On this edition for Saturday, Dec. 20, North Korea says it was not behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures and warns of consequences if the U.S. retaliates and in Iraq, Kurdish forces supported by U.S. airstrikes make gains against ISIS. Finally, from Georgia, a look into one town’s struggle to decide whether to allow a mosque to be built in the face of brutal ISIS attacks. Continue reading
Over the past few days, pro-Western Kurdish fighters, with the aid of American air power, have forced ISIS fighters in Northern Iraq to retreat from territory they seized last summer. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C. with more on the largest offensive operation carried out against ISIS so far. Continue reading
In a year-end news conference, President Obama discussed reestablishing ties with Cuba, the North Korean cyber-attack against Sony Pictures and race relations in America. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, a new report by the Government Accountability Office concludes that the U.S. government is not ready for a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural disaster. Also, Turkey signaled it could start training Syrian opposition fighters this winter. Continue reading
Environmental groups have long pushed for coal ash, a by-product of coal burning energy production that contains toxic contaminants, to be classified as a hazardous material. While the EPA announced new standards for storage and disposal, the agency decided to leave regulation with the states rather than the EPA. Dina Cappiello of the Associated Press joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the new rules. Continue reading
There are fewer and fewer opportunities for senior citizens and millennials to encounter one another in daily life. The NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks reports from Denver on two organizations that pair adolescents to help elders with household tasks and digital literacy, who in turn offer wisdom and experience. Continue reading
Eighty nine year-old retired educator Kevin Bunnell writes a poem in honor of the 16-year-old Mikinly Sullivan, who once a week comes to the Frasier Meadows retirement community in Boulder, Colorado as part of a Cyber Seniors program. The program enlists high school students to teach computer and internet skills to senior citizens. Continue reading
Thursday on the NewsHour, we examine the wider impact of President Obama’s move to thaw relations with Cuba. Also: Cyber threats and free speech in Hollywood, allegations of teen mistreatment at Rikers Island, how Congress is rolling back regulation for big banks on Wall Street and holiday gifts that encourage better habits.