Pope Francis played role in changing Cuba-U.S. policy

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:14pm
Pope Francis played a key role in helping to broker the release of American Alan Gross. The Pope sent letters to both President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro last summer. As the archbishop of Miami put it, Pope Francis did what popes are supposed to do, build bridges and promote peace. Allen Pizzey reports.

Scott Pelley in Havana describes Cubans' reaction to new policy

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:10pm
CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley reports from Havana, Cuba on the reaction he's seen on the island to the news about U.S. moves to "normalize" relations with Cuba. "Face the Nation" anchor Bob Schieffer gives his take on the next steps in America's relationship with Cuba.

Sony cancels release of " The Interview"

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:08pm
Sony Pictures decided to cancel the Christmas release of its upcoming comedy "The Interview". The nation's largest theater chains said they would not show the movie because of terror threats made by computer hackers who breached Sony. Bob Orr reports.

Congress concerned with Obama's move on Cuba

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:03pm
The President's move infuriated some on Capitol Hill and overjoyed others. Only Congress has the power to lift the longstanding travel ban on American citizens going to Cuba. This is not an issue that breaks down neatly on partylines. Nancy Cordes reports.

Miami's Cubans react to new U.S. policy with Cuba

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:02pm
Reaction was swift and strong on the streets of Little Havana in Miami in response to President Obama's change in policy toward Cuba. Vicente Arenas reports on the impact the move is having for Miami's Cuban population.

U.S. closer to formally blaming North Korea for Sony hack

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:02pm
Amid hacking threats, Sony cancels Dec. 25 opening of "The Interview"; sources say U.S. has determined North Korea behind Sony hack

U.S.-Cuba move to thaw diplomatic relations

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:00pm
Nearly 54 years after President Eisenhower severed diplomatic ties with the communist dictatorship, President Obama said it's time to restore ties with Cuba. Major Garrett reports on the dramatic and controversial push for change in America's relationship with Cuba.

Charlie Crist weighs in on U.S.-Cuba ties

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:14pm
Charlie Crist, Florida's former governor, joined CBSN on Wednesday to discuss how the move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba will impact the state

Judge grants 1st gay divorce in Florida

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:58pm
Divorce case may advance LGBT cause in Florida, fighting state's same-sex marriage ban

Russia's future with Cuba uncertain after new U.S.-Cuba policy

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:58pm
America's new relationship with Cuba could complicate the island nation's ties with Russia

Colorado to fund medical marijuana research

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:40pm
State at the forefront of legalized pot will fund studies to look at marijuana's potential health benefits

​Rikers Island guard convicted in NYC inmate's 2012 death

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:44pm
Guards testified captain refused to call for help after inmate swallowed toxic substance: "Don't bother me unless someone is dead"

Missouri governor ends month-long state of emergency

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:38pm
Gov. Jay Nixon's lifting of the order removed the National Guard from Ferguson, St. Louis and other areas

Bob Schieffer on "bombshell" Cuba developments

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:58pm
Bob Schieffer, host of "Face the Nation" discussed the thaw of U.S. relations with Cuba on CBSN

Bob Schieffer on unexpected thaw of U.S.-Cuba relations

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:08pm
Negotiations surrounding the release of Alan Gross and steps toward normalizing relations between Cuba and the U.S. have been ongoing for months in secrecy. CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer joins CBSN on what he calls a "bombshell."

Alan Gross makes first remarks after being freed from Cuban prison

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:49pm
American Alan Gross is home after being a five-year imprisonment in Cuba on spy charges. His release comes as the U.S. announced it would take new steps to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba.

St. Paul's Choir School releases debut Christmas album

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:38pm
It's the only Catholic choir school in the U.S., and they only accept 12 new students each year

49ers' Ray McDonald investigated for sexual assault

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:38pm
Police say the NFL player's home was searched after a woman said she was "possibly" sexually assaulted

Special Report: Obama announces major shift in Cuba relations

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:19pm
President Obama announced that the U.S. would start normalizing relations with Cuba following the release of Alan Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor, from a Cuban prison and a prisoner swap between the two countries. Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose anchor a CBS News Special Report with reports from Margaret Brennan and Bob Schieffer.

Cubans in Miami offer mixed reactions to new diplomatic relations

CBS US News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:11pm
Nearly everyone in the large Cuban exile community is happy Alan Gross was freed, but the normalizations of relations is hotly debated

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