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Miniature flags representing Cuba and the U.S. are displayed on the dash of an American classic car in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)
Miniature flags representing Cuba and the U.S. are displayed on the dash of an American classic car in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)
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US loosens embargo on Cuba, easing trade and travel

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is putting a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba as of Friday, significantly loosening restrictions on American trade and investment.

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Pope Francis waves to Filipinos upon his arrival in Manila, Philippines
Pope Francis waves to Filipinos upon his arrival in Manila, Philippines (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Pope arrives in Philippines on first papal visit in 20 years

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Pope Francis says he will focus on the poor, the exploited and victims of injustice during his four-day trip to the Philippines.

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Pope Francis holds an image of Santa Teresa presented by a journalist as he leaves after his press conference on his flight from Sri Lanka to Manila, Philippines
Pope Francis holds an image of Santa Teresa presented by a journalist as he leaves after his press conference on his flight from Sri Lanka to Manila, Philippines (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)
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Pope on climate change: Man has ‘slapped nature in the face’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) -- Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is "mostly" man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make "courageous" decisions to protect God's creation.

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Four Secret Service executives reassigned

Four of the highest-ranking Secret Service executives have been reassigned following a series of security mishaps and scathing reports questioning leadership within the agency, the Secret Service said Wednesday.

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(Jeremy Edwards, ThinkStock)
(Jeremy Edwards, ThinkStock)
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Ohio man accused of plotting to attack US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say an Ohio man has been arrested in a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials inside the building.

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Surfers in Long Beach
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Study: Sea level rise accelerating more than once thought

The world's oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past, a new study says.

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Expedition 42 crew members on the International Space Station, photographed last November. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)
Expedition 42 crew members on the International Space Station, photographed last November. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)
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Astronauts flee US side of space station but no sign of leak

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- In a rare scare, astronauts fled the American side of the International Space Station on Wednesday after an alarm indicated a possible toxic leak. NASA later said a computer problem likely set off the alarm, rather than escaping ammonia coolant.

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Officials investigate the scene of a prison transport bus crash in Penwell, Texas, Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Odessa American, Mark Sterkel)
Officials investigate the scene of a prison transport bus crash in Penwell, Texas, Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Odessa American, Mark Sterkel)
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At least 10 killed when prison bus strikes train in Texas

PENWELL, Texas (AP) -- At least 10 people were killed Wednesday when a bus carrying state prisoners skidded off an icy highway overpass in West Texas, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing train, a county sheriff said.

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Jailed Virginia lawmaker Joe Morrissey defeated two opponents Tuesday night and returns to a legislative body whose leaders are discussing how to expel him.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
Jailed Virginia lawmaker Joe Morrissey defeated two opponents Tuesday night and returns to a legislative body whose leaders are discussing how to expel him. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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Jailed for underage sex, then re-elected to legislature

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The jailed Virginia lawmaker who won a special election following his sex-scandal conviction has been sworn back into office.

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House Speaker John Boehner walks from the House chamber as lawmakers vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security but curb President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker John Boehner walks from the House chamber as lawmakers vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security but curb President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an assault on one of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities, House Republicans approved measures Wednesday that would overturn his immigration actions and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as children.

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