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LOS ANGELES — You don’t know Puig. For all his bat-flipping, chest-thumping, tongue-wagging antics there is another side to Dodgers star outfielder Yasiel Puig, a player who has grown up under the watchful eye of manager Dave Roberts, who has not been afraid to discipline Puig when needed. Puig, who owns a .414/.533/1.250 slash line... Continue reading
From the left: Amazon Winner May Be Biggest Loser Thursday was deadline day for formal offers to house Amazon’s second headquarters, and New York, like dozens of other cities, submitted bids laden with what Neil deMause at the Village Voice notes is “a hefty but unspecified helping of state tax breaks.” But, he asks, is... Continue reading
A Canadian man is suing an airline for serving him cheap sparkling wine instead of champagne. Daniel Macduff was flying to Cuba on a Sunwing airlines flight package that advertised a complimentary on-board “champagne toast,” but said he was served sparkling wine instead, BBC reported. “It’s not about the pettiness of champagne versus wine,” his... Continue reading
President Trump and Mitch McConnell on Monday made a show of telling the media what great pals they were — just hours after the president agreed with ex-adviser Steve Bannon’s harsh critique of the senate majority leader. “Despite what you read, the relationship is better than ever,” Trump said in a wide-ranging, 40-minute press briefing... Continue reading
Glenn Duffie Shriver was a student at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., when he spent six weeks in Shanghai, China, as part of an exchange program. He fell in love with the country and hoped to teach English there after his 2004 gradua... Continue reading
Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara will defend his WBA junior middleweight championship against unbeaten Terrell Gausha in the main event of Saturday’s PBC boxing card at Barclays Center. In reality, fans will be treated to three main-event type fights with 154-pound championships at stake. Austin “No Doubt” Trout, the former WBA junior middleweight champion, will... Continue reading
BOSTON — A cigar half-smoked by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during a 1947 trip to Paris has sold for just over $12,000 during an online auction. Boston-based RR Auction says the 4-inch (10-centimeter) cigar was bought Wednesday evening by a collector from Palm Beach, Florida. The buyer’s name wasn’t released. The auction company says... Continue reading
WASHINGTON — It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. But not quite. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: Some hear multiple, distinct tones colliding in a nails-on-a-chalkboard effect. The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some US Embassy workers heard in Havana, part... Continue reading
MANAGUA – New Orleans evacuated some residents from areas outside its levee system as Tropical Storm Nate swirled toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Friday after killing at least 25 people in Central America. Nate is set to become a Category 1 hurricane, the weakest on a five-category scale used by meteorologists, by the time... Continue reading
The US embassy in Cuba has barred Americans from staying at a pair of tourist hotels in Havana, saying that some of the mystery sonic attacks targeting US diplomats took place at the popular hotspots. The embassy said in a statement that people must st... Continue reading
Oh buoy! A 12-foot Cold War-era Soviet float surfaced on Dania Beach in South Florida after Hurricane Irma, and local authorities speculate it may have originated from Cuba based on the nation’s close proximity and historic relationship with Russia. Bill Moore, a maintenance mechanic at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, spotted the buoy... Continue reading
If you happened to be traveling along a swampy mosquito-infested route between Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La., back in the freewheeling 1980s, you may have witnessed an unusual occurrence: a half-dozen or so military duffle bags, each stuffed with 110 ... Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The United States has given Cuba a list of 15 Cuban diplomats who must leave the US within seven days. The Trump administration on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats from their embassy in Washington, DC, after a series of mysterious attacks that sickened US officials in Havana, the State Department... Continue reading
The Trump administration will ask Cuba to cut their Washington embassy staff by 60 percent following a mystery illness that spawned diplomatic fracas in Havana. Officials said that the State Department is preparing to make the request for the reduction... Continue reading
He got the Yankees’ attention in the first place, Luis Severino believes, because of his willingness to embrace the unconventional. He held the Yankees’ faith at a nadir, we all saw, because of his employers’ willingness to look past what was right in front of them. Now those risks on both sides are poised to... Continue reading
US intelligence agents were among the first and most severely affected victims of mysterious sonic attacks targeting American personnel in Cuba, a report on Monday said. The attacks began shortly after President Trump’s election in November and it wasn’t until spies posted at the US embassy in Havana under diplomatic cover began reporting bizarre sounds... Continue reading
Baseball’s unbalanced schedule brings the Rays to The Bronx three times a year, and that proved especially therapeutic for Charlie Montoyo this week. Montoyo, the Rays’ third-base coach, grew up in Puerto Rico. His parents and his sister still live there. Like everyone with ties to the U.S. territory, Montoyo has led a stressful existence... Continue reading
The State Department on Friday warned Americans to keep out of Cuba, saying that some of the mystery sonic attacks targeting US diplomats took place at hotels popular with tourists. “Over the past several months, 21 US Embassy employees have suffered a variety of injuries from attacks of an unknown nature,” Secretary of State Rex... Continue reading
Scientists bestowed an honor to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former first lady Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama. Researchers and students at the University of Vermont named 15 new species of smiley-faced spiders and drew inspiration fro... Continue reading
BOSTON — The anticipated release of thousands of never-before-seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination has scholars and armchair detectives buzzing. Now, they’re waiting to see whether President Donald Trump will block the release of files that could shed light on a tragedy that has stirred conspiracy theories for decades. The National... Continue reading
All his life, Brooklyn artist Joseph Milazzo heard stories about his Cuban grandfather, a prolific painter named Enrique Dominguez. But Milazzo, 43, never had the chance to meet his abuelo — or see any of his artworks. His family abandoned them when the revolution forced them out of Cuba. “Growing up, I was always told,... Continue reading
President Trump delivered a hard-hitting speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea if it does not abandon its nuclear-weapons program — prompting gasps from the audience. Again mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as “Rocket Man,” Trump warned that the despot is risking doomsday for his nation’s 25 million... Continue reading
Over the years, a curious habit has taken hold at the United Nations. A body designed to strengthen the best of humanity has too often become a font of doublespeak and appeasement that protects the worst of humanity. That tragic comity was shattered wh... Continue reading
Something Else Happened the week of Hillary Clinton’s book launch: the release of more “lost” e-mails that further highlight her corrupt ways. The watchdogs at Judicial Watch shared 1,600 fresh e-mails released thanks to their Freedom of Information lawsuits — missives that Clinton & Co. failed to turn over from her private servers, but which... Continue reading
WASHINGTON – The US is considering shutting down its embassy in Cuba after a wave of diplomats has gotten mysteriously sick, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday. “We have it under evaluation,” Tillerson told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “It’s a very serious issue with respect to the harm that certain individuals have suffered. We’ve... Continue reading
Would they do it again? The two largest free-agent contracts signed last offseason were by the New York teams to two of the best players ever from Cuba — the Mets guaranteed $110 million over four years to Yoenis Cespedes and the Yankees gave Aroldis Chapman the most money ever for a closer, $86 million... Continue reading
Nothing marks the rise of a starlet into the upper echelon of Hollywood quite like a front-row appearance at New York Fashion Week. Just ask Millie Bobby Brown, the 13-year-old breakout star who made her Fashion Week debut last fall at the Coach show, just two months after Netflix’s “Stranger Things” turned her into a... Continue reading
HAVANA — Raul Castro seemed as rattled as the Americans. The Cuban president sent for the top American official in the country to address grave concerns about a spate of US diplomats harmed in Havana. There was talk of futuristic “sonic attacks” and the subtle threat of repercussions by the United States, until recently Cuba’s... Continue reading
Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern US have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle, a scientific group says. Tens of millions of trees in the US and Canada have already succumbed, and the toll may e... Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he’d walked through some invisible wall cutting straight through his room. Soon... Continue reading
