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Restoring Diplomatic Relations With Cuba Is A Complicated Process  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:57:00 -0500
Melissa Block talks to Roberta Jacobson, assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, about the first steps toward restoring diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. 
'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:33:00 -0500
This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination. 
Troubled By Grand Jury Verdicts, Students Request More Time For Exams  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:58:00 -0500
Students at several law schools say events in Ferguson and New York have left them too upset to study. Others are more concerned about how the extra study time will affect the grading curve. 
The Fate Of The Administration's College Ratings  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:04:00 -0500
Some say a vaunted attempt to improve the quality of colleges is dead on arrival. Let's find out why. 
New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:50:00 -0500
Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste. 
Government Sells Last Major Stake In A Bank Post-Financial Crisis  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:43:00 -0500
The government has sold its stake in Ally Financial, the last major bank that was involved in the TARP bailout program. 
FBI Officially Pins Sony Cyberattack On North Korea  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:43:00 -0500
The FBI released a statement on Friday saying that the North Korean government is responsible for the massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. 
Neighboring States Challenge Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Law  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:40:00 -0500
Colorado is vowing to fight a lawsuit filed by neighboring states that challenges its legalization of recreational marijuana. 
St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:53:00 -0500
Weeks after he announced a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in Michael Brown's death, prosecutor Robert McCulloch explains some of his own decisions in the case. 
Sentenced For Life, Inmate Still Holds Hope For Release  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:37:00 -0500
David Padilla is one of thousands of people sentenced under tough drug laws who are spending life in prison. Now the Clemency Project 2014 promises pardons or early release for some offenders. 
Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty To DUI  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:02:38 -0500
The Olympic gold medal winner gets no jail time for second conviction for drunk driving. He'll be able to train for Rio with his 18-month supervised probation. 
Obama's Wide-Ranging, Year-End News Conference  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:31:00 -0500
The president discussed issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to Sony Pictures' decision to cancel release of the film 'The Interview' after a North Korean hack attack. 
Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Threats  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:53:00 -0500
"That's not what America's about," the president said in a news conference, calling the cancellation of The Interview's release a "mistake." The FBI has accused North Korea of being behind the attack. 
Education Dept. Issues Framework For New College Rating System  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:57:00 -0500
The draft plan indicates that such factors as access, affordability and student outcomes will be key to the system first announced by President Obama in 2013. 
Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life, But Which?  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:47:00 -0500
Nature and nurture both matter, and having love and support from parents early on makes make academic and social success as an adult more likely, a study finds. But a child's temperament matters too.