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US, Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility
HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on ...
Q. and A. on Alan Gross, American Prisoner Freed in CubaNew York Times
Pope Francis played key role in US-Cuba dealUSA TODAY
Alan Gross: After Five Years in Prison, He Says It's 'Good to be Home'ABC News
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Quotes from Pakistani families over school attack
Washington Post
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Reaction to the killings of 148 people — almost all of them students — at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan: — “We sent our kids to this school because it is known for its high standards and quality of education.... My son ...
Pakistan school attack: PM Sharif vows to end 'terrorism'BBC News
A look at steps Pakistan is taking after school massacre and challenges ahead in ...Fox News
Pakistan massacre: Taliban gunmen taunted school captivesSydney Morning Herald
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Obama: I've been mistaken for a valet driver
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As protests against racial profiling sweep the country in the wake of recent police killings of unarmed black men, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama recounted some of their own experiences with discrimination in an interview excerpt released on ...
Obama: every black man my age has been mistaken for a valet — including meVox
The Obamas discuss personal racial profiling experiencesThe Grio
Obama opens up about being mistaken for valet, waiterNew York Daily News
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Congress Delivers a Few Last-Minute Tax Breaks
New provisions will give taxpayers some benefits on charitable giving, sales tax, tuition payments, and more. woman donating clothes. More. 10 Last-Minute Ways to Save on Your Taxes This Year · How Giving Money to Family Can Save You on Your Tax Bill.
Another Christmas gift from the Senate to lobbyistsMSNBC
Act now: Congress delivers a few last minute tax saversReuters
Passage of Tax Extenders Contains Key Tax BreaksAccounting Today
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U.S.-Cuba deal caps cigar imports at $100, bans tourism
New York Daily News
Close, but no cigar. The new U.S.-Cuba deal ends a long-standing ban on importing Cuban tobacco and eases traditionally tense travel bans — but bringing back cigars in bulk and tourism are still off limits. The policy change, annouced Wednesday, allows ...
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Could Cuban cigars finally be in hand for US smokers?MarketWatch
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Cuomo administration: no fracking in NY state
New York Daily News
ALBANY — No fracking way! Gov. Cuomo's administration announced Wednesday that it would not allow the controversial gas drilling process called hydrofracking in New York. Acting State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, in a long-awaited report, ...
New York moves to ban frackingCBS News
Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health RisksNew York Times
Cuomo to ban fracking after Health Department calls it unsafeChicago Tribune -Gothamist
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Jerusalem Post

Jewish groups harshly condemn removal of Hamas from EU terror list
Jerusalem Post
Jewish communities in Europe, North America denounce ruling by General Court of the EU - the bloc's 2nd highest tribunal. hamas rafah. Hamas members at an anti-Israel rally in Rafah in southern Gaza, November 13, 2014. . (photo credit:REUTERS).
Israeli PM Slams EU Taking Hamas off Terror ListABC News
Court orders Hamas off EU terror list; Israel reacts with angerLos Angeles Times
Netanyahu: Hypocritical Europeans have 'learned nothing' from HolocaustYnetnews
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Scientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived
Daily Mail
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists say the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land. Using software to study currents the night of the 1962 ...

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Judge Tosses Teen's Murder Conviction 70 Years After His Execution
George Stinney Jr. was convicted of killing two girls in the small town of Alcolu, South Carolina, in 1944. Seventy years after South Carolina executed a 14-year-old boy so small he sat on a phone book in the electric chair, a circuit court judge threw out his ...
George Stinney, Exonerated 70 Years After Wrongful Murder Conviction As 14 ...Huffington Post
Judge: Boy, 14, Shouldn't Have Been ExecutedABC News
Exonerated After Execution: Judge Tosses Teen's Murder
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US fears Sony hackers may never be caught: law enforcement official
WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Government investigators fear the hackers behind the unprecedented attack on Sony's Hollywood studio may never be caught if they are under the protection of North Korea, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The law ...
NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats flySFGate
Hackers Invoke 9/11 in New Chilling Sony ThreatDiscovery News
Second theater chain pulls "The Interview" after hacker threatsUSA TODAY
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