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Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law

President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure.

US prepared to veto UN plan for Israeli occupation

The U.S. is prepared to veto a United Nations Security Council proposal that calls for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands in 2017.

Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House this week:

Paul: Trade with Cuba 'probably a good idea'

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday the lengthy U.S. economic embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked" and voiced support for opening trade with Cuba in the aftermath of the Obama administration's policy shift regarding the communist island.

New ties with Cuba won't change immigration rules

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet.

Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays

Taking another step toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays.

White House: 'Sophisticated actor' hacked Sony

The White House says evidence shows the hack against Sony Pictures was carried out by a "sophisticated actor" with "malicious intent."

US delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S. foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic.

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

A lack of unanimity in both political parties toward President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in U.S. policy toward the communist island in 50-plus years.

Average US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80 percent

Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year.

Newseum to display items from Ferguson protests

The Newseum is displaying items from the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as part of the Washington museum's exhibit on civil rights.

Treasury sanctions mother-in-law of Mexican drug lord

The U.S. is imposing sanctions on the mother-in-law of a Mexican drug lord because she allegedly concealed assets from a drug cartel's operations around the world.

Gauge of US economy rises 0.6 percent in November

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy posted a third straight solid gain in November.

US jobless aid applications decline to 289,000

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.

Water advisory continues after petroleum contamination in DC

Three schools in the nation's capital are closed Thursday amid an ongoing order not to drink tap water in a section of northwest Washington because of petroleum contamination in the water system.

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