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Cuba’s Fidel Castro, who defied U.S. for 50 years, dies at 90

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Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule of Cuba, has died at age 90. With a shaking voice, President Raul Castro said on state television that his older brother died at 10:29 p.m. Friday. He ended the announcement by shouting the revolutionary slogan: “Toward victory, always!” Castro’s reign over the island-nation 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Florida was marked by the…

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Tuskegee Airman Willie Rogers honored by St. Petersburg on Veterans Day

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St. Petersburg City officials gathered in Williams Park this Veterans Day morning to honor Willie Rogers, of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Rogers, who achieved the rank of Master Sergeant during his military career, was presented with the city’s 2015 Honored Veteran Award. The accompanying ceremony featured a Presentation of Colors by the St. Petersburg Police Honor Guard, songs from the Gibbs High School choir, and speeches from U.S. Rep. David Jolly and St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, among others. “You…

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