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John Koehler, center, a tourist from Wisconsin taking a cultural trip to Cuba, poses for a portrait with locals while holding a copy of USA Today newspaper and showing its front page article on the softening of travel rules for Americans in Havana, Cuba
John Koehler, center, a tourist from Wisconsin taking a cultural trip to Cuba, poses for a portrait with locals while holding a copy of USA Today newspaper and showing its front page article on the softening of travel rules for Americans in Havana, Cuba (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Havana talks start with promises by Obama, Cuban caution

HAVANA (AP) -- The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades begins two days of negotiations with grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the communist government.

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President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans.

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President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Full text of President Obama’s State of the Union address

President Barack Obama and his aides have been trickling out his State of the Union proposals on taxes, education, Internet access and more for weeks. What's left to watch for during Tuesday night's speech? Plenty. The event is as much about the theatrics and accoutrements of the evening as about the meat of the president's proposals.

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Eating while driving: Man’s burger gets him a traffic ticket

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- A man says enjoying a double quarter-pounder with cheese as he cruised down a highway outside Atlanta got him in trouble with the law - and a ticket for eating while driving.

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A man watches a television broadcasting a news about detained two Japanese, at an electronics store in Tokyo,
A man watches a television broadcasting a news about detained two Japanese, at an electronics store in Tokyo,
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Islamic State group threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages

CAIRO (AP) -- The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages Tuesday unless they receive $200 million in 72 hours, directly demanding the ransom from Japan's premier during his visit to the Middle East.

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President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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Poll: 75 percent say race relations worse under Obama

A new poll about race in America shows many people are unsure about President Barack Obama's effectiveness with regard to the issue.

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The scene following a highway overpass collapse in Cincinnati
The scene following a highway overpass collapse in Cincinnati (AP Photo/Cincinnati Fire and EMS)
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Officials: 1 dead, 1 injured in overpass collapse in Ohio

A construction worker was killed and a tractor-trailer driver injured when an interstate overpass undergoing demolition collapsed in Cincinnati, fire and emergency medical officials said.

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President Barack Obama takes the podium to give his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2014.
President Barack Obama takes the podium to give his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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WATCH: State of the Union address – and some historical Q & A

Anyone who has closely followed President Barack Obama since 2015 opened might wonder what he has left to say Tuesday night when he delivers the annual State of the Union address. Watch the address here.

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Plane seached on the tarmac at JFK after receiving a bomb threat
Plane seached on the tarmac at JFK after receiving a bomb threat (CBS New York)
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Plane searched at JFK airport after bomb threat; no injuries

NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities say a passenger jet is being searched at John F. Kennedy Airport following a bomb threat.

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Pope: Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."

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