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NYC Jails Mental Illness

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Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

Federal prosecutors sued NYC to address what an investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" against young inmates at the Rikers Island jail.

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US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

Airlines, hotel chains and cruise companies have all been quietly eyeing a removal of the travel ban to Cuba and hope they soon will be able to bring U.S. tourists to the Caribbean nation.

Obama Makes Statement On U.S.-Cuba Policy

US, Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations

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Parallel announcements from President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday followed more than a year of secret talks between the two countries.

Obama withdraws Alaska's Bristol Bay from drilling

The president said that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from consideration for petroleum leases.

Taliban storm Pakistani school, killing 141 — mostly children

In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people — almost all of them students.

Thousands lay flowers at Sydney hostage siege site

A day after two people plus a gunman were killed, thousands of Australians left bouquets of flowers at a makeshift shrine. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife visited.

Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer.

3 dead in Sydney crisis: Video of police storming cafe (updated)

Sydney police say three people died, including the gunman, during a hostage crisis that ended when officers stormed a downtown cafe.

14 cities including LA and Long Beach get Bloomberg 'innovation team' grants

Fourteen cities — from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem — are getting money from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation.

To stop teen drinking parties, fine the parents

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing.

3 people have run out of Sydney building

Three people ran out a fire exit of a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of people hostage at the height of Monday morning rush hour.

Gaza tech incubator finds success in international crowdfunding

Billions have been pledged to help rebuild Gaza, but little of that money has arrived yet. But a startup accelerator is drawing interest and crowdfunding from around the region and the world.

Vatican, citing 'delicate situation,' rejects Dalai Lama meeting with Pope

It's an apparent reference to the Holy See's relations with Beijing. They haven't had diplomatic ties since 1949. Tibet's spiritual leader is in Rome for a meeting of Nobel Peace Prize winners.

London airspace closed due to computer failure

The European air control agency Eurocontrol says London airspace has been closed due to a computer failure. There is a power outage at the NATS control center.

LA Times uncovers worker abuse by supermarket vendors

An LA Times investigation has shown that Whole Foods, Walmart, and other grocers have bought produce from companies that severely mistreat their workers, in Mexico.

U.Va. looks at ways to curb drinking at its first frat houses

The University of Virginia is looking to make changes, even though a report about a gang rape has been discredited. Ideas include banning hard alcohol and having sober volunteers self-police parties.