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world lead

December 17th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Cuban-Americans voice disgust over deal

MIAMI (CNN) – Church bells rang out Wednesday afternoon in Havana, marking a major moment in history - Cuba and the United States are easing diplomatic relations after decades of ice-cold tension.

The news that President Barack Obama would outline such a massive change has been met with passionate opinions in the United States though it wasn't clear how average Cubans felt about it.

Because information is so tightly controlled by Cuban officials, one sign of whether change for the better is really possible on the island is whether the voices of everyday citizens will be heard.

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national lead

October 20th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Hannah Graham suspect indicted in 2005 assault

(CNN) - As investigators are determining whether a skull and bones discovered behind an abandoned Central Virginia home on Saturday are those of Hannah Graham, the lone suspect in her disappearance has been indicted in an assault from almost a decade ago - a case that police say forensically links him to another female college student who vanished from the same area as Graham.

Jesse Matthew was indicted by a grand jury in Fairfax, Virginia on Monday for the 2005 sexual assault on charges that also included attempted murder and abduction.

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national lead

October 14th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Ebola outbreak: Get up to speed with the latest developments

(CNN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is establishing an Ebola response team composed of experts, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. "For any hospital anywhere in the country that has a confirmed case of Ebola, we will put a team on the ground within hours," Frieden said.

A team like that may have prevented a Dallas nurse from contracting the disease, Frieden said.

"I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the first patient was diagnosed. That might have prevented this infection," Frieden said. "But we will do that from this day onward with any case anywhere in the U.S."

There were at least 76 health-care workers who may have come into contact with Texas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan after he was hospitalized, Frieden said. "Once he was hospitalized, there were at least 76 people who might have come into contact with him or his blood and are being monitored now," Frieden said.

Duncan died last week at a Dallas hospital.

Dallas nurse is 'clinically stable'

Officials are still trying to figure out how a Dallas nurse who cared for Duncan was infected. Nina Pham, a recent nursing college graduate, got her certification less than two months earlier. On Monday, she got a blood transfusionfrom American Ebola survivor Kent Brantly and is "clinically stable."

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world lead

June 13th, 2014
04:47 PM ET

Bowe Bergdahl returns home - to a long road ahead

(CNN) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American prisoner of war, returned home early Friday morning, his hero's welcome supplanted by a controversial prisoner swap and his reputation tarnished by accusations he was a deserter.

He arrived in San Antonio from a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where he'd been recuperating since his release May 31 in exchange for five Taliban figures held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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national lead

June 9th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Sheriff's office: Las Vegas couple saw police as oppressors

(CNN) - A Las Vegas couple who gunned down two police officers and a civilian before killing themselves apparently looked at law enforcement as oppressors, a sheriff's department official said Monday.

Among the clues: a "Don't Tread on Me" flag and a Nazi swastika the couple placed on one of the police officers they ambushed Sunday at a pizza restaurant. They pinned onto the other officer's body a note saying something to the effect of "this is the beginning of the revolution," Second Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters.

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