Tuesday searched for an Iraq war veteran suspected of killing six family members, including his 14-year-old niece, in a shooting spree in communities near Philadelphia. The manhunt for Bradley William Stone, 35, focused on and around Pennsburg, about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Philadelphia, where residents were advised to remain indoors with their doors locked, the Montgomery County district attorney said.
Obama to sign new Russia sanctions bill by end of week
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama was expected to sign legislation implementing new sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine by the end of the week, the White House said on Tuesday. Congress passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act on Saturday, seeking to put more pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin by authorizing new sanctions on weapons companies and investors in its high-tech oil projects, and to boost the Ukraine government with military…
John Dickerson: The meaning of Jeb Bush's 250,000 emails
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:50
Jeb Bush has now announced that he is forming a political action committee and is going to explore a run for the presidency. This is big news because Bush can command attention, particularly of those who are interested in writing checks to presidential candidates. That means, at the very least, if you are one of the candidates still seriously thinking about running for president, you have to let those who you were courting know that…

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