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Obama says US reviewing whether to return North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism
HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company....

Obama promotes Cuba engagement as chance for US to influence events amid generational change
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said his plan to normalize relations with Cuba gives the U.S. a chance to influence events at an important moment of change for the communist nation, and he brushed off critics who accuse him of kowtowing to dictators....

Republicans confront tough election map in 2016 in trying to retain newfound Senate majority
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP right back into the minority....

2014 ending in much the same way it began for Kerry, frustrated in steps toward Mideast peace
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace....

Secret Cuba talks show Obama willing to take foreign policy risks, but on his own terms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingness for bold and risky action, if he can keep tight control and rely on a few close aides....

A turbulent Congress, known more for its tempests than triumphs, finally leaves the stage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims. They did, eventually....

Obama's move to restore relations with Cuba reflects political shift in swing state Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- For decades, the politics of Cuba in Florida were simple: anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro was a sure way to lose a race for office....

Obama unconditionally condemns shooting deaths of NYC police officers, says no justification
HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he unconditionally condemns the murder of two police officers shot in broad daylight on Saturday in New York....

Holder condemns police shootings in NYC as 'act of barbarism,' praises law enforcement
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder is condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers as senseless and an "unspeakable act of barbarism."...

GOP says it will urge supporters to buy a ticket to 'The Interview' if it gets to theaters
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP is calling on supporters to buy a ticket to the movie "The Interview" if theater owners reverse their decision not to show the film amid threats of retaliation for its comedic take on assassinating North Korea's leader....

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2014 ending in much the same way it began for Kerry, frustrated in steps toward Mideast peace

Obama promotes Cuba engagement as chance for US to influence events amid generational change

Obama unconditionally condemns shooting deaths of NYC police officers, says no justification

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