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By By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | December 19, 2014 6:30 pm
Obama calls on women only at news conference
  • State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 6:06 pm
    The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays.
  • No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 6:06 pm
    Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro.
  • China arrests US aid worker near N. Korean border
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 5:36 pm
    A Korean-American aid worker running a school in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.
  • Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 5:31 pm
    Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.
  • Franciscan religious order in 'grave' financial crisis
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 5:06 pm
    The main Franciscan religious order in the Roman Catholic Church is in a financial crisis because of alleged wrongdoing from within and outside its ranks, head of the order said.
  • UN urging Taliban to reduce Afghan civilian casualties
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:42 pm
    The U.N. said Friday it's been talking to the Taliban about reducing civilian casualties in Afghanistan but hasn't seen any change on the ground, where it attributes 75 percent of deaths and injuries this year to the insurgent group that used to rule the country.
  • Obama renews tax breaks, creates ABLE accounts
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:30 pm
    President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that temporarily extends dozens of costly tax breaks for millions of businesses and homeowners, commuters, teachers and others.
  • Obama signs massive defense spending bill
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:12 pm
    President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes and training Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.
  • Obama cautions that change may be slow to come to Cuba
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:55 pm
    Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change may not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society."
  • Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:36 pm
    President Barack Obama banned new investments in Crimea on Friday, slapping sanctions on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year.
  • North Korea denies connection with Sony hacking
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:30 pm
    North Korea on Friday denied the FBI's accusation that it was behind a devastating hacking attack on Sony but it said the now-shelved film "The Interview" mocked the impoverished but nuclear-armed country.
  • Obama signs massive defense spending bill
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:24 pm
    President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes, training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.
  • Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:24 pm
    The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.
  • Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 3:18 pm
    Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70.
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