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Alan Gross, U.S. Contractor Freed By Cuba, Says 'It's Good To Be Home'

NPR - 12/17/2014 11:38 AM - The Two-Way

Havana freed Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison, as a humanitarian gesture. The former USAID contractor said he hoped the U.S. and Cuba move past their "mutually belligerent" policies.

PHOTO: President Obama's Phone Call With Cuban President Raul Castro

NPR - 12/17/2014 11:29 AM - The Two-Way

It was a phone call that preceded a plan to normalize diplomatic relations between historical foes.

The U.S. And Cuba: A Brief History Of A Tortured Relationship

NPR - 12/17/2014 11:09 AM - Parallels

The stalemate has outlasted 10 U.S. presidents, a failed invasion, a nuclear crisis and countless boatloads of Cuban asylum seekers. All that changed on Wednesday.

Prisoner Exchange With Cuba Led To Freedom For Top U.S. Intelligence Agent

NPR - 12/17/2014 10:31 AM - The Two-Way

President Obama called the unnamed man "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba." The agent spent nearly two decades in a Cuban prison.

Managed Care Plans Make Progress In Erasing Racial Disparities

NPR - 12/17/2014 10:30 AM - Shots - Health News

Though blacks still lag whites nationwide in health, disparities have been largely eliminated in the western states, a study finds. Kaiser Permanente's Medicare HMOs did best on that.

New Cuba Policy Is Met With Cheers And Jeers On Both Sides Of The Aisle

NPR - 12/17/2014 10:26 AM - The Two-Way

Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Cuban-American lawmakers issued blistering rebukes of plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.