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Time travel with Cuba's Frankenstein cars

New cars, in communist Cuba, which has been under a U.S. trade embargo since the early 1960s, are difficult and expensive to acquire.

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Official: US eyes dozens of Gitmo transfers

The Obama administration hopes to transfer dozens of detainees from Guantanamo Bay in the next six months as part of a stepped-up effort to reduce the population there, according to a U.S. official.

Democratic Techies

Revenge of the Democratic techies?

The nerds are all right.

The technologists who built the Democratic Party's data-driven approach to campaigning are saddened by the results of the 2014 midterms, a political drubbing that not even even the sharpest get-out-the-vote operation could pre...

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Retirement age could cloud Pa. judge races in 2015

Raising the retirement age for Pennsylvania judges from 70 to 75 may strike many as common sense, given the longer lifespan of people these days.

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Putin cancels holiday vacation for Kremlin

Vladimir Putin delivered a lump of coal in the Kremlin's stocking this year when he announced Thursday that he has canceled holiday vacations for members of the government.

Russia's President delivered the bad news at a December 25 meeting he convene...

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Elder Bush remains hospitalized

Former President George H.W. Bush, who was taken to a Houston hospital after experiencing shortness of breath, will remain in the hospital for at least one more night, his spokesman said Friday evening.

Bush is in "high spirits and continues to make p...

Jeb Bush, February 2014

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5 takeaways from Jeb Bush emails

A trove of emails from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's time in Tallahassee reveal a hands-on chief executive who was a prolific Blackberry user.

Bush, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, planned on releasing the tens of thousands of emails next...

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Booker offers hairstyle advice to Paul

Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Rand Paul are a rare bipartisan Senate pair who have found areas of agreement, but one issue remains deeply divisive for the two self-described friends: Hair.

Booker, whose bald head often stands out on the Senate f...

Alan Gross lands in US

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U.S. pays Alan Gross $3.2 million

The U.S. Agency for International Development has paid Alan Gross $3.2 million, settling a claim over the former contractor freed last week by Cuba after five years in prison, a spokesman for the federal agency tells CNN.

USAID, the agency which overs...

Obama in front of flag

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Poll: Obama ends year on an upswing

Improving views of the economy have helped hike President Barack Obama's approval rating to a 20-month high, a new CNN/ORC poll showed Tuesday, as markets climbed to record levels at news of an economy in overdrive.

Political play satire Tail! Spin!

Play is verbatim DC sex scandals

Mark Twain first told us that truth can be stranger than fiction, which is of course true. But in this instance, it's funnier, too.

 

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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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North Korea Internet outage: Who did it?

North Korea hack

Some are questioning if the U.S. was behind a recent nine-hour Internet outage in North Korea.

Obama notes end of Afghan War in holiday address

Obama Christmas message

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama use their Christmas address to give thanks to U.S. troops and their families.

Off-Broadway play pokes fun at political sex scandals

Political play satire Tail! Spin!

Gloria Borger takes a look at "Tail! Spin!" -- a new play taken verbatim from infamous political sex scandals.

U.S. military options against North Korea

Pentagon building

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The U.S. is reviewing possible responses to North Korea's cyber attack of Sony Pictures.

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    On this day: December 26

    Congress memorializes George Washington, Babe Ruth's contract is sold to the Yankees, Kwanzaa is celebrated for the first time, and a killer tsunami rolls across the Indian Ocean, all on this day.

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Armed robbery at ESSA Bank in Brodheadsville

Bank robbery in Monroe County
CHESTNUTHILL TWP., Pa.

Police are looking for a suspect in connection with a bank robbery which occurred in Chesnuthill Twp.

Bucks Co. woman charged with assaulting two cops

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WARREN, N.J.

A Falls Twp. woman is facing a long list of charges including assault on two police officers.

Hunterdon County: $500-dollar reward to track down aggressive driver

HUNTERDON, N.J.

A $500-dollar reward awaits anyone who offers information that will lead to the arrest or indictment of a man whom officials say was involved in a road range incident in Tewksbury Twp.

Taxes will get trickier this year, thanks to the ACA

Taxes will get trickier this year thanks to the ACA
ALLENTOWN, Pa.

The Affordable Care Act could make things a little trickier this time around.

 
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