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Pope's Latin American brains trust was behind Cuba deal

Friday, 19 December 2014 12:20
Pope Francis, waves as he leaves at the end of his general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Argentine Pope Francis and a trio of top Vatican officials who helped broker the historic deal between the United States and Cuba represent an unprecedented brain trust in Latin American affairs at the Holy See.
U.S. swimmer Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:20
Michael Phelps during the Men's 100Meter Butterfly final at the USA Swimming Nationals at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex. Phelps finished second. Aug 8, 2014; Irvine, CA, USA; Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsMichael Phelps during the Men's 100Meter Butterfly final at the USA Swimming Nationals at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex. Phelps finished second. Aug 8, 2014; Irvine, CA, USA; Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Cuba's Raul Castro steps out of brother's shadow with U.S. deal, support surges
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:20
Cuba's President Raul Castro attends the opening session of the 10th ALBA alliance summit in Havana December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Enrique De La OsaCuba's President Raul Castro sits at a desk in his office in Havana in this December 16, 2014 picture provided by Estudios Revolucion.
LA River's flood role is 'paramount'
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:15
19 December 2014Last updated at 16:27 Share this pageDeliciousDiggFacebookredditStumbleUponTwitterEmailPrint By Jonathan AmosScience correspondent, BBC News, San Francisco Beloved by movie and pop-video directors, the LA River may be heading for a softer make-over Continue reading the main story Related StoriesHow almonds are sucking California dryDrilling deeper as US taps run dry Messing about on the LA river Any moves to modify the Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting…
Little-known book by pope outlines views, hopes for Cuba in criticizing Castro regime, embargo
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:15
In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, President of the Italian Olympic Committee Giovanni Malago', right, kisses Pope Francis' hands at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host some events. But he is warning: "I won't be around." Francis, 78, met with members of the Italian Olympic Committee at the Vatican…
NY lawmaker says doctored ISIS photo sent to office
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:15
A New York lawmaker says the frightening, Photoshopped image was sent to his office by mail. A New York county lawmaker and Hasidic Jew claims to have received a chilling piece of hate mail - a Photoshopped image of his head atop an Islamic State captive about to be beheaded. Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder said he got the frightening missive on Monday, and has notified police. The image shows Weider’s face on the body…
Five dead, dozens ill from bacteria linked to caramel apples
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:08
(Reuters) - Five people have died and 21 others have been hospitalized in recent weeks in a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples, health officials said on Friday. A total of 28 people infected with listeria have been reported from 10 states, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The CDC warned consumers not to eat any pre-packaged, commercially-produced caramel apples, including those with other toppings such as nuts, chocolate or…
DEADLY LIE? Police find boy's body, dismiss babysitter's claim
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:08
This undated image, provided by the Albany County Sheriff, shows 5-year-old Kenneth White. A caretaker's initial report that a 5-year-old boy was abducted from an Albany-area home before being found dead nearby hours later was false, New York police said Friday. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple told local media at about 3 a.m. that the body of Kenneth White was found by a sheriff's K-9 unit conducting a search in the rural hamlet of Clarksville,…
REFUNDS IN JEOPARDY? IRS warns cutbacks may cause delays next year
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:08
The Internal Revenue Service is crying poor in the face of budget cuts and weighing the possibility of its own short-term shutdown -- even warning that tax refunds could be delayed next year. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen gave details Thursday on ways the tax-collection agency might try to cut costs. He said everything from taxpayer services to enforcement efforts could be affected. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT
Taking the Crisis Out of ISIS
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:20
An F-18 leaves it carrier for a bombing run against ISIS targets.Navy photo / Robert BurckPentagon reports some good news from the front After four months of stalemate in the U.S.

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