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Obama and Putin: From frosty to frozen

The tanking Russian economy seems to be doing little to encourage President Vladimir Putin to repair relations with the West.

In fact, Putin is slipping deeper into a revisionist Cold War mindset, sending the worst East-West standoff in decades into a...

Dianne Feinstein

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Sony hack renews cybersecurity push

White House Economic Council Director Jeff Zients pointed fingers at Congress on Thursday for not acting fast enough on cybersecurity legislation, in the wake of news that North Korea was behind the Sony Entertainment cyberattack.

"We're doing what w...

Osama bin Laden file

CNN

Report detailed shortcomings of assassination, capture

Targeted assassinations or the capture of senior insurgent leaders in larger counterinsurgency operations can provide both positive and negative outcomes according to a classified CIA document posted by the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks on Thursday.

Th...

Jeb Bush

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Jeb Bush's banking career ripe for attack

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's decision to step down from his advisory role at British bank Barclays at the end of the year became the latest indication he's gearing up to jump into the presidential race --- and underscored one of the main liabilitie...

Rick Perry glasses

CNN

Rick Perry likes Jeb Bush, but for how long?

As Rick Perry sat in the Texas governor's mansion about a month before he prepares to hand over the reins after 14 years in office and contemplates another run for the White House, he fondly remembered his "good friend" Jeb Bush, who announced this w...

Citibank ATMs

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Warren allies march outside Citi: 'Break big banks'

A group of protesters gathered outside Citi's headquarters in New York chanting "break big banks."

Made up largely of Senator Elizabeth Warren's supporters, the protesters on Thursday specifically targeted Citigroup because of the bank's role in water...

Payday lenders

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Payday lenders spend millions in Washington

Payday lenders are spending millions of dollars in Washington in an attempt to stop the government from cracking down on the industry.

And it appears to be working.

Since the beginning of 2013, high-cost loan providers and those with ties to the indus...

North South Korea map

CNN

Officials: Hackers stole Sony computer credentials

U.S. investigators have evidence that hackers stole the computer credentials of a system administrator to get access to Sony's computer system, allowing them broad access, U.S. officials briefed on the investigation tell CNN.

Army-'Blimp'

U.S. Air Force

Army to launch 'blimp' that detects missiles

The U.S. Army plans to launch two stationary "blimps" at 10,000-feet in the air next week to better protect the Washington, D.C. area from cruise missiles and other possible air attacks.

It's part of a three-year test by the North American Aerospace ...

Bill sponsored by Jim Gerlach signed by President Obama

Bill sponsored by Jim Gerlach signed by President Obama

President Obama has signed a bill sponsored by outgoing Republican Congressman Jim Gerlach.

Berks commissioners approve county's 2015 budget

The Berks County Commissioners have passed a budget that holds the line on taxes in 2015.

 

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5 fun facts about Barack Obama

Obama preparing for Tuesday debate

Happy birthday, Mr. President! President Barack Obama turned 53 on Monday. Find out five interesting facts about the commander in chief.

The British Monarchy

Prince George

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Prince George, who is third in line to the British throne, celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday. Take a look at the family tree of the British monarchy and learn a bit about George's great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

The legacy of JFK

JFK side profile

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

JFK was assassinated riding in the motorcade in Dallas, Texas 50 years ago.  Years later his legacy still lives on through his influence on the Peace Corps, the Space Race and in Civil Rights.  Take a look at this interactive to review a timeline of important events, as well as, watch and listen to powerful JFK speeches.

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Pope on US-Cuba deal: 'This is noble work'

Pope Francis

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Pope Francis speaks out about the U.S.-Cuba deal he helped bring together.

Not everyone is happy with U.S.-Cuba thaw

Not everyone happy with Cuba

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The ringing of the bells in Havana signals a thaw in the Cold War-era feud between Cuba and the U.S. it’s a thaw that resulted in the repatriation of Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba for five years. Not everyone was happy with the news: Cubans who fled the Castro regime and now live in Florida protested the decision Wednesday in Miami.

U.S. to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba

Obama on Cuba

President Obama announces plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, as Alan Gross is released in a prisoner swap.

Raul Castro thanks Obama, Pope Francis

Raul Castro speech

Cuban President Raul Castro thanks the United States and Pope Francis for the historic overhaul of relations between the two countries.

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    On this day: December 19

    "A Christmas Carol" is first published, the NHL plays its first games, Apollo 17 splashes down, and the U.S. House impeaches President Bill Clinton, all on this day.

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Lower Macungie homeowners getting $19 tax break — and two artificial turf field

Township engineer Bill Erdman was honored by commissioners

A controversial $3.3 million allocation to install two artificial turf fields spurred two of Lower Macungie Township’s five commissioners to vote against the 2015 budget Thursday night.

Northampton passes 2015 budget that includes property tax hike

NORTHAMPTON, Pa.

The Northampton Borough Council Thursday unanimously approved a 2015 budget that includes a one-half mill property tax increase.

Supervisors decline ownership of land surrounding Fields at Indian Creek

Upper Milford Twp. supervisors meeting
UPPER MILFORD TWP., Pa.

The Upper Milford Township Board of Supervisors want nothing to do with land that will become part of the Fields at Indian Creek proposed housing development.

 

Former Phillipsburg band teacher pleads guilty to invasion of privacy

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J.

A Phillipsburg teacher will lose his license for taking photos of some of his female students.

 
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