Lush island paradises in the Caribbean were obliterated by Hurricane Irma, leaving thousands of residents battling against everything from lack of food and water to rampant lawlessness. The United States launched a mass evacuation off devastated St. Ma... Continue reading
NEWARK, N.J. — Things to do for a busy US senator: “Cuba policy,” “Afghanistan” — getting a visa for a married pal’s Dominican bombshell girlfriend and her sister. An ex-aide to Robert Menendez told Newark federal jurors Monday that the senator ordered him to call a US ambassador “asap” on behalf of Rosiell Polanco, a... Continue reading
TAMPA, Florida — A massive but weakened Hurricane Irma zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages. Irma continued its slog north along Florida’s western coast having blazed a path of unknown destruction. With communication cut to some of the... Continue reading
More than 3.3 million homes and businesses — and counting — have lost power in Florida as Hurricane Irma moves up the peninsula. The widespread outages stretch from the Florida Keys all the way into central Florida. Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest electric utility, said there were nearly 1 million customers without power... Continue reading
Hurricane Irma set all sorts of records for brute strength before crashing into Florida, flattening islands in the Caribbean and swamping the Florida Keys. It finally hit the mainland as a big wide beast, but not quite as monstrous as once feared. The ... Continue reading
​A clueless man taking a photo of Hurricane Irma’s fury at the Southernmost Point of the United States in Key West was swept off his feet — even as authorities warned residents to seek shelter from the deadly storm. As Irma, packing 125 mph winds approached the string of islands off Florida’s southern coast on... Continue reading
CAIBARIEN, Cuba — Hurricane Irma ripped roofs off houses, collapsed buildings and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline as it raked Cuba after cutting a trail of destruction across the Caribbean. It has killed at least 22 people and has officials scrambling to bring aid on Sunday. As Irma left Cuba and directed its 130... Continue reading
Hurricane Irma battered Cuba on Saturday with deafening winds and unremitting rain, pushing seawater inland and flooding homes before taking aim at Florida. Continue reading
Hurricane Irma shifted its deadly course toward Florida’s west coast Saturday, even as its outer rainbands and powerful winds began lashing the state’s southern edge. The killer storm — responsible so far for 25 deaths across he Caribbean — is expected to pummel the Florida Keys early Sunday, then slam Fort Myers, Naples and Tampa... Continue reading
Hurricane Irma shifted its deadly course toward Florida’s west coast Saturday, even as its outer rainbands and powerful winds began lashing the state’s southern edge. The killer storm — responsible so far for 25 deaths across he Caribbean — is expected to pummel the Florida Keys early Sunday, then slam Fort Myers, Naples and Tampa... Continue reading
As Hurricane Irma continued its devastating run in the Caribbean, Cuba evacuated dolphins held in a dolphinarium in the north of the country, where Irma made landfall Friday night. The six dolphins were wrapped in wet towels to ensure healthy travel and put on helicopters that took the dolphins to the province of Cienfuegos, the Mirror... Continue reading
REMEDIOS, Cuba – Hurricane Irma pounded Cuba’s northern coast on Saturday as it headed for Florida, where millions of residents were told to evacuate after the storm killed 22 people in the Caribbean and left devastation in its wake. Still a Category 5 storm when it crashed into Cuba in the early hours of Saturday,... Continue reading
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua — Thousands of Irma victims across the Caribbean fought desperately to find shelter or escape their storm-blasted islands altogether Friday as another hurricane following close behind threatened to add to their misery. Irma regained Category 5 status late Friday, and with its 160 mph winds battering Cuba and taking aim at the... Continue reading
The National Hurricane Center says Irma has strengthened back into a Category 5 storm. Forecasters also extended hurricane and storm surge warnings and watches farther north in Florida. The center says Irma made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago of ... Continue reading
Vanessa Williams isn’t one to miss Fashion Week. From Minneapolis, where the singer/dancer/fashion designer was promoting her  V. by Vanessa Williams line, she says, “I’m going to Christian Siriano’s on Saturday and Carmen Marc Valvo on Sunday.” On Saturday night, she’ll perform at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, after an interview there with Father Edward Beck. He’s... Continue reading