Ready to hit the Cuban beach? Americans still have to wait

Travel to Cuba for business or education will be much easier as the U.S. eases restrictions, but until the embargo is completely lifted, going to Cuba simply for tourism still won't be allowed.

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

Though the cars are at least a few years away from showrooms, seven companies are testing prototypes on California's roads, and regulators have questions.

Tunisia, cradle of 'Arab Spring,' in historic presidential vote

The election pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against challenger Beji Caid Essebsi, who held a post in the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Janel Gehrke at Stand Down

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Women vets get help at LA Stand Down event


Some 2,500 veterans, about one-fifth of them women, were expected to seek help and services at the weekend Stand Down event at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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GOP sens. Rubio, Paul square off over Cuba policy shift

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, expresses his disappointment in President Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, on Wednesday.

Rubio, appearing on ABC's This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo.

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A snail so hardcore it's named after a punk rocker

This spiky mollusk is called Alviniconcha strummeri, named after Joe Strummer, the late frontman for the Clash.

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

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Gunman made anti-police posts before killing NYPD officers

Officer Rafael Ramos (left) and Wenjian Liu (right), who were killed on Saturday after being ambushed by a gunman in a Brooklyn neighborhood.

The assailant, identified as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, is thought to have shot his ex-girlfriend and then used her Instagram account to post threatening messages.