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An 11-year-old student was arrested after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and allegedly telling a teacher that “the flag is racist and the national anthem is offensive to black people,” according to reports. The boy, a student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla., was charged with disrupting a school function... Continue reading
The House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Trump administration’s policy toward Venezuela this week descended into farce when controversial freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) attempted to steer debate toward 30-year-old events elsewhere in Latin America. In a cheap attempt to discredit special envoy Elliott Abrams, a long-time foreign-policy practitioner who served in the Reagan... Continue reading
A Florida man who posed as a doctor claimed he could cure diabetes through a dubious procedure transferring the patient’s own blood back into them, according to officials. Onelio Hipolit-Gonzalez, 73, was arrested Tuesday in connection to a medical scam which advertised his services on a site called “Elclassificado,” according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s... Continue reading
It took Rocco DiSpirito 15 years to go from “The Restaurant” reality-TV fiasco to a real restaurant. The 10-year-old but new-seeming Standard Grill, which he quietly took over as head chef last fall, is serving the Meatpacking District’s best American dishes. Here are spectacularly realized takes on delicately poached black sea bass; sliced beef short... Continue reading
A tourist in Varadero, Cuba, learned that swimming with dolphins comes with some surprising risks. She says security had to come over and remove the dolphin after it jumped on top of her and started getting frisky. Subscribe to our YouTube! Continue reading
Are common sense and common decency dead? Hibernating? Or have both been ruled politically and commercially inappropriate? Even a Super Bowl TV audience was not supposed to notice the NFL’s latest rank hypocrisy and pathetic pandering. From just before kickoff of Sunday’s game in Atlanta until the halftime show began, the chosen, beyond-football theme of... Continue reading
A meteorite touched down in Cuba around 1:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, according to reports. The National Weather Service in Key West says it received reports that a meteor was seen in the sky across the Florida keys and that it crashed in Western Cu... Continue reading
Federal immigration officials are force-feeding six immigrants through plastic nasal tubes during a hunger strike that’s gone on for a month inside a Texas detention facility, The Associated Press has learned. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 11 detainees at the El Paso Processing Center have been refusing food, some for more than 30 days.... Continue reading
Conservative: How Trump Can Regain His Border Mojo President Trump lost both the government shutdown standoff and his ­leverage. But Marc Thiessen at The Washington Post contends “there is one way he can get it back.” Democrats, while opposing a wall, have “been at pains to argue” that they aren’t weak on border security. Trump,... Continue reading
President Trump on Wednesday congratulated self-proclaimed Venezuelan President Juan Guaido during a phone call from the White House, the administration said. “President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido to congratulate him on his historic assumption of the presidency and to reinforce President Trump’s strong support for Venezuela’s fight to regain... Continue reading
Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro warned the US that it risks a Vietnam War-style quagmire if it launches a military offensive against his country — while at the same time conceding that he’s willing to begin negotiations with opposition leaders. “We will not allow a Vietnam in Latin America. They want to put their hands... Continue reading
No beach is worth getting DVT on a long-haul flight — try these nine easy, breezy getaways to achieve that new year’s tan, all under six hours away. Aruba Flight time: 4 hours, 40 minutes Valentine’s Day has an uncanny knack for sneaking up on us — get the jump on it this time with... Continue reading
In one of his most decisive foreign-policy moments, President Trump recognized Juan Guaidó, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, as the country’s interim leader. Free countries from the Western Hemisphere, Europe and beyond, including some adamant Trump critics, joined the US in support of Guaidó and against Nicolás Maduro’s crumbling ­socialist dictatorship. Yet China, Russia,... Continue reading
Venezuela’s foreign minister tried to use President Trump’s own tweets against him Saturday, accusing the US of being “in the vanguard” of a so-called “coup d’état” against longtime ruler Nicolás Maduro. The US is “dictating orders, not only to the Venezuelan opposition but also to the satellite governments in the region and, it seems, in... Continue reading
In the freak show that constitutes today’s politics, it’s well to recall that there are real issues out there, like our government’s wise decision to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela. The crisis there upends a number of preconceived notions across the spectrum, while the US response underscores the value... Continue reading
Private military contractors who perform secret missions for Russia have swooped into Venezuela to beef up security for embattled President Nicolas Maduro amid US-backed opposition protests, according to a report. Continue reading
Vice President Mike Pence called Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó to pledge US support the night before he declared himself the country’s legitimate president, according to a report. Team Trump had developed a secret plan over several weeks to try to boot President Nicolas Maduro and was in talks with key Venezuelan opposition figures, including... Continue reading
Shocking new photos reveal how a British sailor sank his yacht to drown his newlywed wife on their honeymoon. Lewis Bennett, 41, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after his wife, Isabella Hellmann, disappeared when the couple’s 37-foot catamaran sank off Cuba. The sailor apparently smashed giant holes in the hull of the yacht and opened... Continue reading
Venezuela’s self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido, who has remained in hiding since being symbolically sworn in earlier this week, has promised President Nicolas Maduro amnesty if he agrees to step down. “Amnesty is on the table,” the 35-year-old opposition leader told Univision, adding that a similar move had played a part in Chile’s democratic transition,... Continue reading
Venezuela’s resistance to the tyrannical rule of Nicolas Maduro has hit a new peak, with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets to demand his exit. He can hold on if the military doesn’t turn — and if he’s willing to rule over a wasteland. That’s where the country’s headed as the economy grinds toward... Continue reading
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered his country’s diplomatic facilities in the US to be closed on Thursday — as a standoff intensified between the socialist leader and the Trump administration over withdrawing US diplomats from the South American nation. State Department officials on Wednesday refused to recognize Maduro as the nation’s leader and instead threw... Continue reading
