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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accordWed, 17 Dec 2014 23:03:05 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) -- After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations....
Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thawWed, 17 Dec 2014 22:40:23 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) -- Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing....
Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relationsThu, 18 Dec 2014 00:04:01 GMTHAVANA (AP) -- Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility....
14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreakThu, 18 Dec 2014 00:22:10 GMTBOSTON (AP) -- Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected....
Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, CubaWed, 17 Dec 2014 22:25:26 GMTMEXICO CITY (AP) -- After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments....
AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hackingWed, 17 Dec 2014 23:28:47 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea and are expected to make an announcement in the near future....