NEW YORK (AP) - Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared the end of America's "outdated approach" to Cuba Wednesday, announcing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as economic and travel ties with the communist island - a historic shift in U.S. policy that aims to bring an end to a half-century of Cold War enmity.
WASHINGTON (AP) - For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society.
PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) - An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead of self-inflicted knife wounds Tuesday in the woods, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed suburban Philadelphia schools and left people on edge.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor - a major shift in tone that reflected the social justice mindset of Pope Francis.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referenced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Market participants were transfixed Tuesday by a stunning slide in the Russian ruble that presented President Vladimir Putin with one of the biggest challenges of his 15-year rule.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.
PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A woman who told neighbors she feared her ex-husband would kill her was among six people found fatally shot in three suburban Philadelphia homes, and her Marine veteran former husband was on the run.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing lower, extending losses from last week.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the lessons of the financial crisis may already be fading from collective memory.
SYDNEY (AP) - A flurry of loud bangs erupted early Tuesday as a swarm of heavily armed police stormed a downtown Sydney cafe where a gunman had been holding an unknown number of people hostage for more than 16 hours.
PERTH, Australia (AP) - A French satellite scanning the Indian Ocean for remnants of a missing jetliner found a possible plane debris field containing 122 objects, a top Malaysian official said Wednesday, calling it "the most credible lead that we have."
WASHINGTON (AP) - People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia said Tuesday that it has narrowed the search for a downed jetliner to an area the size of Texas and Oklahoma in the southern Indian Ocean, while Australia said improved weather would allow the hunt for possible debris from the plane to resume.
NEW YORK (AP) - At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The "Every Day Low Price" king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again.
PERTH, Australia (AP) - Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after a 10-hour mission looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Military search planes flew over a remote part of the Indian Ocean on Thursday hunting for debris in "probably the best lead" so far in finding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, officials said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart plans to start buying used video games from shoppers at stores in a move that goes after the bread-and-butter business of GameStop.
MOSCOW (AP) - With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on Tuesday, describing the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized Crimea as a "sovereign and independent country" Monday, just hours after the strategic Black Sea peninsula declared it had broken away from Ukraine.
SEATTLE (AP) - The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado - a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that's long been illegal under federal law.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - One was passionate enough about flying to build his own flight simulator in his home. The other was a 27-year-old contemplating marriage after having just graduated to the cockpit of a Boeing 777.