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Entertainment Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice' Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice'
Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release.

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Sports Seahawks sign Cliff Avril to 4-year extension Seahawks sign Cliff Avril to 4-year extension
The Seattle Seahawks are continuing efforts to keep core players from reaching free agency, signing defensive end Cliff Avril to a four-year extension on Friday worth up to $28.5 million.
Sports Seahawks sign K.J. Wright to 4-year extension
The Seattle Seahawks have signed linebacker K.J. Wright to a four-year contract extension, keeping one of their key defensive players from reaching free agency.
Sports 49ers' Harbaugh mum on reported offer
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater.

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National & World (New) China arrests US aid work in North Korean border town
A Korean-American aid worker working in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.
National & World Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say
The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.
National & World Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot
Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement.

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Technology Security flaws allow global cellular eavesdropping
Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem.
Technology Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers
Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."
Technology BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort
BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens.

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Health Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity
Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.

Business

Business Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies
Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.
Business Sides 'far apart' in West Coast port negotiations
While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.
Business U.S. agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade
U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

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Consumer Bagging extra discounts on holiday purchases
If you're among the millions who'll be shopping online this holiday season, make sure you're not paying more than you need to. Here are some tips for snagging extra discounts at checkout.
Consumer Some foods don't mix with certain prescription drugs
As we get older, we often take more drugs. It's not uncommon for someone in their mid to late 60's to be on more than a dozen prescription medications.

That's why it's so important to watch what you eat. Certain foods can interact with these drugs and cause serious problems.