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  • Jeff Flake, U.S. Senator from Arizona, tweeted this photo showing Alan Gross (center, blue shirt) taking his first steps on American soil after being a prisoner in Cuba. His photo, Judy, can also be seen.This photo was taken on Dec. 17, 2014.

    Obama announces historic overhaul of U.S.-Cuba relations; Cuba releases American

    UPDATED 12/17/14 11:17 A.M. WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama announced Wednesday plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease economic restrictions on the nation, a policy shift he called the end of an “outdated approach” to U.S.-Cuban relations that, “for decades, has failed to advance our interests.” Obama said the U.S. will move towards re-opening its embassy in the communist nation and allow some travel and trade that had been banned under a decades-long embargo instated during the […]

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    The 2014 tax breaks you will be able to take

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — On Tuesday night, Congress extended dozens of expired tax breaks for 2014. The bill will now be sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. The majority of the tax breaks pertain to businesses, but a handful of others will affect individuals. Among those who will benefit from the retroactive extension to January 1, 2014 include teachers who buy classroom supplies, mass-transit commuters, residents of states with no income tax, parents with kids in […]

  • Photo of the injectable steroids that were distributed by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) that were linked to a meningitis outbreak in 2012. Fourteen people were arrested in December 2014 in connection with the outbreak.

    14 arrested in connection with deadly meningitis outbreak

    UPDATED 12/17/14 10:04 A.M. (CNN) — Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the deadly 2012 national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections distributed by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, a law enforcement source told CNN Wednesday. Owners of the pharmacy, the New England Compounding Center, were among those arrested. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tied 751 cases across 20 states to the steroid injections. A total of 64 people died as a result. They […]

  • A T-shirt that reads "Breathe Easy, Don't Break the Law" is creating controversy across the country. The shirt is being produced by South Bend Uniform Company, a company owned by a Mishawaka, Indiana police officer.

    ‘Breathe Easy’ T-shirts stir controversy

    (CNN) — Eric Garner’s final words have become a rallying call for protesters across the country. In the days following a grand jury decision not to indict New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s chokehold death, demonstrators in New York City and beyond took to the streets demanding justice, chanting “I can’t breathe” — a reference to Garner’s last utterance. A police officer and small business owner in Indiana is hoping to change the conversation around police-community relations. Jason […]

  • Stephen Collins

    ‘7th Heaven’ actor Stephen Collins: ‘I did something terribly wrong’

    (CNN) — “7th Heaven” star Stephen Collins has admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors, People reports. The actor released a statement to the publication in light of child molestation accusations that arose in the midst of his divorce proceedings. Collins was the subject of reports in October after his wife, Faye Grant, said he admitted to her he molested three underage girls. TMZ posted an audio recording that was alleged to have been made during a November […]

  • On Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014, Craig Wayne Boyd was named the winner of the seventh season of NBC's "The Voice," beating out three other finalists who were coached by Adam Levine.

    ‘The Voice': Meet season 7’s new winner

    (CNN) — Get to know the name Craig Wayne Boyd — he’s officially music’s newest “Voice.” On Tuesday night, Boyd was named the winner of the seventh season of NBC’s “The Voice,” beating out three other finalists who were coached by Adam Levine. β€œ@NBCTheVoice: #CraigIsTheVoice pic.twitter.com/qoXNty2sTx” NASHVILLE WINS, NASHVILLE WINS! πŸ™Œ — Campbell, Sarah (@campbellsarah14) December 17, 2014 Baes & Boos: #TheVoice of Season 7 @CWBYall. #CraigIsTheVoice pic.twitter.com/fzD0muSLvB — The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) December 17, 2014 Team Levine’s Damien came in […]

  • This map of Pakistan calls out the cities of Peshawar and Islamabad.

    Update: Number of victims in Taliban attack on a Pakistan school climbs, mostly children, slaughtered

    Updated: 12/16/14 2:43 p.m. (CNN) — The death toll in Tuesday’s Taliban attack at a school in Pakistan has climbed to 145, according to military spokesman Gen. Asim Bajwa. He added that the toll includes 132 children, 10 members of the school’s staff, and three soldiers. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, gunning down at least 126 people — most of them children — in one of the volatile Asian nation’s […]

  • Bill Cosby

    Update: Bill Cosby’s daughter speaks up after Cosby breaks his silence amid growing accusations of rape, drugging and assaults

    Updated 12/16/14 2:52 p.m. (CNN)– Bill Cosby’s daughter, Evin Cosby stands up for her father in a statement to Access Hollywood. “He is the FATHER you thought you knew. ‘The Cosby Show’ was my today’s tv reality show,” she wrote. “Thank you. That’s all I would like to say :).” She went on to question her father’s accusers on Facebook. “Drugged- you can remember the whole damn day but you were drugged? Just sayin. Memory- you can remember you looked […]

  • An undated photo from Google of Larry Page. Page was the company's first, and current chief executive officer. He servied from 1998 until 2001, then again from 2011 to present.

    What you really Googled in 2014

    (CNN) — In 2013, people just wanted to know how to twerk. It was a more innocent time. This year, people wanted to know if they had Ebola. Google has released its annual round-up of the year’s top global searches. Apple, Facebook and other companies also do these recaps, but those only show what we bought or posted publicly on social media. Our search history is a more honest, sometimes embarrassing, peek into what we really care about. In 2014, […]

  • Green Day, which started out as some East Bay punks, mocked the world on such 1990s albums as "Dookie" and "Insomniac."

    The new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees might make you feel old

    (CNN) — Drumroll, please: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 class of honored musicians. Green Day; Bill Withers; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Lou Reed; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next spring. Those six were selected from a list of 15 nominees, which also included acts like N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, Sting, The Smiths and Chic. […]

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    Tattooing, piercing of pets now illegal in NY

    NEW YORK, NY (WPIX) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law banning the banning of piercing and tattooing pets for purely “cosmetic” purposes. Cuomo signs bill making tattooing, piercing of pets illegal. http://t.co/YYfT6M4TaZ @PIX11News pic.twitter.com/9wnK7aSEab — Ashley Alese Edwards (@AshleyAlese) December 15, 2014 The law makes it a crime to pierce or tattoo a pet, except under limited circumstances, such as ear tags. “This is animal abuse, pure and simple,” Governor Cuomo said. “I’m proud to sign […]