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Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

Students and teachers celebrate after listening to a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, at a school in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday. Castro said profound differences remain between Cuba and the U.S. in areas such as human rights, foreign policy and questions of sovereignty, but that the countries have to learn to live with their differences "in a civilized manner." (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

HAVANA (AP) — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with its five-star insignia, the 83-year-old leader said the two countries would work to resolve their Read More…

AP Analysis: US was at odds with world over Cuba policy

This screen shot taken from live video from the TN channel shows President Barack Obama, right, and Cuba's President Raul Castro addressing their nations at the same time, from Washington D.C. and Havana, on Wednesday. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s decision to pursue new relations with Cuba was driven in part by a stinging realization: Longstanding U.S. policies aimed at isolating Cuba had instead put Washington at odds with the rest of the world. The American economic embargo on Cuba drove a wedge between the U.S. and Latin American nations. In an annual diplomatic embarrassment, Read More…

Men’s college basketball: Ohio State handles North Carolina A&T

Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell, left, takes a shot against North Carolina A&T's Arturs Bremers during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday in Columbus. Ohio State beat North Carolina A&T 97-55. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — In its first game against a North Carolina school, No. 12 Ohio State did all right. The next one will be a truer test. D’Angelo Russell scored 21 points and Marc Loving had 15, leading the Buckeyes to a 97-55 victory over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night. The win set the stage Read More…

US, Cuba to normalize relations

This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. The announcement came amid a series of sudden confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, as well as a swap for a U.S. intelligence asset held in Cuba and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S. Gross' wife Judy is at center. (AP Photo/Jeff Flake)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity. “Isolation has not worked,” Obama said in remarks Read More…

14 charged for roles in deadly meningitis outbreak

In this Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, Glenn Adam Chin, former supervisory pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, departs federal court in Boston. Chin was among 14 people from the pharmaceutical company arrested at their homes Wednesday. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Fourteen owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide and was traced to tainted drug injections. Barry Cadden, a co-founder of the New England Compounding Center, and Glenn Adam Chin, a pharmacist who was in charge of the Read More…

10 Things to Know, Wednesday, Dec. 17

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Pakistan school scene of heart-wrenching loss Images of blood-soaked floors, torn notebooks and blown up children’s clothes show horrors of the attack that killed nearly 150 people in Peshawar. 2. Sydney gunman dropped off surveillance  Australian Prime Read More…

Cosby won’t be charged over molestation claim

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came roughly 10 days after the woman, Judy Huth, met with Los Angeles police detectives for 90 minutes. The Los Read More…

Ex-Marine’s suicide ends Pa. rampage, manhunt

Police search for suspect Bradley William Stone, Tuesday in Pennsburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An ex-Marine’s suicide ended a violent rampage that left his ex-wife and five of her relatives dead a week after he lost a custody battle. Bradley Stone was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds Tuesday following a killing spree in suburban Philadelphia. Residents and officials were relieved it was over but Read More…

In Qatar, migrant workers paid to be sports ‘fans’

A man whips up a crowd which included migrant workers from Africa and Asia who said they were paid to be there, at the Qatar Open of international beach volleyball at the Al Gharafa Sports Club in Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 8. Migrant workers said they regularly are paid to make up numbers at sports events in Qatar, host of the football World Cup in 2022, plumping up meager “home” crowds. (AP Photo/John Leicester)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The men grappled with each other to board the quickly filling bus. Others wriggled in through the windows, scaling the outside, using the large wheels as footholds and leaving scuff-marks on the white exterior with their shoes. These weren’t refugees fleeing disaster. They were migrant workers in 2022 World Cup host Qatar, fighting to Read More…

McDonald’s in Japan limits orders of fries

McDonald's began rationing its fries Wednesday morning. It said prolonged labor negotiations with port workers on the West Coast have made it difficult to meet demand despite an emergency airlift of 1,000 tons of spuds and an extra shipment from the U.S. East Coast by sea. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO (AP) — Only small fries with that? McDonald’s in Japan is limiting the serving size offries as stocks run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast. McDonald’s began rationing its fries Wednesday morning. It said prolonged labor negotiations with port workers on the West Coast have made it difficult to meet demand despite an emergency airlift of 1,000 Read More…