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Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two days after reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama said Friday he doesn't expect the effort to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation....

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He declared the United States would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to a hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the communist government....

EPA sets first national standard for coal waste
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material....

Obama: Sony decision to cancel movie a 'mistake'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he thinks Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" by canceling release of "The Interview" movie....

5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference....

Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took a series of online digs Friday at potential GOP presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy, declaring that he rejects an isolationist approach to foreign policy....

Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution....

Obama: Keystone offers little benefit to consumers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure....

Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude
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....

Bergdahl investigation wraps up; Top leaders get briefings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and plans to brief Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday....

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