US Says North Korea Behind Sony Pictures Hack

Dec 18, 2014, 3:27 pm EST

A United States official is claiming that North Korea was behind the Sony (SNE) Pictures hack.

According to the official, who can’t comment on the situation publicly, the attack didn’t comes from inside of North Korea, but they believe that it was set up by the country’s leaders. The official claims that a statement concerning the Sony Pictures hack should be released soon, reports USA Today.

The Sony pictures hack occurred on Nov. 24 and is believed to be connected to The Interview, which is a comedy about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Following threats toward the film, Sony has decided to cancel showing it in theaters, USA Today notes. Read 

New York Bans Fracking Over Health Concerns

Dec 18, 2014, 3:07 pm EST

New York announced on Wednesday that it will ban fracking in 2015.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he will ban fracking, which is used to pull oil and gas from underground, in early 2015. The decision to ban the activity was affected by the lack of scientific evidence that it wasn’t a health concern, reports Reuters.

Fracking activities in New York have been prohibited since 2008 as debate about it was ongoing. The decision to ban it in New York has the state joining Vermont as the only other one to have completely banned the operation, Reuters notes. Read 

Cuba News: What the Changes Mean for Americans

Dec 17, 2014, 3:47 pm EST

President Obama announced a number of policy changes meant to patch up the nation’s relationship with Cuba.

The announcement was made Wednesday, following the release of American Alan Gross who spent five years in Cuban prison. Thanks to the deal, Americans can now travel to Cuba.

The new policies will give U.S. citizens the opportunity to fly to Cuba with certain restrictions. Travelers must have one of 12 licenses — including diplomatic missions, education groups and performance artists — to make the trip out there. Read 

Election 2016: Jeb Bush Considers Running for President

Dec 16, 2014, 4:36 pm EST

Jeb Bush has thrown his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential election.

The younger brother of former president George W. Bush made the announcement through Facebook. Bush began the post by recalling his Thanksgiving with his family and how the nation’s future came up in discussion.

“As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” Bush said. Read 

Hurry! Obamacare Deadline Is Monday, Dec. 15

Dec 12, 2014, 6:01 pm EST

The Obamacare deadline for those looking to be covered starting Jan. 1 is Monday, December 15.

Failing to meet the deadline will push the activation of your health insurance back. Consumers who sign up between Dec. 16 and Jan. 15 will have access to Obamacare starting Feb. 1.

1.4 million people had already signed up for coverage through Dec. 5. Those already covered by Obamacare who wish to retain their insurance don’t need to do anything. Read 

The Next Secretary of Defense? 5 Things to Know About Ashton Carter

Dec 5, 2014, 2:16 pm EST

President Barack Obama has announced that Ashton Carter is his choice for the next Secretary of Defense.

Ahston Carter appeared alongside Obama for the announcement of Friday. Missing form the event was current Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. When asked why he didn’t appear, Hagel said that it was Carter’s big day. Carter will have to get approval from the Senate before he can take on his new role, reports The New York Times.

Here are a few things to know about the man who could be America’s next Secretary of Defense, as collected from NYT. Read 

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