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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
Saying he’s charting the same historic path as FDR and Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor de Blasio on Friday staunchly defended the city’s ever-swelling payroll — which tops 330,000. That’s up more than 33,000 from the 297,349 employees on the books at the end of fiscal 2014, which covers former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s final year. “I’m... Continue reading
HAVANA — The oldest son of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro killed himself on Thursday after months of treatment for depression, state media reported. He was 68. Official website Cubadebate said that Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart had been in a “deeply depressed state.” A brief note read on state television said his treatment had “required a... Continue reading
MIAMI — After 26 years as a fugitive, a man investigators called the last of the “Miami Vice” era’s “cocaine cowboys” pleaded guilty Thursday to a drug charge, closing a notorious chapter in the city’s colorful criminal history. Gustavo Falcon, who was finally caught while biking through a quiet Florida suburb, pleaded guilty to a... Continue reading
Almost two dozen Americans who traveled to Cuba have reported experiencing similar symptoms to those suffered by US diplomats serving at the American Embassy. “Since September 29, the Department of State has been contacted by 19 US citizens who reported experiencing symptoms similar to those listed in the Travel Warning after visiting Cuba,” a spokesperson... Continue reading
In a moment of woeful irony in the Obama-administration documentary “The Final Year,” UN Ambassador Samantha Power travels to Cameroon to offer photo-op comfort to families terrorized by Boko Haram — only to have her motorcade kill a 7-year-old boy. Greg Barker, the director of this fan film, does his best to downplay the accident:... Continue reading
MIAMI — A Cuban teenager has died, days after doctors in Miami removed a 10-pound tumor from his face. The Miami Herald reports that 14-year-old Emanuel Zayas’ condition went downhill after the surgery at the Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He died Friday from lung and kidney complications. Dr. Robert Marx, head of... Continue reading
Following statements reportedly made by president Trump about the nation of Haiti, comedian Conan O’Brien is responding by bringing his show to the Caribbean country next week. Reps for the star confirmed to Fox News that his popular TBS late-night talk show “Conan” will be heading to Haiti next week as part of his “Conan... Continue reading
BOSTON — It was close but no cigar for anyone who bid less than $26,950 at auction for a signed box of Cuban cigars from Fidel Castro’s personal collection. Boston-based RR Auction says Thursday that was the winning bid. The wooden Trinidad Fundadores cigar box was signed in blue felt tip by the longtime Cuban... Continue reading
During the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards in August, Camila Cabello was subject to some serious shade from her old band mates Fifth Harmony — both literal and figurative. Although the girl group had been reduced to a quartet when Cabello quit the band eight months earlier, they lined up to perform their hit “Angel”... Continue reading
Transnational street gang MS-13 has better organizational structure than some corporations. As part of an investigation into the violent group’s illicit activities on Long Island, authorities identified “cliques” — or local cells — of MS-13 operating in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Texas. “Cliques are sub-groups of MS-13,” officials said in a press... Continue reading
If Federica Mogherini didn’t exist, the world’s autocrats would be trying to invent her. As the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, she’s a tireless advocate for engaging rogue states. Few diplomats, though, have pursued this kind of engagement with such moralizing puffery. In Mogherini’s world, diplomacy with dictators shouldn’t aim to transition these... Continue reading
A Brooklyn NYPD boss doled out comp time to his cops so they would turn a dingy station house garage into a private cigar lounge — where officers puff away in violation of city and state law, The Post has learned. Capt. Anthony Longobardi — a key figure in the 2014 “stop and fix” scandal... Continue reading
When planning trips in 2018, travelers are being advised to steer clear of the ‘Show Me’ state. That’s what Fodor’s Travel Guide is advising its readers. The prominent New York-based publication included Missouri in its “No List,” which lists places people should consider avoiding for safety and sustainability reasons. Missouri joins Myanmar, on the list... Continue reading
After finding no evidence of sonic attacks at the US Embassy in Havana, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has ordered a renewed inquiry into the issue, reports said. President Trump has previously blamed the Cuban government for the mysterious, Cold War-esque attacks, which left 24 Americans sick, but Sen. Jeff Flake said Friday there’s no... Continue reading
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and causing officials to warn people around the region to be alert to the threat of possible tsunami surges. There were no early reports of serious damage on... Continue reading
HAVANA — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake says the U.S. has found no evidence that American diplomats in Havana were the victims of attacks with an unknown weapon. Flake, a Senate Foreign Relations Committee member, met with high-ranking Cuban officials in Havana on Friday. He spoke with The Associated Press on Saturday morning. The Cubans told... Continue reading
An Uber driver who was charged with taking part in a bold cargo-truck heist of 23,000 Apple iPhones worth $7 million was acquitted by a Miami federal jury last week. Eloy Garcia, who arrived from Cuba in recent years, was found not guilty of conspiring... Continue reading
The nations that supported the nonbinding resolution to “null and void” President Trump’s recognition of Israel’s capital Thursday — 128 countries, to be exact — believe they are shaming the United States. But come on. This is the same UN General Assembly that passes 20 anti-Israel resolutions each year, and only seven about the rest... Continue reading
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited the US Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Thursday to offer holiday greetings to troops — the first trip there by a Pentagon chief in almost 16 years. Mattis did not tour the detention facilities or discuss detainee policy options during his stay, which came amid uncertainty over the... Continue reading
A honeymooning groom filmed the terrifying moment his bride was savaged by a shark in the Caribbean. Sarah Illig can be seen gliding through the clear blue water when the predator lunges and takes a chunk out of her arm. Video footage shot by her husba... Continue reading
