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Diplomatic relations to be restored; economic embargo remains

WASHINGTON — The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American …

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Rubio seizes the moment to lead the outrage

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Renewed relations could boost Port Tampa Bay

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  1. Ruth: Propaganda film will dull, not shape, students' minds

    Columns

    Using convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza's ham-handed video America: Imagine A World Without Her, to force Florida public school students to watch a warped view of the nation's history would be like requiring children to sit through a screening of Saw (1 through 7) as a biology primer on proper dissection …

  2. Cigar City Cider and Mead infuses Tampa's craft beer scene with fresh flavor

    Bars & Spirits

    Two things I'm not really interested in: cider and mead. I don't drink mead at all, and it takes a really unique cider to get my attention — Crispin's Stagger Lee, Woodchuck's Celler Series Smoked Apple and Domaine Dupont Cidre Bouché are good examples, but they are far from the norm.

    Cigar City Cider and Mead in Ybor City is reviving and refreshing the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages. Photos by Luis Santana/tbt*
  3. Tampa record label New Granada celebrates 20 years with three-night concert

    Music & Concerts

    Searching for CDs or mp3 players makes the music industry's changes over the last two decades feel very real. These days, Virgin and Tower megastores are just Wikipedia pages. Record execs still scratch their heads about the digital revolution that ruined profit margins forever because, as it turns out, selling plastic …

    A portrait of Keith Ulrey, founder and owner of Tampa’s New Granada Records, taken next to the New Granada listening station at his Seminole Heights record store, Microgroove. Photo by Ray Roa.
  4. Review: 'Annie' makeover is adorably different (w/video)

    Movies

    The first face on screen is the Annie to whom we're accustomed: carrot-haired, freckled and white. "Annie A.," to classmates ignoring her corny show and tell. Might be an orphan but not for long with that chipperness.

    Wealthy candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) figures Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) can help his campaign.
  5. Review: Reese Witherspoon carries 'Wild' (w/video)

    Movies

    Rather than running from her problems, Cheryl Strayed decided to walk — nearly 1,100 miles along the rugged Pacific Crest Trail.

    Reese Witherspoon commits to playing Cheryl Strayed, a heroin and sex addict who hiked 1,100 miles.

    Bill Nelson phones Hillary Clinton with a simple message: Run

    A couple weeks ago, Sen. Bill Nelson was at home in Florida and decided to call up Hillary Clinton. She returned the call and Nelson, who was watching 60 Minutes with his wife, had a simple message:...

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    Need last-minute gift ideas? Consult our guide

    I've reached the point of the holiday heyday in which there's too much to do and not enough time to do it. What do I get a grandpa who wants nothing? What do the teenage kids like these days? Ack! To the Internet! (Repeat.)...

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