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Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:51am
MOSCOW (AP) -- From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah....
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Why the Fed thinks US economy still needs its help

AP Top Stories - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:05am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you didn't know about the lingering damage from the Great Recession, the U.S. economy would appear remarkably strong....
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10 Things to Know for Thursday

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:53pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:...
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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:31pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations....
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A look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:19pm
HAVANA (AP) -- The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents....
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Sony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:30pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."...
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14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:22pm
BOSTON (AP) -- Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected....
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New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:51pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits....
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Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:11pm
HAVANA (AP) -- Colombia's largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren't targeted by the U.S.-backed military....
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Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:46pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history's first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of diplomacy, especially for a cause it has long championed....
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Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:40pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing....
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Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, Cuba

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:25pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments....
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Freed American endured years of declining health

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:58pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alan Gross spent five years wasting away in a Cuban prison, losing hope that he would ever be free and at one point apparently contemplating suicide. He dropped more than 100 pounds, developed hip problems and lost most of the vision in one eye....
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AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:57pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy....
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US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:06pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami....
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APNewsBreak: Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:36pm
GENEVA (AP) -- The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings....
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AP Exclusive: Sydney hostage planned daring escape

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:05pm
SYDNEY (AP) -- The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead....
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Dow jumps after Fed pledges patience in rate hikes

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:24pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Dow Jones industrial average surged as much as 300 points after the Federal Reserve signaled it was edging closer to raising interest rates because of a strengthening U.S. economy, but promised to be "patient" in its approach....
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Quotes from Pakistani families over school attack

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:15pm
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Reaction to the killings of 148 people - almost all of them students - at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan:...
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Steps Pakistan is taking after school massacre

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:08pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A look at steps the Pakistani government is taking to address militancy following Tuesday's Taliban massacre of 148 people at a school:...
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