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CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT 11:17am EST

WASHINGTON - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times.

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Obama: Keystone benefits for U.S. consumers, workers nominal

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers in perhaps his strongest comments on the Canada-to-U.S. pipeline to date.

Environment, 19 Dec 2014

Former Florida mayor sentenced to prison for secret consulting job

MIAMI - A south Florida mayor was sentenced to 22 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of corruption tied to his lobbying work for a secret consulting job while in office.

U.S. 19 Dec 2014

Ex-NYC councilman loses bid for new corruption trial

NEW YORK - Former New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook lost a bid for a new trial on Friday after a federal judge rejected his claim that his brother and aide were excluded from watching jury selection.

U.S. 19 Dec 2014
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Cuba not returning to capitalism despite U.S. deal: Castro's daughter

HAVANA - Cuba will defend its socialist principles and will not return to capitalism just because it has agreed a detente with the United States, the daughter of President Raul Castro said, dispelling any notion that U.S. companies would be free to roll into Cuba.

World, Cuba 19 Dec 2014