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FBI Formally Accuses North Korea In Sony Hacking

Saying it was "deeply concerned," the FBI says it now has enough information to conclude that North Korea was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures.

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Workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in July 2007 in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma.

Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Three advocacy organizations — across ideological lines — are telling congressional investigators to back off in a probe of EPA ties to a leading environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana are leading the investigation. They contend that NRDC lobbyists have exerted too much influence over EPA on the issues of carbon reduction and the proposed Pebble Mine at Bristol Bay, Alaska.

A body bag and some wooden sticks were used to fashion this stretcher.

A Nurse's Desperate Plea: Show Me The Ebola Money

I found her curled up in the fetal position on the ground, under a piece of cardboard wet from the rain, breathing quietly. Dried blood all around her mouth. Naked. Most likely she had stumbled from her ward in the middle of the night, making it past the gates meant to separate the area where patients live from the triage area, where ambulances pull in — gates that frustratingly still won't close.

Education Dept. Issues Framework For New College Rating System

Beginning next year, colleges and universities will be judged on three broad criteria when it comes to meting out federal financial aid: access, affordability and student outcomes, according to a new "framework" released by the Education Department.

The new ratings plan was first announced by President Obama in August 2013, but the framework announced today is only an interim step. Public input is being sought by Feb. 17 on a number of metrics.

Having warm, supportive parents early on correlates with success in adulthood.

Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life, But Which?

Most of us don't remember our first two or three years of life — but our earliest experiences may stick with us for years and continue to influence us well into adulthood.

Just how they influence us and how much is a question that researchers are still trying to answer. Two studies look at how parents' behavior in those first years affects life decades later, and how differences in children's temperament play a role.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Marrakech, Morocco, on Friday.

FIFA Votes To Release At Least Some Of The Controversial World Cup Report

Soccer's governing body is sticking to its guns.

FIFA has voted not to revisit the bidding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. It also decided to release, at some later date, at least part of a 430-page confidential report produced by American lawyer Michael Garcia.

Abu Zubaydah, an alleged al-Qaida operative who was reportedly subjected to waterboarding at a secret location in Thailand in 2002.

Thailand Says It Was Unaware Of CIA 'Black Site' On Its Soil

Thailand's prime minister says his government had no knowledge of a secret location inside the country where the CIA is said to have waterboarded top al-Qaida operatives in 2002.

NYU Langone Medical Center is one of the teaching hospitals being penalized by Medicare for too many medical errors.

Teaching Hospitals Hit Hardest By Medicare Fines For Patient Safety

Medicare has begun punishing 721 hospitals with high rates of infections and other medical errors, cutting payments to half the nation's major teaching hospitals and many institutions that are marquee names.

President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Dec. 17.

To Finish Up Year, Obama Will Hold A Press Conference

President Obama will close out 2014 with his traditional end-of-year press conference.

The press conference is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET., and it's bound to be eventful because Obama has a lot to talk about.

Among the news events that will likely come up:

-- The normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba.

3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Best-selling business books typically tell you how to get rich — either by becoming a better worker or investor, or perhaps by learning the secrets of successful entrepreneurs.

And in 2014, readers could find plenty of books promoting pluck and hard work, such as MONEY Master the Game and The Innovators.

But three books broke the pattern, generating headlines and big sales by focusing on unfair aspects of wealth creation.

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