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James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen in "The Interview." Columbia Pictures-Sony

Sony cancels 'The Interview' release; U.S. officials say N. Korea behind cyber threat

Washington Post Sony Pictures Entertainment on Wednesday canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, bowing to threats of a wide-scale attack from hackers who U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were working for North Korea. U.S. officials, though, were not prepared to publicly accuse the reclusive  …

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  1. Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since 2013

    Nation

    BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013.

  2. Review: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The Secret Service is an "insular" agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials tasked with examining the embattled agency after a man with a knife stormed the White House.

  3. Top Islamic militants killed; more U.S. troops going to Iraq (w/video)

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — Two senior Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces.

    Army Lt. Gen. James Terry leads the U.S. campaign to defeat ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq.
  4. Extremists kill 35, kidnap 185 in Nigeria

    World

    Nigeria

    extremists kidnap 185 from village

    Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday. In Sunday night's attack on the village of Gumburi, most of the kidnapped were young …

  5. Hack affects files of more than 40,000 federal workers

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers might have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government …