US News  December 19, 2014
Hackers may have exploited Sony's weakest link: humans
Workers remove the poster for "The Interview" from a billboard in Hollywood, California, on December 18, 2014Hackers who forced Sony Pictures to abort release of a comedy about North Korea likely slipped past the entertainment titan's defenses by exploiting a weak spot -- humans.That suspicion prevailed on Thursday among cyber security specialists piecing together clues about an attack that led Sony to cancel the release of "The Interview," a movie about ...  Full Story
Young Oscar-tipped director's Hollywood dream comes true
Young writer-director Damien Chazelle (centre) is making big strides in HollywoodWriter-director Damien Chazelle is only 29, but he is already living his dream of the Hollywood big-time.His second feature "Whiplash" -- about the stormy relationship between a bullying teacher and his jazz drumming student -- swept up trophies at Sundance, Deauville and elsewhere, and is tipped for glory in Tinseltown's looming awards season.It w...  Full Story
Bay of Pigs veterans feel 'abandoned again' by US
The president of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia (left), honors another fighter, Eugenio Rolando Martinez, at the organizationWhen the United States failed to overthrow Fidel Castro in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, CIA-backed Cuban fighters said they were gravely disappointed. Today, the anti-Castro veterans say they've been let down again -- criticising Barack Obama's decision to restore diplomatic and economic ties with its 50-year Cold War foe."When the Bay of Pigs wa...  Full Story
Dreams and doubts in Cuba after US thaw
A woman wears US flag leggings as she walks in a Havana street on December 18, 2014Stunned by the sudden announcement of Cuba's rapprochement with the United States, residents of Havana oscillated between joy and skepticism as they tried figure out what it all means."I'm still in shock, still digesting the news," said Rolando Rodriguez, a 44-year-old car washer in the capital's Vedado district."But really I don't have all the pie...  Full Story
Takata vows to step up airbag safety effort in open letter
Visitors look at displays of Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp, at a showroom in Tokyo, on November 11, 2014Embattled Japanese auto parts maker Takata has published an open letter in major US and German media, vowing to step up its safety record after an airbag crisis hammered the company's reputation.Chairman Shigehisa Takada said his family company understood public concerns and was "saddened" by the deaths of at least five motorists in the US and Mala...  Full Story
New suit for Ebola workers promises more comfort, safety
A new and improved prototype bio-hazard suit specifically targeted for viral outbreaks such as Ebola is seen at the Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Laboratory for Innovation and Design on December 18, 2014For health care workers on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, risking their lives in stifling protective suits, relief could soon be on the way.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new-style outfit that is not only more comfortable, but also less likely to accidentally infect its users.Conceived during a weeke...  Full Story
White House fence must be raised immediately: panel
The White House is seen behind a dual layer of fencing on October 3, 2014 in Washington, DCThe White House fence should be immediately raised by four or five feet to prevent people from breaking into the grounds, according to an independent security review made public.A public summary of the panel's classified report also warned that the Secret Service -- the US agency that guards the president -- is "starved for leadership" and needs ro...  Full Story
US calls movie studio hack a national security breach
Security before the premiere of the film "The Interview"  in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014The White House called the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures a serious national security matter, threatening an "appropriate response" as others pointed the finger at Pyongyang.With the Hollywood scandal threatening to escalate into geopolitical crisis, Sony defended its decision to cancel the release of "The Interview," a movie about a fictional CIA p...  Full Story