9 questions: Get up to speed on Cuban embargo

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:38
STORY HIGHLIGHTSObama will ease sanctions imposed against Cuba for more than 50 years following the release of Alan GrossThe changes will ease travel restrictions and allow U.S. and Cuban banks to build relationshipsThe changes come after a flurry of diplomatic efforts to free Gross and changes in the political dialogue in the U.S. Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will ease sanctions imposed against Cuba under the U.S.
The wait for Cuban beaches and cigars remains
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:38
STORY HIGHLIGHTSThe Obama administration eased travel restrictions to Cuba on WednesdayBut that doesn't mean U.S. tourists will overrun the island just yetU.S. resale of Cuban cigars and rum will still be banned Washington (CNN) -- 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.
Obama: 'Go to the movies'
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:38
President Barack Obama told ABC News on Wednesday that Americans should "go to the movies," despite hackers' threats against a new film that Sony has decided not to release as scheduled. STORY HIGHLIGHTSPresident Barack Obama tells Americans to go to the movies despite hacking threatsU.S.
5 signs of U.S. love for public transit
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:38
Ridership aboard U.S. public transportation in 2014 is expected to top last year's figures. 2013 saw more riders on public transportation than any year since 1956, according to the American Public Transportation Association.
Feel younger at heart, live longer
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:38
Fauja Singh is recognized as the first 100-year-old to ever run a marathon. The great-grandfather, now 103, continues to run or walk every day.
'Sickened': School Attackers Are Dead, Evil Cause Is Not
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:38
The strangest thing was the silence. A school hall built for a thousand noisy and excited children was deathly quiet. Their shoes and clothes lay scattered across seats, as if they'd left in a terrible hurry — which is exactly what they tried to do.
Global population living six years longer than in 1990: study
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:36
LONDON (Reuters) - Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhea, tuberculosis and malaria. In an analysis from the 2013 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, health researchers said, however, that while life expectancy is rising almost everywhere in the world, one notable exception is southern sub-Saharan Africa, where deaths…
Wall St. rallies after Fed, energy gains; S&P 500 posts best day since 2013
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:36
By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 scored its best day since October 2013 on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy and said it would take a patient approach toward raising interest rates. The rally, which followed a three-day losing streak, was also driven by a 4.2 percent gain in the S&P energy index. Following a two-day meeting, the U.S.
North Korea connected to Sony attack as company cancels Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview'
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:36
LOS ANGELES – New hacked emails reveal that Sony execs showed a rough cut of the film "The Interview" to at least two U.S. government officials who gave it the OK, according to the Daily Beast. The site reports that the State Department had an active role in deciding whether or not Kim Jong-un's gruesome death scene at the conclusion of the film would be included, and the officials signed off on the controversial scene.
2014 In Review Fast Facts
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 17:38
Click through to see people who died in 2014. Norman Bridwell, the creator of "Clifford the Big Red Dog," has died, according to his publisher, Scholastic. Bridwell died December 12 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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