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A anti-Castro Cuban exile reacts after the announcement of restoring diplomatic ties between Cuba and U.S., at 'Little Havana' in downtown Miami
Carlos Barria—Reuters

Cruz: Don't Trust the Castros

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, writing for TIME, shares his family’s experience with the Castro regime, and argues that Congress should reject President Obama’s new Cuba policy. “[The Castros] are evil, and we cannot make a deal with an evil regime,” he writes

Sony's logo is seen outside the company's headquarters in Tokyo.

U.S. Eyes Sony Hack Attack

The White House said it is currently devising a "proportional response" to the massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment

President Obama Tapes An Interview For The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert

The Colbert Report Is Dead. Long Live Stephen Colbert!

Stephen Colbert brought an end Thursday to one of the greatest sustained performances in pop culture, TV or otherwise, when he hosted the final episode of his satirical Colbert Report, featuring cameos from everyone from Christiane Amanpour to Bill Clinton

"Gone Girl" Press Conference

Fincher and Ellroy to Make HBO Series

Gone Girl Director David Fincher has signed up for an HBO noir detective series together with L.A. Confidential writer James Ellroy. Shakedown is set in the underworld of 1950s Los Angeles and is inspired by the life of Hollywood vice cop-turned-private eye Fred Otash

Uber At $40 Billion Valuation Would Eclipse Twitter And Hertz

Uber Takes a Break in Portland

Facing ruinous fines of $1,500 against the company, and up to $2,250 for the driver, each time a fare was picked up, Uber has agreed to stop its services until Portland legalizes ride-sharing

China's President Xi attends a meeting with former U.S. President Clinton at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping to Visit Macau

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Macau on Friday for the tiny Chinese enclave’s 15th anniversary of its transfer back to China’s hands. Xi will try ensure Macau does not go the way of Hong Kong, which has recently become a hotbed of political dissent

Washington Redskins helmets lay on the ground during a game against the Oakland Raiders

FCC Rejects Claim That the Word 'Redskins' Is Obscene

The FCC denied a law professor’s attempt to strip a radio station of its license because of repeated use of the word. The FCC said the word isn’t obscene, citing a Supreme Court ruling defining obscene material as something sexual in nature