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FBI director gives new clues tying North Korea to Sony hack

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2014 file photo, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James B. Comey listens to a question from a reporter during a media conference in San Francisco. The FBI director revealed new details Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, about the stunning cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., part of the Obama administration's effort to challenge persistent skepticism about whether North Korea's government was responsible for the brazen hacking. Speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University, FBI Director Comey revealed that the hackers "got sloppy" and mistakenly sent messages directly that could be traced to IP addresses used exclusively by North Korea. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI director revealed new details Wednesday about the stunning cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., part of the Obama administration's effort to challenge persistent skepticism about whether North Korea's government was responsible for the brazen hacking.


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Obama touts auto bailout success, Michigan worries about trade

Obama visits the Ford Assembly Plant in Detroit, MichiganBy Jeff Mason WAYNE, Mich. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, on a trip to unveil elements of his State of the Union address, took a victory lap in Michigan on Wednesday to tout his support of the auto industry, but concerns about trade policies hung in the background of his tour. "America's resurgence is real," Obama said at a Ford Motor Co plant near Detroit after walking around the factory and sitting in a Mustang. Obama noted that his government-backed bailout of the auto industry was not popular, even in Michigan, but had been a success. ...


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Obama calls Paris violence ‘terrorist attack’

White House threatens veto on KeystoneUS President Barack Obama condemned the "cowardly, evil" assault on a French satirical newspaper that left 12 dead Wednesday, pledging US assistance to Paris to bring the attackers to justice. The US leader, speaking from the Oval Office, expressed solidarity with France and pledged that the attack on Charlie Hebdo would not squelch the right to free speech held dear by both nations. "France is one of our oldest allies, our strongest allies," Obama said.


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U.S. senator urges tighter screening for all airport workers

By David Lawder and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Employees at U.S. airports should face tighter security screening, a U.S. senator and a New York prosecutor said on Wednesday, two weeks after a baggage handler was charged with helping to smuggle...

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U.S. appeals court hears arguments on restrictive Texas abortion law

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Federal appeals court judges, hearing arguments on a restrictive Texas abortion law that critics say would shutter more than half the state's remaining abortion clinics, on Wednesday asked pointed questions ...

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Cartoonists pay tribute to Charlie Hebdo attack victims

A drawing depicting cartoonist Jean Cabut, left, Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, center, and cartoonist Georges Wolinski, all three of whom were killed when masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo and reading in French, "Victims of their success, R.I.P", is placed outside the French Embassy as people gather to express solidarity with victims of the attack in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Three masked gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar!” stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people, including its editor, before escaping in a car. It was France's deadliest postwar terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Cartoonists from around the world create powerful images to honor those killed in Wednesday’s attack on the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper known for its inflammatory caricatures.


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