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The United States' secret deal with Cuba

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A popular podcast has turned a local town into a destination for zealous fans, anxious to uncover answers to a murder mystery.

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Forget about the team or the developers, the real winners in the D.C. United stadium deal are the fans.

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Court rules obesity can be a disability

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Federal employees on pre-approved leave will no longer be granted excused absences when agency offices are closed this winter due to weather.

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