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Targets of Obama's sanctions on North Korea over Sony hack

President Barack Obama has ordered sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Treasury Department said the targets are three state-controlled entities and 10 North Korean officials, including:

US sanctions North Korea over Sony cyberattack

HONOLULU (AP) - The United States imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Friday, targeting top state officials and defense-related organizations in an attempt to punish North Korea for a crippling cyberattack against Sony. The sanctions marked the first public act of retribution by the U.S.

Targets of Obama's sanctions on North Korea over Sony hack

President Barack Obama has ordered sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Treasury Department said the targets are three state-controlled entities and 10 North Korean officials, including:

Dramatists Guild Fund announces $170K in grants

NEW YORK (AP) - The Dramatists Guild Fund has awarded $170,000 to dozens of nonprofit theaters across the country, from the firmly established Soho Repertory Theatre in New York City to the young Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego.

Hammerstein museum plan hits sour note for some

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A plan to convert Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein's former home into a tourist attraction appears to be falling on deaf ears, but his grandson hopes public officials will soon start singing a different tune.

For Dardennes and Cotillard, cinematic love at first sight

NEW YORK (AP) - The great reservoir of the Dardenne brothers' nine feature films has been their Belgium hometown, to which they've returned again and again to plumb the daily struggles of the poor and the working class, and writ them large on the big screen.

For Dardennes and Cotillard, cinematic love at first sight

NEW YORK (AP) - The great reservoir of the Dardenne brothers' nine feature films has been their Belgium hometown, to which they've returned again and again to plumb the daily struggles of the poor and the working class, and writ them large on the big screen.

Las Vegas to roll dice with cold New Year's Eve weather

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Fireworks coordinator Phil Grucci has a request of Mother Nature in this city of glitzy shows: If you're going to let it snow on New Year's Eve, let it snow at just the right moment, like right before midnight when his show launches from the Las Vegas Strip.

For Dardennes and Cotillard, cinematic love at first sight

NEW YORK (AP) - The great reservoir of the Dardenne brothers' nine feature films has been their Belgium hometown, to which they've returned again and again to plumb the daily struggles of the poor and the working class, and writ them large on the big screen.

For Dardennes and Cotillard, cinematic love at first sight

NEW YORK (AP) - The great reservoir of the Dardenne brothers' nine feature films has been their Belgium hometown, to which they've returned again and again to plumb the daily struggles of the poor and the working class, and writ them large on the big screen.

How 'The Interview's' VOD grosses could change the game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sony appears to have a win-win with "The Interview." Not only did the studio score a moral victory by releasing the film in the face of hacker threats, the movie made at least $15 million from more than 2 million digital rentals and purchases in its first four days.

How 'The Interview's' VOD grosses could change the game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sony appears to have a win-win with "The Interview." Not only did the studio score a moral victory by releasing the film in the face of terrorist threats, the movie made at least $15 million from more than 2 million digital rentals and purchases in its first four days.

Broadway box offices bulging with holiday profits

NEW YORK (AP) - Theater-goers were generous to Broadway producers this holiday season, with 19 of the current 36 shows breaking the $1 million mark for the week and almost 30,000 more people in the seats than last Christmastime.

Meatless Monday: Chicago-style pizza at Tristano's

Don't get me wrong; I love gourmet pizza. Light sauce, smoked cheese, imported peppers, fresh greens-I'll take it all, thank you. But every once in a while I'd much rather knife and fork my way through a big, bready pie slathered in gravy. And I recently found as much at Tristano's Pizza in Grove City.

U.S. sparkling wines are worth a taste

First, let's get this out of the way: Domestic sparkling wines are not champagne, even if it might indicate that on the label. Some labels might say that, but only wines from France's Champagne region are the real thing. (Korbel's use of the word was grandfathered in, but those wines are nothing like champagne in quality and style.)

Will 'The Interview' change how Hollywood does business?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Interview" was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn't even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters and on digital platforms simultaneously.

How the AP-Times Square Alliance poll was conducted

The Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 12-14. It is based on online interviews of 1,017 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

AP-Times Square poll: Most feeling good about 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There's room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding 'meh.'

Guitarist doesn't miss day of Vegas Cirque work

LAS VEGAS (AP) - It's easy to miss Bruce Rickerd during the "Mystere" show at Treasure Island especially when there's a man balancing upside-down on the foot of another, or a giant inflatable snail emerging from the massive moving stage or the gasp-inducing drops from acrobats above.

Guitarist doesn't miss day of Vegas Cirque work

LAS VEGAS (AP) - It's easy to miss Bruce Rickerd during the "Mystere" show at Treasure Island especially when there's a man balancing upside-down on the foot of another, or a giant inflatable snail emerging from the massive moving stage or the gasp-inducing drops from acrobats above.

How the AP-Times Square Alliance poll was conducted

The Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 12-14. It is based on online interviews of 1,017 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

AP-Times Square poll: Most feeling good about 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There's room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding 'meh.'

Sponsored Content: An inside look at Nada Columbus

It's about to get a little more festive in the Arena District, and it has nothing to do with the holidays. Tomorrow, Dec. 27, Cincinnati's vibrant Mexican-inspired eatery, Nada, opens inside the new Columbia Gas headquarters.

'Sons of Liberty' tells tale of America's founders

BOSTON (AP) - Don't let the powdered wigs and oil paintings fool you: Samuel Adams, John Hancock and the other eventual Americans who changed the course of history were a ragtag band of secretive and sometimes mischievous young radicals.

Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry

ATLANTA (AP) - Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.

'The Interview' made available on digital platforms

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Interview" will be available for rental on a variety of digital platforms including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website beginning Wednesday.

