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The stalemate has outlasted 10 U.S. presidents, a failed invasion, a nuclear crisis and countless boatloads of Cuban asylum seekers. All that changed on Wednesday.
December 17, 2014
President Obama called the unnamed man "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba." The agent spent nearly two decades in a Cuban prison.
December 17, 2014
Though blacks still lag whites nationwide in health, disparities have been largely eliminated in the western states, a study finds. Kaiser Permanente's Medicare HMOs did best on that.
December 17, 2014
Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Cuban-American lawmakers issued blistering rebukes of plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.
December 17, 2014
Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.
December 17, 2014
Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.
December 17, 2014
They've always been caught in the crossfire. But now they're being directly targeted. And no place is more dangerous than Syria.
December 17, 2014
"Nonna Marijuana's Italian Feast" is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis Italian food infused with love.
December 17, 2014
A prominent ultra-conservative figure says that face veils for women are not mandatory. Now everyone is weighing in on the hottest topic in the kingdom.
December 17, 2014
Signaling what could be a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years, will be released, while the U.S. will release three Cubans.
December 17, 2014
For years, Cuban-Americans in Miami supported punitive policies against Cuba. But, after Obama's election, that view has moderated.
December 17, 2014
Rev. Libby Lane has been a parish priest for 20 years. She will be consecrated on Jan. 26, becoming the first female bishop since the church was founded five centuries ago.
December 17, 2014
Gross, a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, spent five years in Cuban detention. He had been serving a 15-year sentence for crime against the Cuban state.
December 17, 2014
The families of the victims, began to bury their dead and people across the country held prayer services to remember the 145 killed in a Taliban attack on a school.
December 17, 2014
The country was starting to take stock of a Taliban attack on a school that killed 145 people. Most of them were children.
December 17, 2014
Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back a normal life — at peace, pain subdued.
December 17, 2014
Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.
December 17, 2014
Oakland's restorative justice program is at the forefront of efforts to rethink school discipline.
December 17, 2014
Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn't survive the night.
December 17, 2014
What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.
December 16, 2014

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