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US re-establishing relations with Cuba, easing economic, travel restrictions

President Barack Obama declared an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island

Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers

Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low." Read more »

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Musical of 'School of Rock' heading to Broadway

Rockers, rejoice: The Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" may be going, but get ready for "The School of Rock." Read more »

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Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

Here is a roll call of some of the people who died in 2014. Read more »

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Tired of interruptions, Catholic priest installs cellphone jammer in church

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A Roman Catholic priest in Naples, Italy, is fed up with the sound of cellphones interrupting masses and funerals. His answer? Install a cellphone jammer. Read more »

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10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you... Read more »

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Abu Dhabi's Etihad gets A380, complete with suite

Abu Dhabi's national carrier, Etihad, showcased on Thursday the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky." Read more »

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Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce

Colombia's government on Thursday rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group, saying the guerrillas' conditions are unacceptable until a peace deal is reached. Read more »

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2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner

Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. Read more »

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Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has... Read more »

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European court rules obesity can be a disability

Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal... Read more »

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Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy

Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country's long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy. Read more »

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A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities

Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. Read more »

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Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. Read more »

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Abused children die as officials across the United States fail to protect

At least 760 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while... Read more »

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Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet

Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country. Read more »

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US jobless aid applications decline to 289,000

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers. Read more »

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US consumer prices fall in November

Plunging gasoline costs caused U.S. consumer prices to drop in November, muting inflation across the entire economy. Read more »

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Vermont governor abandons single-payer health care plan, says tax increases would be too big

Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded... Read more »

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Utah mourners for Pakistani children killed in Taliban attack say 'enough is enough'

Mourners lit candles and offered prayers for 132 children and nine adults killed in a Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan. Read more »

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50 things you might not know about the 'Lord of the Rings,' 'Hobbit' films

Audiences around the world are joining Peter Jackson on a last journey to Middle Earth with the release of the third and final "Hobbit" film, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," on... Read more »

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Final goodbye: A roll call of some who died in 2014

ch turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of... Read more »

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Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers

In that way, the long, fruitless hunt for clues to Flight 370's fate set the tone for many of the headlines that defined 2014. It was a year upended by calamity and conflict, disease and division... Read more »

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Tango, cake and food for the poor greet Pope Francis on his birthday

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What do you give the pontiff who has no material needs? Pope Francis' 78th birthday was marked Wednesday by a tango demonstration in St. Peter's Square, birthday cake, handmade cards from children... Read more »

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Nevada regulators again reject tribal solar plant

Nevada regulators rejected for the second time Wednesday a request to waive competitive bids for utility company NV Energy to buy solar power from a proposed solar generation station on the Moapa... Read more »

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Gov. Nixon ends state of emergency for Ferguson protests

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday ended the state of emergency that he declared for the St. Louis area ahead of unrest over the Ferguson grand jury decision, praising the work of police and the... Read more »

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