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 *

N KOREA PROPOSING JOINT INVESTIGATION WITH THE U.S. INTO THE SONY PICTURES HACKING *

U.S. OFFICIALS BLAME N KOREA FOR THE HACKING, CITING THE TOOLS USED IN THE SONY ATTACK AND PREVIOUS HACKS LINKED TO THE NORTH *

FOREIGN MIN IN PYONGYANG DENIES RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE HACK, AND SAID THERE WOULD BE "GRAVE CONSEQUENCES" IF DC REFUSED TO COLLABORATE ON AN INVESTIGATION *

BREAK-IN LED SONY TO CANCEL THE RELEASE OF THE MOVIE "THE INTERVIEW," A COMEDY ABOUT A PLOT TO ASSASSINATE N KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG-UN *

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

WORLDWIDE ALERT WARNS U.S. CITIZENS 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 *

DEPT ANALYSIS SUGGESTS TERRORISTS ARE FOCUSED ON HOTELS, SHOPPING AREAS, PLACES OF WORSHIP AND SCHOOLS *

NIGERIA'S MILITARY SAYS SOLDIERS ARE SEARCHING FOR MILITANTS AND TRYING TO VERIFY THE ABDUCTION OF AT LEAST 185 PEOPLE FRI FROM A VILLAGE IN THE NORTHEAST *

THE VILLAGE IS CLOSE TO A TOWN WHERE NEARLY 300 SCHOOLGIRLS WERE TAKEN HOSTAGE IN APRIL *

MEANTIME, WITNESSES SAY BOKO HARAM EXTREMISTS ARE LINING UP AND SHOOTING ELDERLY PEOPLE, A NEW TACTIC INSTILLING FEAR IN AREAS MILITANTS CALL AN ISLAMIC CALIPHATE *

WITNESSES SAY MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE TOO OLD TO FLEE WERE GUNNED DOWN THIS WEEK *

STAPLES REPORTS A DATA BREACH IT SAYS MAY HAVE COMPROMISED CREDIT CARD DATA OF NEARLY 1.2 MIL CUSTOMERS *

REPORT UPDATES A BREACH ANNOUNCED IN OCT AND SAYS CRIMINALS DEPLOYED MALWARE TO POINT-OF-SALE SYSTEMS AT 115 OF ITS MORE THAN 1,400 U.S. RETAIL STORES *

CARDHOLDER NAMES, NUMBERS AND VERIFICATION CODES MAY HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED, ESPECIALLY FOR PURCHASES MADE IN AUG AND SEPT *

U.S. DRONE STRIKES TARGETING THE TALIBAN IN PAKISTAN KILL FIVE MILITANTS, PAKISTANI OFFICIALS SAY *

PAKISTAN'S MILITARY ALSO CARRIED OUT AIR AND GROUND ATTACKS, KILLING DOZENS OF FIGHTERS IN THE COUNTRY'S NORTHWEST *

STEPPED UP MILITARY ACTION COMES IN RESPONSE TO THE TALIBAN ATTACK ON A SCHOOL IN PESHAWAR EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT KILLED 148 PEOPLE, MAINLY CHILDREN *

U.S. RETURNS FOUR AFGHANS FROM GITMO BACK TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY *

ADMIN OFFICIALS SAY THEY WORKED QUICKLY TO FULFILL PRES ASHRAF GHANI'S REQUEST TO RETURN THE FOUR DETAINEES *

DEFENSE DEPT IDENTIFIES THEM AS MOHAMMED ZAHIR, SHAWALI KHAN, ABDUL GHANI AND KHI ALI GUL *

EIGHT AFGHANS ARE AMONG THE 132 DETAINEES REMAINING AT THE DETENTION CAMP *