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Report: Secret Service stretched too thin

The Secret Service is stretched "beyond its limits" and needs more training, more staff and a director from outside its ranks -- and the White House needs a better fence -- an independent review has found.

US airstrikes on ISIS

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U.S. airstrikes kill 3 top ISIS leaders

U.S. airstrikes have killed two top-level and one mid-level ISIS leader, a senior U.S. military official tells CNN.

Haji Mutazz was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's deputy in Iraq; Abd al Basit was his military emir in Iraq; and Radwan Talib was his Mosul emir...

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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.

US Capitol

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D.C. outraged over Sony's 'The Interview' decision

From Hollywood to Washington, the outrage is spreading over Sony Pictures' decision to cancel a movie release following a cyber attack and threats from a group of North Korea-backed hackers.

Cuba March Day

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In the sea between U.S. and Cuba lies long history

Just 90 miles away, Cuba inevitably shares a long history with the United States, from conquistadors to the Spanish-American War to the Cold War.

closeup of former President Jimmy Carter

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Carter: Cuba decision 'long overdue'

Former President Jimmy Carter lauded the decision to normalize diplomatic relations with and ease sanctions imposed on Cuba, steps he said would benefit the Cuban people and not the country's autocratic rulers.

Carter said President Barack Obama's dec...

Cuba US diplomatic mission

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Mystery man among 5 freed in U.S.-Cuba deal

Five men are tasting freedom for the first time in years -- including one President Barack Obama described as "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba" -- in a historic deal between the U.S. and Cuba ...

Obama movies

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Obama: 'Go to the movies'

President Barack Obama says Americans should "go to the movies" without fear, despite hackers' threats against venues that show a controversial film that Sony has now decided to pull.

Sony announced Wednesday that it won't release the film -- a comed...

Cuba protesters in Miami

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Opinions strong on U.S.-Cuba policy change

Church bells rang out Wednesday afternoon in Havana, marking a major moment in history -- Cuba and the United States are renewing diplomatic relations after decades of ice-cold tension.

Word of the massive change was met with passionate opinions and ...

Local Cubans react to President Obama s announcement

Local Cubans react to President Obama's announcement

President Barack Obama is making historic changes to the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.

North Korea propaganda mural

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Analyst: We underestimated North Korea

As the United States gets ready to blame the Sony hack on North Korea, a troublesome question is emerging: Just what is North Korea capable of?

 

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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 18

    America celebrates its first official day of thanksgiving, "The Nutcracker" debuts, the first "Pink Panther" short premieres, and the first nuclear power plant in America goes online, all on this day.

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Axel Figueroa-Velez, an Allentown teenager charged with stabbing another boy with a large kitchen knife in October, was ordered held for court on all charges at his preliminary hearing Thursday.

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Preventive and occupational medicine physician Kevin A. Vrablik, MD is the newest member appointed to the Allentown Health Bureau board.

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Despite objections, Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, Inc. will get another one-year contract with Lehigh County.

 
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