UNDATED (AP) — President Obama says Sony Pictures "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview." But Sony says theaters were afraid to show the film because of threats so there was no other choice. Actor-director Sean Penn tells MotherJones the decision to pull the film is "historic." He says "It's a case of putting short term interests ahead of the long term."
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Staples is joining the long list of retailers that have suffered cyberattacks in recent memory. The office supply chain says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. The information that may have been accessed includes cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates and verification codes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's battle against the Islamic State group is funded in the massive defense bill he signed into law today. It authorizes funds for basic military operations, from a 1 percent pay raise for troops to the purchase of ships, aircraft and other war-fighting equipment. It also funds air strikes against IS militants and training for Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is calling for a state investigation of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. State Rep. Karla May says she believes McCulloch helped sway the grand jury into the decision not to indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans traveling abroad are being warned to be extra cautious over the holidays. The State Department says the recent attack at a cafe in Australia highlights the need to be vigilant. The worldwide travel alert says an analysis of past attacks and threat reporting strongly suggests terrorists are focused on hotels, shopping areas, places of worship and schools.