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White House does not dismiss idea of Castro visit 3:02pm EST

WASHINGTON - The White House does not dismiss the possibility of an eventual, precedent-shattering visit to Washington by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Havana.

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U.S. Secret Service too insular, needs outside leader, more agents: review

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Secret Service is in dire need of an overhaul that requires an outside leader, an infusion of agents and more training - not to mention a better fence - to protect the White House, an independent review concluded on Thursday.

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Sharpton stops short of calling on Sony executive to resign

NEW YORK - Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton on Thursday did not call for Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal to step down over racially insensitive emails, despite expectations that he might seek her resignation.

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Obama signs Russia sanctions bill, says no new penalties planned

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he had signed into law a new Russian sanctions bill passed by Congress but did not intend to impose further sanctions against Moscow for now.

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Obama to hold White House news conference on Friday

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama will hold a White House news conference on Friday before leaving on a two-week vacation in Hawaii, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

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