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The U.S. And Cuba: A Brief History Of A Tortured Relationship

Wed, 2014-12-17 10:09

The stalemate has outlasted 10 U.S. presidents, a failed invasion, a nuclear crisis and countless boatloads of Cuban asylum seekers. All that changed on Wednesday.

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Prisoner Exchange With Cuba Led To Freedom For Top U.S. Intelligence Agent

Wed, 2014-12-17 09:31

President Obama called the unnamed man "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba." The agent spent nearly two decades in a Cuban prison.

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Managed Care Plans Make Progress In Erasing Racial Disparities

Wed, 2014-12-17 09:30

Though blacks still lag whites nationwide in health, disparities have been largely eliminated in the western states, a study finds. Kaiser Permanente's Medicare HMOs did best on that.

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New Cuba Policy Is Met With Cheers And Jeers On Both Sides Of The Aisle

Wed, 2014-12-17 09:26

Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Cuban-American lawmakers issued blistering rebukes of plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

Wed, 2014-12-17 09:10

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.

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Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Wed, 2014-12-17 08:06

Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.

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Risks Have Never Been Greater For Medical Workers In Conflict Zones

Wed, 2014-12-17 07:55

They've always been caught in the crossfire. But now they're being directly targeted. And no place is more dangerous than Syria.

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Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

Wed, 2014-12-17 07:31

"Nonna Marijuana's Italian Feast" is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis Italian food infused with love.

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A Tweet On Women's Veils, Followed By Raging Debate In Saudi Arabia

Wed, 2014-12-17 07:11

A prominent ultra-conservative figure says that face veils for women are not mandatory. Now everyone is weighing in on the hottest topic in the kingdom.

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Cuba, U.S. Agree To Prisoner Release Including American Alan Gross

Wed, 2014-12-17 06:50

Signaling what could be a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years, will be released, while the U.S. will release three Cubans.

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Polls Show Cuban-American View On U.S.-Cuba Relations Is Nuanced

Wed, 2014-12-17 06:50

For years, Cuban-Americans in Miami supported punitive policies against Cuba. But, after Obama's election, that view has moderated.

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Church Of England Names Its First Female Bishop

Wed, 2014-12-17 05:56

Rev. Libby Lane has been a parish priest for 20 years. She will be consecrated on Jan. 26, becoming the first female bishop since the church was founded five centuries ago.

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Cuba Frees American Contractor Alan Gross

Wed, 2014-12-17 05:04

Gross, a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, spent five years in Cuban detention. He had been serving a 15-year sentence for crimes against the Cuban state.

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In Pictures: After Horrific Attack, Pakistan Picks Up The Pieces

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:01

The families of the victims, began to bury their dead and people across the country held prayer services to remember the 145 killed in a Taliban attack on a school.

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As Pakistan Mourns, Prime Minister Removes Moratorium On Death Penalty

Wed, 2014-12-17 03:17

The country was starting to take stock of a Taliban attack on a school that killed 145 people. Most of them were children.

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Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Wed, 2014-12-17 01:04

Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back a normal life — at peace, pain subdued.

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For Crop Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

Tue, 2014-12-16 23:45

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.

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An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!'

Tue, 2014-12-16 23:42

Oakland's restorative justice program is at the forefront of efforts to rethink school discipline.

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Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Tue, 2014-12-16 21:45

Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn't survive the night.

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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:28

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he was shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.

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