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North Korea’s Internet Service Remains Erratic After Outage – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

SEOUL—North Korea’s domestic Internet service remained erratic following a digital blackout that lasted more than nine hours, according to cybersecurity research companies and North Korea watchers. The Internet outage in the isolated country came as tensions remained high over Pyongyang’s alleged role in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, where hackers stole hundreds of thousands of internal documents, emails and other data. People purporting to be the hackers then issued a…

North Korea’s Internet Back After ‘Hard’ Crash – ABC News

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The tables may have turned on North Korea. The reclusive country’s state-run Internet was down “hard” for 9 hours and 31 minutes today, according to Dyn Research, which monitors the state of the Internet around the globe. “I haven’t seen such a steady beat of routing instability and outages in [North Korea] before,” Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research told the website NorthKoreaTech.org. “Usually there are isolated…

2 NYPD police officers ‘assassinated’; shooter dead – CNN

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New York (CNN) — Officer Rafael Ramos sat in the driver’s seat. Officer Wenjian Liu was at his side. The two cops weren’t at their usual precinct — normally, the pair was assigned to downtown Brooklyn, but they were working a “critical response” detail in an area with higher crime, police said. That’s where they were slain, ambush-style — Saturday afternoon as they sat in their patrol car, New York…

Two NYPD Cops ‘Assassinated’ in Brooklyn Ambush – ABC News

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Two New York City police officers were “assassinated,” shot “execution-style” as they sat in their patrol vehicle in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, city officials said. NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said the two were shot with “no warning, no provocation.” “Two of New York’s finest were shot and killed, with no warning, no provocation,” Bratton said. “They were quite simply assassinated.” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio described the shooting…

Death ‘All Around Me’: Victims Relive Pakistan School Massacre – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistan was plunged into mourning Tuesday after Taliban militants in suicide vests laid siege to a school, massacring more than 130 children during eight hours of sheer terror. In total, 145 people were killed, officials said. Those who survived emerged with stories of horror — of gunmen shooting indiscriminately into crowds or killing youngsters one by one. “One of my teachers was crying, she was shot…

In Japan snap elections, voters back Abe’s economic reforms – CNN

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tokyo (CNN) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political gamble to call snap parliamentary elections appears to have paid off, with exit polls showing his party won a landslide victory in Sunday’s vote. Official results are still being tallied, but Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Abe’s ruling coalition had secured a two-thirds majority in Parliament’s Lower House, winning 326 of 475 seats. And the White House offered congratulations to Abe and…

Cheney on Interrogation Tactics: ‘I Would Do It Again in a Minute’ – NBCNews.com

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday continued his fierce defense of harsh CIA interrogation tactics used in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, saying flatly that he “would do it again in a minute.” Cheney said there is “no comparison” between the tactics and the deaths of American citizens on September 11, 2001, adding that…

Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill, averting partial gov’t shutdown – Fox News

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Saturday that funds the government through next September, averting a partial government shutdown and sending the measure to President Obama’s desk. The Senate voted 56-40 for the long-term funding bill, the main item left on Congress’ year-end agenda. The measure provides money for nearly the entire government through the end of the current budget year Sept. 30. The sole exception is…

Hayden slams Senate report, claims CIA interrogations yielded ‘Home Depot … – Fox News

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Wednesday defended the agency’s post-9/11 interrogation methods, following the release of a Senate report that slammed their tactics as “brutal” and ineffective.  “These interrogations … gave us kind of a Home Depot-like storage of information on Al Qaeda on which we relied,” Hayden told Fox News. “We are still relying on it today.”  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Hayden was one of the top-ranking intelligence officials in…

President Obama: CIA’s Post-9/11 Torture Was ‘Contrary to Who We Are’ – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LONDON— CIA intelligence-gathering techniques used in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and detailed in the Senate’s torture report are “contrary to who we are,” President Barack Obama said in an exclusive interview. Asked whether he agreed with George W. Bush’s view that CIA interrogators should be considered “patriots,” Obama said they “do a really tough job and they do it really well.” But the president insisted that “we’ve…

