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Colorado theater shooter's parents: Please don't execute our son — The parents of James Holmes, who killed 12 and injured 70 in a July 2012 Colorado theater shooting, say their son is "not a monster" and he should not be executed. "We do not know how many victims of the theater shooting would like to see our son killed.

Iceland hotel apologizes for 'Apartheid' cocktail, says staffer was 'unaware of meaning' — A hotel in Iceland is in hot water for a tone-deaf cocktail named after South Africa's brutal, decades-long system of racial segregation. The Hotel Reykjavik Marina, owned and operated by Icelandair, was called out on Twitter for serving what it called an "Apartheid" cocktail - featuring vodka, stout liqueur, cream and roasted hazelnuts.

Obama gets real: The highlights from his frank news conference — President Obama will give his traditional end-of-the-year news conference at 1:30 p.m. ET on Friday afternoon. It's been a busy year, and Obama is expected to touch on much of it. From the rise of the Islamic State to North Korea's role in the Sony hack, we'll cover the president's remarks live, below.

Obama: Sony 'made a mistake' by canceling 'The Interview' — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures "made a mistake" when it pulled its comedy The Interview in the face of threats by hackers that the FBI said are from North Korea. Speaking at his year-end press conference, Obama said he was "sympathetic" to Sony's situation.

Uber intros surge pricing during Sydney hostage siege, then backtracks after user outcry — Uber is reportedly charging its users in downtown Sydney a minimum $100, a result of surge pricing introduced in the midst of an armed hostage crisis, Mashable has learned. A financial executive in the city's Central Business District (CBD) sent Mashable screenshots of the Uber app that show the company is charging up to four-times the normal rate because "demand is off the charts."

What Dick Cheney knew about the torture program — Buried in the pages of the 525-page executive summary of the so-called CIA torture report is a timeline showing when former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney was briefed about the program. July 29, 2003: According to the report, most of which remains classified, CIA officials first briefed Cheney, seeking White House approval or, as the report puts it: "policy reaffirmation of its coercive interrogation program."

Best Buy lands in hot water over insensitive 'Serial' tweet — Like many a brand before them, Best Buy has landed in hot water for a poor attempt at creating #content on Twitter. The big box retailer that's featured prominently as the location of a murder in the insanely-popular podcast Serial sent a tweet on Thursday that pokes fun at one of the underlying questions in a 15-year-old murder of a teenage girl.

CIA director, senator spar over torture report — CIA Director John Brennan addressed the damning Senate torture report on Thursday, pushing back against claims that the CIA's " enhanced interrogation techniques" (EITs) produced no valuable intelligence in the decade-long war on terror. Brennan opened his remarks by talking about the days immediately after the 9/11 attacks.

Senate staffer tries to scrub 'torture' reference from Wikipedia's CIA torture article — An anonymous Wikipedia user from an IP address that is registered to United States Senate has tried, and failed, to remove a phrase with the word "torture" from the website's article on the Senate Intelligence Committee's blockbuster CIA torture report. The unknown individual has attempted on at least two occasions - first on Dec.

'Don't forget Mexico': Man disrupts Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony — A man brandishing a Mexican flag stained with blood-red paint disrupted Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance ceremony on Wednesday, as the 17-year-old Pakistani activist stood on stage in Oslo, Norway. The man, who had a camera hanging from his neck, was promptly arrested, according to Oslo police.
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Dec 20, 2014

The best photos of 2014: Absolutely beautiful look back at this insane year…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @mattapuzzo: This weekend is peak time for using "Merry Christmas" as a stand-in for an expletive. Take advantage. Parking lots are good opportunities.

Dec 20, 2014

As we head home for the holidays, it's important to remember one thing: Playing 'Cards Against Humanity' with family is rarely a good idea.

Dec 20, 2014

@weeddude wow! So many twists and turns and great ending 3 stars

Dec 20, 2014

Manhattan > Brooklyn Friday night L train is ROWDY! Who are you people?!?

Dec 19, 2014

NYPDHQ is basically at the foot of the Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges, hence why #ShutItDown protesters tend to do that

Dec 19, 2014

NYPD HQ is basically at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, hence why protesters tend to #ShutItDown first

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