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Trump-backed Levy wins GOP Senate primary in Connecticut

Aug. 10, 2022 00:32 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Leora Levy, a first-time political candidate who received a late endorsement from former President Donald Trump, won the Connecticut Republican primary for U.S. Senate in an upset Tuesday that could signal a shift for the state GOP after years of backing moderates. ...

Raging fire consumes 4th tank at Cuba oil storage facility

Aug. 09, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Flames engulfed a fourth tank at an oil storage facility in western Cuba on Tuesday as the raging fire consumes critical fuel supplies on an island grappling with a growing energy crisis. Firefighters and specialists from Mexico and Venezuela helped fight the blaze in...

Oil facility fire jeopardizes Cuba's frail electric system

Aug. 08, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A deadly fire that began at a large oil storage facility in western Cuba spread on Monday, threatening to plunge the island into a deeper energy crisis as it forced officials to shut down a key thermoelectric plant. Flames around dawn enveloped a third tank that...

Pope encourages Cuban search crews after Matanzas blaze

Aug. 08, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is offering support to firefighters and search crews in Cuba following the fire and explosions at a big oil tank farm in the western province of Matanzas. In a telegram Monday to Cuban bishops, Francis said he was closely following news of the...

Firefighters battle big blaze at Cuba tank farm for 2nd day

Aug. 07, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban firefighters were joined by special teams sent by Mexico and Venezuela on Sunday as they battled for a second day to control a fire blazing at a big oil tank farm in the western province of Matanzas. The blaze began Friday night when lightning struck a storage...

17 missing, 121 hurt, 1 dead in fire at Cuban oil facility

Aug. 06, 2022 22:53 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A fire set off by a lightning strike at an oil storage facility raged uncontrolled in the Cuban city of Matanzas, where four explosions and flames injured 121 people and left 17 firefighters missing. Cuban authorities said a unidentified body had been found late Saturday. ...

Cuba says 141 Haitian migrants stranded on south coast

Jul. 30, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A group of 141 Haitian migrants have been stranded on Cuba’s southern coast, Cuban authorities said Saturday, part of a series of large-scale efforts by Haitians to flee their troubled nation. The official Cubadebate website said the group that arrived at La Tatagua...

In Mexico, killing of young doctor leads to protest

Jul. 28, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The killing of a young doctor in Mexico has led recent medical school graduates to demand changes to a system that often leaves them exposed to danger in remote outposts during the first year of their careers as part of the country’s medical training system. ...

Big Papi still awestruck as Hall of Fame induction looms

Jul. 22, 2022 15:33 PM EDT

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Six months after he got one of the most amazing phone calls in sports, David Ortiz is still awestruck at his good fortune. The former Boston Red Sox slugger known affectionately as Big Papi will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. ...

Electric motorcycles flood Havana amid diesel shortages

Jul. 19, 2022 00:39 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The young people come and go on their electric motorcycles at this highway outside Cuba’s capital where they perform stunts and talk about their two-wheelers, which would be largely silent if it weren’t for the music blasting from speakers. Cuba has been flooded...