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Top theater chains cancel 'The Interview' showings
NEW YORK (AP) -- The top theater chains in North America have dropped "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy, effectively squashing the film's Dec. 25 release.... 12/17/2014 9:31 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

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 9:33 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

Republican wins Arizona House seat after recount
PHOENIX (AP) -- Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final unresolved midterm race to a Republican challenger.... 12/17/2014 9:10 PM

Lethal injection drug bill clears Ohio Legislature
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio bill that would shield the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs has cleared its Legislature.... 12/17/2014 10:01 PM