Black Out - North Korea Hit with Counter Cyber-Attack?

world

Just days after President Obama said the U.S. would launch a "proportional response" to North Korea for the devastating cyber-attack against Sony Pictures, the Internet in North Korea has gone dark.

world

500 Terrorists to be Executed

Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said Monday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre.

news

10 Things to Know: Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday.

world

China Fails to Block UN Meeting on N. Korea

China failed on Monday to block the first-ever UN Security Council meeting on North Korea's dismal rights record after a strong majority of members voted in favor of the measure.

u.s.

Cop Killings Trigger Backlash

In the raw hours following the killing of the officers, police union officials and politicians accused those who have protested the deaths of Garner and Brown of fanning anti-police fervor.

celebrity

Death of Joe Cocker, 'Greatest Soul Voice of Britain'

Joe Cocker, who started off playing to small audiences in pubs in his native England, made a breakthrough when he jolted the 1969 Woodstock festival by playing the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" -- one of the rock era's most successful covers.

world

Spanish Princess to Stand Trial in Royal First

Princess Cristina, the sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, will be the first member of the royal family ever to appear in the dock after a judge ordered her to be tried.

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    movies

    North Korea Denies Hacking, Proposes 'Joint Probe' With U.S.

    Oh, and just to get off on the right foot, North Korea denounced Washington's "slandering" after President Barack Obama warned Pyongyang of retaliation.

    movies & tv

    Sony Still Plans Movie Release?

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    world

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    religion

    Little-Known Book on Cuba by Pope Francis Outlines Views, Hopes

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    celebrity

    Clooney Slams Skittish Hollywood

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    world

    Britain Moves Closer to Women in Combat

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    living

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