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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. Air Force One touched down late in the evening at Joint Base … Continue reading

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Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingness for bold and risky action, if he can keep tight control and rely on a few close … Continue reading

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Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep … Continue reading

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US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf … Continue reading

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Cuba: President Obama Determined to ‘Chip Away’ at ‘Hermetically Sealed’ Country

President Obama’s decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba “chips away” at the nation’s “hermetically sealed society,” the president said today at what is likely his last news conference of the year. “This is still a regime that represses its … Continue reading

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These American Fugitives May Be Hiding Out in Cuba

Former prisoner Alan Gross was thrilled to return to America from Cuba earlier this week but there are dozens of other Americans who are in the country for other reasons — and probably don’t plan on leaving. Cuba has been … Continue reading

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Sony Hacking: President Obama Says Company Made ‘Mistake’ in Canceling ‘The Interview’

President Obama says Sony Pictures Entertainment made a “mistake” in canceling its planned release of the movie “The Interview” following a destructive cyber attack the U.S. government says was launched by North Korea. “Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant … Continue reading

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Boston Marathon bombing survivor waves fake leg at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev supporters outside courthouse

A Boston Marathon bombing survivor who lost a leg in the attack waved his prosthetic limb at a small group of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sympathizers Thursday. Marc Fucarile, walking with a cane, saw the protesters on his way to a Boston … Continue reading

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Obama’s year-end message to Americans: I’m not a lame duck

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If U.S. President Barack Obama is feeling the pain from a rough year at the office, he did a great job of covering it up on Friday. Before boarding Air Force One for a … Continue reading

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Potential U.S. Republican 2016 contenders spar over Cuba policy

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Neither is officially running for president yet, but potential Republican 2016 presidential candidates Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have trading barbs about Cuba in what were the opening shots of an intraparty fight over … Continue reading

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