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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trial

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state "castle doctrine" law allowed him to use deadly force to protect his home and family.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection

Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood-cell transplants similar to one that cured a man known as "the Berlin patient" have failed, and all six patients died.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Why the Fed thinks US economy still needs its help

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you didn't know about the lingering damage from the Great Recession, the U.S. economy would appear remarkably strong.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados form

DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they've 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 tornados form.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol

 

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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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AP sources: Cuba releases US prisoner Alan Gross

WASHINGTON (AP) — American Alan Gross has been released from a Cuban prison after five years, as part of an agreement that also includes the release of three Cubans jailed in the United States, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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