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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department announced on Friday that Cuba is not a state sponsor of terrorism, paving the way for full diplomatic recognition and an opening of embassies.

It has been 45 days since President Obama announced plans to remove Cuba from the list of nations that support terrorism and there has been no attempt by Congress to stop the action.

Removing the terror designation would also lift some trade barriers against Cuba. But the overall embargo would remain, requiring congressional action to reverse.

Sources tell ABC News Friday's action paves the way to opening embassies in Havana and Washington. An announcement on that move may come as early as next week.

Preparations in both countries are well underway, including remodeling at the current Interest Sections, which have served as diplomatic headquarters since the late 1970s.

The last time that both countries had embassies was January 1961.

Sources say both sides are optimistic that differences such as in-country travel by diplomats have been resolved.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering(NEW YORK) -- Around 100 pediatric cancer patients got to enjoy their own version of prom thrown at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York Thursday, complete with makeup artists and donated tuxes and gowns.

In its 25th year, the Annual Spring Prom is a special night for patients grappling with cancer treatments, and this year, attendees ranged in age from 5 months to 30 years.

"It's a great [way] to celebrate and a day of fun," said Rachel Corke, program coordinator for the pediatrics department. "No one is really worried if they have an IV tube in their arm or their chest...you can still wear a gorgeous dress. If you have no hair you can wear a headband if you want."

Gowns and tuxes were donated for the patients and hair stylists along with makeup artists were on hand in case anyone wanted to try out a new look.

"Kids who haven't gotten out of bed get up and get dressed to enjoy the celebration," said Corke. "We’re able to bring the party to the patient if we need to."

There was even a very special staff "King and Queen" of the event, to honor the hardworking medical staff who care for the patients.

Corke said the party isn't just for the patients but for the staff and the families to see the patients get to have a little fun, while at the hospital.

"It's a real highlight [for] our staff to see kids having a good time away from purely clinical setting," she said.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- It has been more than 15 years since Cruel Intentions debuted in 1999, but the story is back in a new musical. And the cast of the movie came out Thursday night to celebrate the cult classic’s taking the stage in Los Angeles.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair and Reese Witherspoon all came out to support the premiere and had a blast reminiscing about their hit movie.

"Oh it's happening!!! #CruelIntentions .....the later years. @reesewitherspoon @therealselmablair #CruelIntentions," Gellar posted on Instagram Thursday, coupled with a picture of the three actresses.

Oh it's happening!!! #CruelIntentions .....the later years. @reesewitherspoon @therealselmablair #CruelIntentions

A photo posted by Sarah Michelle (@sarahmgellar) on May 28, 2015 at 8:11pm PDT

Witherspoon posted the same photo with her own caption: "Best girls night of the year!!! #cruelintentions."

They even posted selfies inside the theater and posed with some of the cast.

Even "that" kiss was recreated between Blair and Gellar. Blair posted a photo of the two lip-locked, with the caption: "Back with my girl @sarahmgellar . Still my favorite kiss. #bittersweetsymphony."

Posting the same photo, Gellar added, "@therealselmablair My lessons paid off!! #CruelIntentions #cruelintentionsmusical."

Back with my girl @sarahmgellar . Still my favorite kiss. #bittersweetsymphony

A photo posted by Selma Blair (@therealselmablair) on May 29, 2015 at 6:55am PDT

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Apple, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Apple is offering a workaround for users affected by an iMessage bug that causes some iPhones to crash after receiving a specific string of characters via text message.

While the company said it is working on a software update to fix the issue, it advised users locked out of their messages on a temporary fix for the problem.

Users who are hit by the annoying text should ask Siri to "read unread messages" and then use Siri to reply to the malicious message.

After replying, users should be able to open the messages app. Once inside, Apple advises them to swipe left to delete to entire thread or to simply delete the offending message from the thread.

An Apple spokesperson told ABC News on Wednesday the company is "aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update."

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to launch his 2016 White House bid in Baltimore Saturday, injecting another dose of competition into the Democratic nominating contest that heavily favors Hillary Clinton.

No one denies the herculean effort -- and huge helping of luck -- it would take to stop, or even slow, the Clinton juggernaut, but O’Malley has a message that could resonate during a presidential cycle when so much talk is about dynasty.

“I think that our country always benefits from new leadership and new perspectives,” O’Malley told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on This Week in March. “Let's be honest here, the presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families -- it is an awesome and sacred trust to be earned and exercised on behalf of the American people.”

O’Malley will make his decision known to supporters at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore Saturday morning.

Ahead of his announcement, O’Malley released a “hint, hint” video of him playing the guitar. In case you don’t recognize his riff, it’s “Hail to the Chief.”

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Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Pilots on four commercial flights reported being targeted by green lasers during flights over New York Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

According to the FAA, the flights -- American 185, Shuttle America 4213, Delta 2292 and Delta 2634 -- were flying at an altitude of 8,000 feet approximately four miles northwest of Farmingdale on Long Island when the pilots reported that lasers were illuminating their aircraft, a federal crime.

The planes were flying out of John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The incidents all occurred between 9:30 and 10 p.m. No injuries were reported, and the flights all continued without further incident.

Authorities are investigating, but at this point no one has been taken into custody.

Pointing a laser into the cockpit of a plane carries a maximum of five years in federal prison and a quarter of a million dollars fine.

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland on May 28, 2015. (Photo by Fatih Erel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Soccer Federation will vote for the rival of incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Friday's election amid more than a dozen arrests of high-ranking FIFA officials accused of racketeering and corruption.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati Thursday said the federation will vote for Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, the lone candidate running against Blatter, who is expected to win his fifth term as president of world soccer's governing body. He was not among those arrested or indicted Wednesday.

“For me, and for U.S. soccer, better governance and more integrity at CONCACAF and FIFA are far more important than hosting any international soccer tournament,” Gulati told The New York Times.

In a series of busts on Wednesday, authorities arrested nine current or former FIFA figures and five involved in sports marketing over allegations of racketeering and corruption involving more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks spanning two decades, law enforcement officials said.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron posted to his Twitter account Thursday saying he supported the U.S. probe and issued a call for new FIFA leadership.

Blatter pledged Thursday that FIFA will cooperate with the investigations and vowed to work to restore trust in the organization.

The investigation grew out of allegations of payoffs to officials who decided where to hold the next two instances of the World Cup, the biggest international event in sports. The process landed the games in Russia for 2018 and Qatar in 2022, according to three senior U.S. law enforcement officials. The U.S. was runner-up to Qatar’s win.

The alleged wrongdoing reaches back as far as 1991, and in 2004, corruption purportedly played a role in the process of deciding who would host the 2010 World Cup, an honor that eventually fell to South Africa, according to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. An indictment unsealed Wednesday laid out other alleged bribery schemes, including some involving high-dollar deals for marketing and broadcasting rights related to various tournaments.

FIFA's 209-member federations will vote by secret ballot Friday to elect the governing body's next president.

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