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Walt Disney cruise ship rescues fugitives off coast of Cuba

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A Walt Disney Co. cruise ship has rescued three fugitives off the coast of Cuba who were wanted in New Orleans. U.S. Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. said in a news release that last Thursday, the Disney Fantasy cruise ship found the fugitives clinging to a capsized boat. He says all three were wanted for violating their supervised release on federal credit card fraud charges in New Orleans. Twenty-six-year-old Luis Rivera-Garcia, 23-year-old Juliet Estrada-Perez and 23-year-old Enrique Gonzalez-Torres were turned over…

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Rick Scott invites Barack Obama to Florida to address the concerns of Americans in wake of Brussels attack

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Gov. Rick Scott has a message for President Barack Obama: Come home. More specifically: Come to Florida. In a statement Thursday, Scott urged Obama to end his tour of Latin American and return to the United States. The Naples Republican invited Obama to the Sunshine State to “address the concerns of American tourists considering travel to Europe.” “Following the gruesome terrorist attacks in Brussels earlier this week, President Obama chose to continue gallivanting across the communist country of Cuba with…

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U.S. bank offering debit card for American travelers to Cuba

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American travelers who carry in wads of cash while visiting to Cuba will now have a debit card option. Stonegate Bank of Pompano, Florida announced Thursday it is offering a debit MasterCard for use on the island. The bank says U.S. travelers will be able to use the card at any of Cuba’s 10,000 hotels, restaurants and other sites. MasterCard announced in January it would begin handling U.S. card transactions in Cuba, but most credit-card issuers still prohibited transactions on…

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Anti-Cuban embargo movement picks up steam in U.S.

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Big businesses and politicians from both sides of the ideological spectrum are putting their muscle into new Washington lobbying efforts to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba as the two countries press ahead to re-establish diplomatic relations. A new bi-partisan lobbying group called Engage Cuba is launching operations this month with the backing of more than a dozen Fortune 500 firms ranging from hotel companies to agricultural businesses, said James Williams, who heads the effort. At the same time, a…

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