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Tue, 12/23/2014 - 15:21

Obama's release of three convicted Cuban spies sparked outrage among Miami's white-haired Cuban exiles, but their American-born children and grandchildren see a bright future in U.S.-Cuba relations.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 15:21

The three Cuban intelligence agents were the remaining imprisoned members of the Cuban Five spy ring. Cubans view them as heroes: Their faces are everywhere, and Cubans know them by their first names.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 15:21

After criticism for pulling the release of its comedy film, Sony announced Tuesday that the movie will have a limited release on Christmas Day. The first takers for the film were independent theaters.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 14:30

Anna Stoehr became an Internet celebrity at age 113, when she owned up to fibbing to join Facebook. Stoehr was born before the Wright brothers took their historic first flight.

Students at KIPP Central City Primary School raise their hands during a social studies class on August 14, 2014 in New Orleans. The school's student body is nearly 100 percent black in a system that is 85 percent black.
Tue, 12/23/2014 - 13:33

Charter schools, special education, and new preschool funding are among changes for New Orleans schools.

At the We Care food bank in Southeast London, customers pay 1 pound sterling, or about $1.60, for 10 items. The token payment is meant to ease customers' discomfort about having to use the food bank's services.
Tue, 12/23/2014 - 13:28

Hunger has become one of the biggest issues in British society. A parliamentary report says one problem is welfare benefits, which have been cut under the conservative government.

During the dry season, human waste makes the water putrid along the floating village of Prek Toal on Tonle Sap Lake.
Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:47

A new project places little kayaks filled with aquatic plants under latrines in floating homes on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake. So how do the toilets clean the wastewater?

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:47

Men who haven't had sex with other men in a year will be allowed to donate blood under a proposed change in FDA policy.

A poster for <em>The Interview</em>. Some theaters now say they will show the comedy, which Sony Pictures had pulled following threats.
Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:19

Sony had pulled the controversial comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after ominous threats were made, allegedly by a group that hacked the studio's emails.

A screengrab of a monkey reviving his friend in Kanpur, India.
Tue, 12/23/2014 - 11:50

A monkey in Kanpur, India, fell unconscious near train tracks after walking on a power line. A friend jumped in and proceeded to use techniques of which an EMT would be proud.

Australian Christmas today is characterized by gastronomic eclecticism. Many of us have abandoned the old British customs — except for the rich and alcoholic Christmas pudding.
Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:45

Cooking in 100-degree weather is no fun, which is why many Australians ditched roasts and other holiday mainstays long ago. Except for Christmas pudding, a tradition steeped in history — and alcohol.

Rep. Michael Grimm, seen here after voting in the Staten Island borough of New York City, was indicted on 20 criminal counts earlier this year.
Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:41

It's been quite a year for Rep. Grimm, who in January threatened to throw a TV reporter off a balcony. The tax evasion charge stems from a restaurant he owns.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:39

Both the woman's parents and her partner want life support removed. The case has reignited the debate over abortion in the predominantly Roman Catholic country where the procedure is banned.

Cage-free eggs for sale in 2008 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:17

Egg cartons these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here's a glossary of carton jargon for the wannabe informed egg buyer.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:07

Guidelines just out from the American Diabetes Association say Asian-Americans with a typically healthy body mass index can still be running a substantial risk for developing diabetes.

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