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U.S. resumes scheduled passenger flights to Cuba after more than 50 years

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (Reuters) - The first scheduled commercial passenger flight from the United States to Cuba in more than half a century landed on Wednesday, opening another chapter in the Obama administration's efforts to improve ties and increase trade and travel with the former Cold War foe. Learn More


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Lawyers for Texas 'affluenza' teen seek his release from jail

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for the Texas "affluenza" teenager who killed four people while driving drunk are seeking to have him released from a two-year jail term, arguing the judge who sentenced him had no authority to place him behind bars. More »


Madeline weakens to tropical storm as it nears Hawaii; Hermine approaches Florida

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Hurricane Madeline weakened to a tropical storm on Wednesday as it advanced toward Hawaii's Big Island, where residents were bracing for strong winds and rain even as another storm across the country continued its path to Florida, officials said. More »


U.S. urges North Korea to pardon and release American prisoner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday urged North Korea to pardon and release on humanitarian grounds an American student serving a sentence of 15 years of hard labor. More »


Georgia grand jury charges white ex-policeman with murdering black man

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A white former Atlanta police officer was indicted for murder and other charges by a grand jury on Wednesday in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in June, the former officer's attorney said. More »


U.S. appeals court rules medical pot cardholders can be denied guns

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld federal regulations that prevented a woman with a medical marijuana card from buying a firearm in Nevada, in a ruling that cited the government's interest in preventing gun violence. More »


Judge tosses lawsuit seeking Illinois bill payment

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Illinois by a coalition of social services providers trying to force the state to pay more than $100 million in overdue bills. More »


Ex-Air China worker charged by U.S. for smuggling for Chinese military

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An ex-Air China Ltd employee was indicted on Wednesday for smuggling packages onto flights from New York to China on behalf of Chinese military personnel stationed at the country's U.N. mission, U.S. prosecutors said. More »


Five dead after two planes collide mid-air in Alaska

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two small planes collided in mid-air over southwest Alaska on Wednesday, killing all five people aboard both aircraft, authorities said. More »


Obama highlights climate progress at home before journey overseas

LAKE TAHOE, Nev. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that preserving natural places would help the world adapt to warming temperatures as he began a 10-day trip to stress the urgency of curbing climate change and attend a G20 meeting in China. More »


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