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Cuban missile crisis beliefs endure after 50 years

October 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The world stood at the brink of Armageddon for 13 days in October 1962 when President John F. Kennedy drew a symbolic line in the Atlantic and warned of dire consequences if Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev dared to cross it. Continue Reading

Pope prays for freedom, ‘renewal’ in Cuba

March 27, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

HAVANA (AP) Pope Benedict XVI prayed for freedom and renewal “for the greater good of all Cubans” before the nation’s patron saint Tuesday, but the island’s communist leaders quickly rejected the Roman Catholic leader’s appeal for political change after five decades of one-party rule. Continue Reading

50 years ago, U.S. economic embargo on Cuba began

February 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The world is much changed since the early days of 1962, but one thing has remained constant: The U.S. economic embargo on communist-run Cuba, a near-total trade ban that’s been around a half-century as of today.
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Experts: U.S. lacks plans to adequately respond to oil spill off Cuba

January 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Coast Guard officials told a U.S. House subcommittee today in Florida that Cuba is close to beginning drilling. They say a spill could harm the tourism and fishing industries. Continue Reading

Cuba legalizes sale, purchase of homes

November 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The highly anticipated new rules instantly transform islanders’ cramped, dilapidated homes into potential liquid assets in the most significant reform yet adopted by President Raul Castro since he took over the communist country from his brother in 2008. Continue Reading

AP sources: Cuba rebuffs U.S. offer of swap for imprisoned American

October 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The United States offered to let a convicted Cuban spy return home in exchange for the release of an imprisoned American, but Cuba rebuffed the offer, U.S. officials said. Continue Reading

Nyad, derailed again on Cuba-to-Keys swim, says she underestimated man o’ war threat

September 26, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

In Key West, Fla., today, marathon swimmer Diana Nyad, 62, said she had felt ready to finish the crossing she had failed twice before. But for now, she says she does not plan to try it again. Continue Reading

61-year-old marathon swimmer Nyad drops any more bids to swim Cuba to Florida

August 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Disappointed marathon swimmer Diana Nyad gave up on any more attempts to cross from Cuba to Florida after ending her second bid mid-channel today because of wind, currents and health problems. For two years, I pictured myself walking up on that shore, and I wanted that moment badly,” Nyad said after her support boat docked in Key West. Continue Reading

‘IT’S OVER’: Diana Nyad, 61, ends second attempted swim from Cuba to Florida

August 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Wind conditions and “less than ideal currents” prompted marathon swimmer Diana Nyad to end her second bid to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys about halfway through her journey early today. Continue Reading

Diana Nyad, 61, ‘swimming strongly’ in cross-the-Florida Straits attempt

August 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad was making good headway through the Florida Straits despite some physical complaints today, about one-third of the way into her attempt to log a record swim at the age of 61. Continue Reading