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  • Kim Kardashian appears on the cover of the Winter 2014 edition of Paper Magazine.

    They tried to break the Internet in 2014

    (CNN) — Thank you Kim Kardashian. Because of the reality star and her naked backside, we heard the phrase “break the Internet” more than we would have imagined in 2014. Of course, no one thing actually “broke” it, but here are 10 of the memes and hashtags that tried: 1. Kim Kardashian’s Paper magazine cover Of course we have to start with this one, but what is really left to say? She did her booty duty by posing nude and […]

  • Sony Pictures decided to not go forward with a Christmas Day, 2014, release of "The Interview." The move comes after threats from anonymous hackers pressured many major theater chains to cancel screenings.
Credit:	From Columbia Pictures

    Celebrities criticize decision to pull ‘The Interview’

    (CNN) — Celebrities expressed their outrage at Sony Picture’s decision to cancel plans to release “The Interview” on Christmas Day on Twitter. The news comes after many major theater owners canceled next week’s screenings of the controversial film, which depicts the assassination of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. U.S. investigators appeared ready to blame North Korea for the crippling hack attack at Sony Pictures, which saw the leak of internal emails and personal information that escalated to a threat […]

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    U.S. officials: “linkage to North Korea” hacking, theater threats

    Updated 12/17/14 9:09 p.m. (NBC)– U.S. officials believe the North Korean government is behind the internet hack that leaked through a massive security breach, threatening Sony Pictures Entertainment upon the release of their film, ‘The Interview.’ Officials told NBC that although the hack occurred outside of North Korea, they suspect that the hackers were acting on behalf of the North Korean government. “We have found linkage to the North Korean government,” according to a U.S. government source. The officials offered […]

  • Collecting Mosquitoes for Testing

    “We knew it would spread,” 1 million infected with disease

    (CNN) – Its name means “bending over in pain,” and it has no approved treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever and it has infected more than 1 million people since spreading to the Americas one year ago. In fact, 155 patients have died after developing symptoms. The mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus has long been diagnosed in travelers returning from countries in Asia and Africa, where the disease is widespread. In December 2013, the first people infected by mosquitoes local […]

  • Jeff Flake, U.S. Senator from Arizona, tweeted this photo showing Alan Gross (center, blue shirt) taking his first steps on American soil after being a prisoner in Cuba. His photo, Judy, can also be seen.This photo was taken on Dec. 17, 2014.

    Obama announces historic overhaul of U.S.-Cuba relations; Cuba releases American

    UPDATED 12/17/14 11:17 A.M. WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama announced Wednesday plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease economic restrictions on the nation, a policy shift he called the end of an “outdated approach” to U.S.-Cuban relations that, “for decades, has failed to advance our interests.” Obama said the U.S. will move towards re-opening its embassy in the communist nation and allow some travel and trade that had been banned under a decades-long embargo instated during the […]

  • Taxes 1040

    The 2014 tax breaks you will be able to take

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — On Tuesday night, Congress extended dozens of expired tax breaks for 2014. The bill will now be sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. The majority of the tax breaks pertain to businesses, but a handful of others will affect individuals. Among those who will benefit from the retroactive extension to January 1, 2014 include teachers who buy classroom supplies, mass-transit commuters, residents of states with no income tax, parents with kids in […]

  • Photo of the injectable steroids that were distributed by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) that were linked to a meningitis outbreak in 2012. Fourteen people were arrested in December 2014 in connection with the outbreak.

    14 arrested in connection with deadly meningitis outbreak

    UPDATED 12/17/14 10:04 A.M. (CNN) — Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the deadly 2012 national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections distributed by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, a law enforcement source told CNN Wednesday. Owners of the pharmacy, the New England Compounding Center, were among those arrested. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tied 751 cases across 20 states to the steroid injections. A total of 64 people died as a result. They […]

  • A T-shirt that reads "Breathe Easy, Don't Break the Law" is creating controversy across the country. The shirt is being produced by South Bend Uniform Company, a company owned by a Mishawaka, Indiana police officer.

    ‘Breathe Easy’ T-shirts stir controversy

    (CNN) — Eric Garner’s final words have become a rallying call for protesters across the country. In the days following a grand jury decision not to indict New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s chokehold death, demonstrators in New York City and beyond took to the streets demanding justice, chanting “I can’t breathe” — a reference to Garner’s last utterance. A police officer and small business owner in Indiana is hoping to change the conversation around police-community relations. Jason […]

  • Stephen Collins

    ‘7th Heaven’ actor Stephen Collins: ‘I did something terribly wrong’

    (CNN) — “7th Heaven” star Stephen Collins has admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors, People reports. The actor released a statement to the publication in light of child molestation accusations that arose in the midst of his divorce proceedings. Collins was the subject of reports in October after his wife, Faye Grant, said he admitted to her he molested three underage girls. TMZ posted an audio recording that was alleged to have been made during a November […]

  • On Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014, Craig Wayne Boyd was named the winner of the seventh season of NBC's "The Voice," beating out three other finalists who were coached by Adam Levine.

    ‘The Voice': Meet season 7’s new winner

    (CNN) — Get to know the name Craig Wayne Boyd — he’s officially music’s newest “Voice.” On Tuesday night, Boyd was named the winner of the seventh season of NBC’s “The Voice,” beating out three other finalists who were coached by Adam Levine. β€œ@NBCTheVoice: #CraigIsTheVoice pic.twitter.com/qoXNty2sTx” NASHVILLE WINS, NASHVILLE WINS! πŸ™Œ — Campbell, Sarah (@campbellsarah14) December 17, 2014 Baes & Boos: #TheVoice of Season 7 @CWBYall. #CraigIsTheVoice pic.twitter.com/fzD0muSLvB — The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) December 17, 2014 Team Levine’s Damien came in […]

  • This map of Pakistan calls out the cities of Peshawar and Islamabad.

    Update: Number of victims in Taliban attack on a Pakistan school climbs, mostly children, slaughtered

    Updated: 12/16/14 2:43 p.m. (CNN) — The death toll in Tuesday’s Taliban attack at a school in Pakistan has climbed to 145, according to military spokesman Gen. Asim Bajwa. He added that the toll includes 132 children, 10 members of the school’s staff, and three soldiers. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, gunning down at least 126 people — most of them children — in one of the volatile Asian nation’s […]