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Katie’s FYIDecember 19, 2014Katie Couric

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Accused Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, appeared in court yesterday... In our exclusive interview, Stephen Collins says he’s not a pedophile... Last night, I went to the "Colbert Report" to send Stephen off in style... And, "Home Alone" is definitely at the top of my favorite Christmas movies list - here's what you might not know about the famous flick! These stories and more in today's FYI.

WHITE HOUSE SAYS SONY HACK IS A SERIOUS NATIONAL SECURITY MATTER

"The suspected North Korea computer attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is a “serious national security matter,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday, as officials said the Obama administration is preparing to announce who it believes is behind the devastating hack. Earnest said that the White House is weighing options for a “proportional” response to the attack whose ramifications President Obama is monitoring “very closely himself.” Public attribution of the attack could come as early as this week, one national security official said. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the government of Kim Jong Un is behind the attack. North Korea has publicly denied involvement…"


PAKISTAN: 67 MILITANTS KILLED AFTER SCHOOL MASSACRE

"Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people - most of them children - in a school massacre. Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to cancel the bail granted to the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks - a decision that outraged neighboring India and called into question Pakistan's commitment to fighting militancy…"


CRUCIAL SPY IN CUBA PAID A HEAVY COLD WAR PRICE

"He was, in many ways, a perfect spy — a man so important to Cuba’s intelligence apparatus that the information he gave to the Central Intelligence Agency paid dividends long after Cuban authorities arrested him and threw him in prison for nearly two decades. Rolando Sarraff Trujillo has now been released from prison and flown out of Cuba as part of the swap for three Cuban spies imprisoned in the United States that President Obama announced Wednesday. Mr. Obama did not give Mr. Sarraff’s name, but several current and former American officials identified him and discussed some of the information he gave to the C.I.A. while burrowed deep inside Cuba’s Directorate of Intelligence…"


BOKO HARAM UNREST: NIGERIAN MILITANTS 'KIDNAP 200 VILLAGERS'

"He said that suspected Boko Haram militants had seized young men, women and children from Gumsuri village. The attack happened on Sunday but news has only just emerged, after survivors reached the city of Maiduguri. Meanwhile, Cameroon's army says it has killed 116 Nigerian militants who had attacked one of its bases, AFP reports. The state of Borno has seen at least two militant attacks over the past few days. Residents told the BBC that armed militants attacked the border town of Amchide on Wednesday, arriving in two vehicles with many others on foot. They raided the market area, setting fire to shops and more than 50 houses. No group has said it carried out either attack but officials have blamed Boko Haram militants…"


'AN UNSPEAKABLE CRIME' -- EIGHT CHILDREN FOUND DEAD AT HOME IN CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

"Eight children, the youngest of them only 18 months old, have been found dead at a suburban home in the northeastern Australian city of Cairns in a case that the country's Prime Minister has called "an unspeakable crime." A woman who the police believe is the mother of the seven of the children is in a hospital suffering from serious injuries. The discovery of the bodies added to a traumatic week for Australia after a deadly hostage-taking in Sydney only days ago…"


YAHOO NEWS NEWSMAKERS

Watch My Interview: Stephen Collins Exclusive – 'I'm absolutely not physically or sexually attracted to children'

"For the first time since an explosive sexual-misconduct scandal broke in October, actor Stephen Collins is talking directly about the incidents, and the events that led to the story being leaked to the press. During my interview, Collins insists he has had only one inappropriate incident involving physical contact with a minor and that he is not a pedophile. “A pedophile is someone who is mainly or wholly attracted to children. I'm not. I had a distortion in my thinking where I acted out in those ways. But I'm absolutely not attracted, physically or sexually attracted to children. I'm just not.”…"


PACKED COURTROOM SETS STAGE FOR BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECT’S TRIAL

"A bearded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of planting bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, made a brief appearance in court Thursday, quietly telling the judge that he was satisfied with his lawyers. Mr. Tsarnaev, 21, looked small and thin in a black sweater and gray slacks that were cinched at the waist with a black belt. He slouched somewhat in his chair and frequently felt his chinstrap-shaped beard. His hair is even longer and more unruly than it was in April 2013, when he was captured inside a boat parked in a suburban driveway after a manhunt that shut down the Boston region…"


NEBRASKA AND OKLAHOMA SUE COLORADO OVER MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

"In the most serious legal challenge to date against Colorado's legalization of marijuana, two neighboring states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the history-making law. Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit directly with the nation's highest court on Thursday. The two states argue in the lawsuit that, "the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system." "Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States' own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems," the lawsuit alleges…"


AUTHORITIES CAUTION PEOPLE AGAINST IMPOSTER RIDE-SHARE DRIVERS

"When a woman got into a Toyota Camry in Boston earlier this month after a friend arranged a ride-sharing service for her, the driver said the trip would cost $20 and drove the woman to an ATM because she did not have cash, a police report said. Police say that request should have raised an alarm. “If a driver asks for cash, that’s a red flag,” said Jeremy Warnick, a Cambridge police spokesman. “These ride-sharing services . . . don’t require cash.” After the trip to the ATM, police allege that the driver, Alejandro Done, 46, of Boston, beat the woman, began to strangle her, locked the doors, and sexually assaulted her in the rear of the vehicle. The woman reported to Cambridge police that she had been attacked Dec. 6…"


#ICYMI (AND YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT)

WATCH THE COLBERT REPORT'S FINALE NUMBER 'WE'LL MEET AGAIN'

"The Colbert Report aired its final episode tonight and it was as funny and over-the-top as everyone expected. But the best part had to be the finale's ending musical number which was downright badass. Stephen Colbert literally had every single famous person in the world on stage with him for this number. They all sang "We'll Meet Again" and it was beautiful…"


'BAD CARBS' MAY NOT BE THAT BAD

"If you generally eat a heart-healthy diet, then you might have one fewer factor to worry about: the "glycemic index" of the carbsyou eat, new research suggests. In a new study, researchers looked at how people's health is affected by the types of carbs they eat, using one measure of carbohydrates called the glycemic index. This index is a number, between 1 and 100, that reflects how much a given carb raises your blood sugar levels. For example, carbs such as apples and oatmeal have a low glycemic index, meaning they raise blood sugar less than carbs with a higher glycemic index, such as white bread and corn flakes…"


BY 2025, THE DEFINITION OF 'PRIVACY' WILL HAVE CHANGED

"When living a public life becomes the new default, what does privacy even mean? That's one of the central questions in a new report about the future of privacy from Pew Research Center, which collected the opinions of more than 2,500 experts in computer programming, engineering, publishing, data science, and related fields. ome respondents told Pew they are confident that policymakers will, in the next decade, establish privacy rights that protect individuals from government and corporate surveillance. (In the United States, there are practically no protections for individuals against the companies and governments that track them.) But many others are pessimistic about the possibility that such a framework might come about in the next 10 years ago—or ever…"


THE TRUE STORY OF HOW VINYL SPUN ITS WAY BACK FROM NEAR-EXTINCTION

"Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Back to the Future. Well, imagine if vinyl records were a hard-to-find niche product, and pressing plants were operating with capacity to spare. It could have happened…"


THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT 'HOME ALONE'

"From Daniel Stern's rubber feet to the 30-year-old man who plays Macaulay Culkin in a few shots, here are things that will somewhat ruin this Christmas classic for you..."


FUN FOOTNOTE

WEEKEND JUMPSTART

Watch This Definitive Proof That Puppies Are The World's Best Gifts

"When it comes to picking the perfect holiday present, there’s one gift that no trendy toy or video game system can beat: A puppy. Watch the above video compilation of people of all ages, crying tears of happiness after receiving their new best friends. We’d be surprised if you can make it through the whole thing without getting a little misty-eyed yourself…"




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Katie Couric Katie Couric http://katiecouric.com Journalist and News Anchor Yahoo! News New York City, NY, USA