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On Christmas visit with troops, Obama lauds end of Afghanistan mission 12:25am EST

KANOEHE BAY, Hawaii - One week before the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, thanked American troops on Thursday during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanoehe Bay.

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U.S. says 6.4 million signed up for 2015 HealthCare.gov plans

- About 6.4 million Americans have selected a new individual healthcare plan or have been automatically signed up again for a 2015 insurance plan through the HealthCare.gov website, a top U.S. health official said on Tuesday, putting the agency nearer its 9.1 million goal.

U.S., Health 23 Dec 2014

House probe faults IRS officials for targeting conservatives

WASHINGTON - House Republican investigators fault top Internal Revenue Service officials for mistreating conservative organizations who sought tax-exempt status, but have found no connection to the White House, according to an interim report released on Tuesday.

23 Dec 2014
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Cuban dissidents shaken by U.S. rapprochement, seek new tactics

HAVANA - President Barack Obama's decision to end five decades of enmity with Cuba has shaken the island's political dissidents, dividing their ranks and forcing them to rethink tactics.

U.S., Cuba, United Nations 23 Dec 2014
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Top congressional Democrat asks Sony for hack details

WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on the powerful U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked Sony Pictures Entertainment to hand over details of what he describes as the "devastating cyberattack" recently suffered by the Hollywood studio.

Tech, 23 Dec 2014