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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....

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say
MIAMI (AP) -- The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business....

Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings....

Theater shooter's parents plead for his life
DENVER (AP) -- The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain - a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial....

Driver pleads not guilty in pedestrian deaths
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) -- A woman accused of killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy, while running her car into pedestrians outside a California church appeared in court Friday cuffed to a gurney and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges....

New York mayor caught between protests, police
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected last year after making promises to keep crime low while improving relations between police and the community. As the tensions between those promises continue to mount, Friday showed just how tricky threading that needle has been....

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

Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday....

Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot
DENVER (AP) -- Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement....

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states....

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