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Obama says U.S. will end ‘outdated approach’ to Cuba

President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity. “Isolation has not worked,” Obama said in remarks from the White House. “It’s time for a new approach.”

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Where the money went: Royals’ opening-day salaries in 2014 vs. 2015

Dayton Moore says the Royals are still in the starting pitching market and looking at trade possibilities, but aside from another arm in the rotation, you could pencil in a 25-man roster for opening day 2015. And with just 24 players plugged in, using salary estimates, the 2015 opening-day payroll is about $10 million higher than it was for 2014.

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U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas defends measure relaxing banking rules

The Republican faced furious criticism this week for his significant role in a measure allowing federally insured banks to use financial “swaps,” a tool designed to protect banks from bad loans.  Critics say that the relaxed rule, now sitting on the president’s desk, provides a potential backdoor bailout for the nation’s biggest banks — and that Yoder offered the measure as a favor for wealthy bank-related campaign donors.

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Sony hacking fallout explodes

Threats of violence against movie theaters. The New York premiere of “The Interview” canceled. Leaks of thousands of more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages. The fallout from the Sony Pictures hack exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace escalated their attack and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of September 11, 2001.

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Jim Strahle: Weapons force difficult decisions for police officers

Jim Strahle, a civilian in the Kansas City Police Department’s media relations office until his retirement last year, writes: A comment quoted by followers of the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice was officers only gave him a two-second warning before firing their weapons. However, one obvious question comes to mind: How long does it take a person holding a pistol in his hand to point it at an officer?

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Walmart or Wal-Mart?

The biggest company and largest employer in the world is known by two slightly different names. And that’s unquestionably confusing. The Star conforms to The Associated Press’ call — except when it doesn’t, as in the example sent to me by one sharp-eyed reader.
 
 

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