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American Kennel Club adds 4 new dog breeds

A Spanish farm and fishing dog, a Sicilian rabbit-hunting breed, an Italian sheepdog with a distinctive matted coat and a rugged South African watchdog are joining the American Kennel Club pack.

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President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington
President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington (AP Photo/Doug Mills, Pool)
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Obama: U.S. re-establishing relations with Cuba

President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.

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Cuban President Raul Castro
Cuban President Raul Castro (Diego Azubel - Pool/Getty Images)
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Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century.

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Alan Gross
Alan Gross (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)
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American released from Cuba was ‘trusting fool’

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Alan Gross has called himself a "trusting fool" for going to Cuba in the first place. Family and friends described him with other words: gregarious and outgoing, with a talent for picking up and playing any musical instrument.

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Anti-Castro activists Osvaldo Hernandez, right, and Miguel Saavedra, second from right, chant anti-Obama slogans in the Little Havana area of Miami
Anti-Castro activists Osvaldo Hernandez, right, and Miguel Saavedra, second from right, chant anti-Obama slogans in the Little Havana area of Miami (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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Cuban exile community divided over Obama changes

MIAMI (AP) -- Some Cuban exiles in Miami are outraged. Others are ecstatic that President Barack Obama has secretly arranged prisoner exchanges with Cuban leader Raul Castro as part of an effort to normalize relations.

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Cuban President Fidel Castro in 2003
Cuban President Fidel Castro in 2003 (Jorge Rey/Getty Images)
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Key dates in US relations with Cuba

Key events in U.S.-Cuba relations:

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Public defenders, members of the legal community and others lay down during a "die-in" protest in Brooklyn
Public defenders, members of the legal community and others lay down during a "die-in" protest in Brooklyn (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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Defense lawyers march to protest police killings

NEW YORK (AP) -- Scores of defense attorneys in New York City and elsewhere protested the criminal justice system's handling of police killings of unarmed black men by participating in marches and die-ins Wednesday.

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The Capitol Dome and the Capitol Christmas Tree are illuminated
The Capitol Dome and the Capitol Christmas Tree are illuminated (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months.

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Investigators work in a wooded area near where Bradley William Stone's body was found in Pennsburg, Pa.
Investigators work in a wooded area near where Bradley William Stone's body was found in Pennsburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Ex-Marine’s suicide ends rampage, manhunt outside Philly

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- An ex-Marine's suicide ended a violent rampage that left his ex-wife and five of her relatives dead a week after he lost a custody battle.

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Indian schoolchildren observe a two-minute silence for victims killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, in New Delhi, India
Indian schoolchildren observe a two-minute silence for victims killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, in New Delhi, India (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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Pakistan mourns 142 slain in Taliban school attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistanis mourned as mass funerals got underway Wednesday for 142 people, most of them children, killed the day before in a massacre by the Taliban at a military-run school in the country's troubled northwest.

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