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Uber says it will toughen background checks

Uber says it will toughen background checks

 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Uber, under fire around the globe for how it screens drivers, said it will toughen up its background checks and take other measures to improve passenger safety.
Gifting from your kitchen: A toffee tutorial

Gifting from your kitchen: A toffee tutorial

 (CNN) -- There's something addictive about that moment when you hand someone a homemade treat and that person's face lights up as if you've just given him or her a hug.
At one theater, 'Team America' replaces 'The Interview'

At one theater, 'Team America' replaces 'The Interview'

 (CNN) -- After Sony canceled the release of its comedy "The Interview," one Texas theater plans to screen "Team America: World Police" instead.
Las Vegas breaks tourism record with 40 million visitors

Las Vegas breaks tourism record with 40 million visitors

More than 40 million people have visited Las Vegas this year, which breaks a tourism record, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Cuba-U.S. relations change: Bells ring in Havana, anger erupts in Miami

Church bells rang out Wednesday afternoon in Havana, marking a major moment in history -- Cuba and the United States are renewing diplomatic relations after decades of ice-cold tension.

Nathaniel Kibby faces hundreds of charges in New Hampshire kidnapping

A 34-year-old man originally charged in the kidnapping of a New Hampshire teen is now facing 205 additional charges, according to two grand jury rulings.

Six charged in West Virginia water contamination

Almost one year after water for more than 300,000 West Virginia residents was contaminated because of a chemical spill, six former officials for the company responsible for the leak are facing federal charges.

What deluges? 11 trillion gallons of rain still needed to end California drought

About 11 trillion gallons of rain, or nearly 17 million Olympic swimming pools full.
One 'toothy catch'

One 'toothy catch'

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; a huge mako shark weighing 580 pounds was hooked out of the Gulf of Mexico Friday by visitors who'd come all the way from North Dakota to fish in the waters here.
Amazon unveils one-hour delivery in New York

Amazon unveils one-hour delivery in New York

Amazon now has a solution for some of its customers who can't wait a few hours for delivery.
Things that annoy North Korea: Christmas trees, soap operas and K-pop

Things that annoy North Korea: Christmas trees, soap operas and K-pop

North Korea's fury over the movie comedy "The Interview" appears to have taken the secretive state's oversensitivity to new extremes.
Six charged in West Virginia water contamination

Six charged in West Virginia water contamination

Almost one year after water for more than 300,000 West Virginia residents was contaminated because of a chemical spill, six former officials for the company responsible for the leak are facing federal charges.
As 'The Interview' is pulled, does this mean North Korea wins?

As 'The Interview' is pulled, does this mean North Korea wins?

There's a sad irony in the fact that one of the great tests of America's freedom of speech should involve a movie that, according to some reviewers, utterly sucks.
Cuba-U.S. relations change: Bells ring in Havana, anger erupts in Miami

Cuba-U.S. relations change: Bells ring in Havana, anger erupts in Miami

Church bells rang out Wednesday afternoon in Havana, marking a major moment in history -- Cuba and the United States are renewing diplomatic relations after decades of ice-cold tension.
U.S. set to blame North Korea for Sony hack

U.S. set to blame North Korea for Sony hack

The U.S. is ready to blame North Korea for the crippling hack attack at Sony Pictures, as the studio said Wednesday it would cancel next week's planned release of its controversial comedy "The Interview."