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WASHINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked." Paul is the first potential Republican presidential candidate to offer some support for President Barack Obama's decision to seek to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. He told a West Virginia radio station (WVHU) that many younger Cuban Americans support opening up trade with Cuba.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Iraq says additional American troops will begin moving into the country in a couple of weeks to train local forces. But Army Lt. Gen. James Terry cautions it will take at least three years to build the capabilities of the Iraqi military. Terry is leading the U.S. campaign to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. He says the challenge is to get Iraqi units trained and back into the fight so they can plan operations to regain contested areas.

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police in Redondo Beach, California, say a 56-year-old woman suspected of being intoxicated faces felony charges. This, after a car struck a group of pedestrians and another car outside a Southern California church last night, killing three people and injuring eight. Margo Bronstein was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is adding nearly 450,000 more vehicles to the list of those that have been recalled because of problems with the airbag inflators made by a Japanese company. The inflators can explode with too much force, sending shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Ford's decision puts pressure on BMW and Chrysler, the only two automakers that haven't agreed to government demands for a nationwide recall.

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff who is known for arresting immigrant workers on charges of using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases. Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PY'-oh) have told a judge overseeing a challenge to such cases that he intends to close the squad once an investigation concludes in January or February.

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