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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.

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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.

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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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Clinton backs Obama's Cuba moves

Hillary Clinton backed President Barack Obama's historic easing of decades-old sanctions against Cuba on Wednesday and said she is "deeply relieved" by the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross.

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2016 Republicans slam Cuba announcement

President Barack Obama's historic move to loosen the U.S. embargo on Cuba set off an immediate clash with Republicans keen to use the dramatic foreign policy shift to further their own White…

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Cuban Roanokers welcome renewed relationship with Cuba

News that the U.S. is working to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba is welcome in Roanoke.

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Wait for Cuban beaches, cigars remains

The end of the 50-year freeze in diplomatic relations with Cuba will mean many more U.S. travelers could be on their way to the neighbor island, only 90 miles from Key West, Florida.

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9 questions: Get up to speed on Cuban embargo

President Barack Obama will ease sanctions imposed against Cuba under the U.S. embargo after Cuba agreed to release American aid worker Alan Gross.

The agreement will deliver the most sweeping…

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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…

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Could Obama go to Cuba?

President Barack Obama could be among the Americans traveling to Cuba now that restrictions on passage to the island are being loosened.

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Gross release: How it happened

Alan Gross was in a Cuban prison Tuesday morning when his attorney, Scott Gilbert, phoned to say Gross would soon be released.

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American Alan Gross freed by Cuba

U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed Wednesday as part of a landmark deal with Cuba that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the…

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Historic thaw in US, Cuba standoff

A political standoff that spanned five decades and 10 presidents began to crumble Wednesday with President Barack Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba.

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Rick Perry gets Hanukkah really wrong

On Tuesday night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- long a public fan of Judaism -- marked the beginning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah by comparing it to the Boston Tea Party, which was celebrating…

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Alan Gross flown from Cuba: 'I'm free'

As soon as Alan Gross got out of Cuban airspace Wednesday morning, he called each of his two daughters to say the two words he had dreamed of saying for years: "I'm free," a spokeswoman for his…

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U.S. moves expected to ease Cuban trade restrictions

The United States is easing trade restrictions on Cuba. It is a major step that could lead to finally ending the Cold War era embargo, a tasty prospect for business in both countries.

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Robert Hurt discusses spending bill during Danville visit

President Barack Obama signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through 2015.

McAuliffe proposes Virginia state budget changes

Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to more than double the pot of money he can spend trying to lure companies to Virginia, ease school districts' teacher retirement burdens, and give raises to rookie…

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Obamacare signups surge for 2015

Consumers have rushed to sign up for Obamacare to have coverage for Jan. 1. Nearly 2.5 million people have selected health insurance in 35 states using healthcare.gov, as of Dec. 12, federal…

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UPDATED: Salem lawyer confirmed to serve as federal judge

Elizabeth Dillon has been confirmed to serve as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia.

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Opinions strong on U.S.-Cuba policy change

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Obama: 'Go to the movies'

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Analyst: We underestimated North Korea

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Clinton backs Obama's Cuba moves

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2016 Republicans slam Cuba announcement

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Wait for Cuban beaches, cigars remains

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9 questions: Get up to speed on Cuban embargo

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

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Could Obama go to Cuba?

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Gross release: How it happened

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American Alan Gross freed by Cuba

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Historic thaw in US, Cuba standoff

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Rick Perry gets Hanukkah really wrong

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Alan Gross flown from Cuba: 'I'm free'

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McAuliffe proposes Virginia state budget changes

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Obamacare signups surge for 2015

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