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Stocks soar, oil prices remain low

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:54pm
On Thursday the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its best day in more than three years. For analysis on the growing U.S. economy CBSN's Jeff Glor talks with Yahoo! finance senior columnist Michael Santoli.

Chilling effect feared in wake of Sony's cancellation of "The Interview"

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:45pm
Movie fans and filmmakers are condemning Sony's decision to shelve "The Interview," starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, as "un-American." Sony decided to not release the film after hackers made threats to theaters and moviegoers. John Blackstone reports.

The propaganda war in Cuba fizzles out

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:38pm
When America put signs up ridiculing communism in Cuba, the island's government fought back to block them from sight. Now, as Scott Pelley reports, the old propaganda battles seems to no longer matter.

Former CBS correspondent Richard C. Hottelet dies at 97

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:32pm
A storied era in broadcast journalism has come to an end. Former CBS News correspondent Richard C. Hottelet died yesterday. He was 97.

More job losses for the oil industry

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:28pm
Lower oil prices are buoying Louisiana's fishermen, but putting the squeeze on others. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the threat to jobs in the state's oil industry.

Putin blames the west for Russia's economic trouble

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:22pm
Russia's economy is in free-fall, but you wouldn't know it listening to President Vladimir Putin. As Charlie D'Agata reports from Moscow, Putin used his end of the year press conference Thursday to defend himself and attack the west.

Evidence in Sony hack continues to point to North Korea

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:11pm
The White House is now weighing its response to the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. The federal investigation suggests that North Korea's digital fingerprints are on the computer breach. Bob Orr reports.

Businesses poised to profit from new Cuba policy

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:07pm
If Congress were to lift the trade embargo, businesses will be ready to take advantage of it. Vicente Arenas reports from Miami, where the tourism industry is especially eager to reap the benefits of a new relationship with Cuba.

Lifting of Cuba trade embargo faces steep hurdle in Congress

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:59pm
Only Congress can lift the trade embargo it imposed in 1960, but some prominent members of Congress said Thursday they'll try to keep that from happening. Nancy Cordes reports.

Cubans cautiously optimistic about change

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:54pm
CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley spoke with Cubans in Havana about the impact of America's new stance on their country. One Cuban told Pelley living for decades under the U.S. embargo makes it hard to imagine a different future.

Report urges major overhaul of Secret Service

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:45pm
A review concluded that the Secret Service is in dire need of a complete "top-to-bottom" overhaul of the agency. Earlier this year, the Secret Service experienced White House security snafus that led to the resignation of then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson. CBS News' Senior White House correspondent Bill Plante joins CBSN with the details.

Lower oil prices could lead to thousands of layoffs

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:05pm
Certain jobs are being threatened by the steep drop in oil prices, while other industries are reaping the benefits

​2 states challenge Colorado's legal marijuana

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:05pm
Nebraska and Oklahoma want Supreme Court to declare Colorado's pot law unconstitutional, saying drug is crossing into neighboring states

​Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached in cyberattack

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:35pm
It's the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background checks for workers at federal agencies

Judge bucks Arizona policy to deny drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:31pm
A federal injunction bars the enforcement of a move by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to stop about 20,000 undocumented immigrants from getting the licenses

"Serial" podcast airs season 1 finale

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:26pm
"Serial," the wildly popular podcast averaging more than a million downloads an episode, has posted the finale to its first season.

Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:49pm
Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren's decision means 2 Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fantasy character Slender Man are fit to stand trial

Apple CEO gives money for gay rights initiative in the South

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:30pm
Tim Cook's donation towards the campaign is intended to encourage acceptance of the LGBT community in three southern states

About dozen pedestrians struck in L.A. County hit-and-run

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:41pm
After striking 12 people who were leaving a church, the vehicle kept going then hit another head-on, police say

"Prison Houdini" set to make first legal escape

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:36pm
Mark DeFriest, 54, "repeat escapist" from Florida prisons, set to be freed for real after 35 years behind bars