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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Cuba Protects America's Most Wanted

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December 18, 2014

Relations are thawing between the U.S. and Cuba. So what happens to the dozens of American fugitives there? Michael Daly reports on the hijackers, bomb-makers, and cop-killers living 90 miles from justice.


The U.S. is set to announce North Korea was "centrally involved" on the hacking of Sony that caused the movie studio to pull The Interview. That's just what these cyberterrorists wanted, Marlow Stern writes, and Sony's capitulation sets a dangerous precedent that threatens the freedom of expression that Hollywood is all about.


A total of 35 death-row inmates were executed in the U.S. in 2014, the lowest number since 1994. Meanwhile, death sentences hit a 40-year low, to about 72, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The decrease in executions is partly because of lethal-injection drug shortages and legal fights over botched procedures. As far as death sentences, the center's Executive Director Richard Dieter said he believes that, "The realization that mistakes have been made, that innocent people are still being freed, has made juries hesitant. They are willing to convict but not sentence to death. There is a demand for perfect proof, and so prosecutors are taking more plea bargains."

Nuevo Mundo

Believe it or not, the United States has a man in Havana—and he's set to get a big promotion. Eleanor Clift reports on Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who will be key to opening Cuba to the U.S. after a half century of isolation.


President Obama issued 12 pardons and granted commutations to eight Americans serving time for drug-related offenses Wednesday. The eight men and women are the first inmates to receive reduced sentences as a part of the administration's change of clemency criteria announced in April. Individuals must be non-violent, low-level offenders who served at least 10 years in prison and would be handed lesser sentences if convicted of the same crimes today. "While all eight were properly held accountable for their criminal actions, their punishments did not fit their crimes," Deputy Attorney General James Cole said. The 12 who were pardoned had mostly served short sentences from previous decades. 

Mumbai Attacks' Mastermind Gets Bail
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi let go.
EU Rules Obesity a Disability
In certain circumstances.
Palestinians: Israeli Withdrawal by 2017
Jordan submits draft to UN.
MLB: It's Still Illegal to Scout in Cuba
Formal embargo still in place.
FIFA Investigator Quits in Protest
Over handling of his probe.

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