The matchup between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux Saturday night at the Garden Theater is such a hot ticket it sold out soon after it was announced on social media. No press tour nor elaborate marketing campaign was needed. Word of mouth was good enough. It’s the first time two two-time Olympic Gold Medal winners... Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. It’s the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was that harmed the... Continue reading
Fashion visionary Gianni Versace was only 50 years old when he was murdered on the steps of his Miami Beach home by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997. That tragic story will be retold on the second season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story,” which returns next month on FX. But there was much more... Continue reading
The Yankees now know they will not land Shohei Ohtani, but Brian Cashman vowed that the $3.5 million in international pool dollars they had earmarked for the best player in Japan will be spent. “We have between now and June (the 15th to be precise) to use it and we will do so,” Cashman said.... Continue reading
How do you fix wrong to make it right? Well, the first thing you do is try. It looked like a standard football play, at least by modern standards. That was the problem. With 6:20 left in Sunday’s Saints-Rams, los Angeles QB Jared Goff hit tight end Tyler Higbee with a pass in the right... Continue reading
Hideki Matsui should be seriously considered for the Hall of Fame. If he were, perhaps a path can be found to defuse some of the ever-growing discord and polarization about how to treat the ballot. I have long advocated a category should be created for “Baseball Life,” whereby the totality of someone’s time in the... Continue reading
Maybe Carlos Beltran will blow Yankees officials away on Wednesday, demonstrate the combination of baseball IQ, leadership and empathy that made him such a magnetic, mentoring force in clubhouses, particularly during the second half of his playing care... Continue reading
An apparent acoustic attack on a USAID officer at the American embassy in Uzbekistan has raised suspicions that Russia may have been involved in similar attacks targeting US diplomats in Cuba, a new report said Tuesday. The officer and his wife reporte... Continue reading
A New York City college is at war with the Pentagon over exhibiting and helping to hawk artwork created by suspected al Qaeda terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. Thirty-six paintings and sculptures by Gitmo detainees have been on display at John Jay College,... Continue reading
PYONGYANG, North Korea — Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online. Doctors can consult via live, online video conferencing, and lectures at prestigious Kim Il Sung University are streamed to faraway factories and agricultural communes. People use online dictionaries and text each other on their smartphones. In the wallets of the privileged are “Jonsong”... Continue reading
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is seeking to defuse rising nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula and to boost support for disarmament with a Vatican conference that will bring together 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners, United Nations and NATO officials, and representatives from a handful of countries with the bomb. For some analysts, Francis’ address... Continue reading
Major League Baseball and its Japanese counterparts have reached a tentative understanding to grandfather the now-expired posting system for one more year, clearing yet another hurdle to facilitate Shohei Otani coming to an MLB team this offseason. How... Continue reading
As of Tuesday afternoon, there had been no significant movement to create a new posting agreement between MLB and its Japanese counterparts, which have been at an impasse as the sides plus the Players Association and Shohei Otani’s current team determine how to handle his attempts to play here. However, multiple parties involved in the... Continue reading
Sharks are known to be one of the most terrifying creatures on the planet – but is their killer reputation fair? The odds of being attacked by a shark are actually very slim, with more people being killed by cows than the marine predators. But which species is the most deadly and what should you... Continue reading
The Florida Department of Health on Friday confirmed the state’s first case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted. An unidentified person in Miami-Dade County, who had recently visited several countries, including Cuba, transmitted the disease to their partner. The unidentified person’s partner did not travel outside the country. Both have tested positive for the virus, according... Continue reading
US Ambassador Nikki Haley keeps on calling out the nonsense that’s become routine at the United Nations. In a Wednesday speech to the General Assembly before a vote on the yearly resolution calling for an end to the US embargo on Cuba, she let the assembled diplomats in on the truth: The annual debate is... Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — Yuli Gurriel batted to a soundtrack of loud and steady boos in Game 7 of the World Series. Dodgers fans voiced their displeasure when the first baseman was announced sixth in the Astros’ lineup before the deciding game Wednesday night. They grew even louder when Gurriel came to the plate for the... Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — A conflict in negotiations among multiple parties, notably MLB, the Players Association, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and Shoehei Otani’s current team imperils the much anticipated arrival this winter of Japan’s best player, The Post has learned. The MLB-NPB posting agreement expired Tuesday. The sides, though, were close to an agreement to move... Continue reading
President Trump said Wednesday that he would consider sending the terrorist responsible for Tuesday’s deadly attack in Manhattan to Guantanamo Bay for a military trial. “I would certainly consider this. I would certainly consider that, sending him to Gitmo,” he said at the White House. The president also called for “quicker” and “tougher” punishment for... Continue reading
A Democratic candidate for a Miami Beach City Commission seat was accused of exposing himself to another politician while she took him for a ride in her car. Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez accused married candidate Rafael Velasque... Continue reading
HOUSTON — Of all the major professional sports in the U.S., baseball presents the greatest melting pot, a captivating blend of cultures and backgrounds that, at its best, brings people together for a common good. At its worst, you get the incident that hijacked Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night. The Astros... Continue reading
Yuli Gurriel gave the Astros a 1-0 lead Friday night with a home run off Yu Darvish in Game 3 of the World Series, then returned to the dugout and appeared to mock the Dodgers pitcher. Cameras captured Gurriel sitting on the bench and pulling at the si... Continue reading
The feds’ release of a trove of files related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination didn’t reveal much about the killing — but it was full of other juicy tidbits. From scuttlebutt that Bobby Kennedy had Marilyn Monroe assassinated to a very real plot to have Fidel Castro offed by Chicago mobsters, here are highlights of... Continue reading