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Politics

U.S., Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility
U.S. senator pledges to block efforts to normalize Cuba relations
Secret talks in Canada, Vatican City led to Cuba breakthrough
Republican Boehner calls Obama's Cuba deal a 'mindless concession'
After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba
Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll
Vastly changed electoral system presents risks and opportunities for Jeb Bush

News Headlines

Rep. defends 'Citibank' part of bill - The mystery congressman who quietly inserted an amendment into the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that caused a progressive outcry is coming forward to defend the provision. The measure weakens banking regulations designed to prevent another financial crisis.
Did UVA rapist actually exist? - He's the man Jackie, the alleged victim of a gang rape, said lured her to his room. But accounts from some of Jackie's friends raise questions about whether he existed.
Top Google search for 2014 is ... - In 2013, people just wanted to know how to twerk. It was a more innocent time. This year, people wanted to know if they had Ebola.
President Hails Secret Agent Freed From Cuba - Details about the unnamed spy who spent 20 years in prison are trickling out.
Teen Cleared of Murder 70 Years After His Execution - George Stinney, 14 years old and 95 pounds, was convicted of beating two white girls to death after a three-hour trial.
Headed Home: Three Members of 'Cuban Five' Freed - Their lawyer said the swap ends an "arduous experience" for the three convicted of spying for Cuba in Florida.
New York State Moves to Ban Fracking - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration cites unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits.
Minivan Mom No Longer a Threat: Defense Doctors - Wilkerson, 33, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity last week. Now, her team wants her placed on conditional release and not hospitalized.
Historic Thaw: Obama Scraps 'Outdated Approach' on Cuba - President Barack Obama said he was ending a "a rigid policy that's rooted in events that took place before most of us were born."
Turbulence injures 14 on flight - An American Airlines plane en route from Seoul, Korea to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas diverted to Narita, Japan, Tuesday after 15 people were reportedly injured by turbulence during the flight.

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Sports

Gruden, RG3, Redskins all deserve each other

Dysfunction persists in for Washington.

Before Ray Rice, the NFL had Christian Peter

The former NFL and college lineman addressed past sexual abuse charges.

Durant explains why he'd want to play with Kobe

Durant says that Bryant demands a lot from players and makes them better

Ex says Kurt Busch has alcohol, depression issues

NASCAR driver's ex-girlfriend breaks down on the stand during testimony that lasts hours

Health

Homemade deodorant and scalp treatment recipes

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Earth-to-face beauty products grow in popularity

It's become almost ho-hum to read a menu that lists precisely where the apples were picked or how the cow was raised. So what's the next wave in sourcing? It's already upon us. People are becoming as picky about what goes on their skin as what goes in their bodies, and they are looking to the...

Study offers support for the notion of e-cigarettes as a gateway drug

Do e-cigarettes lure teens into a world of vice that turns them into smokers of regular cigarettes? This is the big fear of anti-smoking activists, and new data from Hawaii suggest they may be right.

Gift ideas for the traveling health fanatic

As a globe-trotting health enthusiast, I know how hard it can be to find a useful gift for me. We're a somewhat picky bunch — when you live out of a suitcase, you don't have much choice.

Winter equipment to protect you from ice, snow, the dark and cold

We're a little arrogant about our fitness here in Southern California. While millions of other Americans bundle up against the Arctic chill blasting a swath of the country, we happily keep on cycling and running and skating in shorts and tank tops. But now it's December; nighttime...

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Rhodium: $1095.00 +0.00%/oz, $35.21/g

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Crude Oil: $56.39USD / Barrel

Britain hits out at 'outdated' UN decolonisation committee in Falklands row

UN committee chair's refusal to visit Falkland Islands is "outdated", says UK ambassador to UN

Barack Obama normalises relations with Cuba

US President Barack Obama unveils new era of US-Cuba relations following release of American prisoner Alan Gross

National Geographic Photography Contest 2014 winners

Winners and honourable mentions of the 2014 edition

Bay of Pigs to Guantánamo Bay: timeline of US-Cuban relations since the rise of Castro

As Barack Obama announces plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba, we look back at the past six decades in US-Cuban relations

Barack Obama to announce major US-Cuba deal: live

Latest coverage as US and Cuban presidents speak, amid reports Cuban embargo may be eased following deal brokered by Pope Francis, and Cuba releases American prisoner

US-Cuba prisoner exchange - who are the 'Cuban Five'?

The released Cuban prisoners are veterans of the half-century long spy war between America and Cuba

Pope Francis appoints British survivor of priestly sex abuse to church commission

Peter Saunders joins special commission to protect children and help those abused by members of Catholic Church

Just a Thought

Wilson Mizner

"The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away."

Theodore Roosevelt

"Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care."

Population Data

US Population: 303,956,087
1 American vs 23.72 World, 4.22% of Earth.
World Population: 7,208,797,566 212,420 new people over the last 503.7 days, hitting 8B on 2025-Feb-27 @ 8:06:47 am±.

US Debt to the Penny

18,033,285,352,731.29 USD,
or $59,329 per American citizen.

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