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Microsoft Pledges $500 Million to Ease Seattle Housing Crisis

Microsoft pledged $500 million to address homelessness and develop affordable housing in response to the Seattle region’s widening affordability gap. Most of the money will be aimed at increasing housing options in the Puget Sound region for low- and middle-income workers at a time when they’re being priced out of Seattle and some of its ...

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US Considering Allowing Lawsuits over Cuba-confiscated Properties

The Trump administration is considering allowing a law that has been suspended since its creation in 1996 to go into effect, allowing U.S. citizens to sue foreign companies and individuals over property confiscated from them by the Cuban government. The so-called Title III rule forms part of the Helms-Burton Act, which codified all U.S. ...

Bus crash kills 7 in Cuba

Officials in Cuba are investigating the cause of a bus crash that left seven people dead in the eastern party of the country, state media reported.

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Cuba bus crash: Foreigners among seven dead

Citizens from Argentina, France and Germany are among the seven dead while dozens others are injured.

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Austrian Workers Rescue Animal Trapped in Heavy Snowfall

Austrian train workers shut down the tracks to free a trapped chamois, a type of goat-antelope, on Wednesday. Deadly snowfall has paralyzed travel ...

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José Ramón Fernández, Who Helped Form Cuba’s Army, Dies at 95

A founding member of the Communist Party of Cuba, he played a leading role in his country’s victory over invading exile forces at the Bay of Pigs.

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Castro denounces US 'confrontation' as Cuba marks revolution

Former President Raul Castro's speech marks the 60th anniversary of the Cuban revolution.

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Venice to charge tourist entry fee for short stays

Day-trippers will pay up to €10 each as the city struggles to cope with mass tourism.

From Toys R Us to Sears, here's who went went belly-up in 2018

2018 was a bust for some big name stores — but 2019 could be even rougher, say retail experts.

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Transformer Explosion Bathes New York Skyline in Blaze of Blue

A transformer explosion at an electrical facility illuminated the New York City skyline in a blaze of blue light Thursday night.  The explosion ...

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That Bright Blue Light Over New York? Not Space Aliens

A transformer explosion at an electric power substation in the New York City borough of Queens lit up the night sky with a bright blue light ...

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Tourism Group Gives Funds to Reopen Liberty Bell for 3 Days

Tourists in Philadelphia for the holidays will be able to see the Liberty Bell this weekend despite a partial federal government shutdown that closed many national parks throughout the country. Most of the buildings in the Independence National ... /
Black man says he was kicked out of hotel lobby for talking to his mom on cell phone

A Black man in Portland is upset and believes he was racially profiled while standing in the lobby of a hotel lobby while talking to his mom on his cell phone, Yahoo! News reports. READ MORE: African Americans added big bucks to the U.S. travel and tourism economy in 2018 In what seems to be […] The post Black man says he was kicked out of ... /
African Americans added big bucks to the U.S. travel and tourism economy in 2018

According to a new study, African Americans added a big boom to the travel business amounting to some $63 billion in 2018. READ MORE: Jordan Peele drops creepy ‘Us’ trailer on Christmas and we’re not ok The study, conducted by Mandala Research, confirms a previous 2010 report that Black travelers are a plus to the […] The post African ...

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Ricardo Barber, Cuban Actor Who Succeeded in New York, Dies at 81

He became a core member of the Spanish-language troupe Repertorio Español after leaving Cuba, where he had spent time in a forced-labor camp.

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Fishermen rescued by cruise ship in 'Christmas miracle'

The pair were stranded in the Caribbean for 20 days and found by a ship that was supposed to be in Cuba.

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States Help Run US National Parks During Shutdown 

U.S. national parks will be left with just a skeleton staff during the federal government shutdown, and several states are using their own funds to ...

Cuba scraps language that could have paved the way for same-sex marriage in new constitution

Lawmakers in Cuba said a provision opening the door for same-sex marriage legalization would no longer be part of the draft of a new constitution for the nation.

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Slack 'bans users' who have visited US sanctioned countries

People who used the communication software in Cuba, Iran and North Korea report account closures.

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