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    Hoping to see 'Cubans' in local stores? Close, but no cigar

    The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

    New video shows Rice and fiancee in aftermath of punch

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A video released Friday shows Ray Rice's then-fiancee crying and kissing him while they are both handcuffed and being taken to jail by police officers after Rice punched her in a casino elevator.

    Obama: North Korea will pay for Sony cyberattack

    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Friday that the United States "will respond proportionally" against North Korea for its destructive cyberattacks on Sony Pictures, but he criticized the Hollywood studio for giving in to intimidation when it withdrew "The Interview," the satirical movie that provoked the attacks, before it opened.

    Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.

    Great Lakes wolves ordered returned to endangered list

    A federal judge's order has put the gray wolf back on the endangered species list in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan -- a decision that, unless overturned, stops the hunting and trapping of wolves in the three states.

    Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude

    WASHINGTON -- In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.

  • Hopes, Fears, Doubts Surround Cuba's Oil Future

    Cuba hopes to spur oil industry but environmentalists worry and industry remains skeptical

  • The Social Climber: Idris Elba to Be Next James Bond?

    quicklist:1 title: Idris Elba to Be Next James Bond? text: Will Idris Elba be the next James Bond? If Sony Picture Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal has her way, he just might. The Daily Beast reports that an email from Pascal to the distributor of the Bond films simply says, "Idris should be the next bond." The 42-year-old English actor best known for his role as drug kingpin Stringer Bell on HBO's "The Wire" has been rumored to be in the running for years. Elba said earlier this year that if offered a chance to play 007, he'd take it. media: 27734059 quicklist:2 title: 'Serial' Podcast Finale text: "Serial," from the creators of public radio's "This American Life," released its finale on Thursday after holding listeners in suspense week by week since early October. The series took listeners through a reexamination of the 15-year-old murder of Maryland teenager Hae Min Lee. No spoilers here, but the spin-off of "This American Life" will return for a second season, thanks...

  • Aging White Lion Euthanized at Ohio Zoo

    Aging white lion at Cincinnati Zoo euthanized over poor health; was gift from Seigfried & Roy

  • Full Episode: Nightline 12/19: 'Interview' Controversy: Did Sony Make The Right Move?

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