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NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly
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.... 12/17/2014 7:48 PM

Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.... 12/17/2014 7:30 PM

Released from Cuba, Alan Gross says freedom is not free
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alan Gross emerged Wednesday from five years of captivity in Cuba praising the Cuban people and offering a lesson he said he learned: Freedom is not free.... 12/17/2014 7:55 PM

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak
BOSTON (AP) -- In the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine, 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people.... 12/17/2014 7:12 PM

Expert: 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.... 12/17/2014 2:36 PM

Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.... 12/17/2014 7:25 PM

New York will move to prohibit fracking
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.... 12/17/2014 6:56 PM

New Hampshire man indicted on sex, kidnap charges
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire man faces more than 200 counts charging him with snatching a 14-year-old girl as she walked home from high school last year, imprisoning her and sexually assaulting her over nine months, according to indictments released Wednesday.... 12/17/2014 8:07 PM

Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado awarded more than $8 million for medical marijuana research Wednesday, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential.... 12/17/2014 7:36 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 6:21 PM