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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 …


Rubio seizes the moment to lead the outrage


Renewed relations could boost Port Tampa Bay


  1. 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.
  2. Review: 'Annie' makeover is adorably different (w/video)


    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.
  3. Review: Reese Witherspoon carries 'Wild' (w/video)


    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.
  4. From Miley Cyrus to Dick Vitale, here are Tampa Bay's best celebrity Instagrams of 2014

    Pop Culture

    Aziz Ansari

    Before his much-anticipated March 16 shows at the Mahaffey Theater, comic Aziz Ansari checked out Bananas Music, the world's largest vinyl retailer. Bananas Vinyl Warehouse in Florida. Amazing spot, wrote @azizansari. He later tweeted a pic of his vinyl haul, which included some surprisingly …

    St. Petersburg singer-songwriter Mark Etherington, a.k.a. Mountain Holler, volunteered to work this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee, and was spraying down a potentially overheaded crowd for Canadian electronic act A Tribe Called Red when Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne dropped by to help out. "So, this happened yesterday at A Tribe Called Red," wrote @mountainholler. "Wayne Coyne came and hungout and helped me and @roke3028 spray the kids with water. Take care of each other!!" Coyne (@waynecoyne5) is an active and controversial Instagram user himself, and he regrammed Etherington’s Bonnaroo selfie with the caption: "Me having to fight off a drugged crazed hippie !!!! F---!! Ha ha juz kiddin thanks @mountainholler for the cool pic!!!"

tbt*s gallery of some of the top celebrity instagrams from Tampa Bay in 2014.
  5. Tell Me About It: His past dishonesty makes her suspicious


    Q: I really need another opinion on my husband. I'm 29, three kids, have been married for 8 years, together 14 — since high school.

    Jeb Bush overshadows Marco Rubio in Florida

    Fla Insider Poll: Those who know them best say Marco Rubio can't compete w Jeb Bush

    Marco Rubio says Jeb Bush's move toward a presidential run will have no effect on his own presidential deliberations. But among more than 150 savvy political pros who know Rubio, Bush, and Florida politics best the answer is clear: Bush's candidacy presents a nearly insurmountable obstacle to Sen. Rubio....



    Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra further plots world domination with ABC deal

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    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.)...