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Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingness for bold and risky action, if he can keep tight control and rely on a few close aides....

US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States has returned four Afghans from Guantanamo Bay back to their home country....

Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years - repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps - the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide....

5 things to know about year-end tax breaks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an almost annual ritual, Congress has passed a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before start of filing season....

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government....

State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays....

2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone - and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama....

Bush officials did little oversight of CIA program
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election....

Obama cautions that change may be slow to come to Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change may not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society."...

EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina....

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US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

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Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

Bush officials did little oversight of CIA program

5 things to know about year-end tax breaks

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