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Miami • Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them. The court said Friday it wouldn’t block the marriages. A federal judge previously declared Flori...

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  • The home where a 5-year-old boy was abducted on Thursday is seen through trees on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Berne, N.Y.  Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple told local media at about 3 a.m. Friday that the body of Kenneth White was found by a sheriff's K-9 unit conducting a search in the rural hamlet of Clarksville, 10 miles southwest of Albany. No other details have been released. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) New York police: 5-year-old boy found dead wasn’t abducted
    Berne, N.Y. • New York police say they’re treating the death of a 5-year-old boy as a homicide after determining a caretaker lied when she told them h...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 09:36 am   |     |   Share
  • People line up to take the bus outside the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) 5 topics for President Barack Obama’s year-end news conference
    Washington • Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end ...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 09:36 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this March 12, 2013, file photo, Robert and Arlene Holmes, the parents of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes, arrive at district court for the arraignment of their son in Centennial, Colo. Robert and Arlene Holmes are asking that their son not receive the death penalty. Jury selection is scheduled to begin in January for the 2012 attack in Aurora that killed 12 people and injured 70. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File) Colorado movie theater shooter’s parents plead for his life
    Denver • The parents of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty. In a letter to The Denver ...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 09:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Investigation into disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wraps up
    Washington • U.S. officials have finished an investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG’-dahl) disappeared from his base in Afgh...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 09:33 am   |     |   Share


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  • FILE - In this July 23, 2014 file photo, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday. About half the people who call the IRS for assistance this filing season won't be able to get through to a person, Koskinen said. Once returns are filed, there will be fewer agents to audit them. (AP Photo, File) IRS head says budget cuts could delay tax refunds
    Washington • Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen sai...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 07:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached
    Washington • The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Governme...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 03:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • People line up to take the bus outside the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile
    Washington • How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and t...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 08:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Judge bars Arizona from denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants
    Phoenix • A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administrati...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 08:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • Nebraska, Oklahoma sue neighboring Colorado over marijuana legalization
    Lincoln, Neb. • Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, sayin...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 02:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency. The Homeland Security Department released an executive summary of the assessment on Thursday. The review was led by four former officials, two who served under President Barack Obama and two from the administration of former President George W. Bush. It was launched after a security breach at the White House in September.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Report: Secret Service needs outsider as leader
    Washington • The Secret Service is an “insular” agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials task...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 03:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • U.S. announces protections for transgender workers
    Washington • The Justice Department is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people, accord...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 07:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • This photo combo provided by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA, shows NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Kelly and Kornienko will rocket into orbit from Kazakhstan in March, 2015. They will spend a year aboard the International Space Station. At a news conference Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014,  at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Kelly and Kornienko said they anticipate many scientific gains from their mission. (AP Photo/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA) 2 astronauts will expand envelope with 1-year spaceflight
    Cape Canaveral, Fla. • The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said Thursday that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper in...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 10:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference, he also said Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear
    Moscow • Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to sh...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 08:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this July 16, 2013 file photo, a woman walks by a sign at Cyber Terror Response Center of National Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea. Most North Koreans have never even seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations of South Korean computer systems in recent years, officials in Seoul believe, despite North Korea protesting innocence. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File) A look at North Korea’s cyberwar capabilities
    Seoul, South Korea • Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Picture...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 09:18 am   |     |   Share
  • This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever
    New York • The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever infli...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 09:18 am   |     |   Share
  • Supreme Court justices to discuss Louisiana gay marriage case
    Washington • The Supreme Court has added the challenge to Louisiana’s same-sex marriage ban to the agenda for the justices’ closed-door conference on ...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 03:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Canada hosted secret meetings between Cuba and U.S.
    Toronto • Canada hosted about seven meetings between the U.S. and Cuba that helped lead to President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday that the tw...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 02:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis is presented with a cake during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday, and 800 kilograms of chicken meat for the poor. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano) Pope played crucial role in U.S.-Cuba rapprochement
    Vatican City • The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history’s first Latin American pop...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 02:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • Florida gay divorce granted by judge in push to have gay-marriage ban declared unconstitutional
    Fort Lauderdale, Fla. • The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida history was granted Wednesday by a Broward County judge who used the case...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 03:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2013 file image from TV, U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. Obama on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 declared the end of America's U.S., Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord
    Washington • After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shi...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 09:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. The announcement came amid a series of sudden confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, as well as a swap for a U.S. intelligence asset held in Cuba and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S. Gross' wife Judy is at center. (AP Photo/Jeff Flake)  Cuba releases U.S. spy after 20 years imprisonment
    Washington • Cuba has freed a Cuban man who was imprisoned for nearly 20 years for spying for the United States, American officials said Wednesday as ...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 11:43 am   |     |   Share
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