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Reformers target traffic courts in Ferguson

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:22am
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place - traffic court....
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A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:17am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet....
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Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:13am
DENVER (AP) -- Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form....
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Obama reignites political debate over Cuba

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:26am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House....
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Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:17am
HAVANA (AP) -- Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being....
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Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:41am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players....
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AP source: North Korea linked to Sony hacking

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:14am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers....
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AP Analysis: US was at odds with world over Cuba policy

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:21am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's decision to pursue new relations with Cuba was driven in part by a stinging realization: Longstanding U.S. policies aimed at isolating Cuba had instead put Washington at odds with the rest of the world....
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AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:20am
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found....
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Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:09am
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder....
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Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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