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Obama announces U.S. to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison, a U.S. official said on Wednesday amid reports of a prisoner exchange that heralds a major overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba. The U.S. official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN reported a prisoner exchange that also included Cuba releasing a U.S. intelligence source and the United States releasing three Cuban intelligence agents. U.S. President Barack Obama was to make a statement at noon on Cuba, the White House said. ...

Florida's Cuban Americans rejoice at U.S. policy overhaul

City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado speaks with journalists in Little Havana in MiamiBy Zachary Fagenson and David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Some Cuban exiles rejoiced at the prospect of easier access to their relatives. Some swelled with guarded optimism over the prospect of thawing relations between the United States and the communist island. And some were simply "ecstatic." News on Wednesday that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half century rippled through the 1.5-million-strong exile community in the United States, many of them lifelong opponents of communist rule. ...

Montana homeowner found guilty in slaying of German exchange student

File photo of Markus Kaarma during an afternoon break in Missoula County Court in Missoula MontanaMISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A jury found a Montana homeowner guilty of deliberate homicide on Wednesday in the shooting death of a German high school exchange student who entered his garage in a case that tested the state's version of a "castle doctrine" self-defense law. Markus Kaarma, who prosecutors painted as an armed aggressor who lured a would-be burglar to his death, was charged in connection with the April death of Diren Dede, 17, of Hamburg, who authorities say was killed while "garage hopping" at night in Missoula in a possible search for alcohol. ...

UPenn fraternity suspended over 'Beyonce' sex doll holiday card

UPenn fraternity suspended over 'Beyonce' sex doll holiday cardA University of Pennsylvania fraternity has been suspended pending an investigation into a holiday card showing the mostly white group posing with what it says was a Beyoncé sex doll.

Sexual assault reports calls for changes at Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) ? A Brown University task force on sexual assault said Wednesday the school's current culture is unacceptable and must be changed to ensure the campus is a "safe and welcoming place."

Sony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release

A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)NEW YORK (AP) ? Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens.

Delaware County doctor charged with dealing pills

Delaware County doctor charged with dealing pillsDelaware County investigators say a drug dealing doctor is off the streets.

15 years for FBI chat room terror case

MIAMI (AP) ? A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his conviction in South Florida of supporting terrorism in a case in which an FBI employee posed online as a terror financing middleman.

Sony Pictures cancels Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview'

Sony Pictures cancels Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview'Sony Pictures has canceled the Christmas Day release of the movie "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy.

5 things to know: Alcohol calorie labels on menus

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Want to know how many calories are in that alcoholic drink you're about to order? You might be able to find out just by reading the menu.