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Cuba Inc.? Not quite

POLITICO - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:12pm
While chicken and rice exports may take off, don't expect U.S.-made tractors and lumber to flood Havana.
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205 more charges for kidnapping suspect

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:04pm
A 34-year-old man originally charged in the kidnapping of a New Hampshire teen is now facing 205 additional charges, according to two grand jury rulings.
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Six charged in West Virginia water contamination

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:02pm
Almost one year after water for more than 300,000 West Virginia residents was contaminated because of a chemical spill, six former officials for the company responsible for the leak are facing federal charges.
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14 arrested in deadly meningitis outbreak

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:58pm
Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the deadly 2012 national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections distributed by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, a law enforcement source told CNN on Wednesday.
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Still Fleeing Cuba

POLITICO - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:52pm
My parents left more than 50 years ago. But the anguish remains.
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The Castros finally hit the jackpot

POLITICO - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:51pm
Even if you oppose the isolation of Cuba, this is not a good trade.
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In Miami, Astonishment Over Action and Disagreement Over Cuba News

The New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:17pm
In a city with more Cubans than anywhere but Cuba, what some see as wrongheaded others see as overdue.

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Congressional Roadblock Upends Market for Terrorism Insurance

The New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:07pm
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act was stopped by the objections of Senator Tom Coburn, who says the bill transfers risk to the federal government but leaves profits in the hands of insurers.

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Obama libre

POLITICO - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:51pm
It's been a bad year. But the president is closing strong.
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Sony Drops ‘The Interview’ Following Terrorist Threats

The New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:48pm
Multiplex chains that control more than 19,200 screens in North America decided not to release the film, ending any prospect of a serious theatrical release.

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Clinton backs Obama on Cuba

POLITICO - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:46pm
She reaffirms her view that the U.S. should lift its embargo on the island nation.
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Rubio's Havana moment

POLITICO - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:44pm
It was Marco Rubio's chance, and he pounced on it.
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Judge Rejects Plea Deal for South Carolina Sheriff

The New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:42pm
The judge said the proposed probation sentence did not match the severity of charges against the sheriff, James Metts of Lexington County, who is accused of accepting cash bribes.
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South Carolina Judge Vacates Conviction of George Stinney in 1944 Execution

The New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:37pm
A judge ruled that the murder conviction of George J. Stinney Jr., who was 14, was a “great and fundamental injustice.”
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Alan P. Gross Gains the Freedom From Cuba He Thought Would Never Come

The New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:34pm
The release of Mr. Gross, who was detained on Dec. 3, 2009, and labeled a spy, was part of a historic thaw in Cuban-American relations announced by President Obama.
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First Draft: Clinton Weighs In on Cuba: I Approve of Policy Change

The New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:25pm
Hillary Rodham Clinton said she supported President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba.

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Fed Says It Will Be ‘Patient’ on Interest Rate Timing

The New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:22pm
The Fed indicated it remained on course to start raising short-term rates next year, but was no longer saying it would wait a “considerable time.”
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Grimes: Rand can't run for president and Senate

POLITICO - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:19pm
Kentucky's secretary of State is threatening to take Rand Paul to court.
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The Democrats' risky Cuba bet

POLITICO - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:16pm
Will Florida's changing demographics offset a backlash among Cuban emigres?
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Avon Products settles bribery charges in New York for $135M as its China unit pleads guilty

FOX News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:11pm
Avon cosmetics will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there.
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