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Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list

In this Saturday, April 11, 2015 photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, right, smiles as he looks over towards Cuban President Raul Castro, left, during their historic meeting, at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama. The leaders of the United States and Cuba held their first formal meeting in more than half a century on Saturday, clearing the way for a normalization of relations that had seemed unthinkable to both Cubans and Americans for generations. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced Tuesday, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries.


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Protesters gather in New York to demonstrate against police violence

Demonstrators protest against police brutality against minorities during a protest in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Protesters angered by fresh cases of police violence against unarmed black men in the United States gathered in New York on Tuesday, hoping to invigorate a national discussion on the thorny issue. Some 250 placard-bearing activists organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network rallied at Union Square in Manhattan to protest the latest incidents of violent police tactics used against minorities. Galvanizing their cause was the April 4 fatal shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man shot in the back by a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina. "What this protest right here is about is that too many are being murdered," said Nicholas Heyward Sr., whose son Nicholas Heyward Jr. was shot dead at age 13 in public housing by a police officer 20 years ago while playing cops and robbers with a toy gun.


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Durst pleads not guilty to federal gun charge in New Orleans

Real estate heir Robert Durst appears in a New York criminal courtroomBy Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Real estate scion Robert Durst, who has been charged with murder in California, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a federal gun charge stemming from his arrest last month in New Orleans. Durst's lawyers have sought his extradition to Los Angeles County, where prosecutors want him in connection with the 2000 killing of a longtime friend, Susan Berman, in a case recently chronicled in the HBO documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst." But the federal charge and similar Louisiana state weapons charges mean that Durst, 72, is likely to remain in Louisiana for the foreseeable future. Appearing frail, Durst entered his not guilty plea before Judge Lance Africk in the Eastern District of Louisiana, who scheduled a hearing in the case on June 11, with a trial to begin on June 22. The final episode of the HBO series aired a day after his March 14 arrest at a New Orleans hotel, where authorities said he was staying under an assumed name with $42,000 in cash, a revolver, about five ounces of marijuana and a latex mask.


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Reserve deputy turns himself in to face manslaughter charge

Robert Bates, right, arrives at the Tulsa County Jail with his attorney, Clark Brewster, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Tulsa, Okla. Bates, a 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who authorities said fatally shot a suspect after confusing his stun gun and handgun, was booked into the county jail Tuesday on a manslaughter charge. (Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who authorities said fatally shot a suspect after confusing his stun gun and handgun was booked into the county jail Tuesday on a manslaughter charge.


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Deputy in fatal shooting in Oklahoma released on bond

Handout of Reserve Deputy Robert Bates provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in TulsaBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A white sheriff's reserve deputy charged in the fatal shooting in Oklahoma of a black suspect in a police sting operation has been released on bond after turning himself in to authorities, one of his lawyers said on Tuesday. The volunteer deputy, Robert Bates, thought he was using a Taser instead of his gun, the Tulsa Sheriff's office has said of the incident seen in a video released over the weekend. Oklahoma prosecutors on Monday charged Bates, 73, with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Eric Harris, 44, on April 2. Bates turned himself in after an arrest warrant was filed, and plans to plead not guilty at his preliminary hearing, his lawyer Corbin Brewster said.


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How Marco Rubio’s Cuban roots explain his campaign

Rubio’s views on both foreign and domestic policy—hawkish in the former instance and gentler in the latter—have been defined by his family’s roots in Cuba and his experiences coming of age in Miami’s exile community.


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Matt Bai: Chris Christie bets on bold

hristie’s gambit on entitlements is about more than the policy. It’s also about reintroducing him to primary voters as the only guy out there who is willing to tell you, in blunt terms, what you need to hear about the realities of government.


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Matt Bai: Chris Christie bets on bold

hristie’s gambit on entitlements is about more than the policy. It’s also about reintroducing him to primary voters as the only guy out there who is willing to tell you, in blunt terms, what you need to hear about the realities of government.


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