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Former President Bush, 90, to spend fourth night in Houston hospital 26 Dec 2014

HOUSTON - Doctors in Houston have decided to keep former U.S. President George H.W. Bush in the hospital for a fourth night since his bout with shortness of breath, though his condition has improved and he "remains in high spirits," his spokesman said on Friday.

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Obama applauds Sony decision to show 'The Interview': White House

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is pleased Sony has decided to release "The Interview" in some theaters, after earlier bowing to pressure from a cyberattack blamed on North Korea, the White House said on Tuesday.

Entertainment, Film, World 23 Dec 2014
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U.S. says 6.4 million signed up for 2015 HealthCare.gov plans

- About 6.4 million Americans have selected a new individual healthcare plan or have been automatically signed up again for a 2015 insurance plan through the HealthCare.gov website, a top U.S. health official said on Tuesday, putting the agency nearer its 9.1 million goal.

U.S., Health 23 Dec 2014
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Cuban dissidents shaken by U.S. rapprochement, seek new tactics

HAVANA - President Barack Obama's decision to end five decades of enmity with Cuba has shaken the island's political dissidents, dividing their ranks and forcing them to rethink tactics.

U.S., Cuba, United Nations 23 Dec 2014
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Top congressional Democrat asks Sony for hack details

WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on the powerful U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked Sony Pictures Entertainment to hand over details of what he describes as the "devastating cyberattack" recently suffered by the Hollywood studio.

Tech, 23 Dec 2014