FBI FORMALLY ACCUSING N KOREA OF CARRYING OUT HACKING ATTACK AGAINST SONY PICTURES *

THE ATTACK, AND THREAT AGAINST MOVIE THEATERS, PROMPTED COMPANY TO CANCEL ITS CHRISTMAS DAY RELEASE OF "THE INTERVIEW" *

NATL SECURITY ADVISERS ARE CONSIDERING RANGE OF OPTIONS *

HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS CHMN ED ROYCE (R-CA) IS CALLING FOR TOUGHER U.S. SANCTIONS TO CUT PYONGYANG'S ACCESS TO HARD CURRENCY *

PRES OBAMA CLAIMING SUCCESSES IN YEAR-END NEWS CONFERENCE BEFORE STARTING HAWAII VACATION *

THE PRES CITED LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT, RISING NUMBER OF AMERICANS COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE, HISTORIC DIPLOMATIC OPENING WITH CUBA AND CHINESE AGREEMENT TO COMBAT GLOBAL WARMING *

HE NOTED THE TREASURY ANNOUNCED TODAY IT HAD SOLD ITS LAST INVESTMENT RELATED TO WALL STREET AND AUTO BAILOUTS AND HE SAYS COMBAT MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN WILL SOON BE OVER *

PRES DOWNPLAYED BENEFITS OF KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE, SAYING IT WOULD NOT LOWER GAS PRICES AND ARGUING MORE JOBS WOULD BE CREATED BY REPAIRING AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE *

INCOMING SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY) HAS SAID IT WOULD BE FIRST BILL TAKEN UP IN NEW GOP-CONTROLLED SENATE *

OBAMA SAYS IT WILL LIKELY BE SOME TIME BEFORE CAPITOL HILL BEGINS DEBATE ABOUT LIFTING TRADE EMBARGO WITH CUBA, WHICH MUST BE DONE BY CONGRESS *

OBAMA SAYS HE THINKS SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT "MADE A MISTAKE" BY CANCELING RELEASE OF "THE INTERVIEW" MOVIE *

OBAMA: WE CAN'T HAVE A SOCIETY IN WHICH "SOME DICTATOR SOME PLACE CAN START IMPOSING CENSORSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES" *

HE VOWS U.S. WILL RESPOND TO NORTH KOREA "IN A PLACE AND MANNER AND TIME THAT WE CHOOSE" *

NUMBER OF TRAFFIC DEATHS NATIONWIDE DROPPED MORE THAN 3% LAST YR, AND THE RATE OF DEATHS PER 100 MILLION MILES TRAVELED TIED A RECORD LOW, ACCORDING TO GOVT STATS *

32,719 PEOPLE DIED IN U.S. CRASHES IN 2013, DOWN FROM 33,782 IN 2012, ACCORDING TO FIGURES COMPILED BY THE NATL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMIN *

DESPITE OVERALL DECLINE IN HIGHWAY DEATHS, NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED IN CRASHES INVOLVING BIG TRUCKS AND BICYCLES ROSE LAST YR *

IN 2013, AN AVG OF ABOUT 90 PEOPLE PER DAY WERE KILLED IN CRASHES, COMPARED WITH 92 DEATHS THE PREVIOUS YR *

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT CEO MICHAEL LYNTON DEFENDING COMPANY'S DECISION TO CANCEL RELEASE OF "THE INTERVIEW" *

LYNTON SAYS SONY CANCELED THE FILM'S RELEASE AFTER ALL MAJOR MOVIE THEATER CHAINS CHOSE NOT TO SHOW THE COMEDY AMID TERROR THREATS MADE BY HACKERS LINKED TO N KOREA *

EARLIER FRI, PRES OBAMA SAID HE THINKS SONY "MADE A MISTAKE" BY CANCELLING THE MOVIE'S RELEASE, SAYING WE CAN'T HAVE A SOCIETY IN WHICH "SOME DICTATOR SOME PLACE CAN START IMPOSING CENSORSHIP IN THE U.S." *

CHRYSLER EXPANDS RECALL OF DRIVER-SIDE AIR BAG INFLATORS ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY *

AUTOMAKER SAYS IT WILL RECALL NEARLY 2.9 MIL OLDER CARS AND TRUCKS ACROSS THE U.S., AS DEMANDED BY THE NATL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMIN *

AIR BAG INFLATORS MADE BY TAKATA CORP CAN EXPLODE WITH TOO MUCH FORCE, SPEWING METAL SHRAPNEL INTO THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT *

MOVE MEANS BMW IS NOW THE LONE AUTOMAKER YET TO COMPLY WITH FED SAFETY REGULATORS' DEMANDS TO EXPAND RECALLS NATIONWIDE *

FED HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THE FLU IS NOW HITTING HARD IN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY THE SOUTH AND MIDWEST *

CDC REPORTING FLU CASES WERE WIDESPREAD IN 29 STATES LAST WK, MEANING THE FLU COULD BE PEAKING EARLY THIS SEASON *

HEALTH EXPERTS HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN THIS FLU SEASON COULD BE PARTICULARLY BAD, AS THE DOMINANT STRAIN IS NOT COVERED IN THIS YR'S VACCINE *

BUT OFFICIALS SAY THEY'VE NOT SEEN AN UNUSUALLY HIGH NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS OR DEATHS SO FAR *

ISRAELI MILITARY CONDUCTS AIRSTRIKE AGAINST HAMAS SITE IN THE GAZA STRIP, ITS FIRST STRIKE ON THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORY SINCE THIS SUMMER'S WAR *

MILITARY SAYS THE AIRSTRIKE TARGETED A "HAMAS TERROR INFRASTRUCTURE SITE" IN THE SOUTHERN GAZA STRIP AND WAS CONDUCTED IN RESPONSE TO A ROCKET FIRED FROM GAZA INTO ISRAEL FRI *

HAMAS ROCKET ATTACK LANDED IN AN OPEN FIELD, CAUSING NO INJURIES OR DAMAGE *

THERE ARE NO IMMEDIATE REPORTS OF ANY CASUALTIES STEMMING FROM THE AIRSTRIKE *

ISRAEL AND HAMAS FOUGHT A 50-DAY WAR THIS SUMMER THAT LEFT MORE THAN 2,100 PALESTINIANS AND 70 ISRAELIS DEAD *

U.S. SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO BLOCK SAME-SEX MARRIAGES IN FL, DENYING A REQUEST FROM STATE'S ATTY GEN TO STAY LOWER COURT RULING THAT STRUCK DOWN BAN *

DECISION MEANS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES COULD START BEING ISSUED IN JAN *

NEXT MONTH, SCOTUS MAY SAY WHETHER IT WILL TAKE UP ANY OF THE FIVE PENDING APPEALS ON THE ISSUE OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE *

STATE DEPT ISSUES TRAVEL WARNING TO AMERICANS VENTURING ABROAD FOR THE HOLIDAYS *

WORLDWIDE ALERT WARNS U.S. CITIZENS TRAVELING ABROAD TO BE EXTRA VIGILANT, PARTICULARLY IN PUBLIC VENUES *

STATE DEPT WARNING SAYS RECENT HOSTAGE STANDOFF AT A SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, CAFE SERVES AS A REMINDER OF THE NEED FOR U.S. CITIZENS TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS *