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Trump's Cuba policy hurts private sector, new figures say

Jan. 15, 2019 8:41 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — President Donald Trump's Cuba policy is driving millions of dollars from the island's private entrepreneurs to its state-run tourism sector, the opposite of its supposed goal, according to new government figures. Trump announced in June 2017 that he was tightening limits on U.S. travel to...

Today in Arizona History

Jan. 2, 2019 11:41 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Jan. 6 On this date in 1880, Tom Mix, famous early Western movie star who at one time lived in Arizona, was born. On this date in 1881, a post office was established in Galeyville, a town that became a notorious outlaw hangout. Its leading citizen was Curly Bill Brocius. On this date...

Cuban assembly approves draft of new constitution

Dec. 22, 2018 6:50 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's National Assembly on Saturday approved an update of the country's constitution, the final step before a national referendum expected to approve the new charter in February. The new constitution contains more continuity than change, although it recognizes the de-facto modernization of...

Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

Dec. 18, 2018 7:34 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea. Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description of marriage as a union of a man and woman,...

Cubans welcome softer laws on business and art

Dec. 12, 2018 1:17 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban entrepreneurs and artists are welcoming a series of government decisions to soften laws that they said would have sharply limited private enterprise and artistic expression. The partial rollbacks announced last week may provide important clues to the governing style of President Miguel...

Pelosi recalls Arizona's former US Rep. Pastor at funeral

Dec. 7, 2018 7:10 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Dozens of mourners on Friday bid farewell to Arizona's first Hispanic member of Congress, the former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, who was remembered as a devoted public servant and doting family man in a ceremony that filled a large Phoenix church with laughter and sometimes tears. House Democratic...

Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phones

Dec. 4, 2018 9:44 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced Tuesday night that its citizens will be offered full internet access for mobile phones beginning this week, becoming one of the last nations to offer such service. Mayra Arevich, president of the Cuban state telecom monopoly ETECSA, went on national television to say Cubans can...

Ex-Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona's 1st Hispanic congressman, dies

Nov. 28, 2018 4:33 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, who championed liberal causes as Arizona's first Hispanic member of Congress but was known for his bipartisanship, died after suffering a heart attack, his family said Wednesday. He was 75. Pastor, a Democrat, served 23 years in Congress until deciding in 2014...