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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."...

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Friday 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....

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....

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....

Obama's Cuba switch forces exile groups to adapt
MIAMI (AP) -- Hours before President Barack Obama announced an end to a half-century of U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba's communist government, the Cuban American National Foundation opened the doors to its inviting new headquarters, with a modern glass and concrete lobby in the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community....

Obama renews tax breaks, creates ABLE accounts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that temporarily extends dozens of costly tax breaks for millions of businesses and homeowners, commuters, teachers and others....

Obama calls on women only at news conference
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Something was missing from President Barack Obama's year-end news conference. Male questioners....

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....

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....

Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Flipping the script on a Republican rival, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday criticized Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as "an isolationist" as the GOP's intra-party feud over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy intensified....

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