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After months in lockdown, a weary world is ready to dance

Oct. 16, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

Even in the depths of the pandemic -- even when the world locked down, leaving billions isolated and desolated -- there were those who danced. “I did not stop dancing for a second,” says Federico Carrizo, who competed in the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires...

Miami commissioners vote to end police chief's stormy tenure

Oct. 14, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami city commissioners unanimously voted Thursday to fire Police Chief Art Acevedo after a short and stormy tenure in which he clashed with city officials and members of his own police force. The five commissioners took the step following a trial-like...

Miami's top cop flames out after acrimonious 6-month stint

Oct. 12, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Billed by Miami's mayor just months ago as the Michael Jordan and Tom Brady of policing, top cop Art Acevedo ended up being “not the right fit” for Miami. The city manager decided this week to suspend Acevedo, with the intention of firing him, after a...

Miami police chief being fired after 6 months on the job

Oct. 12, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami officials have decided to fire the city’s new police chief six months into his stormy tenure, after he was lambasted by the city commissioners he accused of meddling in the police department and internal affairs investigations. Miami City Manager...

Cuba's danzón genre: '150 years later, it's still alive.'

Oct. 08, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

MATANZAS, Cuba (AP) — A man in a white guayabera approaches a woman and stretches out his hand, palm up, inviting her to dance. She stands up and waves her fan. On the dance floor, they get closer. Such a scene at the end of the 19th century in Cuba was scandalous in...

Cuba's famed Varadero beach getting ready for tourists again

Oct. 05, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

VARADERO, Cuba (AP) — Little by little, vacationers are returning to one of the Caribbean’s most iconic beaches, which has been a nearly abandoned strip of glittering sand and turquoise seas for more than a year. Varadero, the surfside star of Cuba’s crucial tourism...

New this week: Documentaries on Bieber, Fauci and 'Buried'

Oct. 04, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES —John Hoffman and Janet Tobias’ “Fauci” is the first big-screen documentary...

9 players on Cuba's U23 baseball team defect in Mexico

Oct. 03, 2021 22:38 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Nine of the 24 players on Cuba's national team at baseball's U-23 World Cup defected during the tournament in Mexico, the Cuban government confirmed Sunday. Cuban officials called the players' actions “vile abandonments” in a note published by the web...

Famous Cuban restaurant celebrates 50 years in Miami

Oct. 02, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Versailles is a place to see and be seen. At its ventanita, Miamians have been trying for 50 years to fix the world as they enjoy one of their favorite activities: sipping Cuban coffee. As they enter, the first thing that visitors do is look around the...

The Latest: Maine CDC: Rural areas need more COVID testing

Sep. 30, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s rural areas need better access to COVID-19 testing, the head of the state’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said. The percent positivity rate in some of Maine’s rural counties is much higher than it is in more densely populated...