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Arson Caused Massive Los Angeles Fire, Investigators Say

December 18, 2014 - 5:53pm
Investigators determined arson caused a massive fire that destroyed an unfinished apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 8.

U.S. Weighs Response to Sony Hack

December 18, 2014 - 4:22pm
The U.S. is weighing a “range of options” to respond to the hack of Sony Pictures, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday, but declined to say who the government believes is behind what it regards as “a very serious attack”.

Oil Plunge Brings Jitters to Texas City

December 18, 2014 - 3:51pm
Corpus Christi has ridden a rocket of a rebirth in recent years, propelled by a more than 30-fold increase in oil production at the nearby Eagle Ford Shale. But lower oil prices are taking a toll.

IRS: Tax-Filing Season Likely to Start on Time

December 18, 2014 - 1:08pm
The 2015 tax-filing season is likely headed for an on-time start, the Internal Revenue Service chief said Thursday, despite congressional negotiations over some tax provisions that lasted until mid-December.

Federal Prosecutors Set to Intervene in Rikers Civil-Rights Lawsuit

December 18, 2014 - 10:56am
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asked a Manhattan court to allow prosecutors to intervene in a class-action lawsuit against New York City over reports of widespread abuse of inmates at Rikers Island.

Christie Faces Pressure to Make Call on 2016

December 18, 2014 - 9:10am
Jeb Bush’s move to explore a White House bid is likely to complicate the path for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

New York to Ban Fracking

December 18, 2014 - 8:29am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration said it would prohibit hydraulic fracturing statewide, citing health concerns and calling the economic benefits limited.

Fed Sets Stage for Rate Hikes

December 18, 2014 - 8:22am
The Federal Reserve took a delicate step toward raising short-term interest rates in 2015, but at the same time exposed its skittishness about signaling a historic move away from easy-money policies.

Obama Moves to Restore Ties to Cuba

December 18, 2014 - 7:25am
The U.S. and Cuba agreed to restore diplomatic ties after a half century of hostility, ending one of the world’s last Cold War standoffs and launching a realignment of the politics of the Americas.

Sony Pulls Korea Film; U.S. Blames Pyongyang for Hack

December 18, 2014 - 4:36am
Sony Pictures canceled the planned release of “The Interview” after hackers threatened violence against theaters. U.S. officials concluded North Korea was behind the broad cyberattack on the firm.

Cuban-American Reactions to U.S. Diplomatic News Vary Widely

December 18, 2014 - 4:28am
Cuban-Americans reacted to news that the U.S. would begin normalizing relations with Cuba with a wide range of sentiment, from outrage to jubilation, highlighting deep rifts.

North Korean Role in Hack Presents Quandary for U.S.

December 18, 2014 - 1:58am
U.S. officials’ conclusion that Pyongyang was behind the hacking attack on Sony Pictures has raised the difficult question of how Washington should respond to an aggressive act by a foreign government.

U.S. Executions, Death Sentences Reach Multiyear Lows

December 17, 2014 - 9:36pm
The use of the death penalty in the U.S. is dwindling, with the number of executions and death sentences reaching multiyear lows in 2014.

U.S.-Cuba Deal Welcomed in Latin America

December 17, 2014 - 8:33pm
President Barack Obama’s move to end an unpopular Cold War policy toward Cuba received an embrace across Latin America.

Stents Boost Stroke Recovery, Study Finds

December 17, 2014 - 6:48pm
A landmark study of stroke patients found that using devices known as stents to pull blood clots from brain arteries can significantly improve people’s ability to rebound from a stroke.

Businesses Urge Passage of Terror Insurance Program

December 17, 2014 - 6:42pm
Business leaders warned of disruptions in the insurance and commercial real-estate markets after Congress adjourned without extending the federal government’s terrorism insurance program.

VA Official Apologizes for Colorado Hospital Construction Delays

December 17, 2014 - 4:56pm
A top official with the Department of Veterans Affairs apologized for budget problems and delays that have stalled construction of a major new VA hospital here.

Supreme Court Denies Arizona's Request to Block Driver's Licenses for Young Illegal Immigrants

December 17, 2014 - 3:02pm
The U.S. Supreme Court denied an emergency request by Arizona officials that sought to prohibit state driver’s licenses for young illegal immigrants who received a reprieve from deportation from the Obama administration.

Arrests Made in 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014 - 2:27pm
Federal authorities arrested 14 people early Wednesday connected to a Massachusetts pharmacy that they believe was behind a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012.

Poll: Mood Brightens on Economy, Not Race

December 17, 2014 - 8:39am
America’s long-standing pessimism about the economy is showing signs of waning, but views of race relations have turned more dour, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows.