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CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.

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Government Sells Last Major Stake In A Bank Post-Financial Crisis

The government has sold its stake in Ally Financial, the last major bank that was involved in the TARP bailout program.

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New Cuba Relationship Could Be A Boon For American Farmers

Two-thirds of the food Cubans eat is imported — but the reestablishment of ties with the U.S. could open opportunities for American farmers.

Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion By Citigroup Analysts

Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service is said to have more than 300 million users.

Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Threats

"That's not what America's about," the president said in a news conference, calling the cancellation of The Interview's release a "mistake." The FBI has accused North Korea of being behind the attack.

3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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Tourism Industry Gears Up For Lifting Of Cuban Travel Ban

Obama says normalizing ties with Cuba will eventually mean relaxing rules on travel to Cuba. It may take some time for the new rules to take effect but travel agents are already getting phone calls.

Morning Edition

U.S. Authorities Investigate, Sony Reels From Computer Hack

The White House has stopped short of naming North Korea as the aggressor in the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. That hack resulted in the cancellation of the film The Interview.

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When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

In exchange for tax breaks, nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients. But some hospitals seize wages from poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for reduced-cost care.

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For An Island Trapped In The '50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean's largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.

Harvard Family, Work Survey Points To High Expectations, Disappointing Results For Women

December 19, 2014
Organizer Mary Dove, talks to a group of women at a "lean in" meeting in New York. The group is inspired by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In." (Wix Lounge, Galo Delgado/AP)

When 7,000 business school alumni were asked how career priorities and child care were split between husbands and wives, their answers didn’t sound like progress.

Week In Review: Cuba, Olympics, Budget Shortfall, Warren’s Rise

December 19, 2014
oston Celtics' Rajon Rondo passes against the New York Knicks during the second half of the New York Knicks 101-95 win in an NBA basketball game in Boston Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The Celtics traded Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. (AP)

We’ll talk about Washington’s about-face on Cuba, the looming shortfall in the state budget, the bid for Boston to get the 2024 summer Olympics, and the rise of Elizabeth Warren as a liberal standard-bearer.

Children’s Hospital Settles Over Data Breach

December 19, 2014

Boston Children’s Hospital will pay $40,000 and bolster its patient data security following a data breach that compromised the personal information of more than 2,100 patients, about 1,700 of whom were children.

What Christmas Does (Or Doesn’t Do) For the Economy

December 19, 2014
Target customers shop on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Is Christmas good for the economy? That’s the conventional thinking, but we examine the arguments from economists who say otherwise.

Week In The News: Cuba Thaw, Taliban Attack, Hollywood Hacking

December 19, 2014
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

Cuba reset. Russia’s rubble troubles. School massacre in Pakistan. Jeb explores 2016. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Three Questions To Ask Before Donating To A Charity

December 19, 2014
Charitable giving surges at the end of the calendar year. These important questions can help you determine where to give so that your money does the most good. (flickr)

Charitable giving surges at the end of the calendar year. These important questions can help you determine where to give so that your money does the most good.

Inside The Real Hollywood: The Sony Hack Continues

December 18, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

A big Sony hack gets weirder and wider. And Hollywood and Homeland Security are on edge.

Is Bitcoin Back?

December 17, 2014
A storefront sign in Portland, Oregon, reads "Bitcoin accepted here." (fstorr/Flickr)

Time, Inc. is now accepting the digital currency for subscriptions. But it’s also being named one of the worst investments of 2014.

Barney Frank On Spending Bill Measure Rolling Back Key Dodd-Frank Provision

December 16, 2014
Rep. Barney Frank asks a question of Timothy Geithner as he testifies before the House Financial Services Committee, about the state of the international financial system, including regulatory issues relevant to the Dodd-Frank Act. (Alex Brandon/AP)

At issue is a rule that prevented federally insured banks from dealing in exotic and risky securities — the kind that blew up and played such a big role in the financial crisis.

Boston Presents Bid For 2024 Olympics In San Francisco

December 16, 2014
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addresses an audience during an event held to generate public interest in a 2024 Olympics bid for the city of Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Tuesday afternoon, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish and other members of the Boston 2024 executive bid committee made a pitch for why Boston should host the 2024 Olympics. They spoke to the U.S. Olympic Committee in California.

Trouble For The Russian Ruble — And What It Means For The U.S.

December 16, 2014
A police officer goes through the gate of Russia's Central Bank building in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The Russian ruble faced intense selling pressure Tuesday, falling at one point by a whopping 20 percent to a new historic low despite a massive pre-dawn interest rate hike from Russia’s Central Bank. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

The fact the ruble is still falling after a dramatic move by Russia’s Central Bank has increased concerns about the Russian economy.

Uber Banned In Parts Of India After Rape Allegations

December 16, 2014
The Uber smartphone app is pictured over a parking lot as auto-rickshaws (background) ply a road in the Indian capital New Delhi on December 7, 2014. (Tengku Bahar/AFP/Getty Images)

The ride-for-hire service has already been banned in Spain and the Netherlands, and France is banning it starting next month.

When College Is Not For Everyone

December 16, 2014
A young apprentice works in a car bodywork and welding workshop at the Universite Regionale des Metiers de l'Artisanat (Regional University of Crafts Trades) on September 26, 2014 in Arras, France. (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill Symonds says students need more pathways to the workforce, including strong vocational options and apprenticeships.

Inheritance, Like Family, Is Messy

December 16, 2014
A still from Amanda Brown's documentary film, "Black Heirlooms." (Courtesy the FIlmmaker)

The documentary “Black Heirlooms,” tells the story of how inheritances, even humble ones, can tear families apart. We talk to the director.

Sony Puts News Groups On Legal Notice To Destroy Hacked Data

December 15, 2014
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Investigators suspect that the hackers may be linked to North Korea, where the country’s leader is upset about a upcoming film by Sony.

1 Man Killed, 1 Man Injured In Chelsea Shooting

December 14, 2014

The Suffolk district attorney’s office said Sunday that the men were found at a Chester Avenue house in the Boston suburb just after 3 a.m.

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