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Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:47pm
MOSCOW (AP) -- Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years....
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Slain German teen's parents testify about ordeal

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:57pm
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- The parents of a German exchange student who was shot to death by a Montana man while trespassing in his garage told a judge Thursday their dreams are broken....
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Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:16pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House this week:...
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Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:06pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" toward young inmates....
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Bruce and Kris Jenner finalize divorce

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:57pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Court records show Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalized their divorce, but they won't be officially single until March....
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AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:46pm
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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Exiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:46pm
MIAMI (AP) -- When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country's largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets....
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FACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukraine

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:37pm
MOSCOW (AP) -- A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday:...
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10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:03pm
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see....
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Craig Ferguson to end 10 years as host of 'Late Late Show'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:40am
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's not such a great day, America - not for fans of Craig Ferguson....
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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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