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Vatican Involved In Cuba’s Release Of American Contractor

Posted On December 17, 2014

(Washington, DC) -- The Vatican apparently played a major role in talks leading up to Cuba's release of American aid worker Alan Gross. Senator Dick Durban called the church's involvement "significant." The Illinois Democrat also said today he was "overjoyed" by the news. Durbin was among the congressional leaders briefed about the release by the…

Mars Rover Detects Building Blocks Of Life

Posted On December 17, 2014

(Undated) -- NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is picking up the building blocks of life. Researchers say the rover found organic compounds when it drilled into a rock on the Red Planet in May of 2013. NASA stresses this is not evidence life ever existed on Mars, but says this is a "major discovery" because these…

Freed American Contractor Alan Gross Back In US

Posted On December 17, 2014

(Undated) -- The American contractor freed after five years in a Cuban prison is back on U.S. soil. Alan Gross landed this morning at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after his release was negotiated as part of a larger move to restore American relations with Cuba. According to his lawyer, Gross' first words to his…

Hillary Clinton Accepts Kennedy Award, Condemns Torture

Posted On December 17, 2014

(New York, NY) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. should never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world. The former first lady and U.S. senator spoke in New York City on Tuesday as she accepted an award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. She also…

Gross Released; Obama To Speak About Cuba

Posted On December 17, 2014

(Washington, DC) -- President Obama will deliver a statement about Cuba at noon, Eastern time. The statement follows the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison this morning. Speculation is growing that Obama will announce a major overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba. Gross is a U.S. government contractor who has been held…