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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

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say
MIAMI (AP) -- The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.... 12/20/2014 12:20 AM

Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.... 12/20/2014 1:24 AM

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

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared 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.... 12/20/2014 11:21 AM

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

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

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

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.... 12/20/2014 1:52 AM