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Cuba’s famed cigars get a foot in door of U.S. market

Cuban cigars are considered by many as the best in the world.

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Obama: Sony hack not an act of war

President Barack Obama says the massive hacking was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.

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Survey: U.S. gas prices fall 25 cents per gallon

The average price nationwide has dropped to $2.47 a gallon.

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NYPD slayings raise pressure on mayor

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faces the biggest crisis of his political career after a gunman killed two police officers.

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2 NYPD officers killed, gunman dead

The fatal shooting may have been a revenge attack over police treatment of minorities.

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Two NYPD officers ambushed and killed

Police say one New York City officer has died after being shot inside a patrol car and a second officer is in critical condition.

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Making headlines this week

A look back on some of the week's biggest stories and the headlines you may have missed.

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Consumers can sue Target over data breach

A judge has cleared the way for consumers to sue the retailer over the 2013 data breach.

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Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

Americans say they are skeptical that the benefits will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety.

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U.S. plans to rate colleges on affordability, performance

The White House released a draft of its plan to tie federal aid to performance as a way to coax institutions to improve.

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FBI: North Korea behind Sony attack

The White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the Hollywood studio is a matter of national security.

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As U.S. eases hostilities, Cuba faces new challenges

With the U.S. agreeing to restore diplomatic ties, Cuba's communist government may not be able to blame its old Cold War nemesis so readily.

Job seekers adjust their paperwork as they wait in line to attend a job fair in New York February 28, 2013.

Jobless claims signal firmer labor market

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Accused Boston bomber appears in court

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect told a judge that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack.

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From joy to outrage, Cuba-Americans greet new U.S. policy

The U.S. will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than a half century.

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Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospitals

By Susan Kelly CHICAGO (Reuters) – The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated…

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Poll: Majority of Americans back higher military spending

More than two thirds of U.S. voters back increased military spending given growing threats to America's security.

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U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

The major policy shift will end decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island.

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Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol

Restaurant drinkers will soon know how many calories are in their margarita or craft beer.

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113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

Congress has limped out of Washington, capping two years of legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes.

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President Barack Obama says the massive hacking was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.

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Mike Myers interrupts "Saturday Night Live" to address North Korea and Sony Pictures directly about the hack.

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Survey: U.S. gas prices fall 25 cents per gallon

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The average price nationwide has dropped to $2.47 a gallon.