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The Congressional Budget Office found savings in a proposed bill

Its sponsors are U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Sen. Marco Rubio

Both South Florida Republicans want to pitch the law as a way to trim the federal budget

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Attorneys filed an emergency motion in federal court in Miami asking for clarification on whether 21 Cuban migrants are eligible for U.S. entry under the wet foot/dry foot policy.

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Assistant Secretary of State for Narcotics and Law Enforcement said the United States should be “very careful” in stepping up cooperation with Cuban security agencies.

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A group of Miami lawyers is prepared go to federal court if 19 Cuban migrants who climbed onto a lighthouse seven miles off the U.S. coast are repatriated. At issue is whether the lighthouse is considered part of U.S. territory, giving the migrants the ability to stay under U.S. policy.

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The 17th Annual Cuba Nostalgia event draws a crowd to the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition center on Sunday, May 22, 2016. … Click to Continue » Continue reading

Though Ecuador and Central American countries have made it more difficult for Cuban migrants to cross their territory to reach the United States, the Cubans keep coming — many using the services of migrant smugglers to accomplish their goal.

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Gilberto “Papito” Valladares opened a barber shop that spawned a community/cultural project and gave rise to private businesses that employ nearly 100 people. The Callejón de los Peluqueros boasts four private restaurants, three art galleries and more.

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Fight in Cuba over the public conscious

Cuban activist said Cuban government feels legitimized by new relations

The debate between economic rights vs human rights

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More than 350 Cubans may lose out on an opportunity to travel to the United States before May 20 — the end of an agreement between Panama and Mexico to allow more than 3,800 Cuban migrants stranded in Panama to travel to the Mexican border with the United States.

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If the Cuban migrant flow by sea continues at the same pace, total interceptions, sightings or arrivals during fiscal year 2015 may be surpassed before the end of the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

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ETECSA announced new regulations that will forbid connecting cell lines on “blacklisted” devices. Users in Cuba who already have cell phones with invalid codes should replace their phones before May 18, 2018.

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President Barack Obama's trip to Cuba advanced the normalization of relations between the Cold War foes and created momentum for more cooperation on agriculture, medicine and law enforcement, Cuba's top diplomat on U.S. affairs said Monday.

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Infrastructure problems affect one of the most important cities in Cuba. However, breaks are frequent, leaving various areas of the city without water service. It is estimated that replacing the pipes would cost about $ 40 million.

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Fathom is Carnival’s new social-impact cruise line

It offers sailings to Cuba and the Dominican Republic

The Dominican itinerary emphasizes volunteer tourism; the Cuban one focuses on people-to-people exchanges

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A thriving tourism economy spurs residents to be their own bosses

Private guest houses and restaurants line the streets

From offering hiking tours to street performance, workers find novel ways to earn a living

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Wynwood’s Concrete Beach Brewing has re-created the original recipe

Miami descendants of Cerveceria La Tropical are bringing it to Miami

Brand once made up 60 percent of beer in Cuba

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LGBT activists Evan Wolfson and Tico Almeida are in Havana

They will participate in International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia events

Wolfson founded Freedom to Marry; Almeida is the Cuban-American founder of Freedom to Work

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The Department of State issued a statement correcting previously inaccurate information posted on the website for the U.S. Embassy in Havana regarding children born in the United States to Cuba-born parents.

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Cuban-American voters in Miami-Dade are divided over President Obama’s decision to change the course of policy towards the island

Cuban-American voters oppose the opening of a Cuban consulate in the county

Despite major support for closer ties with Cuba, few Miami-Dade voters plan to travel to the island soon

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Words that previously cautioned Cuban American travelers to beware because they could be treated as Cuban nationals, have their U.S. passports seized or even be drafted or have their children drafted into the armed forces has been removed from travel information posted on U.S. Embassy and State Department websites.

