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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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Potential U.S. Republican 2016 contenders spar over Cuba policy

WASHINGTON - Neither is officially running for president yet, but potential Republican 2016 presidential candidates Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have trading barbs about Cuba in what were the opening shots of an intraparty fight over U.S. policy toward Havana.

Cuba 19 Dec 2014
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Obama's year-end message to Americans: I'm not a lame duck

WASHINGTON - If U.S. President Barack Obama is feeling the pain from a rough year at the office, he did a great job of covering it up on Friday.

U.S. 19 Dec 2014

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