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Compared to past presidents, Obama takes few vacations

Obama is criticized when taking his annual vacation in Hawaii, but he has enjoyed less time off than other presidents

Christie says Jeb Bush's 2016 ambitions are not a factor

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Christie says Jeb Bush's 2016 ambitions are not a factor
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday night that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's steps toward a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination would have no bearing on his own decision about whether to jump into the race, a decision he will make later this year.

North Korea's internet links restored: U.S. monitoring company

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - North Korea's internet links have been restored, but it is not clear how stable they are, the U.S.-based internet monitoring company Dyn said on Tuesday.

Cuba's private sector braces for US tourism boom

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Cuba's private sector braces for US tourism boom
Cuba's nascent private sector is bracing for an influx of visitors should the US embargo ease, but many businesses in the communist country appear unprepared for a torrent of tourists. Currently, most hotels, guest houses and restaurants in Cuba are state-owned, though the number of private enterprises has grown in recent years. "We're not prepared," said restaurateur Enrique Nunez, speaking at Cuba's most famous privately owned eatery, La Guarida, where "Strawberries and Chocolate" was filmed. On Wednesday, US President Barack ... more

Gitmo envoy at State Department returning to law firm

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department official responsible for diplomatic efforts to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees is returning to his law firm.