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Sony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film.... 12/17/2014 10:14 PM

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord
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.... 12/17/2014 10:00 PM

Freed American endured years of declining health
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alan Gross spent five years wasting away in a Cuban prison, losing hope that he would ever be free and at one point apparently contemplating suicide. He dropped more than 100 pounds, developed hip problems and lost most of the vision in one eye.... 12/17/2014 9:58 PM

Cuban exile community divided over Obama changes
MIAMI (AP) -- Some Cuban exiles in Miami are outraged, but others are elated that President Barack Obama secretly arranged prisoner exchanges with Cuban leader Raul Castro as part of an effort to normalize relations.... 12/17/2014 7:47 PM

Charges: Stun gun, zip ties used on abducted teen
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A man used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control a teenage girl he's accused of kidnapping at gunpoint, imprisoning and sexually assaulting over nine months, according to indictments released Wednesday.... 12/17/2014 10:14 PM

New York move to ban fracking heartens critics
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York plans to prohibit hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique and delighting opponents who previously managed to win only local bans.... 12/17/2014 9:30 PM

Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential - a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects.... 12/17/2014 9:52 PM

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak
BOSTON (AP) -- Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.... 12/17/2014 10:27 PM

Arkansas' model Medicaid experiment in jeopardy
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas became the first Southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. The state bought private insurance for low-income people instead of adding them to the rolls of the Medicaid system, which GOP lawmakers considered bloated and inefficient.... 12/17/2014 8:46 PM

Bush makes surprise visit to Sept. 11 museum
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former President George W. Bush made a surprise visit to the Sept. 11 museum in New York City over the weekend.... 12/17/2014 10:05 PM