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4 Guantanamo detainees released...Cuban exiles plan protests in Miami...Minor injuries reported in Indiana bus crash

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 20, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says four Afghans held at Guantanamo Bay have been returned to Afghanistan. It's the latest step in President Barack Obama's push to close the detention center for suspected terrorists in Cuba. Guantanamo now holds the lowest number of detainees since shortly after it opened nearly 13 years ago in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Those remaining include 64 approved for transfer.

MIAMI (AP) — An opposition leader from Cuba is expected to open a protest in Miami against President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the Castro government. More than two dozen exile groups are listed as participating in this afternoon's protest. Organizers haven't given any attendance estimates. Only a handful protested in Little Havana on Wednesday when the president announced the policy changes toward the communist island nation.

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of people have protested in Spanish cities today against a proposed law that would set hefty fines for offenses such as burning the national flag and demonstrating outside parliament buildings. The Public Security Law was approved by one house of parliament last week and is expected to be accepted by the other one next month. The bill has been heavily criticized by opposition parties and human rights groups as an attempt by the conservative government to muzzle protests over its handling of Spain's financial crisis.

SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say more than two dozen people were taken to hospitals after a double-decker bus crashed in southern Indiana this morning, but their injuries aren't believed to be serious. State police say the bus with about 70 people aboard rolled over on Interstate 65 about 60 miles southeast of Indianapolis. Megabus says the bus was traveling from Chicago to Atlanta. Police say weather conditions and speed may have contributed to the crash.

GAIL, Texas (AP) — Ranchers across Texas have gotten creative with their land after drought conditions decimated cattle numbers in the nation's leading production state. Many ranchers in Texas are opening up their pastures to hunters, while others are selling water to oil companies or desert plants and mistletoe to nurseries. 2011 was the state's driest year on record, causing ranchers to heavily cull their herds. The reduced numbers have contributed to rising beef prices.

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