7 key facts about the Senate’s CIA torture report – USA TODAY

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hadley Malcolm speaks with Washington Enterprise Editor Ray Locker about the implications of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture after 9/11. (USA NOW, USA TODAY)

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Completes Successful First Test Flight – Auto World News

Saturday, December 06, 2014

NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed a successful first test flight on Friday when the unmanned capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after making two laps around our planet. The test flight ended four and a half hours after it began and set at least one record: flying further and faster than any capsule built for humans since the Apollo moon program. Like Us on Facebook The New Orion…

US, South African hostages ‘murdered’ during failed rescue attempt in Yemen – Fox News

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Dec. 4, 2014: Luke Somers, an American photojournalist born in Britain and held hostage by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen. (AP) American hostage Luke Somers died during a joint rescue mission by the U.S. and Yemen Saturday morning. Somers was still alive, but badly injured when U.S. Special Forces reached him in the rescue mission, a Yemeni national security official told Fox News. The official also said it was Al Qaeda militants…

NASA’s Orion successfully blasts past low-Earth orbit – Christian Science Monitor

Friday, December 05, 2014

NASA‘s newest spacecraft for carrying humans beyond low-Earth orbit is successfully passing one milestone after another following a spectacular launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Friday morning. As if eager to erase memories of a series of delays Thursday morning that postponed the launch by a day, the Delta IV “heavy” rocket carrying Orion left the pad at its first opportunity at 7:05 a.m. ET.  The mission represents…

5 things we learned from November auto sales – USA TODAY

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Last SlideNext Slide Honda CR-V was the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. in November that was NOT a pickup truck, passing the Toyota Camry.(Photo: Honda, Wieck) A big Black Friday weekend finish — with heavy marketing by automakers and dealers that started early in the month — pushed November to a sales boom and ensured a strong finish for the year. Several automakers, including Subaru and Audi, were powered by…

China Dealers Ask BMW to Hit Brakes on Sales Targets – Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

SHANGHAI—Some of BMW AG’s dealers in China are pushing back against the auto maker’s sales goals and asking for better terms, in the latest sign of stress for the world’s No. 1 auto market as growth slows. Dealers have complained to the German luxury car maker in recent weeks that its sales targets are too high given China’s slowing economic…

Audi Plans Electric Crossover to Take on Tesla in U.S. – Bloomberg

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Audi AG (NSU) plans to roll out an electric-powered crossover in 2017 to challenge Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) for wealthy, environmentally conscious consumers. The new model will mark Audi’s first mainstream all-electric vehicle and is part of a push to roll out greener cars. Next year, Audi will introduce a battery-powered variant of the $115,900 R8 sports car, which will follow the start of deliveries of the plug-in hybrid A3…

Bill Cosby Sued For Sexual Assault of Teenager in the ’70s – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A 55-year-old woman sued comedian Bill Cosby on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming sexual battery and infliction of emotional distress for allegedly molesting her in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old. According to the complaint, Judy Huth and a friend, who was 16 at the time, met Cosby at an outdoor film set at Lacy Park in Riverside County in 1974…

Inside BMW’s Top Secret Car Collection: V16 7-Series, V12 Z3 And Astonishing … – Car Throttle

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Of the four cars that were used for the making of Tomorrow Never Dies, only two survived. The car here features a special sunroof with in-built rockets, a working chain cutter that pops out of the car’s BMW badge and a rear bumper that can drop metal spikes to puncture a bad guy’s tyres. The most interesting thing, however, is that the car can be driven from the rear seat,…

Rams, police differ on apology story for players’ Ferguson protest – USA TODAY

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

After five Rams players’ “hands up don’t shoot” gesture sparked controversy among the St. Louis law enforcement community, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the players were practicing their freedom of speech. VPC St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey (12), wide receiver Tavon Austin (11), tight end Jared Cook (89), wide receiver Chris Givens (13) and wide receiver Kenny Britt (81) put their hands up to show support for Michael…