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4:19pm

Wed December 17, 2014
World

U.S. Deal May Not Change Life Much For Everyday Cubans

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:13 pm

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4:19pm

Wed December 17, 2014
Latin America

Sen. Marco Rubio: Obama's Cuba Deal Is Bad Foreign Policy

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:07 pm

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And that changing relationship is something that Frank Calzon is questioning.

FRANK CALZON: The president has given Cuba - most of the Cuban government - most of what they want.

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3:53pm

Wed December 17, 2014
The Salt

Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 10:21 am

A customer picks up a block of butter at a food store in Tokyo on Nov. 10. Japanese shoppers are up in arms over a serious butter shortage that has forced Tokyo to resort to emergency imports, as some grocers limit sales to one block per customer.
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We are well into the Christmas season, and if you live in Japan, that means sponge cake.

The traditional Japanese Christmas dish is served with strawberries and cream, and it is rich, thanks to lots and lots of butter. But the Japanese have been using even more butter for their Christmas cakes this year, exacerbating what was already a national butter shortage.

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3:46pm

Wed December 17, 2014
Economy

Fed: Interest Rates Could Rise As Early As May 2015

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:07 pm

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3:39pm

Wed December 17, 2014
Latin America

Rep. Van Hollen: Alan Gross' Release A 'Miraculous' Moment

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:07 pm

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