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You can now legally import Cuban cigars, rum

American cigar and rum aficionados cheered Wednesday when President Barack Obama announced an historic rapprochement with communist Cuba that will lead to greatly improved diplomatic, economic and travel relations between the two long-estranged neighbors.

U.S. agents say North Korea responsible for Sony Pictures hack

U.S. federal investigators have claimed they've made a connection between the North Korean government and the hacking of Sony Pictures. They may, sources say, go public with their accusations in the near future.

Vegas cops: Christopher Sena, wife, filmed sex with kids, dogs

Las Vegas - A Las Vegas father of four has been arrested along with his wife and ex-wife and accused of sexually abusing at least eight children, including their own, over a 12-year period.

Op-Ed: Release The Interview: a future without theaters

Pyongyang - North Korea was the last place for innovation but their threat against Sony could hasten the end of theaters as we know them.

Palestinians present UN resolution on final peace deal

New York - The Palestinians on Wednesday presented a draft UN resolution laying out terms for a final peace deal with Israel but sought to avoid a clash with the United States by saying they were open to negotiations on the text.

Judge charged for planting drugs on woman who denied his advances

On Thursday, a former judge was found guilty on charges after he allegedly planted methamphetamine on a woman after she refused his sexual advances inside his chambers.

Sony cancels parody film as NKorea suspected over hack

Los Angeles - Sony Pictures abruptly canceled Wednesday the release of the comedy which has angered North Korea and triggered chilling threats from hackers, reportedly suspected to be ordered by Pyongyang.

Cop shoots cow escaping from Idaho meat processing plant

Pocatello - Five cows escaped from a small Idaho meat processing plant over the weekend, prompting a massive cow-hunt by local police. The breakout occurred in Pocatello, Idaho, with the first escapee, a 1,000 pound heifer jumping a six-foot fence on Friday.

James Franco, Seth Rogen cancel public appearances amid threats

New York - Stars of the upcoming comedy The Interview have canceled previously scheduled promotional appearances for the film amid threats of violence from cyber hackers.

More US cinemas cancel NKorea parody film

Los Angeles - More major US cinema chains canceled Wednesday plans to screen the comedy film that has offended North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, after mysterious computer hackers threatened attacks on theaters showing the movie, reports said.

U.S. Navy invents shark-like swimming robot

If it looks like a shark and swims like a shark, it may not actually be a shark you're seeing but rather the GhostSwimmer, a robot that resembles and swims like the ocean's greatest predator.

Op-Ed: U.S. opens relations with Cuba after 53 years Special

Havana - President Barack Obama’s administration and Havana announced Wednesday that they were opening relations after 53 years. Some, but not all political prisoners were being released, including American Alan Gross, whose case had drawn wide attention.

U.S. Mom charged after giving kids marijuana for medical reasons

A woman in Cadillac, Michigan has been charged with three counts of child abuse for giving her 10- and 12-year-old children marijuana. She says that she was giving her two boys pot to treat medical conditions.

Mass. woman charged with murder in death of two infants

Blackstone - A Blackstone, Massachusetts woman has been indicted on two charges of murder after the skeletal remains of three of her children were found in her filthy home, literally crawling with vermin in September.

U.S., Cuba to restore relations after Alan Gross, 'Cuban 5' freed

Washington - The United States and Cuba have begun talks to fully normalize diplomatic relations after more than half a century of animosity stoked by a crippling embargo, U.S. support for anti-Cuba terrorism and repeated attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro.

Floyd Mayweather says Khan has no name, gunning for Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he is gunning for Manny Pacquiao and in the process threw a verbal shot at British boxer Amir Khan. Khan was hoping to be first in line to fight the American but it seems Mayweather has his eyes, and fists, trained on Pacquiao.

14-year-old boy shoots, kills another teen to protect his grandma

Charlotte - A juvenile shot and killed another teen during an apparent home invasion, and the deceased's brother has been charged in connection with the break-in.

CBC pulling Jian Ghomeshi interviews from archives, many angry

The CBC announced on air on Monday that they will pull all of the interviews former host Jian Ghomeshi did on 'Q' off of their online archives page. The majority of listeners who have reacted disagree with and are angry about the decision.

Pope played key role in Cuba normalization talks: U.S.

Washington - Pope Francis played a vital role in bringing Cuba and the United States to the negotiating table, making a "personal appeal" to the nations' leaders, a US official said Wednesday.

True survivor Ray Johnston talks country music Special

Digital Journal chats to the very positive-minded leader of the Ray Johnston Band about his recently released new album, the excellent No Bad Days.
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