At least a dozen people have been killed by gunfire in Venezuela, where dictator Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido both claim to be chief of state amid a wave of anti-government unrest rocking the country, according to reports. Coordinat... Continue reading
Mayor de Blasio on Sunday shamed a posh Brooklyn private school for allegedly trying to sweep under the rug a controversial blackface video made by its students. Poly Prep Country Day School in Dyker Heights failed to discipline a trio of white girls w... Continue reading
Administrators at Brooklyn’s posh Poly Prep Country Day School are scrambling to address a troubling video of two students prancing about in blackface, sources told The Post. Nearly 400 students held a sit-in at the Dyker Heights school Friday afternoon to protest what they said was a passive response from school brass. A portion of... Continue reading
Another week, another feverish contest among Democrats to see who can drag the party faster and farther to the left. The new year is beginning with a blistering pace, with wild and crazy ideas popping up across the country. Start in Washington, where C... Continue reading
President Trump is playing with the idea of declaring a national emergency to build a border fence despite congressional opposition. It’s a very bad idea. The declaration would make an end run around Congress’ power of the purse and create another instance of “pen-and-phone” governance, which isn’t how our system is meant to work. And... Continue reading
Conservative: Trump-Dem Standoff May Be Forever As the government shutdown begins its fourth week, The Week’s Edward Morrissey says only one thing is clear: “Neither side has budged an inch since day one” — and that “does not bode well.” In their national televised speeches, President Trump, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi “spent... Continue reading
NEW YORK — Catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to an $18.25 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the agreement, first reported by The Athletic, was subject to a successful physical. Grandal, who was on... Continue reading
A project in a prime area of the South Bronx is getting new ownership committed to revitalizing the old Post Office with shopping and restaurants. MHP Real Estate Services’ venture with Miami-based Banyan Street Capital is in contract to buy Bronx Post Place in the high-$70 millions. The deal was marketed by CBRE’s Bill Shanahan,... Continue reading
Photos of young people living it up and flaunting their material trappings are nothing new on social media. Except when it’s the grandson of Fidel Castro, the late Cuban Communist leader. Tony Castro, who is in his early 20s and is a spitting image of his grandfather, has been posting photos on his private Instagram account showing off... Continue reading
Rookie Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shot back at critics who say her progressive agenda is too radical and expensive, saying there’s nothing revolutionary about providing people with good jobs, healthcare and an education. “When you can’t provide for your kids working a full-time job, working two full-time jobs. When you can’t have healthcare. That is not... Continue reading
The “sonic attacks” that afflicted diplomats at the US embassy in Cuba could have just been the work of crickets, according to a report Sunday. The embassy in Havana cut its staff in half in 2017 after dozens of people complained of headaches, nausea and other ailments from hearing mysterious, penetrating high-pitched noises — believed... Continue reading
The al Qaeda terrorist who masterminded the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors is believed to have been killed in a US airstrike in Yemen, according to a report. Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi was struck Tuesday during a joint US mi... Continue reading
BRASILIA – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Venezuela with Brazil’s new right-wing government on Wednesday in the context of what he termed a joint-front against authoritarian regimes in Latin America. Speaking to reporters after meeting with Brazil’s new Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, Pompeo named Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua as countries that do not... Continue reading
BRASILIA, Brazil — Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America’s largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing. For the far-right former army captain, the New Year’s Day inauguration was the culmination of a... Continue reading
Foreign desk: Trump Should Veto MLB’s Foul Cuba Deal President Trump “can and should” block Major League Baseball’s “foul new deal” with the Cuban regime, asserts Elliott Abrams at National ­Review. It only “rewards and perpetuates Cuba’s Communist-style system in which players are the property of the state.” Cuba has long ­refused to let its... Continue reading
HIALEAH, Fla. — When Toys R Us closed, Toys for Tots felt the loss. The toy giant’s decision to shutter its stores this year left some huge holes for the annual charity drive to fill. Toys R Us shoppers donated more than 250,000 toys last year and the company gave $5 million in corporate contributions... Continue reading
Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation have cut a deal that would let Cuban players join American pro teams without defecting — though the agreement’s fate could hinge on President Trump, Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday. The president in November 2017 rolled back Obama administration policies that paved the way for the move, which... Continue reading
MIAMI — American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday. The detailed findings were published in a medical journal nearly two years after what the US calls “health attacks” began —... Continue reading
After a day exploring Cuba’s vibrant capital Havana, Kevin Rohrer and his girlfriend returned to the dock to reboard their cruise ship and continue their four-night journey. They knew the ship, the Norwegian Sky, would leave Havana at 5 p.m. and made sure to arrive at the dock by 3:30 pm. But when they got... Continue reading
A newspaper article from almost 100 years ago has shed new light on the mysterious tunnel network beneath the historic neighborhood of Ybor City in Tampa, Fla. A National Historic Landmark District, Ybor City is located northeast of downtown Tampa. The district’s tunnel network remains a source of fascination for historians and a recent report... Continue reading
HAVANA — 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 begin contracting 3G service for the... Continue reading
In the summer of 1960, a former FBI and sometime CIA man named Robert Maheu was handed an important mission by the latter agency — engaging the Mafia to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Maheu knew exactly whom to call. The new book “Handsome Johnny: The Life and Death of Johnny Rosselli — Gentleman Gangster,... Continue reading
While teachers struggle for basic classroom supplies, Department of Education staffers are spending decadently on travel, according to a new audit. The Department of Education bungled more than $20 million in staffer travel expenses during the 2016-201... Continue reading
The blurry fan-shot clip was captured at the "This is America" singer's third-annual, three-day PHAROS Festival in New Zealand, where Glover screened the two-minute trailer. Continue reading