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8:35 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Raúl Castro Demands Return Of Guantánamo Before Normalizing Ties With U.S.

Cuba's President Raul Castro listens during the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica, on Wednesday.
Roberto Carlos Sanchez AP

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 11:00 am

Cuban President Raúl Castro seemed to throw some pretty big hurdles in front of efforts to establish normal diplomatic relations with the United States.

In a speech at a summit of Latin American countries, President Raúl Castro said a rapprochement with its northern neighbor would not make sense without three conditions: 1. The lifting of the U.S. embargo on Cuba. 2. The return of the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay. 3. Compensation for "human and economic damage" the Cuban people have suffered.

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Around the Nation
7:50 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy Avoids Angering Mother Bear

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Malaysia Says Disappearance Of MH370 Was An Accident

A relative of a passenger of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 holds a picture of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak with the writing "Please bring back my husband."
STR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 11:08 am

The government of Malaysia has now officially declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident.

The aircraft is thought to have crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean in March 2014, but search crews haven't found a trace of it.

The BBC reports:

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Around the Nation
7:18 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Bar Patrons Duct-Taped Rowdy Customer

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 7:50 am

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The Two-Way
6:03 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Obama's Budget Would Undo Broad, Automatic Cuts Made In 2013

President Obama speaks to the media after the automatic budget cuts associated with the sequester took effect in March 2013.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 9:07 am

When President Obama meets with House Democrats tonight during their retreat in Philadelphia, officials say he'll lay out the details of his budget proposal, which will include reversal of large cuts to federal spending instituted in 2013.

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