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In this photo provided by Charlie Vallejo, Dr. Carlos Vallejo, right, celebrates Dr. Jorge Vallejo's birthday on June 12, 2020, at a Cuban restaurant in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Dr. Jorge Vallejo was hospitalized the night before Father's Day due to COVID-19. His son, the internist Dr. Carlos Vallejo, who was treating elderly residents infected with the coronavirus, was taken to another hospital hours later with shortness of breath due to the virus. They both died at ages 89 and 57, respectively. Dr. Jorge Vallejo, his wife and two sons arrived from Cuba in 1965 in an old navy torpedo boat. (Charlie Vallejo via AP)

Lives Lost: Father, son doctors started as Cuban refugees

Sep. 30, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Almost fifty-five years ago, Dr. Jorge Vallejo told his colleagues at a Havana hospital that he needed to rush home to check on one of his toddler sons who had a fever. That was a lie. He actually went home to pack some clothes before he, his wife and two boys boarded a torpedo boat named...

FILE - In this Oct 28, 2019 file photo, a worker wheels out a newly purchased freezer for a customer at a

US adds popular Cuban debit card to restricted list

Sep. 29, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A debit card backed by remittances that recently became popular in Cuba because people can use it to buy home appliances, food and replacement parts has landed on the U.S. government’s restricted list. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Monday that Cuba’s...

A woman speaks during a protest, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky.  Protests against racial injustice aren't just part of the United States' national conversation. America's foes have taken note too, using the demonstrations and images of police violence to criticize the country at the U.N. General Assembly this year. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The U.S. reckoning on race, seen through other nations' eyes

Sep. 26, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's not only in the United States where protests against racial injustice are part of the national conversation. A handful of America's critics have taken note too, using recent months' demonstrations and graphic images of police violence to denounce the country at the...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event to honor Bay of Pigs veterans, in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump tightens Cuba sanctions as he woos Cuban-American vote

Sep. 23, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that U.S. travelers won't be allowed to bring home Cuban cigars and rum or stay in government-owned hotels there under new measures designed to help financially cripple the island's government. The action came as Trump is seeking to boost his...

U.S. Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, is shown in this official undated photo released by the Florida Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Florida Supreme Court)

Cuban-American judge Barbara Lagoa on Trump high court list

Sep. 22, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A daughter of Cuban exiles who has had a swift rise as a lawyer and judge is on President Donald Trump's short list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. The president said Monday that he does not personally know Barbara Lagoa, but praised her as “terrific.”...

FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Amy Coney Barrett, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge, speaks during the University of Notre Dame's Law School commencement ceremony at the university, in South Bend, Ind. Barrett, a front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

Top contenders for Ginsburg's seat on Supreme Court

Sep. 22, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he would nominate a woman to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87 and was a champion of gender equality. A look at the top contenders: ___ AMY CONEY BARRETT Barrett, 48, is widely considered to be the front-runner. She was...

FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Amy Coney Barrett, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge, speaks during the University of Notre Dame's Law School commencement ceremony at the university, in South Bend, Ind. Barrett, a front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

Top contenders for Ginsburg's seat on Supreme Court

Sep. 22, 2020 1:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he would nominate a woman to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87 and was a champion of gender equality. A look at the top contenders: ___ AMY CONEY BARRETT Barrett, 48, is widely considered to be the front-runner. She was...

Miami Herald apologizes for 'racist' insert column

Sep. 17, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Herald is investigating how it published a paid insert with what it called “racist and anti-Semitic commentary” and distributed to readers of its Spanish-language sister paper. The Florida daily’s publisher Aminda Marqués González earlier this week said...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Hispanic Heritage Month event, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden courts Latino voters in 1st trip to Florida as nominee

Sep. 16, 2020 12:17 AM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Biden made his first trip to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee with an urgent mission to boost support among Latinos who could decide the election in one of the nation's fiercest battleground states. “More than any other time, the Hispanic community, Latino...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Hispanic Heritage Month event, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden courts Latino voters in 1st trip to Florida as nominee

Sep. 15, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Biden made his first trip to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee on Tuesday with an urgent mission to boost support among Latinos who could decide the election in one of the nation's fiercest battleground states. “More than any other time, the Hispanic...