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Putin: Russian economy will recover

By LAURA MILLS MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference. He said the current crisis could last two years at most, but the economy could recover faster if external factors change for the better. Continue reading

Obama reignites political debate over Cuba

By KEN THOMAS and STEVE PEOPLES WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House. Continue reading

Federal judge rebuffs NCAA concussion settlement

Michigan Wolverines receiver Adrian Arrington grabs a pass away from Florida Gators defender Markihe Anderson for a 37-yard gain that set up the winning touchdown during the fourth quarter of the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Florida January 1, 2008. Credit: NEWS.GNOM.ES/Pierre DuCharme (NEWS.GNOM.ES) – A federal judge on Wednesday rebuffed a $75-million NCAA settlement that aimed to end a massive class-action lawsuit over head injuries suffered by student athletes, court records show. U.S. Continue reading

Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right. Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth Gallagher, booked heavily discounted round-the-world air tickets in May, but their relationship ended and he didn’t want her ticket to go to waste. Continue reading

Executions in United States at 20-year low: report

By Lawrence Hurley By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amid growing concerns about how executions are carried out in the United States, the number of prison inmates being put to death fell to a 20-year low in 2014, the Death Penalty Information Center said in a report issued on Thursday. The 35 executions this year was the lowest since 1994, said the Washington-based nonprofit, which does not take a position on whether the death penalty should be abolished, in its annual survey of national data. The number of people sentenced to death is also falling, the report said, reaching 72 by mid-December of 2014 the lowest in 40 years Continue reading

Grizzlies outlast Spurs 117-116 in 3 overtimes

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, shoots against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, of Spain, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) Associated Press Dec Continue reading

Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions. In a blog post Wednesday, Uber’s head of global safety defended the company’s safety record but also wrote that “as we look to 2015, we will build new safety programs and intensify others.” The taxi alternative, valued at $40 billion, lets passengers summon cars through an app in more than 250 cities around the world. It faces multiples legal and regulatory challenges as it expands in the United States and abroad. Continue reading

U.S. probe links North Korea to Sony hacking

By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIS WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S Continue reading

Chattanooga women stun No. 7 Stanford 54-46

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The star power of the opponent doesn’t concern Chattanooga. As long as the Mocs are playing at home, they believe they are going to win Continue reading

Cuba’s Castro hails new era of ‘living together’ with U.S.

By Daniel Trotta By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility. The United States freed three convicted Cuban spies in return for the release of U.S Continue reading