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Cuban President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama talk during the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, on April, 11. The Obama administration onFriday removed Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a crucial step in normalizing ties between Washington and Havana and the latest progress in Obama's push to thaw relations between the U.S. and the island nation. [New York Times]

Q&A: Here's what it means now that Cuba is off the list of state sponsors of terrorism

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department's formally removed Cuba from its official list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move signals a significant, symbolic step toward the normalization of ties between Washington and Havana and the potential opening of embassies in both countries. Cuba's status as a "state spons …

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  1. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley jumps into 2016 Democratic presidential race

    National

    BALTIMORE — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street.

    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks during an event to announce that he is entering the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in Baltimore, as his wife Katie, right, looks on. [Associated Press]
  2. Can skinny Japanese kids recapture their country's sumo glory?

    World

    TOKYO —Chikara Yamanobe is about as far from a sumo wrestler as it's possible to be. He's so skinny that his ribs stick out, and his eyes well up when he gets manhandled in the ring. He's also 5 years old.

  3. Buckhorn joins supporters of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

    National

    TAMPA — After spending 20 hours in the last row of coach flying to Mumbai before the Bollywood Oscars, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has a vivid sense of just how far the Tampa Bay area is from Asia.

  4. Q&A: Here's what it means now that Cuba is off the list of state sponsors of terrorism

    National

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department's formally removed Cuba from its official list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move signals a significant, symbolic step toward the normalization of ties between Washington and Havana and the potential opening of embassies in both countries.

    Cuban President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama talk during the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, on April, 11. The Obama administration onFriday removed Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a crucial step in normalizing ties between Washington and Havana and the latest progress in Obama's push to thaw relations between the U.S. and the island nation. [New York Times]
  5. Morris Wilkins, the man behind the heart-shaped tubs that lured lovers to the Poconos, dies at age 90

    Obituaries

    During the post-World War II marriage boom, when gas shortages persuaded honeymooners from New York and Philadelphia to stay closer to home, hoteliers began luring newlyweds to the Poconos instead of to Niagara Falls.

    A room at Cove Haven Resort in the Poconos shows the heart-shaped bathtub. By all accounts, Morris Wilkins installed the Poconos' first heart-shaped bathtub, drawing a gush of media coverage and a steady stream of honeymoon business for the area. Wilkins, who died on Monday, May 25, 2015 at a Las Vegas hospital at 90, tried but failed to patent his tub, which then became a fixture of hotel love nests everywhere. [Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts via New York Times]