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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
A major European bank laundered nearly $13 billion in transactions from Cuba and state terrorism sponsors for 10 years as part of a scheme to evade US financial sanctions, according to a $1.34 billion settlement with the Department of Justice announced Monday. Société Générale, one of the largest French banks, was charged with one count... Continue reading
How is it that people at the top — a Hal Steinbrenner, the head coaches of big-time, big-ticket, big-stakes football teams, those who can make the biggest differences — can’t clearly see what we down here in the smoke can’t miss? Wisconsin spends tens of millions of dollars every year to play major league college... Continue reading
MONTCLAIR, N.J. — A lawyer sought in the shooting death of his girlfriend inside their northern New Jersey home last month has been captured in Cuba. James Ray III was flown back to the United States on Tuesday. He’s being held in the Essex County Jail. The 55-year-old Montclair man faces murder and weapons charges... Continue reading
A Canadian man was removed from a WestJet flight because he took a sleeping pill prior to boarding – a move that flight staff said made him too impaired to fly. Stephen Bennett and his family were traveling from British Columbia, Canada, to Cuba on Oct 13. During a layover in Toronto, Bennett said he took... Continue reading
North Korea’s diminutive dictator Kim Jong Un is officially larger than life — as his 7-foot-tall official portrait was unveiled for the first time. “That a painted portrait of Kim Jong Un has appeared in this style is a strong hint that the regime could be beginning to take steps to develop the Kim Jong... Continue reading
The George W. Bush administration had its “Axis of Evil.” Now the Trump administration has the term “Troika of Tyranny” to describe oppressive Latin American dictators it is now pledging to confront. The administration is right to call out the crimes of the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. But it remains to be seen... Continue reading
Manhattan real-estate heir Robert Durst tried to leave a California courtroom shortly before a judge ordered him to stand trial in the execution-style murder of a friend 18 years ago. Durst — who was caught admitting how he “killed them all” on an HBO documentary — repeatedly interrupted a court hearing in Los Angeles, then... Continue reading
MIAMI — When newly signed Miami Marlins prospect Victor Victor Mesa was asked Monday how soon he’ll be in the major leagues, Derek Jeter leaned over with a smile and a word of caution for the young Cuban. “Cuidado,” Jeter said — Spanish for “watch out.” The futures of Mesa and his younger brother, Victor... Continue reading
The most striking difference between Democrats and Republicans is not their views on #MeToo, affirmative action or the Supreme Court: It’s how they view the economy. Republicans deplore socialism. But more than half of Democrats view socialism favorably, according to Gallup. The Democratic Party’s left flank is turning the midterm elections into a referendum on... Continue reading
Luis Severino was absolutely masterful at his craft Monday night compared to Angel Hernandez. While the Yankees ace was mercifully removed in the fourth inning after a dreadful performance, the first-base umpire Hernandez had nowhere to hide. In all, three of Hernandez’s calls were overturned by replay, adding an extra layer of sludge to Boston’s... Continue reading
Tropical Storm Michael strengthened into a category 1 hurricane on Monday, with authorities predicting it was headed for the Gulf of Mexico. The weather system could produce winds topping 111 mph by Tuesday night, before slamming into the Florida Panha... Continue reading
A Florida teen girl faces charges for allegedly helping her boyfriend cover up the murder of her father, who didn’t approve of them dating, according to reports. Eveline Gainza, 17, and boyfriend Demar Turruellas, 18, are accused in the shooting death of 63-year-old Evelio Gainza at a Doral home, news station WPLG reported. Police said... Continue reading
Mayor de Blasio had a private sit-down with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel in Manhattan on Wednesday, just hours after the communist country’s new leader denounced America’s longtime embargo in a UN speech. Responding to a press-conference query, the mayor said Díaz-Canel had requested the meeting, which lasted about a half-hour. “We would like to see... Continue reading
Every time we turn on the TV we’re treated like idiots. Then, when we turn the channel, we’re treated like idiots. Thursday night was a peach. In the first inning of the 4-hour, 13 pitchers, 11-6 Yankees loss to Boston, YES’ David Cone was under the spell of evil space aliens. First he claimed Andrew... Continue reading
As a kid growing up in Nashville, I had three sports posters on my bedroom wall: Michael Jordan in mid-flight dunking from the free-throw line in the 1988 slam-dunk contest, a black-and-white photo of Bo Jackson posing with shoulder pads and a baseball... Continue reading
A British man murdered his wife and deliberately sank the couple’s catamaran near the Bahamas in a bid to inherit her estate, prosecutors said last week. Lewis Bennett, 41, was charged with second-degree murder on the high seas in the May 2017 disappearance of Isabella Hellmann, 41, of Delray Beach, Florida, in February. Bennett and... Continue reading
A pregnant mother of three died after a head-on collision with a boxing champion suspected of driving drunk in California — all while the woman was talking to her husband on speakerphone, according to reports. Krystil Kincaid, 29, of San Jacinto, was driving a Chrysler minivan in Hemet at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when a... Continue reading
WASHINGTON — U.S. and Cuban officials will meet later today in an effort to determine the method and motive behind mystery incidents in Havana that have injured American diplomats. The meeting comes amid widespread frustration among national security agencies and in Congress at the lack of answers about what the U.S. describes as “health attacks”... Continue reading
Prepare to add crippling assaults on US diplomats to Vladimir Putin’s long, long list of crimes. It now looks like Moscow is behind the series of strange “sonic attacks” starting in November 2016 that left three dozen Americans stationed in Cuba, and possibly others working in China, with concussion-like symptoms — and several suffering permanent... Continue reading