Sony, YouTube to stream 'The Interview'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sony has struck a deal with YouTube to offer digital rentals of "The Interview" beginning Thursday, a source with direct knowledge of the situation says.

'Unbroken' leaves us wanting more

Unbroken is the improbable true story of Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, whose extraordinary and harrowing adventures would make him either the luckiest man in the world or the most blessed.

Review: 'The Interview' dives into geopolitics

Huzzah! Our right to see James Franco blast Katy Perry with Kim Jong Un has been successfully defended. With Sony Pictures Entertainment's announcement Tuesday that "The Interview" will, after all, be released in limited theaters on Christmas, here follows an updated review of the film:

Star-studded cast reflects on challenge of adapting Sondheim

NEW YORK (AP) - "Into the Woods, who knows what may be lurking on the journey?" goes a lyric from the beloved 1987 Stephen Sondheim musical. It also sums up the fears many ardent Sondheim fans had when they learned a movie version was coming.

Sony announces limited release for 'The Interview'

NEW YORK (AP) - Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Tuesday a limited theatrical release of "The Interview" beginning Thursday, putting back into the theaters the comedy that prompted an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release.

Review: 'Unbroken' is beautiful, but impersonal

"Unbroken" is a story about Louis Zamperini that seems to have little interest in Louis Zamperini. The film painstakingly details his harrowing wartime experience and every brutal assault against his person. But don't expect to walk away with a deep understanding of the Olympic athlete who survived not only 47 days in a raft in the middle of the Pacific but also two years as a POW in a Japanese detention camp. "Unbroken" floats on the surface.

Cosby not finding support in black community

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bill Cosby hasn't been "America's dad" for years. For some blacks, he is the cranky uncle complaining about young African Americans who, in his view, dress and behave in a way that drags down their race.

Local stylist picks most popular fashion items for the holidays

Imagine yourself as a style-conscious 20- or 30-something (if you aren't one already, of course) who prides yourself on being well-dressed. Then imagine that, under the tree on Christmas this week, you find a slew of the most popular fashions, just for you.

As dust clears, what's next for Sony?

ATLANTA (AP) - The Sony hacking attack continues to deliver more dramatic plotlines than any fictional movie, but meanwhile the movie studio must move forward and tackle the next steps in minimizing the mess. Will Sony eventually release "The Interview" in some form? In theaters, on DVD or online? And what recourse does the company have against the North Korean-linked hackers?

Angelina Jolie's latest incarnation: filmmaker

NEW YORK (AP) - In a life that has been notable for its many metamorphoses - screen starlet, Goth vixen, United Nations ambassador, mother of six, breast cancer awareness advocate - Angelina Jolie's latest incarnation is as filmmaker.

Jolie on 'Unbroken,' the Coens and acting with Pitt again

NEW YORK (AP) - For more than 50 years, Hollywood has flirted with bringing Louis Zamperini's story to the big screen. In her second movie as director, Angelina Jolie has finally filmed the story of an Olympic runner who in World War II was a castaway at sea for 47 days before being found and put in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Here are excerpts from a recent interview with Jolie in which she reflected on the challenges of "Unbroken," the collaborators who helped her and the experience of...

Stay Well This Winter, Naturally

'Tis the season when the body's immune system is most vulnerable. We asked two local herbalists for tips on staying healthy this winter.

We Tried It: Curling

Always wanted to try Canada's second-favorite winter sport? Our own Jenny Rogers loved it and would go back again-with a pair of gloves.

Our Favorite Stories of 2014

I have a nearly complete collection ofColumbus Monthlycovers stretching back to August 2013 tacked to a bulletin board in my office. I love taking a moment during the day to read the cover lines and remember how much I loved working on each issue. I had the kooky idea you might like a little trip down memory lane, too. Here's a personalColumbus Monthly2014 Year in Review of my favorite stories told in the magazine this year. In case you missed it, or in case you'd like to...

The Sandwich Generation

After her mother and father got sick, the writer joined the increasing number of Americans caring for parents and young children at the same time.

Clash of the Super Lobbyists

Partners Neil Clark and Paul Tipps, once the most powerful and feared political kingmakers on Capitol Square, are locked in a nasty, high-stakes divorce. And their enemies can't stop smiling.

Ice man: Ohio State's Jason Box

An emerging star for his work on global warming, Ohio State's Jason Box ceaselessly pursues "ground truth" by exploring Greenland, including its dangerous melt lakes.

'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday.

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

HONOLULU (AP) - The United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama said as the U.S. decides how to respond to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that law enforcement has blamed on the communist nation.

2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online

NEW YORK (AP) - From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries "The Honorable Woman" on SundanceTV to Syfy's goofy "Sharknado 2: The Second One," TV delivered in 2014 - streaming, on cable and over the air.

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice'

NEW YORK (AP) - Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release.

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader and pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the communist government.

FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he vowed the United States will respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to a hack attack the FBI blamed on the secretive Communist regime.

2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.

Dress for Success encourages January donations

Going through your closet to start 2015 with a fresh wardrobe? Consider making a donation to Dress for Success Columbus, an organization that provides professional clothing for job interviews to women in need.

To kick off the new year, Dress for Success Columbus is welcoming donations in German Village Jan. 8-10. Clothing, jewelry and handbags (click here to see the wish list of what Dress for Success needs most) can be dropped...

Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Suspicions that North Korea was behind a hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are leading to intensified calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency - and once more declare it as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

ATLANTA (AP) - Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

ATLANTA (AP) - Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

NEW YORK (AP) - C'est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches.

New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

NEW YORK (AP) - C'est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center is evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches.

Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview."...

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