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Obama Unveils 'New Approach' On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

The U.S. and Cuba will start talks on normalizing relations and discuss opening a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Also today, Cuba freed USAID contractor Alan Gross on humanitarian grounds.
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Hacking Of Sony's Computers Creates Much Drama

Following a hack of computers, Sony canceled some press for The Interview, a film the hackers claim motivated them to commit their crimes. The fallout includes a class action lawsuit.
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DOJ Intervention May Help Conn. Police Regain Community's Trust

Five years ago, tensions reached a breaking point between police and the growing Latino community in East Haven, Conn. The Justice Department began to oversee the department.
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Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Aides say Obama will sign a bill authorizing new economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its ongoing interference in Ukraine. Russia's economy is reeling from earlier western sanctions.
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Border Patrol Completes Recruitment Drive Aimed At Women

The U.S. Border Patrol is looking for more female agents. While women make up 15 percent of most federal law enforcement agencies, the Border Patrol has only 5 percent female agents.
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Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back life at peace, pain subdued.
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LA Sheriff's Department Agrees To Federal Oversight To Settle Abuse Suit

The ACLU and the embattled sheriff's department have settled a class action lawsuit that will likely set in motion a number of changes within the nation's largest municipal jail system.
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Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' 2016 Run For President

The former Republican governor of Florida and the brother and son of 2 former U.S. presidents, has essentially kicked off the presidential campaign with a pre-announcement announcement on Facebook.
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Attorneys For Oklahoma Death Row Inmates Seek To Halt Executions

Lawyers will be in federal court to argue that the state should not be allowed to resume executions in January, as planned. Last spring, a botched execution caused the state to revise its protocols.
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Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

The adjournment brought the 113th Congress to a formal close. Democrat Harry Reid ended his run as majority leader, as Republicans take control of the Senate next month.

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