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US, Cuba agree to revive diplomatic relations
The United States and Cuba moved to end five decades of Cold War hostility Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a breakthrough that would also ease a crippling U.S. trade embargo.
U.S. stocks powered higher in opening trade Thursday, joining a surge in European markets amid rising oil prices and improved sentiment following Wednesday's Federal Reserve meeting.
Sony nixes film as N. Korea eyed for hack
Sony Pictures on Wednesday cancelled the release of a madcap comedy about North Korea that triggered chilling threats from hackers, as U.S. investigators reportedly blamed Pyongyang for a damaging cyber-raid on the movie giant.
He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes.
A New York City jail guard was convicted of a civil rights charge Wednesday after a jury concluded he ignored the pleas of a dying inmate who had swallowed a toxic soap ball.
'All our lives will change,' Cubans hope for future
Cubans erupted into celebration Wednesday at news of a historic renewal in relations with the United States, voicing hope the breakthrough would change their lives amid economic decay.
Cubans in Miami slam Washington's 'betrayal'
Cubans in Miami's Little Havana reacted with anger — and a sprinkling of hope — to U.S. President Barack Obama's dramatic bid Wednesday to end a half-decade Cold War with the communist-ruled island.
He was the CIA's man in Havana — the undercover agent who unmasked a spy ring lurking in America and then spent 20 years languishing in a Cuban jail.
A U.S. man who cornered a teenage German exchange student in his garage and shot him in cold blood could spend the rest of his life in prison after he was convicted of murder Wednesday.
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.
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