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Family of late U.S. gangster wants compensation for Cuba hotel

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The family of the late gangster Meyer Lansky is hoping to be compensated for a Havana casino hotel seized after Cuba’s 1959 revolution, now that the countries have begun trying to resolve billions in dollars in claims for the confiscation of American properties by the island’s socialist government. Lansky’s family sees an opportunity to reclaim the Habana Riviera or its cash equivalent. “The hotel was taken from my grandfather forcefully,” said Lansky’s 60-year-old grandson, Gary Rapoport, of Tampa. “Cuba owes…

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Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

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The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table. Friends linked arm-in-arm on the sands of a Cuban beach. Men in suits and women in evening gowns at a Havana nightclub. And in almost every frame, a dapper American man with a salt-and-pepper mustache and a raven-haired woman with the arched eyebrows of a 1950s movie star — Chester’s father and mother…

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