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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.

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President Barack Obama formally announced on Wednesday his administration's plan to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, positioning the move as the historic reversal of a half-century-long failed policy between the two countries.

"We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests," he said in an address from the White House Cabinet Room. "Instead we will begin to normalize our relations between our two countries. Through the changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas."

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