December 19th, 2014
09:31 AM ET

Mike Rowe Sings for Charity

Every year around this time, CNN's Mike Rowe likes to change his voicemail to make it a little more festive. When he was challenged to make the change 0n-camera, in a bathrobe and with his dog, all for a $1,000 donation to his charity, Rowe obviously accepted. Watch the hilarious video above.

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December 19th, 2014
09:25 AM ET

Give Hugs, Avoid Colds?

Flu season should be about avoiding physical contact with other humans to stop the spreading of germs, right? Wrong! A new study by Carnegie Mellon University shows that giving hugs can keep you healthy.

"If you have folks around you who can actually be there to give you hugs, that means you have a good social support system around you," Dr. Seema Yasmin explains. And that helps people get well and stay well.

Watch the video for more.

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December 19th, 2014
09:14 AM ET

The Lame Duck is Loose

The lame duck is loose. Little more than two years before the moment he stands next to his successor at the presidential inauguration of 2017, President Barack Obama is feeling unshackled from the constraints of eyeing the next election cycle after last month's disastrous midterms for Democrats.

Simply put, top White House officials say, the President is on a mission to get stuff done.

From his dramatic decision to open up diplomatic relations with Cuba to his executive actions on immigration, Obama no longer has to worry about the hand-wringing of endangered Senate Democrats concerned with reelection.

"I think it's absolutely true," former White House press secretary and CNN political contributor Jay Carney said. "Having lost (the Senate), it does provide some liberation to him."


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December 19th, 2014
08:05 AM ET

Official: U.S. Will Respond to North Korea

U.S. investigators have evidence that hackers stole the computer credentials of a system administrator to get access to Sony's computer system, allowing them broad access, U.S. officials briefed on the investigation tell CNN. The finding is one reason why U.S. investigators do not believe the attack on Sony was aided by someone on the inside, the officials tell CNN.

The revelation is part of what is behind the government's conclusion that hackers operating on behalf of North Korea were responsible. The government is expected to publicly blame the reclusive regime as early as Friday. The hackers ability to gain access to the passwords of a top-level information technology employee allowed them to have "keys to the entire building," one official said.

The access has led to some suspicion of perhaps an inside job. It's a common tactic that hackers use, and cyber-attacks often look like inside jobs, the officials say. U.S. used signal intelligence and other means to trace the attack to North Korea, finding digital footprints that pointed to North Korea. The statement to be issued as early as Friday morning will provide some of the evidence behind the U.S. government's conclusion, but not all.

Though officials say they are planning to lay blame on Friday, they haven't yet decided how to respond to the attack.


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