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  1. Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba dealRead the original story w/Photo

    4 min ago | Connecticut Post

    In this Feb. 11, 2010 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro attends the opening ceremony of the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba. To many exiles and their allies, Castro is a dictator who locks up dissenters and snuffs out political discourse.

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  2. Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows responseRead the original story w/Photo

    4 min ago | The Tribune

    President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

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  3. Appointment of first female Bishop for Church of England: What does this move meanRead the original story w/Photo

    5 min ago | Merinews

    Church of England has appointed its first ever female Bishop on 17 December, 2014. Her name is Libby Lane, a Parish priest from Crewe who will become the new Bishop of Stockport.

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  4. Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice'Read the original story w/Photo

    5 min ago | Asian Correspondent

    Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release. Obama said during a press conference Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in dropping "The Interview."

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  5. In the wake of the Sony hack, Russia buddies up to North KoreaRead the original story w/Photo

    5 min ago | Examiner.com

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Moscow in 2015, the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Dec. 19, 2014 . North Korea 's reclusive leader would be celebrating the anniversary of the former Soviet Union's World War Two victory on May 9, 2015.

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  6. Re: The FBI Blames North Korea For Sony HackRead the original story w/Photo

    7 min ago | NewsOne

    President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in deciding to shelve a film about a plot to assassinate North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un even though the studio suffered significant damage in a hack attack the FBI blames on the secretive Communist regime. "I wish they had spoken to me first," Obama said of Sony executives at a year-end news conference in which he said, "we cannot have a society in which some dictatorship someplace can start imposing censorship " The president also said that if the company had reached out to him first, "I would have told them: Do not get into the pattern in which you are intimidated."

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  7. The Coming Obama End Run for Gun ControlRead the original story w/Photo

    7 min ago | Townhall

    With just over two years left in the administration of President Barack Obama, and with his promise, some might view it as a threat, to use the powers of his office to make changes he believes are best to move the country towards the vision he and his supporters have for the future of America , protecting Americans' right to bear arms will be even more important as the Obama Presidency winds down. The president has made no secret of his interest in enacting more stringent gun control across the board in America.

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  8. Obama administration accused of political motives in push for new citizensRead the original story w/Photo

    15 min ago | Fox News

    Nearly 20 years after reporters and congressional investigators caught the Clinton administration trying to register a million immigrants as new citizens and Democratic voters -- many without proper documents -- some Republicans fear the Obama administration is instituting a similar policy. The November memorandum issued by the White House and Department of Homeland Security on immigration does more than give a reprieve to millions of illegal immigrants.

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  9. What Is Organic Food?Read the original story w/Photo

    16 min ago | The Free Dictionary

    Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods of organic farming that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation , industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

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  10. Iraqis leave Mt Sinjar as IS siege brokenRead the original story w/Photo

    1 hr ago | NEWS.com.au

    BARACK Obama answered eight questions at the close of his end of year press conference. But he did it in a way no president has before.

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  11. College RatingsRead the original story

    1 hr ago | Watersblogged

    Source: chronicle.com --- Friday, December 19, 2014The controversy over the Ratings is unlikely to subside. Here's a guide to 11 metrics that could make the cut-and one that won't.

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  12. Obama: Sony 'made a mistake'Read the original story w/Photo

    5 hrs ago | WPBF

    President Barack Obama prodded Congress to eliminate the United States' decades-old Cuba embargo Friday, saying that improving relations with the communist country will help open its "hermetically sealed society" -- even if changes come in "fits and starts." He said he doesn't expect lawmakers to strip the embargo away immediately, and that Congress will need time to digest a deal he struck this week to free American contractor Alan Gross, trade imprisoned spies and ease U.S. economic restrictions on Cuba in exchange for the release of dozens of political prisoners and expanded Internet there.

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  13. Forest Service Responds to Spikes on TrailsRead the original story w/Photo

    7 hrs ago | Motorcycle USA

    The U.S. Forest Service has investigated four incidents in which vandals endangered the lives of motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle riders by burying spikes along trails used by off-highway vehicles and others, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. The spiked strips, which resemble heavy barbed wire, can cause flat tires on motorized vehicles, which could cause loss of control and result in a crash.

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  14. Unsung Heroes: Whittier teacher shows Pioneer High students the meaning of communityRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Dec 17 | Pasadena Star-News

    Editor's note: In the spirit of the holidays, we have singled out groups and individuals that work to make the community a little stronger by their actions and commitment. One story will be featured each day through the new year.

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  15. Centro Hispano provides explanation for legal US statusRead the original story w/Photo

    9 min ago | WBIR-TV Knoxville

    Centro Hispano provides explanation for legal US status Centro Hispano Friday offered insight into the process undocumented immigrants will have to get temporary legal status. Check out this story on WBIR.com: http://on.wbir.com/16Bc7uZ People in Knoxville Friday learned about the application process and requirements needed to meet U.S. legal status under President Obama's plan announced in November.

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  16. Nation briefs: FBI chides own practicesRead the original story w/Photo

    9 min ago | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    FBI agents in every region of the country have mishandled, mislabeled and lost evidence, according to a highly critical internal investigation that discovered errors with nearly half the pieces of evidence it reviewed. The evidence collection and retention system is the backbone of the FBI's investigative process, and the report said it is beset by problems.

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  17. Panel to advise against penalty for CIA's computer searchRead the original story w/Photo

    9 min ago | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff members who were looking into the CIA's use of torture will recommend against punishing anyone involved in the episode, according to current and former government officials. The panel will make that recommendation after the five CIA officials who were singled out by the agency's inspector general this year for improperly ordering and carrying out the computer searches staunchly defended their actions, saying they were lawful and in some cases done at the behest of CIA director John O. Brennan.

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  18. Putin's bubble bursts: Plunging oil prices aren't the sole problemRead the original story w/Photo

    10 min ago | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    If you're the type who finds macho posturing impressive, Vladimir Putin is your kind of guy. Sure enough, many American conservatives seem to have an embarrassing crush on the swaggering strongman.

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  19. Obama vows action over Sony hackingRead the original story w/Photo

    10 min ago | Independent.ie

    Barack Obama says the US will take action over the hacking attack on Sony, which America blames on North Korea Barack Obama has said US will respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal of a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. The FBI blamed the hack on North Korea's reclusive communist government, but President Obama criticised Sony Pictures Entertainment, saying it "made a mistake" in shelving The Interview.

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  20. Obama downplays Keystone XL pipeline's impactRead the original story w/Photo

    10 min ago | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    President Barack Obama offered a dim view of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline Friday, casting it as a project with big gains for Canadian oil producers but few tangible benefits for the United States. Mr. Obama's remarks in a pre-holiday news conference at the White House came as Nebraska's highest court weighs a challenge of the pipeline's proposed route through the state.

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