Breakthrough on Cuba Highlights Pope’s Role as Diplomatic Broker

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:06
The agreement between the United States and Cuba, coming on Francis’s 78th birthday, was a “beautiful present for the Holy Father,” a Vatican official said.
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Ex-Captain at Rikers Is Found Guilty of Civil Rights Violation in Inmate’s Death

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:42
Terrence Pendergrass could serve up to 10 years in prison for refusing to seek medical help for a Rikers Island inmate who cried out for help after swallowing a toxic soap ball.

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Cuba Action Is Obama’s Latest Step Away From 6 Years of Caution

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:33
President Obama seems to be putting Republican critics on notice that he will use his last two years in office to pursue his earlier campaign promises.

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Federal Reserve Says It Will Be ‘Patient’ on Interest Rate Timing

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:10
The Fed indicated that it remains on course to start raising short-term rates next year, but is no longer saying it will wait a “considerable time.”

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Tustin approves sale of fourplexes to Orange County Rescue Mission for homeless veterans

OC Register - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:03
TUSTIN – Homeless veterans in Orange County could soon have two housing units dedicated to getting them off the streets, and helping them transition away from homelessness. The Tustin City Council on Tuesday approved the sale of two city-owned...
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U.S., Citing Syria Embargo Violations, Moves Against Companies

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:02
The Obama administration, seeking to cut off oil to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, imposed penalties on five people and six companies.
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No performance bonus for Santa Ana City Manager David Cavazos

OC Register - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:48
Santa Ana City Manager David Cavazos on Tuesday night said he will not be receiving a bonus after the City Council met in closed session to discuss his performance evaluation. The council was to consider giving Cavazos a more than $15,000...
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Justices Let Stand a Ruling on Driver’s Licenses for Young Arizona Immigrants

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:35
The Supreme Court ruled that Arizona must issue licenses to young immigrants spared from deportation by President Obama.
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Obama moves to end Cuba's isolation with dramatic U.S. shift

OC Register - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:25
Cuba and the U.S. will begin to normalize relations in a surprising move by the Obama administration that will loosen a trade and travel embargo that is among the last remnants of Cold War policy.The action means not simply the opening of a U.S....
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Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:12
The Cuomo administration concluded that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks.

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Martha McSally, a Republican Challenger, Wins Recount in Arizona Election

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:10
In the last undecided congressional race from the midterm elections, Ms. McSally edged out the Democratic incumbent, Representative Ron Barber, by 167 votes.
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Political Battles Likely as U.S. Shifts Stance Toward Cuba

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:40
In Florida, where the embargo issue has long been powerful, the Obama administration’s Cuba approach could reshape politics.

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News Analysis: In U.S.-Cuba Embrace, Rusty Gears of Cold War Diplomacy Finally Move

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:35
With the momentous decision to resume ties, both President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba now have victories to point to, and concessions to explain.
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Well: How Exercise Changes Our DNA

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:25
Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning our genes, an important stop on the way to improved health and fitness.
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Alan Gross, Cuba and the United States

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:58
If the arrest of a U.S. contractor in Cuba sent a chill through American-Cuban relations, his release has helped open the way for a diplomatic breakthrough.
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Ban of interventionist surprises many

OC Register - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:00
Mike Darnold was hired in 2008 by the city of Dana Point to give students at Dana Hills High School someone to talk to. Medicinal marijuana dispensaries had been popping up all over the city, and pot was finding its way on campus at a rate that...
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State of the Art: Amazon Not as Unstoppable as It May Appear

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:28
Despite growing fears of its invincibility, Amazon could be threatened as smartphones transform the way Americans shop and goods are delivered.
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New York Board Expected to Select Proposals for Casino Resorts

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:16
The board could recommend the approval of as many as four proposals for resorts in the state, but may select fewer, perhaps in recognition of the rapidly expanding array of gambling options.
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U.S. and Cuba to Start Talks on Normalizing Relations

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:14
The revelation came as the Cuban government, citing “humanitarian grounds,” on Wednesday released Alan P. Gross, an American contractor it had held in captivity for five years.
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U.S. Wealth Gap Is Widest in at Least 30 Years, Study Finds

New York Times - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:01
The median net worth of upper-income families doubled in a 30-year period, but shrank for lower-income families, a report from the Pew Research Center found.
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