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WASHINGTON — Medical tests have confirmed that one additional U.S. Embassy worker has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, the State Department said, bringing the total number to 25. The new “medically confirmed” worker is one of two who were recently evacuated from Cuba after reporting symptoms. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said... Continue reading
Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators, has died. He was 68. His death had been expected after he wrote a heartbreaking letter to colleagues, friends and viewers on June 8 that said in part “I... Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Ambassador Nikki Haley says the United States is withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” Haley is President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations. She says a year ago she made clear the U.S. would stay in the council only if... Continue reading
A contingent of Democratic lawmakers made a Father’s Day visit to a detention center in New Jersey to meet with men seeking asylum who have been separated from their families because of President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy toward immigrants. Following an hour of tense talks with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, the seven House members... Continue reading
One of last summer’s surprise successes, “Marlon” is a throwback sitcom livened up by its rambunctious star, the irrepressible Marlon Wayans of the legendary family of comics. With older brother Damon coming back for Season 2 on Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” and nephew Damon Wayans Jr. launching his own CBS comedy (“Happy Together”) this fall, the... Continue reading
Nearly two months after a referee was found dead inside a cockfighting ring outside Miami, the murder of a man known as “The Russian” among fans of the bloody sport remains unsolved — and no one wants to talk. Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department found the body of Jose Raudel Garcia — known as... Continue reading
GUANGZHOU, China — The U.S. Embassy in China has sent its second alert in two weeks to its citizens over unexplained health issues that have prompted the evacuation of a number of U.S. government employees working at a consulate in a southern city. Friday’s alert urged Americans to seek medical help in the event they... Continue reading
Two American diplomats stationed in Guangzhou, China were reportedly evacuated from the region when they fell ill after hearing mysterious noises — as the baffling sicknesses, which began in Cuba, continues to haunt US embassies. The diplomats were flown out by the State Department, which also sent in a medical team to evaluate other employees... Continue reading
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — After a newborn baby girl’s body was found floating off the Florida coast, detectives are trying to unravel the mystery of how she died and how long she had been in the water. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Capt. Steven Stravelli said Monday that it’s unknown whether the child found floating... Continue reading
A third of countries still ban abortions with some jailing women for having miscarriages. Global abortion laws have come under the spotlight after the Republic of Ireland’s landmark vote to legalize the practice this week. The country voted overwhelmingly to repeal a clause in its constitution which outlaws terminations. More than 66 percent of Irish... Continue reading
A spooky, slowed-down version of the Mister Softee ice cream jingle blasted from Wi-Fi kiosks in Manhattan — giving passersby something to really scream for. The haunting tune began mysteriously playing in unison at up to 10 of the internet hotspots on Third Avenue near 43rd Street in Midtown last Wednesday, creeping out pedestrians and... Continue reading
Here’s an opportunity to invest in some surreal estate. In Miami, a roughly 2,552-square-foot property named Villa Paula will hit the market for $4.5 million as part of a four-lot commercial assemblage. Also included: a bunch of ghost stories, as Villa Paula — once a Cuban consulate — is reportedly the most haunted home in... Continue reading
An American working at the US Consulate in southern China reported experiencing “abnormal” sounds and pressure that resulted in a mild brain injury – reminiscent of a mysterious illness that recently hit diplomats in Cuba, officials said Wednesday. The unnamed employee in the city of Guangzhou “recently reported subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of... Continue reading
HAVANA — The Mexican charter company whose plane crashed in Havana, killing 110 people, has been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews’ performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba’s national airline. The plane was barred from Guyanese airspace last year after authorities discovered... Continue reading
A Boeing 737 passenger jet with more than 100 people aboard crashed in a huge fireball Friday after taking off from an airport in Havana, Cuba, according to reports. Casualties were reported, according to CNN, which reported that the flight was headed ... Continue reading
