Wednesday news and notes: 12.17.14

Selected items of news and notes from the media, our in box and other LA Observed sources. Posted some days, often in the morning.

Top story

President Obama is announcing on national TV this morning that the United States and Cuba will restore full diplomatic relations, with an American embassy in Havana and eased travel restrictions. An exchange of prisoners is part of the arrangement, which was negotiated in part by Pope Francis. NYT

Sony hacking

sony-studio-gate.jpgThe latest data dump from unknown hackers posted thousands of emails stolen from Sony Pictures co-Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. Deadline

Hollywood Assesses Amy Pascal's Survivability. THR

Landmark Theatres said Thursday's New York premiere of "The Interview" at Sunshine Cinema had been canceled, an action taken after the hackers threatened "9-11" style attacks on theaters that screen "The Interview." Sony informed theaters they were free to halt showings. The Department of Homeland Security said there was no “credible intelligence” of a plot against movie theaters in the U.S. LAT, Re/Code

Carmike Cinemas Drops 'The Interview' THR

Employees say Arclight has pulled "The Interview" from its screens, but the company claims no decision has been made. Deadline

Theater Owners Showing ‘The Interview’ Put Themselves At Potential Legal Risk. Deadline

Two former Sony Pictures employees filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles alleging the studio was negligent by ignoring warnings that its computer system was prone to attack. LAT

News and notes

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the city will purchase 7,000 cameras for LAPD police officers to wear while on patrol, making Los Angeles a laboratory in the use of devices that bring the promise of more transparent policing but also concerns about civilian privacy. LAT, DN, KPCC

LAPD officials also announced reforms to improve the accuracy of the department's crime statistics, which have been criticized for underreporting. LAT

A court-appointed panel will now be asked to monitor the use of force by sheriff's deputies in Los Angeles County jails, part of a far-reaching settlement to a lawsuit alleging brutal beatings of inmates. LAT

Emails show City Attorney Mike Feuer’s Office worked with hotel advocates on the minimum wage ordinance. DN

Workers at Los Angeles City Hall were briefly evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a party in City Councilwoman Nury Martinez's office set off a smoke alarm. LAT

The board of American Apparel fired chief executive Dov Charney "for cause" and announced a new CEO. LAT

Los Angeles is officially one of four cities representing the United States' bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced last night. LA Weekly

Camille Cosby defends her husband of 50 years: "He [Bill Cosby] is the man you thought you knew." LAT

In his own words, LAFD Battalion Chief David Perez describes how firefighters knocked down the Da Vinci construction fire on Dec. 8. Downtown News, DN

After his Town Hall LA speech, Times publisher Austin Beutner spoke with Jon Regardie about how the paper needs to change and become the civic conscience. Downtown News

Patric Kuh's top ten best news restaurants. Los Angeles Magazine

From Lycos to Ask Jeeves to Facebook: Tracking the 20 most popular web sites every year since 1996. Washington Post

The Dodgers removed bearded reliever Brian Wilson from the roster, will eat his $9 million contract. ESPN

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