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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
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