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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2009 photo, a bottle of Havana Club rum, center, sits on a shelf for sale at Pantry II Liquors in Miami. U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the potential for making Cuba Libres with Cuban rum, now that Americans visiting the Caribbean island will be allowed to bring home rum distilled there for the first time since the embargo took effect 55 years ago. Meanwhile, industry titan Bacardi, which was driven from the island by the 1959 Castro revolution, says it’s waiting to see what the impacts of thawing US-Cuba relations will be.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Cuba Libre

Monday, December 22, 2014

MIAMI — U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation. Relaxed limits on what licensed U.S. travelers can bring home mean that Americans will be able to enjoy small quantities of the liquor at home. But, … 0

Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting

Monday, December 22, 2014

MILWAUKEE — A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won’t face criminal charges, the county’s top prosecutor said Monday. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said Christopher Manney won’t be charged because he shot Dontre Hamilton in self-defense. Manney is at … 0

Pakistan plans 500 hangings, arrests suspects after school massacre

Monday, December 22, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Monday announced a plan to hang around 500 convicted terrorists as police arrested suspects believed to have abetted Taliban gunmen who killed 135 children at a school last week. The executions were expected to take place in three weeks’ time, said Musadik Malik, spokesman for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “There will be no mercy for those who have killed … 0

Sorry record

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON — 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. “Thank … 0

Military airships getting test

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Associated Press The U.S. military is testing a new cruise-missile defense system by launching a blimp-like airship at Aberdeen Proving Ground near Baltimore. Reporters in the region got their first look Wednesday at JLENS, short for Joint Land … 0

Gay veterans can march in Boston St. Paddy’s parade

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time in its history, the sponsors of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will allow a group representing the gay community to participate, drawing cheers from Mayor Martin Walsh, who boycotted the event last … 0

Pakistani Taliban strike school, killing at least 141

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan suffered the worst terrorist attack of a seven-year Taliban insurgency Tuesday when militants rampaged through an army-run high school in the northern city of Peshawar, killing at least 141 people, mostly students, in what the … 0

Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings committed suicide

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PENNSBURG, Pa. — An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead of self-inflicted knife wounds Tuesday in the woods, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed suburban Philadelphia schools and … 0

Cosby won’t be charged over molestation claim

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came … 0

Jeb Bush (almost) announces; he’ll ‘explore’ candidacy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, … 0

US judge says Obama immigration action invalid

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Pittsburgh is declaring that President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab says Obama’s order in November designed to spare millions living illegally in the United States from deportation amounts to “unilateral legislative action” in … 0

Apple wins class-action iPod lawsuit

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California found in favor of Apple on Tuesday in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players. The eight-member jury in … 0

Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months. The legislation was a compromise that angered liberals and conservatives alike but avoided a government … 0