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North Korea wants joint investigation with US over Sony hacking to prove it's not involved

Dec 20, 2014 / 4:48 pm

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.The proposal was...

Sony hacking case combines rare blend of international intrigue and Hollywood star power

Dec 20, 2014 / 3:14 pm

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.One month later, the Obama administration...

Sony cyberattack gets muted coverage in Japanese media

Dec 20, 2014 / 9:16 am

Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega pop group AKB48...

AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens us all if society lives in fear

Dec 19, 2014 / 9:38 pm

GENEVA - Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.The bestselling author said in an interview Friday with The...

Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign

Dec 19, 2014 / 9:18 pm

SAN FRANCISCO - Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a commissioner to...

Dodgers end Yankees' 15-year streak as biggest spender, owe most tax

Dec 19, 2014 / 6:30 pm

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410, according to final calculations made by Major League...

CNRL oilsands well breach fouls aquifer east of Edmonton, well shut down

Dec 19, 2014 / 5:00 pm

BONNYVILLE, Alta. - A breach at a Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. oilsands operation east of Edmonton has fouled a groundwater aquifer in the area.The Alberta Energy Regulator says CNRL (TSX:CNQ) reported a break in a well at its Wolf Lake high pressure cyclic steam stimulation project in late...

4,400 people file adoption papers for dogs seen on first ever Fox Dog-A-Thon for rescue dogs

Dec 19, 2014 / 4:30 pm

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers say."If only half of those result in adoptions, that would be huge," director Michael Levitt said.Seventy dogs from rescues across the...

Staples says 1.2 million customer cards may have been exposed in security breach

Dec 19, 2014 / 4:00 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. - Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.The office supply retailer announced in October that it was looking into a potential credit card breach, adding to a long list of retailers recently hit by...

Would Obama consider Republican Keystone bill? 'I'll see what they do,' he says

Dec 19, 2014 / 3:16 pm

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama spent five minutes disparaging the potential benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline Friday. He then kept it alive with five words.At a wide-ranging year-end news conference Friday, Obama maintained his recent pattern of expressed skepticism about the project:...

T-Mobile paying at least $90M, mostly in refunds to customers, for unwanted text services

Dec 19, 2014 / 3:00 pm

WASHINGTON - T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators.The Federal Trade Commission announced the agreement Friday with T-Mobile over billing for unauthorized charges,...

BlackBerry says he'll never be as 'super-human' as investors want

Dec 19, 2014 / 2:48 pm

WATERLOO, Ont. - BlackBerry chief executive John Chen is frustrated by negative investor reaction to the smartphone company's latest quarterly results, which he says are within the parameters of the plan he has outlined for months."They're not listening to what I said," Chen told a roundtable of...

Sony defends shelving of 'The Interview' after Obama criticism: 'We had no choice'

Dec 19, 2014 / 2:46 pm

NEW YORK, N.Y. - 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.Obama said during a press conference Friday that...

Canadian Press NewsAlert: Sony defends decision to shelve 'The Interview.'

Dec 19, 2014 / 2:14 pm

LOS ANGELES, - Sony Pictures defends decision to shelve 'The Interview,' says "We had no choice."More to come.

Russians face oil-sector sanctions, new travel restrictions, over Ukraine

Dec 19, 2014 / 2:08 pm

OTTAWA - Canada has once again imposed new sanctions against Russia in response to its incursions into Ukraine.The latest sanctions target 20 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and include new export restrictions on technologies used in Russia’s oil sector.The sanctions against individuals...

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Dec 19, 2014 / 1:58 pm

TORONTO - Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,468.26, up 121.51 points):Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT). Oil and gas. Up one cent, or 0.38 per cent, to $2.62 on 35.5 million shares.Romarco Minerals Inc. (TSX:R). Miner. Down...

TSX racks up fourth day of advances, BlackBerry narrows loss, revenues fall

Dec 19, 2014 / 1:42 pm

TORONTO - The Toronto stock market closed sharply higher Friday, adding to a string of solid gains as investors continue to buy up stocks oversold in the course of a fall sell-off.The S&P/TSX composite index finished the day up 121.51 points at 14,468.26.The major corporate story of the day was...

Fitch downgrades Ontario long-term debt, notes risks on path to balanced budget

Dec 19, 2014 / 1:36 pm

TORONTO - Fitch Ratings downgraded Ontario's long-term debt rating Friday, highlighting "risks" on the path to the Liberal government's target of balancing the budget by 2017-18.The rating agency cut its long-term issuer default rating to AA- from AA, saying "difficult actions" will be necessary...

Focus on the Markets

Dec 19, 2014 / 1:26 pm

The Canadian dollar closed at 86.15 cents U-S, down 8-100ths from Thursday's close.The S-and-P/T-S-X composite index was up 121.51 points to 14,468.26.Volume at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time was 1.1 (m) billion shares.The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 26.65 points to 17,804.80.The...

Canadian dollar declines, November inflation data comes in lower than expected

Dec 19, 2014 / 1:20 pm

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday amid rising oil prices and inflation data for November that came in weaker than expected.The loonie was down 0.08 of a cent to 86.15 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that consumer prices rose two per cent in the 12 months to November,...

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