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Bill Clinton’s administration blew it big, removing 6-year-old at machine-gun point

The Cuban-American vote against Al Gore sent George W. Bush to the White House

Despite lessons learned, some might cast ‘punishment vote’ against Hillary Clinton, too

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T-Mobile to begin Cuba roaming service this summer

Two other U.S. carriers already have roaming deals with Cuba

Despite the embargo, U.S. telecom firms can offer services, products in Cuba

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The group arrived around 3:30 a.m. in the 9800 block of Collins Avenue. Two witnesses called 911 to report the landing. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Colombia's Navy stops a boat full of migrants in the Gulf of Uraba. The stretch of water that links Colombia and Panama is a hot-spot for undocumented travelers, particularly Cubans, heading to the United States. Authorities say smugglers sometimes abandon migrants in the jungles of the Darien and others drowned as they're transported without life jackets or other safety measures. … Click to Continue » Continue reading

Cuban migrants face dangerous jungle journey after Panama closes its border

Many fear U.S. policies toward Cuban migrants are on verge of changing

Colombia’s Gulf of Urabá is a choke-point for migrants headed north

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Passengers on the Fathom cruise reflect on their historic cruise to Cuba as they arrive back at Portof Miami on Sunday, May 8, 2016. … Click to Continue » Continue reading

Cubans warmly welcomed ship during stops in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago

Passengers say there weren’t enough opportunities for exchanges with Cuban people

Fathom officials acknowledge their fledgling on-shore programs need improvement

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After seven passengers reported feeling ill Friday, the ship’s crew put heightened hygiene procedures into effect

14 more passengers reported illnesses Saturday as the cruise ship made its way back to its home port in Miami

Ship’s captain told passengers there had been an increase in gastro-intestinal illnesses, “possibly suggestive of Norovirus”

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A U.S. travel warning triggers concerns among Cuban Americans

Cuban-American travelers are warned that their U.S. passports could be seized

The warning says even U.S.-born children of Cuban Americans are at risk

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Michelle Angela Ortiz and her team of Cuban artists are still waiting for permission from the Cuban government to paint a mural in Central Havana. Meanwhile, they went to Regla, a municipality across Havana’s harbor, were they were able to paint a mural with members of the community.

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Cruise ship makes last stop before returning to Miami

Carnival’s Adonia is the first U.S. cruise ship to visit Cuba

Carnival has bigger plans for Cuba

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Thursday tweeted how she really feels about the Kardashians in Cuba: ‘haven’t the #Cuban ppl suffered enough?’ #Kardashians in #Cuba: haven't the #Cuban ppl suffered … Click to Continue » Continue reading

Some passengers aboard Fathom’s first cruise to Cuba were attracted by curiosity and sense of adventure

Others wanted to awaken hazy memories from years-past visits

Still others wanted the opportunity to truly engage

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High food prices and meager supplies in stores and markets continues to be a fundamental problem for Cubans on an island where one restaurant dish can cost a month's salary. Agricultural output is not improving, and the government is threatening to pull back on economic reforms.

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Photos posted on Facebook show Kim, Kourtney and Khloé dining at the same restaurant President Barack Obama visited in March.

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Excursion to Havana’s famed nightclub required additional fee

Fathom passengers paid $199

Despite high price, table service extremely slow

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The image of the first U.S. cruise ship arriving in Cuba in decades is a symbol of the failure of Cuba’s 1959 revolution

The Castro revolution had long depicted U.S. tourism and mob-run casinos as a symbol of capitalist decadence

Cuba has now come full circle, returning to where it was before Castro, but after thousands of executions and economic decay

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“We’ll never forget this day”

Cubans along the shore whistled and waved

First U.S. cruise ship to visit island in half a century

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Passengers boarded the Fathom Adonia Sunday to inaugurate the first cruise service between the United States and the island in more than half a century. … Click to Continue » Continue reading

The 600 passengers on the Adonia are first cruisers to take such trip in half a century

Making history “is one of the greatest honors a company can have,” CEO says

Ship will arrive Monday morning in Havana

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By 2025, Cuba's population is projected to drop to 10 million residents — down from 11 million — due to low fertility and birth rates, as well as high levels of emigrations, experts say.

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Carnival’s Fathom line makes history Sunday with first U.S. cruise to Cuba in more than 50 years

Protests, two lawsuits, exile ire over a Cuban policy threatened to scuttle the cruise

After Cuban policy shift, about a dozen Cuban-born passengers will be aboard

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The repatriations were on a list of 2,746 Cubans with criminal records who were tagged to be returned to the island as part of a 1984 agreement between Havana and Washington.

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The suit was originally filed when Cuban-born travelers were denied bookings on Carnival’s Fathom line

The suit stemmed from a Cuban policy that discriminated against travelers born in Cuba

Last week Cuba changed its long-standing policy on boat travel

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They call it “The Valley of Prehistory,” an odd park with oversized sculptures of dinosaurs and other ancient animals in the Baconao National Park on the outskirts of Santiago de … Click to Continue » Continue reading