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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

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

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

Montana man convicted 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 in a case that attracted attention as a test of "stand your ground" laws in the U.S. that govern the use of deadly force against attackers.... 12/17/2014 8:47 PM

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.... 12/17/2014 8:36 PM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

1st Florida gay divorce granted by judge
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida history was granted Wednesday by a Broward County judge who used the case to join other judges in declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.... 12/17/2014 8:00 PM

Scientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.... 12/17/2014 7:49 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 8:13 PM