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Obama says U.S. blacks better off overall than when he began presidency


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Friday that U.S. blacks are better off now than they were when he began his presidency in 2009, but that the gap between blacks and whites remains. | Video

Friend of accused Boston bomber pleads guilty to gun, drug charges

BOSTON - A high school friend of the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty on Friday to charges including having possessed a gun that prosecutors contend the suspects used to shoot dead a university police officer as they tried to flee the city.

Kyrgyzstan, 19 Dec 2014

Protesters from both sides of policing controversy face off in NYC

NEW YORK - Scores of protesters denouncing police violence against non-whites rallied alongside dozens of supporters of New York City police officers on Friday in a tense standoff outside City Hall that comes amid weeks of mostly peaceful protests.

19 Dec 2014

American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital

- An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease, NIH said.

Health 19 Dec 2014

Cuban relatives of U.S. spy in dark after news of release

WASHINGTON/MIAMI - His release from a Cuban prison has been as cloak-and-dagger as his spying career ever was.

World, Cuba, United Nations 19 Dec 2014

NY police officer suspended after new video shows brutality

NEW YORK - A New York City police officer who appears to punch a black youth during an arrest that was captured on video and widely circulated on the Internet has been suspended from duty, the department said on Friday.

19 Dec 2014

U.S. Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in Florida next month

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to extend a stay sought by Florida officials defending the state's ban on same-sex marriages, allowing gay marriages to proceed in Florida next month.

Subjects, Gay Marriage 19 Dec 2014

Ferguson wants peace instead of protests, but anger still simmers

FERGUSON, Mo - It is hard to find much healing in Ferguson, Missouri.

19 Dec 2014

U.S. judge restores protections to Great Lakes wolves

- A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Environment, 19 Dec 2014

Inspections prompt changes at mismanaged Yellowstone, Yosemite jails

LOS ANGELES - The National Park Service says it has revamped operations at jail facilities in two of its largest and most popular parks after a review by federal auditors revealed that the detention sites were being improperly managed.

19 Dec 2014

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