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Obama calls into Massachusetts governor's show

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded hundreds of calls during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this one was different.

Sheriff to halt squad targeting immigrant ID theft

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for arresting hundreds of immigrants on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases.

New ties with Cuba won't change immigration rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet.

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.

Reformers target traffic courts after Ferguson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.

2 defendants in meningitis outbreak base seek bail

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people should be freed until their criminal trials.

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Bloodstains, bullet holes in classrooms

The high brick wall outside the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar gives the first clue into the horror that unfolded inside its classrooms.

Putin: Russia won't be a stuffed bear

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia is ready to mediate in the Ukraine crisis and denied Russians killed there have been members of his country's military.

How to liberate Cuba's people

Louis Perez says the U.S. normalizing relations with Cuba is an overdue policy change that will blunt Cuban leaders' ''moral authority" and allow Cubans space to decide own best interests

Abandon our brothers and sisters?

Like many entrepreneurs, I am often asked about the secrets to building a successful career. The advice I give is that whether you're in Silicon Valley creating apps, or in Unadilla Valley in upstate New York making yogurt, there are many common ingredients for success.

Drug test bailed-out Wall Streeters?

Eric Liu: It's shameful for for Republicans to propose laws that require welfare recipients to pass a drug test.

Car hits pedestrians: 3 dead

One person died and up to a dozen others were injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people in Southern California after a church Christmas event, police said.

Snow monster scares Anderson

Anderson Cooper takes a look at two little boys who were very determined to talk to Santa Claus and a scary snow monster.

5 things to do if you're taken hostage

Martin Savidge goes inside a training facility for civilians and police.

Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185

Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and residents said.

After the Sony hack, what next?

A defector who once worked as a computer expert for the North Korean government says it has a vast network of hackers devoted to cyberwarfare.

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Oliva sees great potential in U.S.-Cuba relations

Tony Oliva was thrilled to hear about President Obama's plan toward normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Oliva's home country.

Sources: Celtics, Mavs talking Rondo trade

The Boston Celtics, after years of flirting with potential Rajon Rondo deals, are in substantive discussions on a trade that would send Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources.

Game-worn MJ shoes from UNC sell for $33K

A pair of Converse shoes that an auction house says Michael Jordan wore when he played at the University of North Carolina sold for $33,387 on Thursday morning.

QB Newton works with first team in practice

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was back working with the first-team offense with an increased number of repetitions during Thursday's practice.

Sources: Bears 'confused' by coach's discipline

A pair of Bears players say a portion of the locker room feels "confused and uncomfortable" over how coach Marc Trestman handled Jay Cutler's benching compared to the minor discipline offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer received last week.

Gruden: My RG III quotes always get twisted

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said regardless of what he says about Robert Griffin III, it gets taken to an extreme.

Pelini's rant on AD fuels Nebraska response

Bo Pelini was introduced as Youngstown State's new coach Wednesday, but his departure from Nebraska continues to overshadow his Ohio homecoming.

Chryst returns to Wisconsin as head coach

Paul Chryst is coming home to coach Wisconsin.
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