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Students watch a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, on a TV at school in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Castro said profound differences remain between Cuba and the U.S. in areas such as human rights, foreign policy and questions of sovereignty, but that the countries have to learn to live with their differences "in a civilized manner." (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HAVANA — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with its five-star insignia, the 83-year-old leader said the two countries would work to resolve their differences “without renouncing a single … 0

US, Cuba reach historic accord

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — 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. President Barack Obama’s dramatic announcement in Washington — seconded by … 0

Congress ends federal ban on medical marijuana

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. The bill’s passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the … 0

Captive audience

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By JEFF BAENEN Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Harpist Terry Tacheny had long enjoyed taking her young daughters to Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minn. — except for the Primate House, where she thought the gorillas, orangutans … 0

Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law

Monday, December 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a … 0

Can identifying mental illness stop terror attacks?

Monday, December 15, 2014

LONDON — A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada’s Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas’ capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An Al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death … 0

6 dead, suspect on loose in Philadelphia

Monday, December 15, 2014

PENNSBURG, Pa. — A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her teenage niece, was at large, and prosecutors said investigators didn’t know where he … 0

3 dead in Sydney siege

Monday, December 15, 2014

SYDNEY — Amid a barrage of gunfire, police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney early Tuesday to end a 16-hour hostage siege by an Iranian-born gunman. Police said three people were killed — the gunman and … 0

I’ll Ride With You: Aussies offer support to Muslims

Monday, December 15, 2014

Some Australian social media users sent a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege went on for almost a day, offering to accompany anyone who felt intimidated on public transit. The Twitter hashtag (hash)IllRideWithYou had … 0

Rare northern white rhino dies at California zoo

Monday, December 15, 2014

SAN DIEGO — A northern white rhinoceros that was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, zoo officials said. Angalifu, who was about 44 years old, apparently died … 0

Camille Cosby defends husband as ‘kind, generous’

Monday, December 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Bill Cosby’s wife rejected sex assault allegations against her husband of a half-century on Monday, saying the man being accused by at least 15 women of drugging and having sex with them is “a man … 0

’Culture’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Merriam-Webster dictionary has declared “culture” the word of the year for 2014. Of the top 10 words in the running for the honor, culture had a 15 percent year-over-year increase in look-ups on the dictionary company’s website and … 0

Cheney leads defense of CIA torture of prisoners

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — Senior Bush administration officials Sunday slammed the Senate study on the CIA’s use of brutal interrogation tactics, and defended the techniques as necessary to get information from senior al-Qaida operatives who had stopped talking to interrogators. … 0