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Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal
HAVANA (AP) -- To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.... 12/20/2014 1:44 PM

After turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getaway
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) -- A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.... 12/20/2014 12:52 PM

N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.... 12/20/2014 3:30 PM

Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.... 12/20/2014 12:36 PM

Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future
MIAMI (AP) -- One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action.... 12/20/2014 2:01 PM

Immigrants build document trails to remain in US
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts.... 12/20/2014 3:47 PM

Theater shooter's parents plead for his life
DENVER (AP) -- The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain - a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.... 12/20/2014 12:34 AM

New York mayor caught between protests, police
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected last year after making promises to keep crime low while improving relations between police and the community. As the tensions between those promises continue to mount, Friday showed just how tricky threading that needle has been.... 12/20/2014 3:13 AM

Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity
PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) -- With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night").... 12/20/2014 1:52 PM

Lawyer: Woman did not intend to hit pedestrians
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) -- The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone who "does not live her life recklessly."... 12/20/2014 9:04 AM