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Dow jumps after Fed pledges patience in rate hikes

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  • Dow jumps after Fed pledges patience in rate hikes
    Dow jumps after Fed pledges patience in rate hikes

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average surged as much as 300 points after the Federal Reserve signaled it was edging closer to raising interest rates because of a strengthening U.S. economy, but promised to be "patient" in its approach.

  • Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba
    Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.

  • Released from Cuba, Alan Gross says freedom is not free
    Released from Cuba, Alan Gross says freedom is not free

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Gross emerged Wednesday from five years of captivity in Cuba praising the Cuban people and offering a lesson he said he learned: Freedom is not free.

  • 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak
    14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

    BOSTON (AP) — In the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine, 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people.

  • Expert: Killing shows strict police vetting needed
    Expert: Killing shows strict police vetting needed

    DENVER (AP) — The discovery that a Cleveland officer who shot and killed a 12-year-old boy last month had washed out at another police force highlights what some experts call an unnerving truth about policing: Departments don't always dig deeply enough into recruits' pasts.

  • Doctor says Oklahoma inmate suffered in execution
    Doctor says Oklahoma inmate suffered in execution

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution says he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious.

  • New York will move to prohibit fracking
    New York will move to prohibit fracking

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.

  • Arkansas' model Medicaid experiment in jeopardy
    Arkansas' model Medicaid experiment in jeopardy

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas became the first southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. The state bought private insurance for low-income people instead of adding them to the rolls of the Medicaid system, which GOP lawmakers considered bloatd and inefficient.

  • Marijuana research projects getting state funding

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado is awarding more than $8 million for medical marijuana research.

  • Republican wins Arizona House seat after recount
    Republican wins Arizona House seat after recount

    PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month, after a recount in Arizona gave the final outstanding race to a Republican challenger.

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