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Obama does not consider Sony hack an act of war: CNN interview 7:36am EST

WASHINGTON - U.S. president Barack Obama said in a TV interview set for broadcast later on Sunday that he did not consider the cyber attack on Sony Corp which has been blamed on North Korea to be an act of war, but rather cyber vandalism.

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Obama says would veto any weakening of consumer protections

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday threatened to veto any efforts by a Republican-controlled Congress to weaken measures aimed at protecting consumers from abuses in the financial system.

19 Dec 2014
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Obama: Keystone benefits for U.S. consumers, workers nominal

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers in perhaps his strongest comments on the Canada-to-U.S. pipeline to date.

Environment, 19 Dec 2014

Former Florida mayor sentenced to prison for secret consulting job

MIAMI - A south Florida mayor was sentenced to 22 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of corruption tied to his lobbying work for a secret consulting job while in office.

U.S. 19 Dec 2014

Ex-NYC councilman loses bid for new corruption trial

NEW YORK - Former New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook lost a bid for a new trial on Friday after a federal judge rejected his claim that his brother and aide were excluded from watching jury selection.

U.S. 19 Dec 2014