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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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Marco Rubio backs $20 billion BP fund

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From WUSF: It’s been an ongoing controvery – whether the Obama Administration should have forced BP to set up an independent compensation fund. It led to an apology to BP from Texas Congressman Joe Barton. But fellow Republican and U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio said he backs the $20 billion fund. Rubio paid a campaign visit to the south Tampa deli Datz, where the smell of corned beef on rye mixed with the mustard of election-year politics. He told the crowd…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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A healty dose of debate over health care, hunger and transportation can be found in Sunday’s editorial pages: St. Petersburg Times – Good social policy, good business: University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft served her institution and her community well last week in announcing that USF would extend benefits to the domestic partners of its employees. The announcement was but a small part of Genshaft’s annual “State of the University” address. But it marked a big step forward in…

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