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Daniel Chile who is originally from Havana, owns and operates a barbershop in West Tampa. Chile says the broken ties between the two countries make it difficult for immigrants to keep in touch with their families back home.OCTAVIO JONES | Times

In 'historic step,' Obama announces full diplomatic relations with Cuba

WASHINGTON — Casting aside more than a half century of hostilities, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the United States and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and open respective embassies on July 20. Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, he called the rapprochement "a historic step forwa …

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Church fires stir fear, questions (w/video)

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Auschwitz defendant says he is not entitled to forgiveness

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  1. In 'historic step,' Obama announces full diplomatic relations with Cuba

    World

    WASHINGTON — Casting aside more than a half century of hostilities, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the United States and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and open respective embassies on July 20.

    Daniel Chile who is originally from Havana, owns and operates a barbershop in West Tampa. Chile says the broken ties between the two countries make it difficult for immigrants to keep in touch with their families back home.
  2. Church fires stir fear, questions (w/video)

    Nation

    Thousands of social media users are tweeting the same question: Who is burning black churches?

    Investigators sift through ashes and charred debris inside the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, S.C. Arson was not thought to be the cause of the church fire.
  3. Oregon becomes fourth state where weed is legal

    Nation

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon began easing into an era of legal marijuana Wednesday after an early morning celebration at the center of Portland.

  4. Auschwitz defendant says he is not entitled to forgiveness

    World

    LUENEBURG, Germany — A 94-year-old man charged as an accessory in the murders of about 300,000 people at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau told a court Wednesday that he consciously had not asked Holocaust survivors for their forgiveness because, given the dimensions of their suffering, he is not entitled to …

    Former SS officer Oskar Groening, 94,  is charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.
  5. The latest: U.S., Cuba to open embassies, restore ties

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba will open embassies in their capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. The latest developments (all times EDT):

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    A Cuban and American flag wave from the balcony of the Hotel Saratoga in Havana. President Barack Obama will announce on Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, various reports say. [Associated Press]