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After the announcement of American Alan Gross being released from a Cuban prison, President Obama announces an end to an approach he says "for decades has failed" U.S. interests.
December 18th, 2014
10:15 PM ET

Uber’s growing pains

Police in Boston are charging an Uber driver with rape, kidnapping and assault for an alleged attack on a woman who used the company’s app to call for a ride. An Uber spokeman calls the attack a “despicable crime.” It is just one of the serious problems the company is dealing with.
Uber is now worth more than $40-billion. Dan Simon looks at some of the growing pains that come with Uber’s explosive success.

Filed under: Business
December 18th, 2014
10:05 PM ET

Mystery surrounds the spy released by Cuba

A Cuban who spied for the U.S. is back on American soil after serving nearly two decades in prison. He was the U.S. Intelligence agent released for three Cuban agents in a prisoner exchange. Despite the very public homecoming of Alan Gross, U.S. Officials have not yet released the name of this Cuban national. Very few people knew he existed, let alone his sacrifice to the United States. Joe Johns has the latest on his story.

Filed under: U.S.-Cuba relations
December 17th, 2014
10:17 PM ET

American Alan Gross freed from Cuba in historic deal

After 5 years in a Cuban prison, American Alan Gross is now free.

President Barack Obama's administration had secured Gross's release as part of a sweeping deal to thaw the decades-old diplomatic freeze with Cuba.

Gross was an American government contractor when he was sentenced to 15 years in a Cuban prison, charged with spying.

In exchange for Gross, the U.S. returned 3 Cuban spies imprisoned since 2001. The deal also included the return of a U.S. intelligence agent imprisoned in Cuba for nearly 20 years. Cuba also agreed to release 53 Cubans identified as political prisoners.

This deal to free Gross was negotiated in secret over the past 18 months. But was it a good or bad deal?

CNN's Erin Burnett has more.


Filed under: Alan Gross • Cuba • News • U.S.-Cuba relations
December 17th, 2014
10:02 PM ET

Pres. Obama on Sony attack: 'Go to the movies'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama says Americans should "go to the movies" without fear, despite hackers' threats against venues that show a controversial film that Sony has now decided to pull.

Sony announced Wednesday that it won't release the film - a comedy called "The Interview" that portrays an attempt to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un - following hackers' threats to attack movie theaters that show it.

But Obama suggested in an interview with ABC News that the threats aren't credible.

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Filed under: News • Politics • Sony Hack
December 17th, 2014
08:26 PM ET

Caught on Camera: Thieves steal Barbie's Corvette

Two Florida men may be charged with grand larceny, but you can't deny they had a creative way of getting Christmas presents. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on some heart-stopping shopping.


Filed under: Jeanne Moos • News
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