Russia is believed to be behind the strange “sonic attacks” that have left US diplomats with concussion-like injuries in Cuba and China, according to a report Tuesday. Communications intercepts, known as “signals intelligence,” that point to Russia as the culprit have been collected as part of an ongoing investigation by the FBI, CIA and other... Continue reading
It wasn’t a pretty exhibition of the Sweet Science. It was more brute force and will that carried Shawn “Showtime” Porter to the WBC welterweight championship over Danny Garcia on Saturday night at Barclays Center. Using a relentless attack that kept Garcia on the defensive for much of the night, Porter was able to score... Continue reading
NFL ratings are facing yet another brutal blitz this fall — and few pundits are betting that they won’t get sacked. With ratings having plunged 8 percent in 2016 and nearly 10 percent last year, experts say this season’s ratings could fall even faster as the league continues to grapple with a slew of ugly... Continue reading
The killer robots are coming! Maybe. The US and Russia helped block the UN from broaching the subject during a week of meetings in Geneva, Politico reported. During the summit, which ended in the wee hours of Saturday, a group at the United Nations’ Convention on Conventional Weapons discussed whether to take negotiations on fully... Continue reading
The American diplomats and family members who mysteriously fell ill while stationed at the US embassy in Havana may have been zapped by microwaves that can cause brain injuries, according to a frightening report Saturday. Doctors and scientists examine... Continue reading
We’re at a point in the fantasy baseball season at which you’re looking for help in every nook and cranny of the waiver wire. You’re willing to consider picking up just about any player with a name on a jersey as long as he can bring the production you need, no matter how crazy it... Continue reading
There’s nothing wrong with lounging on the couch and watching TV — especially on Labor Day, or what’s considered summer’s “last gasp.” If you’re planning on doing just that, here’s a handy guide to some of what’s available on Monday for your viewing pleasure. “King of the Hill” marathon (Starts 9 a.m. on Comedy Central) This... Continue reading
J.D. Martinez was technically following his manager’s orders while speaking to the media Tuesday — a day after an Instagram post using Adolf Hitler to show support for the Second Amendment surfaced from his past. Martinez, in his first year with the Red Sox, stood by the pro-gun message he posted to his account in... Continue reading
A devastated bride has told how she spent her wedding night on a drip after a suspected outbreak of salmonella at a luxury hotel in Cuba. Leigh Hall splashed out $4,827 with travel giant Thomas Cook to hold her special day and honeymoon at the popular ... Continue reading
MIAMI — The slow-moving Sept. 11 war-crimes case at Guantanamo has outlasted the judge. Army Col. James Pohl announced his retirement from the military on Monday, ending a career that culminated with his presiding over the military commission trial of five prisoners at the U.S. base in Cuba accused of planning and aiding the terrorist... Continue reading
AUGUSTA, Ga. — A man claiming to have been mistaken for his twin fugitive brother could either be extradited back to Georgia or released from a Miami jail next week. The 63-year-old told authorities he is Jean Vernet Prado, not his twin Raul Eduardo Prado, The Augusta Chronicle reported. Raul Prado was serving a 25-year... Continue reading
After the collapse of Chavism, which way will Latin America turn? It wasn’t long ago that Venezuela, led by a fiery caudillo and dedicated to spreading its brand of populist super-socialism, boosted allies’ economies near and far with petrodollars. Hugo Chavez was spreading his Bolivarian revolution all over and times were good. No más. Spending... Continue reading
Conservative: Ex-Spy Chiefs Doing Permanent Damage Even when it gets things wrong (and it does), “the underlying ethos” of the US intelligence rank and file” has always been apolitical,” contends former CIA analyst Buck Sexton at The Hill. Yet former CIA Directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden, along with former DNI James Clapper and former... Continue reading
A Miami supermarket tycoon who went on the lam after allegedly orchestrating the murder of his wife’s lover in 2011 was finally nabbed this week in Spain, according to reports. Manuel Marin, who co-founded Presidente Supermarkets, was busted late Tuesday in Madrid, sources told the Miami Herald. He allegedly fled there after masterminding the grisly... Continue reading
Late on the night of Oct. 21, 1998, in the charming port city of San Diego, you could feel the relief and exhaustion. Primarily the exhaustion. I’m pretty sure those senses dominated those Yankees after they validated their record-setting regular season by steamrolling the overmatched Padres to win their 24th World Series title. I know... Continue reading
María Irene Fornés wrote more than 40 plays and won nine Obie Awards, a Pulitzer nomination and the admiration of Edward Albee, who called her “the most intuitive playwright” he ever met. Known in 1960s and ’70s New York City as Doña Juana for her seductive charm, she famously bedded Susan Sontag. Yet the woman... Continue reading
The two Guantanamos have been a contrast since the U.S. opened the base at the southeastern tip of the island in 1903, following the Spanish-American War, and the divide has only grown under Cuba's communist government, which refuses to cash the annual rent checks from Washington as it insists the U.S. leave. Continue reading
The Yankees spent much of the trade deadline acquiring international pool money and after signing Cuban right-hander Osiel Rodriguez to a $600,000 deal, they spent a reported $2.5 million to add 16-year-old shortstop Alexander Vargas — also from Cuba. The switch-hitting Vargas has impressed with his speed and his glove. As a comparison, Gary Sanchez... Continue reading
Liberal take: Where Is the Left’s Foreign Policy? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have already slayed some political dragons, but when it comes to foreign policy, she’s “wielding a dull sword,” contends The New Republic’s Sarah Jones. And she’s not alone: It’s becoming increasingly common for left-wing politicians “to either botch or dodge foreign policy issues.” Even... Continue reading