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  • US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 6:12 pm
    Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.
  • Castro survived odd, often inept, US schemes
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 5:54 pm
    For over half a century, the U.S. government's schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba.
  • Draft UN resolution targets Israeli occupation
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 5:42 pm
    Jordan has submitted a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands captured in 1967 to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.
  • Fed to be 'patient' about a rate hike; stocks soar
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 5:18 pm
    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.
  • Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 5:06 pm
    Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.
  • Stocks gain most in more than a year on Fed, oil
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 4:42 pm
    The U.S. stock market had its best day in more than a year after the Federal Reserve said it would to remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates.
  • Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 4:30 pm
    Colombia's largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren't targeted by the U.S.-backed military.
  • Nigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 4:12 pm
    Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists.
  • A look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 4:07 pm
    The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.
  • 5 things to know: Alcohol calorie labels on menus
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 4:00 pm
    Want to know how many calories are in that alcoholic drink you're about to order? You might be able to find out just by reading the menu.
  • Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 3:54 pm
    The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history's first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of diplomacy, especially for a cause it has long championed.
  • Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 3:42 pm
    Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing.
  • Fed to be 'patient' about a rate hike; stocks soar
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 3:37 pm
    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.
  • In surprise, Wyo. senator to head budget committee
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 3:37 pm
    The Alabama lawmaker who has been the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee for the past four years ended his effort Wednesday to become the panel's chairman, clearing the way for a colleague from Wyoming to lead the committee when the GOP controls Congress next year.
  • Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, Cuba
    Associated Press | December 17, 2014 3:31 pm
    After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments.
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