North Korea's alleged hack of Sony Pictures was not an act of war, President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that appeared aimed at keeping a lid on simmering tensions with Pyongyang. With the communist nation threatening reprisals if sanctioned over the cyber-attack, for which it denies involvement, and as the US administration works to calibrate its response, Obama said Washington will review whether or not to place North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism. North Korea was removed from the US list in 2008 as part of negotiations over the nation's nuclear program. Obama, in the pre-taped interview on CNN's "State of the Union," emphasized that any change in that status could only happen after a careful evaluation of the facts.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has suffered from Parkinson's Disease for three decades, was in stable condition after being hospitalized with a "mild" case of pneumonia, his spokesman said late Saturday. The 72-year-old Ali was admitted Saturday and is not expected to remain in the hospital long, Bob Gunnell said. "He was admitted earlier this morning and because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected," Gunnell said. Ali's doctor Abraham Lieberman warned in November that Parkinson's can be deadly because it makes sufferers susceptible to falling or if people with the disease have trouble swallowing and then develop pneumonia.