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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The president announced that US and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other's capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries' historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Pablo Martinez Monsivais—AP

Our Men in Havana

President Obama called the reopening of U.S. and Cuban embassies after a half century a “historic step forward,” but pushed Congress to go even further and end the trade embargo

Rush hour in Los Angeles

This July 4 Holiday Could Be the Deadliest in Years

With highway fatalities already rising after years of steady decline, the upcoming July Fourth holiday could be a particularly deadly one. Experts estimates as many as 409 Americans will be killed on the road during the weekend

Donald Trump at a meeting with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board in Chicago on June 29, 2015 in Chicago.

Macy's Is Cutting Ties With Donald Trump

Macy’s said on Wednesday it was phasing out its Donald Trump line of menswear as a result of the Republican presidential candidate’s derogatory comments last week about Mexican immigrants

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Markets Rise as Greece Makes Concessions

Greece made new concessions in talks with its creditors, though some European officials said they were not good enough and that a deal was impossible before a Greek referendum on Sunday

Chick-fil-A restaurant, Naples, Florida.

This Is America's Favorite Fast Food Chain

Chick-fil-A may generate a lot of political controversy, but when it comes to customer satisfaction the restaurant can't be beat. The chain earned a higher satisfaction score than any other fast food restaurant, according to a new report

Egypt Sinai

50 Dead in Attack on Egyptian Army Checkpoints

Islamist militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said. An ISIS affiliate claimed credit

arrives at The Music Center's 50th Anniversary Spectacular held at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on December 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Neve Campbell Joins House of Cards

Neve Campbell is heading to Washington. The former Party of Five and Scream star has been added as a series regular to Netflix’s flagship show. She is currently filming for season 4, though her exact role is unknown

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Visa Nixes Cards as Payment Option for Sex Ads

Visa has joined MasterCard and American Express in agreeing to withdraw as a payment option from the adult section of Backpage.com—meaning Bitcoins will soon be the only way to advertise sex services on the site

Marijuana plants grow on the grounds of the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica, June 9, 2015.

Ohio Strikes Back Against Pot Legalization

A campaign to legalize marijuana in Ohio took a step closer to making November’s ballot, after its promoters turned in more than twice the required number of signatures. But the measure will face competition at the polls

A newborn baby rests beside his mother Dailyn Fleite at the Ana Betancourt de Mora Hospital in Camaguey, Cuba

Cuba Achieves HIV Prevention Milestone

Cuba is the first country to eliminate the transfer of HIV and Syphilis from mother to child, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday. Only two babies were born with HIV in the country in 2013

Hillary Clinton

Obama Officials Were Aware of Clinton's Private Email

Senior Obama administration officials, including the White House chief of staff, knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence, according to some 3,000 pages of correspondence