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Ranlo is a town located in Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,198. (More Info and Source) Ranlo Real Estate

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Obama says Sony hack not an act of war; U.S. weighs response

As the U.S. wrestles with how to respond to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, CNN aired a taped interview with President Barack Obama on Sunday where the commander-in-chief said he did not consider the hack an act of war.

"I don't think it was an act of war," Obama told CNN's Candy Crowley. "It was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionally."

Just what that proportional response could be is still unclear; after all, there's no precedent for this kind of situation. 

U.S. officials have come out and said they believe North Korea to be behind the attack on Sony. (Video viaEuronews)

The Wall Street Journal spoke with security officials who said there are directives in place to protect critical infrastructure, such as the power grid, from cyber attacks. 

But the concept of a private company, much less an entertainment company, being the subject of such an attack from an outside government over a satirical film is not something officials foresaw. (Video via Sony Pictures Entertainment / "The Interview")

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Making things even more complicated are the differing opinions in Washington on the political significance of the attack.

Senator John McCain went on CNN not long after Obama and called the Sony hack "a manifestation of a new form of warfare," further elaborating, "When you destroy economies, when you are able to impose censorship on the world and especially the United States of America, it's more than vandalism."

It's also hard to define what constitutes an act of cyberwar. A NATO manual defines it as, "a cyber operation, whether offensive or defensive, that is reasonably expected to cause injury or death to persons or damage or destruction to objects."

Seeing as no person or structure was physically damaged, the Sony hack would not fall under that definition. But it's hard to argue that the hack will not significantly hurt Sony's business. So what would a "proportional response" from the U.S. entail?

One idea that has been tossed around is launching a counter-hack, possibly with the help of China. China has longstanding ties to North Korea and much of North Korea's telecommunications systems run through Chinese-operated networks. (Video via Arirang News)

An official told The New York Times, "What we are looking for is a blocking action, something that would cripple their efforts to carry out attacks." But that has the potential to escalate things even further. 

There is also the option of designating North Korea as a terrorist sponsor. A former NSA research scientist told Business Insider doing so would, "set in motion a wider range of legal authority, U.S. government/military resources, and international options."

The country was designated a terrorist sponsor until 2008, so this isn't exactly a game-changer. It would also put a damper on any potential diplomatic relations, especially those regarding North Korea's controversial nuclear program. (Video via ODN)

Another option is to increase the economic sanctions put on the country. The Daily Beast says those sanctions were "crippling" to North Korea when they were last used by the Bush administration a decade ago. 

North Korea flat out denies it had anything to with the attack and instead accuses the U.S. government of being behind the making of "The Interview," the movie that is believed to be the motivation for the hack. 

This video includes images from Getty Images and Keith Martin / CC By NC SA 2.0.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:15:23 -0500

NYPD blames Mayor de Blasio in officer shootings

Hours after two NYPD officers were ambushed and shot dead in their squad car, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio condemned anti-police violence as reprehensible.

The mayor said, "When a police officer is murdered, it tears at the foundation of our society."

But on the way to the podium, de Blasio was met with a brief show of resistance from the officers he was about to support. Video from the New York Post shows NYPD cops turning their back on the mayor as he passed by them in the hallway.

It's a small symbol of the backlash that's broken out against de Blasio after Saturday's shooting, which has thrown the already-tense relationship between the mayor's office and the NYPD into turmoil.

Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were fatally shot while sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn. Police say the suspect previously posted angry social media rants, some of which centered on the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner by police.

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NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters, "What we're seeing from this right now is anger against the government. ... There's others with talks of anger at the police, he specifically mentions Michael Brown and Eric Garner."

Now many New Yorkers are voicing anger at the mayor for partially supporting the protests, ranging from police unions, like union leader Pat Lynch who said, "There's blood on many hands tonight ... on the steps of city hall, in the office of the mayor."

To former police commissioner Ray Kelly, who told ABC, "Quite frankly, the mayor ran an anti-police campaign last year when he ran for mayor."

To ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani, who told Fox News, "This is not the time to say there is blood on his hands ... it is the right time to talk about his policies, however. His policies of allowing the protests to get out of control."

Most of the acrimony stems from de Blasio's refusal to crack down on the protests condemning the NYPD for the choking death of Eric Garner. The progressive mayor has been trying to walk a fine line, expressing sympathy for the protesters while still supporting the police.

But tensions between de Blasio and the police force existed even before the mayor took office. In his campaign, de Blasio promised to end the controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, which had many defenders among the NYPD.

The mayor's office has also scrapped with the police unions over labor contracts in the past, more so than with the city's workforce unions.

The NYPD is still investigating the double homicide. A police spokesman says the NYPD is combing through the suspect's social media accounts and has recovered five videos and ten eyewitnesses from the scene.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:25:55 -0500

Girl severely burned last Christmas visits fire station

Shawntasia McGill, like many other children, was excited about what Christmas Day could bring.

She spent Christmas 2013 at the Burn Center in Winston-Salem for treatment of burn injuries. Shawntasia continues to recover from injuries suffered on Christmas Eve after a pot of boiling water was knocked off the kitchen stove.

The 6th grader spent time with firefighters from Engine 11 who responded to her home. She also discussed safety information concerning kitchen safety to ensure other children do not face pain.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:18:55 -0500

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