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Obama's Cuba switch forces exile groups to adapt
MIAMI (AP) -- Hours before President Barack Obama announced an end to a half-century of U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba's communist government, the Cuban American National Foundation opened the doors to its inviting new headquarters, with a modern glass and concrete lobby in the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community.... 12/19/2014 10:47 PM

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.... 12/19/2014 10:40 PM

Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.... 12/19/2014 10:22 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.... 12/19/2014 10:26 PM

Sugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday.... 12/19/2014 11:04 PM

Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot
DENVER (AP) -- Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement.... 12/19/2014 11:36 PM

Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama banned new investments in Crimea on Friday, slapping sanctions on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year.... 12/19/2014 10:33 PM

Lawmaker wants investigation of St. Louis prosecutor
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Missouri lawmaker is calling for an investigation of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, saying he "manipulated" the grand jury in the Ferguson case. McCulloch said in a radio interview on Friday that some witnesses obviously lied to the grand jury.... 12/19/2014 9:44 PM

Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward dies in California at 95
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew nearly 200 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.... 12/19/2014 10:18 PM

China's wealth finds home in Washington state
MEDINA, Wash. (AP) -- Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state.... 12/19/2014 11:27 PM