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US, Cuba patch torn relations

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.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation

Killing shows strict police vetting needed

DENVER (AP) - The discovery that a Cleveland officer who shot and killed a 12-year-old boy last month had washed out at another police force highlights what some experts call an unnerving truth about policing: Departments don't always dig deeply enough into recruits' pasts.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation

Guilty verdict in exchange student’s death

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.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation

Uber says it will focus more on safety

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation

Fed to be ‘patient’ about a rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation

Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ release

NEW YORK (AP) - Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."

December 17, 2014 | | Nation

BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

NEW YORK (AP) - BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation

Dish adds Netflix app to some of its set-top boxes

NEW YORK (AP) - Dish is making it easier to watch video from an online rival, Netflix.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation

Man gets 7 years for mailing bomb to Arizona sheriff

PHOENIX (AP) - An Oklahoma man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for his conviction on charges of mailing an inoperable homemade bomb to an Arizona sheriff in a plot to frame a former business partner.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation

Congress votes to extend tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Banks, retailers, commuters and teachers will keep their temporary tax breaks for another year after Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a massive tax package affecting millions of businesses and individuals.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation

Man unable to use arms faces gun possession charge in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition is being held in jail while facing a gun possession charge his lawyer calls shocking.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation

Wal-Mart sued over shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) - The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging negligence and violation of the man's civil rights.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation

Retired officer gives autism safety

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - A retired police officer from Michigan has made it his mission to educate first-responders and others about how to more effectively interact with people with autism spectrum disorder.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation

Sex-change for inmate overturned

BOSTON (AP) - A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation

Hackers make threats against theaters

NEW YORK (AP) - Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referred to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The group also released a trove of data files including thousands of emails from the inbox of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation

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Cal-Berkeley suspends course amid Jewish groups’ complaints

BERKELEY . (AP) - The University of California at Berkeley has suspended a course amid accusations it shared anti-Semitic viewpoints and was designed to indoctrinate students against ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

Diverse America divided on flag, anthem, other symbols

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The oldest Latino civil rights group in the United States opens every meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, a tradition resulting from ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

A shrinking Army aims to keep citizen-soldiers combat ready

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) - Before citizen-soldiers of the 48th Infantry Brigade deployed to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Georgia National Guard troops spent months ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

Reversing course, Trump admits Obama was born in the USA

WASHINGTON (AP) - After five years as the chief promoter of a lie about Barack Obama's birthplace, Donald Trump abruptly reversed course Friday and acknowledged ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

Daredevil successfully powers rocket over Snake River Canyon

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Professional stuntman Eddie Braun successfully jumped over the Snake River Canyon Friday afternoon in an ode to his boyhood idol, Evel ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

13-year-old with BB gun killed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A black boy. A white Ohio police officer. A pellet gun that looked like a real weapon. And a deadly shooting.

September 15, 2016 | | Nation

Senate candidate assembles gun blindfolded in TV ad

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri assembles an AR-15 assault rifle - blindfolded - then dares the incumbent Republican to do the ...

September 15, 2016 | | Nation

Reflective Clinton returns to campaign trail after pneumonia

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Back on the campaign trail, a reflective Hillary Clinton said Thursday her three-day, doctor-mandated break gave her new perspective on why ...

September 15, 2016 | | Nation

Spokesman: Trump now believes President Obama was born in US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's campaign spokesman says the Republican presidential candidate now believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States, despite the ...

September 15, 2016 | | Nation

Prosecutor explains suspended sentence for Iowa child sex assault

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - A prosecutor in the case of an Iowa teen who was given a suspended 10-year prison sentence for molesting a 1-year-old girl ...

September 15, 2016 | | Nation

Trump stands up for backers as rally scuffle breaks out

BALTIMORE (AP) - Donald Trump stood up for his supporters Monday against Hillary Clinton's remark that half of his supporters belonged in "a basket of ...

September 12, 2016 | | Nation

Clinton feels good, says she didn’t pass out during stumble

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Monday that she's feeling better since falling ill at a 9/11 memorial ...

September 12, 2016 | | Nation

Homeless man dies as car crashes into tent

SEATTLE (AP) A car went off a freeway ramp in Seattle on Monday morning, killing a 19-year-old man inside a tent at small homeless encampment ...

September 12, 2016 | | Nation

Mosque where gunman worshipped set on fire

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - The mosque that Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen attended was heavily damaged in an arson fire that Muslim leaders said was ...

September 12, 2016 | | Nation

Nuclear plant for sale at fraction of cost

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (AP) - After spending more than 40 years and $5 billion on an unfinished nuclear power plant in northeastern Alabama, the nation's largest ...

September 11, 2016 | | Nation

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