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The Cuban government has denied exit permits to 28 Cuban college students who had been offered U.S. government-funded scholarships for academic programs at American academic institutions.

Not only did the students lose the chance to attend classes for free in the United States, but some also were accused of ideologically losing their way and were expelled from their colleges in Cuba. Those who were members of the Communist Youth Union were booted out, several students told the Miami Herald.

This was the first year that Cuban students were included in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program, which provides scholarships for students throughout the world to attend American universities. The students could have attended colleges in Arizona, Tennessee and Idaho.


O.J. Simpson loses his bid for release

The Nevada Supreme Court denied O.J. Simpson's request Friday to be let out of prison pending a decision on the appeal of his conviction in a gunpoint heist in a Las Vegas hotel room.

A three-judge panel that heard oral arguments Aug. 3 concluded Simpson and convicted co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart didn't meet what the court called the "heavy burden" required to be allowed to post bail.


Teenager completes chemo treatments

A Minnesota teenager who once fled the state to avoid chemotherapy has finished his chemo treatments. Daniel Hauser, 13, received the last of his chemo Thursday at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. His mother says the family is happy that treatment is done.

Daniel was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in January and had chemotherapy once. But he stopped because it made him sick. Daniel and his family prefer natural remedies.

The issue became a child protection case when his parents rejected treatment. Daniel and his mother fled the state in May but later returned.


Blogger arrested in crackdown on critics

Vietnamese police arrested another blogger, her mother and diplomats said Friday, as authorities continued a crackdown against writers who have criticized Communist Party policies online.

Authorities arrested Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 30, who writes under the pen name Me Nam, on Wednesday at her home in Nha Trang, foreign diplomats said.

Quynh's arrest was the latest in a series of police moves against writers who criticized government policies toward China.


Transsexual to go to women's prison

A British court issued a landmark ruling Friday, allowing a transsexual prisoner serving life for manslaughter and attempted rape to be transferred to a women's prison.

The 27-year-old prisoner, who began gender reassignment treatment years ago to become a woman, was not named to protect her identity. Keeping her in a male prison violates her human rights, according to the court.

Times wires