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U.S. and Cuba start historic talks

The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years began talks on aimed at restoring diplomatic relations.

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Senate committee to examine testing in schools

The Republican-controlled panel is revising the landmark No Child Left Behind education law.

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Republican newcomer Ernst says Congress ready to change direction

Ernst, just two weeks into her Senate career, also appealed for cooperation from Obama.

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Obama to visit Selma for 50th anniversary of civil rights marches

President Barack Obama in March will recognize the 50th anniversary of historic marches fighting segregation.

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Bostonians want a vote on 2024 Olympic bid

Three-quarters of residents say the city should vote on a planned bid to host the Olympic Games.

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Obama strikes defiant tone in State of the Union

It's time to "turn the page" from recession and war to boost middle-class Americans who have been left behind, the President says.

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New privacy concerns over government’s health care website

When you apply for coverage, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on the site.

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Islamic State threatens 2 Japanese captives in video

The militant group released a video purporting to show two Japanese captives and threatening to kill them unless it received $200 million.

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U.S. wants end to travel curbs, set up embassy in Cuba talks

The U.S. will urge Cuba to lift travel restrictions and agree to opening embassies in historic talks on restoring relations.

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Obama to focus on middle class in State of the Union

The President will challenge the Republican-led Congress to back his ideas for helping middle-class Americans.

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Tributes, protests mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Observers linked the holiday to a rallying cry in recent months during demonstrations over police brutality: "Black lives matter."

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Snowplow tracking apps hold cities accountable for cleanup

Cities across America are increasingly making snowplow-tracking data public in free mobile apps.

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Obama tax proposals run into Republican criticism

A new tax plan has run into rapid criticism from Republicans.

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Kentucky teens accused of multi-state crime spree

Teenage sweethearts - one of them just 13 - were arrested in Florida, ending an alleged multi-state crime spree.

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PHOTOS: Life and legacy of MLK, Jr.

A collection of photos from the Associate Press archives, some that are well known and others that may be less familiar to wide audiences.

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Making headlines this week

A look back on some of this week's biggest headlines and the stories you might have missed.

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Republicans struggle to block Obama immigration moves

Lawmakers say it will be difficult to pass a bill blocking immigration initiatives.

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With flowers and fluent French, Kerry pays respects

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered his condolences to France for the deaths from last week's Islamist attacks.

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Obama to strike defiant tone with Republicans in speech

The President will address Americans next week in his State of the Union speech, laying out areas for potential compromise but ceding little ground to his opponents.

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U.S .loosens embargo on Cuba, making trade and travel easier

A sweeping set of measures will significantly ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba.

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Benedict Cumberbatch apologizes for ‘colored’ remark

Benedict Cumberbatch attends a special screening of "The Imitation Game" at the DGA Theater on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Benedict Cumberbatch is "devastated" after realizing he caused offense during a chat about diversity on Tavis Smiley's late-night show.

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Marshawn Lynch holds an “awesomer” press conference

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"You don't feel in beast mode. It feels you."

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Carrie Underwood revamps football theme for Super Bowl

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The lyrics to Underwood's "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" will be changed to reflect the big game.

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What do Blake Shelton and Vanilla Ice have in common?

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They're both joining the star-studded cast of a new Adam Sandler movie.

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‘Selma’ director DuVernay to make Katrina film

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Ava DuVernay, the director behind the Oscar-nominated MLK, Jr. biopic plans a feature film set in the time of Hurricane Katrina.