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Cuban spy at center of Obama-Castro deal

Cuban spy at the center of the Obama-Castro dealGerardo Hernandez calls himself a terrorist fighter, but denies he conspired to commit murder.



Sony cancels Christmas release for ‘The Interview’



Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after accepting the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award during a ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)While Hillary Clinton may be the prohibitive favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the margin of American voters who would support her in a general election is razor thin.



The risks and opportunities for Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush Will 'Actively Explore the Possibility of Running for President'The Internet may be Jeb's best hope of becoming the GOP nominee.



After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba

President Barack Obama talks with President Raúl Castro of CubaPresident Obama will launch negotiations with Cuba.



Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016

Will Warren’s policies help her beat Clinton?Democrats are worried that they've become too focused on specific groups within their coalition and have lost focus on winning over moderate voters who care most about the economy and view government with skepticism.



Pakistan mourns as mass funerals begin

Pakistani students pray during a ceremony for the victims of Tuesday's school attack, at a school in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pakistan mourned as the nation prepares for mass funerals Wednesday for over 140 people, most of them children, killed in the Taliban massacre in a military-run school in the country’s northwest in the deadliest and most horrific attacks in years, officials said. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)The nation begins burying the 142 victims, most of them children, of the school attack.



U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations

Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policyThese moves represent the biggest shift in U.S. policy toward the island in decades.



Cuba releases Alan Gross after 5 years in prison
The move comes amidst reports that U.S. will try to normalize relations with Cuba.
Pakistan massacre ‘blowback’ from U.S.-backed offensive against Taliban, officials say
The Pakistani Taliban assault on a school — killing 145, including 132 children — appears to be ”blowback” from a months-long Pakistani military offensive against the terror group that was encouraged and supported by the U.S. government, Pakistani and U.S. officials said today.
Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

People lay flowers to pay respect to the shooting victims at a makeshift memorial at Martin Place in Sydney's Martin Place, Sydney Australia. Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014. Three people including a lone gunman who took siege in a Sydney CBD cafe are dead after a police action ended in the early hours of the morning. (AP/Photo/Steve Christo)SYDNEY (AP) — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.



Obama announces U.S. to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison, a U.S. official said on Wednesday amid reports of a prisoner exchange that heralds a major overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba. The U.S. official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN reported a prisoner exchange that also included Cuba releasing a U.S. intelligence source and the United States releasing three Cuban intelligence agents. U.S. President Barack Obama was to make a statement at noon on Cuba, the White House said. ...
Florida's Cuban Americans rejoice at U.S. policy overhaul

City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado speaks with journalists in Little Havana in MiamiBy Zachary Fagenson and David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Some Cuban exiles rejoiced at the prospect of easier access to their relatives. Some swelled with guarded optimism over the prospect of thawing relations between the United States and the communist island. And some were simply "ecstatic." News on Wednesday that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half century rippled through the 1.5-million-strong exile community in the United States, many of them lifelong opponents of communist rule. ...



Montana homeowner found guilty in slaying of German exchange student

File photo of Markus Kaarma during an afternoon break in Missoula County Court in Missoula MontanaMISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A jury found a Montana homeowner guilty of deliberate homicide on Wednesday in the shooting death of a German high school exchange student who entered his garage in a case that tested the state's version of a "castle doctrine" self-defense law. Markus Kaarma, who prosecutors painted as an armed aggressor who lured a would-be burglar to his death, was charged in connection with the April death of Diren Dede, 17, of Hamburg, who authorities say was killed while "garage hopping" at night in Missoula in a possible search for alcohol. ...



Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law

President Barack Obama returns a salute as he steps off Marine One helicopter upon his return on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Obama traveled to New Jersey to speak to members of the military at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)A rare bipartisan achievement, the bill will keep the government operating over the next nine months.



USOC decides to bid for 2024; city still undecided

ROME & THE OLYMPIC BURDENThe U.S. Olympic Committee will try to land the 2024 Olympics and end a 28-year drought without the Summer Games.



Cosby won't be charged in 1974 sex claim

File photo of comedian Bill Cosby playing the vibraphone at a concert in BostonLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby, who has been the subject of dozens of sex abuse allegations over the past two months, will not be charged in connection with a 1974 sexual molestation claim, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said on Tuesday. The claim, which was recently brought by a California woman Judy Huth, was deemed to have been too old and surpassed the state's statute of limitations. Huth alleges Cosby molested her as a 15-year-old at the Playboy mansion. (Reporting by Eric Kelsey)



Pennsylvania suspect in family killings dead of self-inflicted cuts

Suspect identified in killing spree near Philadelphia; 6 deadBy Daniel Kelley EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (Reuters) - An Iraq War veteran sought in the killing of six family members in Pennsylvania was found dead on Tuesday of "self-inflicted cutting wounds" following a two-day manhunt, authorities said. Suspect Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg was being sought in the deaths on Monday of his ex-wife, her mother, grandmother, sister and two other family members, including his 14-year-old niece. His 17-year-old nephew was seriously wounded. Stone's body was found on Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area in New Hanover Township, about a half mile (0. ...



Pakistani officials say siege at school over
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say the siege at a Pakistani school is over, and authorities are sweeping the area.
NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, cars enter Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 released another round of data leaks, including ominous threats against the premiere of Sony Pictures' film "The Interview," in which the group references the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too.



What we know about Aussie hostage taker

In this April 18, 2011 file photo of Man Haron Monis, believed to be the gunman inside the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, speaks to the media as he leaves the Downing Centre in Sydney after a pre-trial hearing where he is accused of sending offending letters to the families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Police decided to storm the Lindt Cafe early Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014 when they heard a number of gunshots from inside, and ended with a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the gunman dead, and four others wounded. (AP Photo/AAP Image, Dean Lewins) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT, NO ARCHIVE, NO SALESThe man behind the deadly siege was a self-styled sheikh with a violent criminal past.



Suspect in six Pennsylvania killings is target of manhunt

Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Authorities say Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)By Daniel Kelley LOWER SALFORD, Penn. (Reuters) - An Iraq war veteran suspected of killing six family members, including his 14-year-old niece, in a shooting spree in communities near Philadelphia was being sought on Monday by Pennsylvania police. The manhunt for Bradley William Stone, 35, focused in and around Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, where residents were advised to remain indoors with their doors locked, the Montgomery County district attorney said. ...