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Sea boundary talks between U.S., Mexico, Cuba to take years: Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:37
By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Joint talks among the United States, Cuba and Mexico to fix the maritime boundaries of the three countries in the Gulf of Mexico are likely to be complex and stretch beyond 2018, a senior Mexican official said on Wednesday. The United States said earlier in the day the nations would begin discussing the boundaries as part of President Barack Obama's plan to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. ...

Massachusetts ride-share driver accused of rape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:23
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Uber driver is accused of sexually assaulting a woman who had summoned the ride-sharing service.

Thaw in relations with Cuba positive for U.S. agriculture: USDA

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:18
By Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) - Exports of U.S. agricultural products such as wheat, rice, soybeans and meat products stand to gain from a surprise U.S. move toward repairing relations with Cuba, agriculture industry officials said on Wednesday. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called the move an "important opportunity" that will make exports of U.S. farm goods cheaper, easier and less time-consuming for shippers. President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50 years after they were severed. U. ...

Cuba's Castro hails new era of 'living together' with U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:56
By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility. The United States freed three convicted Cuban spies in return for the release of U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba in 2009, and of an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and had been held for nearly 20 years. ...

Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:55

Law enforcement officers set up near a command post while looking for a gunman who shot a weather forecaster during an altercation outside the KCEN-TV studio along Interstate 35 between Waco and Temple, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Bruceville-Eddy, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas (AP) — Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies are combing the area around a remote Central Texas television studio where a morning meteorologist was shot in a parking lot after an argument.

U.S. shippers cite wide gap in labor talks with West Coast dockworkers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:43

Cargo containers are ready for transportation at the Port of Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports remain far from a deal with union dockworkers after seven months of contract talks, the companies said on Wednesday, again blaming the union for waterfront cargo slowdowns. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) statement came a day before the companies were slated to resume face-to-face bargaining with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing 20,000 West Coast dockworkers in the talks. ...

Girl, 16, killed while getting on school bus in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:41

Vigil held for Bensalem High School student killed getting on busA 16-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle as she was getting on a school bus Wednesday morning in Bensalem, Pa.

Factbox: Who is Alan Gross and what did he do?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:39
HAVANA (Reuters) - Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews. Here are some facts about Gross: Gross was a longtime supporter of Jewish causes and a career development consultant who traveled the world on private contracts before taking his Cuba assignment. He had only once previously visited Cuba and spoke very limited Spanish. ...

AP source: Cuba releases US prisoner Alan Gross

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:32

 American Alan Gross released from Cuba after 5 years in prison. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Obama administration official says Cuba has released American Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for five years.

Video of Albuquerque police shooting released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:28
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have released video showing what happened when an Albuquerque police officer accidentally shot a man during a burglary investigation.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:25

A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."

American Kennel Club adds 4 new dog breeds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:58

This undated photo provided by the American Kennel Club shows a Cirenco dell’Etna dog. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 the organization announced that the Cirenco dell’Etna will be recognized as a new AKC breed in 2015. (AP Photo/American Kennel Club)NEW YORK (AP) — A Spanish farm and fishing dog, a Sicilian rabbit-hunting breed, an Italian sheepdog with a distinctive matted coat and a rugged South African watchdog are joining the American Kennel Club pack.

$10 million in stolen Los Angeles art recovered

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:53
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have recovered $10 million worth of art — including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera — that were stolen in one of Los Angeles' largest art heists.

NY unlikely to face lawsuits over fracking ban, experts say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:49
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, N.Y. (Reuters) - When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on fracking in New York on Wednesday, he predicted "a ton of lawsuits" against the state. But that is unlikely as the end of a drilling boom has left the industry in no mood for a fight, industry experts and lawyers said. "I think most of the companies in the industry are disinterested in fighting," said Brad Gill, the executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, a trade group. ...

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:48

Alan Gross takes a selfie with his wife, Judy Gross, onboard a government plane headed back to the U.S. in this White House handout photoBy Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...

Robber targets Northeast Philadelphia cell phone store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:40

Robber targets Northeast Philadelphia cell phone storePolice are investigating a cell phone store robbery in Northeast Philadelphia.

Many Americans open to better ties with Cuba: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:35
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Though lawmakers from both political parties lambasted President Barack Obama on Wednesday for shifting U.S. policy on Cuba, Americans by and large are open to stronger ties with the communist-governed island, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Fewer than 20 percent of Americans oppose establishing U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, the poll of 31,000 adults showed. More than 40 percent of the respondents were in favor of rapprochement. Some 39 percent said they were not sure. ...

Man gets life sentence in Vermont teacher's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:33
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A man accused with his wife of kidnapping and killing a teacher was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, with the judge saying they hunted their victim like prey.

Tucson police to stop some immigration checks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:28
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson police said Wednesday they will no longer fully enforce the state's landmark immigration law that requires local police to check the immigration status of people they encounter while enforcing other laws.

Avon Products settles bribery charges for $135M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:25
NEW YORK (AP) — The world's largest direct seller of cosmetics, Avon Products Inc., will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there.