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With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift 18 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton knows a political gift when she sees one.

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U.S. banks to move cautiously into Cuba, trade groups say

- U.S. banks will be able to do more business in Cuba after the United States and the island nation agreed to restore diplomatic ties, but trade groups said their members will be slow to ramp up operations, fearing big penalties for mistakes.

Cuba 18 Dec 2014

Not known yet if Cuba deal might bring some U.S. fugitives home

CHICAGO - When he heard that United States and Cuba plan to restore diplomatic ties, retired New York City police detective Tom Nerney says he was struck with hope that a convicted killer he helped bring to justice but who escaped to the Caribbean island would finally be brought home after more than 30 years.

Cuba 18 Dec 2014

Obama signs U.S. sanctions law on Venezuela officials

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials accused of violating protesters' rights during demonstrations earlier this year.

18 Dec 2014
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Obama to set up panel to boost trust between police and communities

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday will set up a task force to draw up recommendations to strengthen trust between law enforcement and local communities, following protests over several instances of police killings of unarmed people this year.

U.S. 18 Dec 2014