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Cigar company wants to bring Cuban tobacco back to Tampa

Jun. 13, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The J.C. Newman Cigar Company claims to have the nation’s last bale of Cuban tobacco. Purchased just prior to the U.S. government cutting off all business relations with the socialist nation in 1962, the Newman family now stores it in their Ybor...

Segregationist former Alabama Gov. John Patterson dies at 99

Jun. 05, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

Former Alabama Gov. John Patterson, who entered politics as a reformer after his father’s assassination but was criticized for failing to protect the Freedom Riders from angry white mobs, has died. He was 99. He died Friday, his daughter, Barbara Patterson Scholl,...

Today in History

Jun. 03, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, June 3, the 154th day of 2021. There are 211 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 3, 1989, Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died. On the same...

U.S. Coast Guard suspends search for 10 missing Cubans

May. 30, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for 10 Cuban migrants who went missing last week after their boat capsized 16 miles south of Key West. Authorities had rescued two women and six men on Thursday and recovered two bodies. ...

Coast Guard: 2 dead, 10 missing after boat overturns in Keys

May. 28, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Two people are dead and 10 others are missing after a boat traveling from Cuba overturned near the Florida Keys, officials said Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a location several miles off Key West around 1 p.m. after crews on routine...

Cuban baseball player defects after arriving in Florida

May. 27, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation confirmed Wednesday night that one of the players on the national team defected a few hours after the squad arrived in Florida to participate in a qualifying tournament for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The organization...

US grants Cuban baseball players visas days before tourney

May. 25, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. government finally issued visas for the players and coaches of the Cuban national baseball team to compete in the Baseball Americas Olympic qualifying tournament starting Monday in Florida. Players and executives with the Cuban team had expressed...

Growing mystery of suspected energy attacks draws US concern

May. 23, 2021 07:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is facing new pressure to resolve a mystery that has vexed its predecessors: Is an adversary using a microwave or radio wave weapon to attack the brains of U.S. diplomats, spies and military personnel? The number of reported...

Cuba closes airport exchanges as black market dollar booms

May. 21, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — People leaving Cuba can no longer change their local bills back into dollars, euros or other other hard currency at the official exchange rate under a new policy announced this week. The government closed the airport departure lounge exchange booths that...

Cuba baseball squad without visas as Olympic qualifier nears

May. 18, 2021 23:04 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Just over a week before the start of the Americas Olympic qualifying tournament in Florida, the Cuban team does not have visas to travel to the United States, athletes and officials said Tuesday. Managers and players expressed their concern about the lack...