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December 18, 2014

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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

WASHINGTON -- 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.

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Fears fanned by hackers bring down Sony film

NEW YORK -- A U.S. official says North Korea perpetrated the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for the film at the heart of the attack, "The Interview."

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Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod prices

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.

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Why oil is down by half, what it means for you

NEW YORK -- The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.

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California gets funding for quake warning system

LOS ANGELES -- California received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year that would provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities to shut off gas lines and people to dive under a table until the shaking stops.

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Police altering tactics after killings, protests

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With tensions running high over the killings of blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation.

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Friends say they pushed UVA 'Jackie' to call police

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Three friends of an alleged victim of a gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house told The Associated Press that a magazine article that used the woman's attack to paint a picture of a culture of sexual violence on college campuses was wrong on a number of key points: most important that they didn't encourage her to report the attack and that they were more concerned about their reputations than her well-being.

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