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Cuba's President Raoul Castro speaks to the nation via public television in Havana December 17, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama announces a shift in policy toward Cuba while delivering an address to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, December 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Cuba TV and REUTERS/Doug Mills/ Pool)

'New chapter' in U.S.-Cuba ties

The United States is planning to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50 years after they were severed, a major policy shift after decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island.

Police investigate outside the Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, Oregon December 12, 2014. Three teenagers were shot on Friday outside the high school, police said. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Third person arrested over Oregon school shooting

Police in Oregon have arrested a 16- year-old boy suspected of involvement in a shooting incident outside a Portland high school last week that wounded four people, including three teenagers, authorities said on Wednesday.

Nathaniel Kibby, 34, is seen in an undated photo released by the New Hampshire Attorney General's office. REUTERS/New Hampshire Attorney General/Handout

U.S. man charged with raping kidnapped teen

A New Hampshire man repeatedly raped a teenage girl, binding her and using a "Taser-like" device to punish her over the 10-month period he held her in a shipping container, state prosecutors charged in court documents on Wednesday.

Markus Kaarma waits to be dismissed during an afternoon break in Missoula County Court in Missoula, Montana December 5, 2014. Markus Kaarma, 30, is charged with deliberate homicide in the death of 17-year-old Diren Dede of Hamburg, Germany, whom authorities said was slain while apparently scavenging garages for alcohol in the defendant's Missoula neighborhood. REUTERS/Arthur Mouratidis

Montana man guilty of German student's death

A jury found a Montana homeowner guilty of deliberate homicide on Wednesday in the shooting death of a German high school exchange student who entered his garage in a case that tested the state's version of a "castle doctrine" self-defense law.