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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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Key dates in US relations with Cuba

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:03pm
Key events in U.S.-Cuba relations:...
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Raul Castro welcomes renewal of relations with US

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:22pm
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban President Raul Castro told Cubans Wednesday his nation has agreed to restore relations with the United States, 53 years after diplomatic ties were broken....
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Country singer Boyd crowned 'The Voice' champion

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:43pm
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Country fans have spoken again....
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113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:31pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations....
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Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:23pm
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days....
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Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:34am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar....
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UK proposes rules for embryos made from 3 people

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:54am
LONDON (AP) -- New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies....
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Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:21am
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit - as well as where to put the poo bags....
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NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:56am
NEW YORK (AP) -- The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too....
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AP sources: NFL employees turn over phone, email records

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:50am
Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday....
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McDonald's in Japan limits orders of fries

AP Top Stories - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:34am
TOKYO (AP) -- Only small fries with that? McDonald's in Japan is limiting the serving size of fries as stocks run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast....
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