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Alan and Judy Gross before Alan was imprisoned in Cuba on espionage charges five years ago. (AP Photo/Gross Family, File)
Alan and Judy Gross before Alan was imprisoned in Cuba on espionage charges five years ago. (AP Photo/Gross Family, File)
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US contractor ends fifth year in Cuban prison

HAVANA (AP) -- Five years to the day after his arrest in Cuba on espionage charges, former U.S. contractor Alan Gross is threatening a hunger strike, refusing almost all visitors and predicting he will die in prison if he isn't freed by his 66th birthday in May, relatives and backers said Wednesday.

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Nurse washes her gloved hands during a practice drill at an Ebola training camp in Havana, Cuba.  (AP Photo/Ladyrene Perez, Cubadebate,File)
Nurse washes her gloved hands during a practice drill at an Ebola training camp in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ladyrene Perez, Cubadebate,File)
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Cuba says doctor catches Ebola in Sierra Leone

HAVANA (AP) -- A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone caught the disease when he rushed to help a patient who was falling over, his brother told The Associated Press Wednesday.

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Dancers perform during the Oct. 28 opening of the 24th International Ballet Festival at the 'Karl Marx' theater in Havana, Cuba.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Dancers perform during the Oct. 28 opening of the 24th International Ballet Festival at the 'Karl Marx' theater in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Cuba seeks over $8 billion in foreign investment

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba asked international firms Monday to invest more than $8 billion in the island as it attempts to kick-start a centrally planned economy starved for cash and hamstrung by inefficiency.

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Tourists sit in a classic American car in Old Havana, Cuba, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.
Tourists sit in a classic American car in Old Havana, Cuba, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.
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Cuba begins to unite private enterprise and tourism

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba's state-run tourism industry increasingly is doing business with the country's new class of private entrepreneurs, trying to improve quality of food and lodging while maintaining a grip on the sector's biggest sources of foreign exchange.

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Mariela Castro broke with tradition and voted "no" in parliament to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.  (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)
Mariela Castro broke with tradition and voted "no" in parliament to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)
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A Castro breaks tradition with a ‘no’ vote in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) -- Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament.

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Cuba's President Raul Castro delivers his speech during closing of the third regular session of the eighth legislature, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Ismael Francisco)
Cuba's President Raul Castro delivers his speech during closing of the third regular session of the eighth legislature, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Ismael Francisco)
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Raul Castro: Cuba’s economic change must be gradual

HAVANA (AP) -- President Raul Castro reiterated Saturday that Cuba's program of reforms will remain cautious and gradual, despite recent disappointing GDP numbers that show the country's already-struggling economy slowing.

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Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, shown here campaigning in Orlando, Fla. last month, is saying what few politicians have in decades to Cuban-Americans: end the trade embargo against Cuba.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, shown here campaigning in Orlando, Fla. last month, is saying what few politicians have in decades to Cuban-Americans: end the trade embargo against Cuba. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
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Democrats courting Florida’s changing Cuban voters

MIAMI (AP) -- When Charlie Crist went to Miami's Little Havana recently, the Democratic candidate for governor stood before a crowd and said what few politicians have in decades of scrounging for votes in the Cuban-American neighborhood: End the trade embargo against Cuba.

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Gladys Llanes listens to a new U.S. citizen recount her journey as an immigrant from Cuba during a naturalization ceremony Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Miami.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Gladys Llanes listens to a new U.S. citizen recount her journey as an immigrant from Cuba during a naturalization ceremony Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Poll: Miami Cuban-Americans Support End to Embargo

MIAMI (AP) -- About half of Cuban-Americans surveyed in Miami support an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Even more support resuming diplomatic relations with the communist island's government. That's according to a Florida International University poll released Tuesday.

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A man reads a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma while waiting for the bus in Havana, Cuba, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
A man reads a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma while waiting for the bus in Havana, Cuba, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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Cuban Blogger’s News Site Hacked After Going Live

Cuba's first major independent general-interest news outlet in five decades was hacked on Wednesday shortly after being launched by the country's best-known dissident blogger.

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Cuba’s best-known blogger Yoani Sanchez, above, says she will start publishing a general-interest newspaper online Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in a move that will test the government’s openness to free expression. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
Cuba’s best-known blogger Yoani Sanchez, above, says she will start publishing a general-interest newspaper online Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in a move that will test the government’s openness to free expression. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
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Cuban Blogger Launching Online Newspaper

Cuba's best-known blogger says she will start publishing a general-interest newspaper online Wednesday. It's a move that will test both the government's openness to free expression and the dissident's ability to build a following inside her country.

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