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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 ...
Cuba-US relations change: Bells ring in Havana, anger erupts in MiamiCNN
An Elated Alan Gross: 'It's Good to be Home'Voice of America
Here's What Happened In Cuba Today, and Why You Should CareBusinessweek
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Obama calls Pakistan's Sharif, offers 'unwavering support' after attack
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday to express condolences and "unwavering support" after Taliban militants attacked a school, killing 132 students. "The two ...
Pak Taliban release photo of fighters behind Peshawar massacreHindustan Times
Pakistan massacre: A scene of carnage - a look inside the school targeted by the ...Sydney Morning Herald
Steps Pakistan is taking after school massacreU-T San Diego
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Obamas Discuss Encounters with Racism
The interview comes after protests in some of the nation's largest cities against police officers' treatment of African Americans. Annie Linskey t annielinskey. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama said in an interview published Wednesday that ...
The Obamas' 'People' Magazine Interview About Racism Is All SubtextFlavorwire
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Religious orthodoxy is not the link to violence, as Sydney and Ottawa learned
The Globe and Mail
The news started tentatively. It was Monday morning in Sydney, Australia and something was going on but it wasn't quite clear what. There was a man, in a café, and he had hostages. Grainy photos showed him with a bandana tied around his head.
Questions over bail for gunman's wifeSky News Australia
Autopsies of siege victims to be completedThe Australian (blog)
How Sydney siege gunman made his wife 'very scared' as his paranoia escalatedDaily Mail
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Randall Park takes on big role: Kim Jong-Un
In The Interview (opening Dec. 25), actors Seth Rogen and James Franco will command a lot of attention. But relative unknown Randall Park, 40, overshadows Rogen and Franco as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. One problem: Not much is known about ...
Top Theater Chains Drop Sony's 'The Interview' After
Movie Chains Pull 'The Interview' After Threats From Sony HackersABC News
Theaters drop 'The Interview' despite government-approved endingFox News
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Washington Times

Republican ousts ex-Gabby Giffords aide in recount for US House seat
TUCSON, Ariz. (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Ron Barber, an Arizona Democrat and former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, has officially lost his re-election bid to the Republican challenger in November's congressional elections, a judge certified on Wednesday.
Martha McSally wins Arizona recount, ending lengthy 2014 campaignLos Angeles Times
The Final Congressional Tally is InBloomberg
Republicans pick up another House seat as Martha McSally wins in
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Fan of Cuban cigars? New rules will allow more into the US
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuban cigar lovers, rejoice. Under a loosening of travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba announced on Wednesday, American visitors will be able to buy up to $100 worth of the island's most famous product, bring ...
The Coming Explosion of the Cuban CigarBloomberg
Cuban Cigars Among Goods Travelers Get OK to
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UPDATE 3-New York bans fracking after health report
(Recasts, adds energy company detail). By Daniel Wiessner and Edward McAllister. ALBANY, NY/NEW YORK Dec 17 (Reuters) - New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses ...
Cuomo administration: No fracking in New York stateNew York Daily News
New York Will Move To Prohibit Fracking Over Health ConcernsCBS Local
New York State Just Banned Natural Gas FrackingVICE News
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SC boy executed for 1944 murder is exonerated
CBS News
BEAUFORT - S.C. - A 14-year-old South Carolina boy who was quickly convicted of murder and then executed in 1944 has been posthumously exonerated. Judge Carmen Tevis Mullen vacated George Stinney, Jr.'s conviction on Wednesday, stating that the ...
Judge: South Carolina boy, 14, shouldn't have been executedDetroit Free Press
Judge Tosses Teen's Murder Conviction 70 Years After His ExecutionTIME
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TV meteorologist shot in station parking lot
EDDY, Texas — KCEN-TV's morning meteorologist was shot Wednesday in the parking lot of the station. Several hours later, authorities said they took a man into custody who was holed up in a house, calling him a person of interest but not identifying him as ...
TV meteorologist shot outside Texas studioNew York Daily News
Man reportedly in custody in Central Texas meteorologist shootingFox News
Texas TV station says meteorologist shot, suspect at largeReuters -ABC News
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