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U.S. rights groups want special prosecutor to probe CIA tactics

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WASHINGTON - U.S. civil rights groups on Monday called on the U.S. Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA's use of torture and other extreme measures during interrogations.

Obama picks Sally Yates for No. 2 spot at Justice Department 8:29pm GMT

HONOLULU - U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Monday that he intends to nominate Sally Yates, a federal prosecutor for the Northern District of Georgia, to fill the second-highest ranking position at the Justice Department.

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U.S. sees Cuban thaw boosting odds of returned fugitives 5:33pm GMT

WASHINGTON - Renewed ties between the United States and Cuba make it more likely the Cuban government will extradite fugitives sought by U.S. officials, a top U.S. law enforcement official said on Monday.

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China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony 1:22pm GMT

BEIJING/WASHINGTON - China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said.

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Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency 6:07am GMT

WASHINGTON - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.

Michigan board votes to send state money to Detroit pension funds 7:06pm GMT

- A Michigan board on Monday agreed to send nearly $195 million in state funds to Detroit's two retirement systems on Feb. 9 as part of a pivotal deal that helped to end the city's historic bankruptcy, a state spokesman said.

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Obama says Sony hack not an act of war 5:05am GMT

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. | Video

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Obama to name Sally Yates as pick for deputy attorney general 1:53pm GMT

HONOLULU - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Monday that U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will be his nominee for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, a U.S. official said.

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Young Cuban-American groups emerge as Obama allies 21 Dec 2014

MIAMI - For a handful of Cuban-Americans, President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy wasn't much of a shocker.

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CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT 20 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times.