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  • Cuba confirms defection of 2 baseball players during US trip story has photos
    Updated: Jul-03-15 3:33 pm

    HAVANA - Two Cuban baseball players have defected while in the United States for a series of games against U.S. collegians, the island's official sports media confirmed.

  • McConnell: Senate unlikely to confirm ambassador to Cuba 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 5:28 pm

    LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Republican majority is unlikely to confirm an ambassador to Cuba as the United States prepares to re-open its embassy in the communist country after more than 50 years of hostile relations.

  • Judge awards $134M in suit over death, injury of soldiers 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 4:46 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge in Utah has awarded $134.2 million to an American solider injured in Afghanistan and the widow of another soldier killed there in a lawsuit filed against a Canadian man who pleaded guilty in a grenade attack involving the two soldiers when he was 15.

  • Top Republican doubts Senate will confirm ambassador to Cuba story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 4:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve an American ambassador to Cuba, dishing out a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and his drive to normalize relations with the U.S. neighbor and longtime Cold War foe.

  • Cuba launches 1st public Wi-Fi hotspots on Havana avenue story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 3:44 pm

    HAVANA - Cuban authorities have launched public Wi-Fi hotspots along a main avenue that is the heart of Havana's cultural and social life, the first step in government promises to gradually roll out such connectivity options on an island that the Internet revolution has largely passed by.

  • Top US diplomat in Cuba on short list for new embassy story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:14 pm

    HAVANA - From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States.

  • 'Shark Week' returns for 28th year with first Cuban visit 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 1:56 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Sharks are serious business this summer, with "Sharknado"-style flippancy a barely heard echo following grisly attacks on beachgoers off the Florida, California and North and South Carolina coasts.

  • Some Cubans see US thaw as a boon, others pessimistic 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:20 pm

    HAVANA - As Havana and Washington move to restore full ties, Cubans are watching closely. Some hope rapprochement will help them make a small business prosper or keep in touch with relatives in Florida, while others doubt it will do anything to improve their lives.

  • The Latest: Cuba embassy plan riles Republican hopefuls story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 4:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba will open embassies in their capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. The latest developments (all times local):

  • Religion news in brief 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 12:35 pm

    Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants

  • DC stop of Pope Francis trip includes White House, Congress 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:56 pm

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis will spend 48 hours in Washington during a September visit, stopping at both the White House and Congress on his first trip to the United States as pope, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

  • DC stop of Pope Francis trip includes White House, Congress 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:35 pm

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis will spend 48 hours in Washington during a September visit, stopping at both the White House and Congress on his first trip to the United States as pope, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

  • Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 3:58 pm

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.

  • New Victory Theater to offer 'Robin Hood,' 'Caps for Sale' story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 11:51 am

    NEW YORK - A witty play about Robin Hood, a cycling-inspired circus, musicals of the classic books "Caps For Sale" and "The Gruffalo" and a look at the brave Tuskegee Airmen are among next season's offerings as The New Victory Theater celebrates its 20th anniversary.

  • US Sen. Leahy sees 'positive change,' work to do in Cuba story has photos
    Updated: Jun-27-15 4:47 pm

    HAVANA - A leading U.S. Democratic senator said Saturday that Cuba is making progress on reform, but much remains to be done, including opening a U.S. embassy in the country.

  • Leahy heads US Senate delegation to Cuba ahead of embassies 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 6:17 pm

    HAVANA - A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators was in Cuba on Friday to meet with top government officials and others to discuss rapprochement between the two countries.

  • Guantanamo prisoner on long hunger strike to be sent home 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 11:44 am

    MIAMI - A prisoner who has been on a nine-year hunger strike to protest his confinement at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can now return to his native Saudi Arabia, a government review board said Friday.

  • Amid new engagements, US tags Cuba, Iran as rights abusers story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-25-15 5:15 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday tagged Iran and Cuba as serial human rights abusers even as the Obama administration accelerates attempts to improve relations with both countries.

  • Cuba's popularity concerns Caribbean tourism officials 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 8:36 am

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Caribbean tourism officials are pushing for a partnership with the U.S. government because of concerns that warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba will result in a significant loss of visitors to the rest of the region.

  • Parched Caribbean faces widespread drought, water shortages story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 6:13 pm

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer.

  • Cuba's popularity concerns Caribbean tourism officials story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 5:47 pm

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Caribbean tourism officials are pushing for a partnership with the U.S. government because of concerns that warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba will result in a significant loss of visitors to the rest of the region.

  • Airbnb looks to expand Cuba listings to non-Americans 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 5:38 pm

    HAVANA - Online home-rental service Airbnb says it is exploring a significant expansion of its operations in Cuba two months after it became the first major U.S. business to enter the island in decades.

  • Airbnb looks to expand Cuba listings to non-Americans story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 5:13 pm

    HAVANA - Online home-rental service Airbnb says it is exploring a significant expansion of its operations in Cuba two months after it became the first major U.S. business to enter the island in decades.

  • Parched Caribbean faces widespread drought, water shortages 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 10:28 am

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer.

  • Richard Branson says 2020 Miami sail for Virgin Cruises story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 5:41 pm

    MIAMI - Dressed in red shorts and a captain's hat, Richard Branson on Tuesday announced that Virgin Cruises will sail its first ship out of PortMiami in 2020.