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national lead

December 16th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

Sony hackers threaten U.S. theaters

(CNN) - 'Guardians of Peace' already claimed responsibility for the Sony hacking. Now it's trying to intimidate moviegoers from seeing the movie that motivated the massive data dumps.

Seth Rogen's "The Interview," the comedy about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is due out on Christmas day, but will premier in New York this week.

The group posted a terrorizing message on Tuesday, invoking 9/11 as it threatened theaters.

"The world will be full of fear," the post reads. "Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time."

CNN's Pam Brown reports.

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pop lead

December 10th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Angelina Jolie, other stars slammed in hacked Sony emails

(CNN) – Sources with firsthand knowledge of the investigation into the attack on Sony's system say it is unlike anything seen in the U.S., and it has caught the attention of U.S. government officials at the highest levels.

Read: The Sony mega-hack: What you need to know

The mega hack of Sony's computer system is proving to be even bigger and more damaging than previously realized.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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world lead

December 9th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

FBI warns of potential terrorism in wake of torture report

(CNN) - According to a federal law enforcement official, a joint FBI/DHS bulletin was issued this afternoon to federal, state and local law enforcement officials warning that today’s terror report may spark online reaction, may influence homegrown violent extremists and that terrorist groups may exploit the findings for recruitment purposes.

Today during an off-camera briefing with reporters, FBI Director Comey said the FBI is "focused on whether it generates any activity overseas or from homegrown violent extremists."

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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national lead

December 1st, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Are Facebook posts are protected speech?

Washington (CNN) - The high court will hear oral arguments Monday in the first examination of free speech rights and social media.

The outcome of the groundbreaking case, Elonis v. U.S., could decide the limits of what you post online.

Tara Elonis asked for a protective order from her soon-to-be ex-husband, Anthony.

Not long after, he posted a message on his Facebook page seemingly directed at Tara:

"Fold up your protection from abuse order and put it in your pocket. Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?"

It wasn't the first time Elonis had posted harrowing messages on his Facebook page.

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world lead

December 1st, 2014
06:10 PM ET

FBI warns military of ISIS threat

Washington (CNN) - The FBI issued a warning Sunday to members of the U.S. military that ISIS is calling for attacks against them, according to a law enforcement source, saying that "overseas based individuals are looking for like-minded individuals in the U.S. to carry out these attacks."

"We also request members of the military review their online social media presence for any information that might attract the attention of violent extremists," the bulletin said, advising that members of the military "use caution and practice operational security when posting."

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