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Background check blocks gun sale to wanted man

Associated Press

The organizer of a Spokane County gun show says Washington's new law requiring expanded background checks for firearms transfers blocked the sale of a rifle to a wanted man.

In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, Rev. Juan Rumin Dominguez talks to a reporter at Our Lady of Charity Catholic church in Miami. Many Catholics have expressed pride in seeing Francis stirring hopes of progress in communist Cuba, but some Cuban-Americans say their spiritual leader betrayed them (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

- Associated Press

The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.

Permits sought for immigrants in US illegally

Associated Press

The city of Wichita plans to lobby the state Legislature next year to allow people in the country illegally to receive a driver's permit, which could be used primarily to buy car insurance.

Federal oversight of immigrant shelter questioned

Associated Press

A shelter for traumatized immigrant children near Houston that has received $13 million in federal funds and been cited for overly using restraints says staff members deeply care about the well-being of residents, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer

Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."

Politics, shotgun marriage in government, war loom in 2015

- Associated Press

Tumultuous 2014 is not even in the books, and already the shape of 2015 looms. The new year promises more war, when the plan was for less. It brings a new order in government, with an institutionally weakened president and strengthened opposition.

Immigrant license lawsuit back in Nebraska court

Associated Press

A federal judge has sent a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's practice of denying driver's licenses to some immigrants back to a state court, saying the lawsuit doesn't raise a definitive federal issue.

Demonstrators filled the Mall of America rotunda and chanted "Black lives matter" to protest police brutality, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Bloomington, Minn.  The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on Facebook that they would attend. Attendance figures weren't immediately available. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Aaron Lavinsky)

Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America

Associated Press

A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping.

Daughter of Sandy Hook victim living public life

- Associated Press

Comedian Jay Leno agreed to emcee a dinner next month in Las Vegas for the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation. He changed plans after Erica Lafferty Smegielski called him out.