When 74-year-old twins Marilise Flusser and Suzanne Matthau arrived at the historic Carlyle Hotel last Tuesday afternoon, they strode right past fashion designer Miuccia Prada and “Black Panther” star Letitia Wright, burst into the quiet Bemelmans Bar with their overflowing bags and rainbow-colored outfits, and proceeded to take up about five tables. But they’re allowed.... Continue reading
CLEVELAND — A former Ohio State University football star has won the Republican nomination in the race to succeed Rep. Jim Renacci in Ohio’s U.S. House District 16. Renacci’s northeast Ohio seat is coming open because of his run for U.S. Senate. Former Buckeyes and Indianapolis Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez won a three-way primary Tuesday... Continue reading
MIAMI — A quarter-century after fleeing from the law, a man dubbed the last of Miami’s “cocaine cowboys” was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison for playing a key role in one of the biggest drug trafficking operations of the violent 1980s smuggling era. Gustavo Falcon, 56, was a fugitive for 26 years before... Continue reading
Before he took office, Andrew Cuomo’s Big Idea was to be a “strong governor.” He believed New York was lagging the nation because his predecessors had been pushed around by the Legislature, unions and other special interests. Any assessment of his tenure would have to conclude that Cuomo kept that promise. He has been New... Continue reading
There may be a travel advisory in place for Americans visiting Cuba, but diehard cruisers aren’t listening. In fact when American-based cruise lines began service to Cuba last year, they were inundated with bookings from excited passengers all anxious to visit Havana before, well, the ships ruined it. Time seems to have stood still in... Continue reading
Foreign desk: So Who’s Really Running Cuba Now? Cuba finally has a new president with a new name, Miguel Diaz-Canel. But, assert The Daily Beast’s Christopher Dickey and Ingrid Arnesen, “the notion that a new face in Havana means a new Cuba” is “sadly mistaken.” Indeed, “nobody should believe the Castros are gone, or that... Continue reading
As they aged into their 80s and 90s, the Castros and their fellow fighters cast a shadow so deep that Cubans born in the first decades after the revolution became known as Cuba's "lost generation," men and women who spent their lives executing the orde... Continue reading
One of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists — a convicted cop-killer and fugitive now believed to be living in Cuba — has some money headed her way from North Carolina after a county-brokered land deal. Joanne Deborah Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, was cut a check for $15,351 by the Superior Court Clerk of New Hanover... Continue reading
Mayor Bill de Blasio was back to being just another comrade Friday night at an out-of-town reunion for a left-leaning social justice group that helps families sympathetic to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. “The mayor remains committed to the highest ideals of the Sandinistas, such as expanded access to education and health care,” de Blasio rep... Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — When Alice Gerstel bid an emotional farewell to her family’s closest friends in October 1941, she was hopeful she’d see “Little Simon” Gronowski again. And she did — 76 years later and half a world away from where they were separated in Brussels. Gerstel and her Jewish family had hidden in the... Continue reading
Now the statue-censors are going after . . . William McKinley? The City Council of Arcata, Calif., has voted to remove the town’s most prominent statue on the grounds that it represents “historical pain” to Native Americans; local advocates claim the 25th president promoted “settler colonialism.” It looks more like progressives with too much time on their... Continue reading
Back in the mid-1990s, if you were a Miami mobster seeking girls, guns, cocaine, the services of an arsonist, or muscle to beat down a deadbeat, Ludwig “Tarzan” Fainberg was your man. Garrulous and bearish, the dentist-turned-hood (practicing the former in the Soviet Union and training for the latter in Brighton Beach) routinely carried two... Continue reading
José “Pepito” Gómez defected from Cuba 10 years ago. But even long after he’d made a home in America, the singer never forgot Havana’s Areito Studios, where greats like Frank Sinatra and Celia Cruz recorded in the 1940s and ’50s, before Fidel Castro took power. And so, while discussing dream projects with a couple of... Continue reading
A Canadian passenger may be charged $17,450 after his drunken and disorderly behavior caused the airplane he was on to make an emergency return to the airport while accompanied by two US Air Force F-15 jets. Charalabos Nassios pleaded guilty to charges... Continue reading
In the East, the Yankees and Red Sox — again — are poised to overwhelm the division. The Indians still are the class of the Central, though the Twins have a chance to be better than their wild-card team of last year. After winning their first World Series, the Astros might be even better — which is... Continue reading
MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. — By the time Nashville songwriter Travis Meadows took the stage on a recent Sunday afternoon, more than 500 music fans had found their way 333 feet below the ground, some taller guests ducking their heads just a bit. They took their seats in lounge chairs and on a handful of rock outcroppings... Continue reading
For centuries, the secrets of the Freemasons were known only to members. But that’s about to change after the BBC were given unprecedented access to several Scottish lodges (the Freemason term for chapters or branches) to create a brand new documentary. The society evolved out of Scotland after stonemasons working on the country’s public buildings... Continue reading
iPhone is usually the first example that comes up whenever someone talks about encrypted smartphones and law enforcement’s inability to crack that encryption. That’s because years ago, Apple made privacy and security two core features of its hardware and software products — but iOS devices aren’t the only encrypted smartphones you can buy these days.... Continue reading
America’s heavyweight boxing champion and the best light heavyweights from Russia are being featured on two different boxing cards in New York on Saturday night, but it’s the Cubans who will be trying to steal the show at the respective venues. Luis “King Kong” Ortiz hopes to become Cuba’s first heavyweight champion when he challenges... Continue reading
In addition to all the brash talk about proving he’s the best heavyweight boxer on the planet, Deontay Wilder has another reason for agreeing to fight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz on Saturday night at Barclays Center. The fighters share a special bond: They are each fathers of daughters born with special needs. Wilder’s daughter, Naieya,... Continue reading
Sergey Kovalev was the picture of calm and confidence Wednesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. He is a man no longer in charge of himself, and that’s why he believes his “second chapter” as a light heavyweight champion will be better than his first. Kovalev (31-2-1 with 27 knockouts) defends his WBO championship against fellow... Continue reading

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It’s a fair question to ask: Why on earth would there be two major boxing shows in New York on the same night? On March 3, Barclays Center will feature a boxing card headlined by the WBC heavyweight championship fight between the champion Deontay Wilder and unbeaten challenger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz. The main event,... Continue reading
Teamwork makes the dream work. The US military got some surprising help from the Cubans on Thursday as they worked to put out a wildfire at the Guantánamo Bay naval base. A Cuban helicopter reportedly flew over the fence line of the American facility and dumped water on parts of the blaze throughout the day.... Continue reading
It doesn’t seem like Regina King can scale any more heights in the expansive era of “peak TV.” After winning back-to-back Emmys in 2015 and 2016 for “American Crime,” the anthology series that cast a company of actors in revolving roles over its three seasons on ABC, she distinguished herself as one of the best... Continue reading
Transnistria is the size of Dallas, Texas. Nestled between Moldova and Ukraine, it has a population of just under 500,000 residents who mostly speak Russian. And in the eyes of the world, it doesn’t officially exist. Once, Transnistria was part of Moldova, but in 1990 it declared independence after the fall of the Soviet Union... Continue reading
During Black History Month, we typically honor the accomplishments of black Americans from all walks of life. This year, President Trump could use this as an opportunity to right a historical wrong as well. He should pardon Jack Johnson, the world’s first black heavyweight champion. Born on March 31, 1878, in Galveston, Texas, the once-frail... Continue reading
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A man who claimed his wife disappeared at sea when their boat collided with an unknown object near the Bahamas was charged Tuesday with killing her and intentionally trying to sink the vessel to cover his tracks. Lewis Bennett, 41, is charged with second-degree murder on the high seas in the... Continue reading
Brett Yormark is so confident Luis “King Kong” Ortiz will stay clean for his heavyweight title fight with Deontay Wilder, he has created a hashtag for it: #TheFightIsOn. Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) is scheduled to defend his WBC heavyweight championship against Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) on March 3 at Barclays Center. It’s the second attempt... Continue reading
Doctors have released the first detailed medical reports about the concussion-like symptoms US diplomats reportedly suffered during suspected “health attacks” in Cuba — but still cannot explain what triggered the mysterious health problems. The study, conducted by specialists at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the medical journal JAMA on Wednesday, revealed that from... Continue reading