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Obama reignites political debate over Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House....

President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits....

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lack of unanimity in both political parties toward President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in U.S. policy toward the communist island in 50-plus years....

IRS head says budget cuts could delay tax refunds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year....

Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces....

Paul: Trade with Cuba 'probably a good idea'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday the lengthy U.S. economic embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked" and voiced support for opening trade with Cuba in the aftermath of the Obama administration's policy shift regarding the communist island....

Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Taking another step toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays....

Report: Secret Service needs outsider as leader
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency....

AP source: North Korea linked to Sony hacking
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers....

Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government confirmed Thursday....

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