The New York Times

Sony Drops ‘The Interview’ Following Terrorist Threats

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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Judge Rejects Plea Deal for South Carolina Sheriff

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

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

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

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

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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Op-Ed Contributor: Coal, an Outlaw Enterprise

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:10pm
The outsize influence and campaign donations of King Coal subvert democracy in Appalachia.

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Pat McCrory and Mark Sanford Fire Back at Article About Stock Payouts

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:01pm
Gov. McCrory of North Carolina and Representative Sanford of South Carolina each received more than $100,000 from for corporate board work.
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National Briefing | Rockies: Montana: Man Convicted of Murder for Shooting of Garage Intruder

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:51pm
A man who killed a German exchange student trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a “castle doctrine” law allowed him to use deadly force.

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National Briefing | Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania: Cause of Death of Man in Rampage Not Known

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:50pm
The Montgomery County coroner said Wednesday that a man who killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives did not stab himself, as was initially reported.

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National Briefing | Northwest: Washington: Pollution Swaps Proposed

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:48pm
Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed a cap-and-trade plan that would require industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.

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First Draft: Obama Ties American’s Release to the Meaning of Hanukkah

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:34pm
President Obama took the occasion of Alan P. Gross’s release not only to acknowledge the interest the Jewish community had taken in Mr. Gross’s case, but also to connect his release to the holiday and to Jewish teaching.

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Time of Transition: One Big Risk for Cuba-U.S. Relations: Moving Too Fast

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:23pm
If Cuba and the United States are to become allies with deep economic interconnections, a gradual transition to freer trade and a hybrid market system is probably better than a rush to capitalism.

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First Draft: Reservations on Prisoner Swap, but Not on Deal Itself

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:21pm
Felix Alfonso, who came to the United States from Cuba 42 years ago, said that while the trade of prisoners between Cuba and the United States was not equal, the overall deal was still a good one.
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First Draft: Alan Gross Reunited With Wife, Judy

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:02pm
Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, who was on the plane that picked up Alan Gross in Cuba tweeted this photo of Mr. Gross and his wife, Judy.

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Former Texas Justice of Peace Is Sentenced to Death for Murder

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:58am
The former official, Eric Williams, was convicted of capital murder in the 2013 killing of Cynthia McLelland, the wife of District Attorney Mike McLelland, who was also killed.

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First Draft: On Cuba, Hillary Clinton an Advocate for Normalizing Relations

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:54am
The move to normalize relations with Cuba was something that Hillary Rodham Clinton had been advocating for a while.

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First Draft: Live Video of President Obama’s Remarks on Cuba

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:54am
President Obama is scheduled to speak about relations with Cuba at 12 p.m. ET.

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First Draft: Foreign Relations Committee Split on Release of Gross

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:48am
United States policy toward Cuba has long been a politically contentious issue, but the split is not always along party lines.

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Motherlode Blog: With Three Adults, Two Jobs and One Baby, a Family Is Barely Getting By

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:10am
The house is paid for. The car is paid for. Everything else, we’re barely covering. I can’t find a job for the life of me—and if I do, who will look after the baby?

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