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US wins release of spy held for years in Cuba jail

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  • US wins release of spy held for years in Cuba jail
    US wins release of spy held for years in Cuba jail

    WASHINGTON (AP) — This much is known about the Cuban man who spied for the United States and was released Wednesday in a historic prisoner swap: He had access to closely held intelligence information at the highest levels of the Cuban government.

  • 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.

  • Effort to draft Warren into '16 race lands in Iowa
    Effort to draft Warren into '16 race lands in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are bringing their effort to Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where there's already well-established organizing effort in place — for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  • AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules
    AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy.

  • 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.

  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord
    US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.

  • 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 unresolved midterm race to a Republican challenger.

  • US global aid chief to resign; oversaw secret Cuba programs
    US global aid chief to resign; oversaw secret Cuba programs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the nation's global development agency said Wednesday he will step down from his post in February, following an announcement by the U.S. government that it would start talks toward restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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    Obama: As a black man he's been mistaken for valet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — This much is known about the Cuban man who spied for the United States and was released Wednesday in a historic prisoner swap: He had access to closely held intelligence information at the highest levels of the Cuban government.

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