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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Santa Clara, Cuba (CNN)When JetBlue Flight 387 touched down Wednesday in Cuba, it was the first direct commercial flight between the US and the island in over a half-century.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Santa Clara, Cuba, flight is the latest symbol of the thawing of relations between the former Cold War adversaries, who restored diplomatic ties in 2015. read more

The Fort Lauderdale terminal outside Gate F10 resembled more of a party than a regular flight. A salsa band played as passengers munched on Cuban pastries.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Port Allen – A Plaquemine man who was walking across the La. 190 Mississippi River bridge was killed early Saturday when he was struck by a drunken driver, State Police said.

Vontravis Stevens, 36, was walking in the eastbound lanes of the bridge around 2 a.m. when Benjamin Todd, who was driving east in a 2007 Ford F-150, struck Stevens, then drove away, said Trooper 1st Class Bryan Lee in a news release.

The West Baton Rouge Coroner's Office pronounced Stevens dead at the scene, Lee said. A toxicology sample of Steven's blood will be analyzed at the State Police Crime Lab to determine whether he was impaired.

About 30 minutes later, troopers received a call identifying Todd, 21, of Pride, as the driver, Lee said. Todd and his truck were found soon after at a residence in Pride.

Todd was arrested, Lee said, after his blood-alcohol content was .08 percent or higher, which is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving in Louisiana.

he was booked and arrested read more

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Brigham Young University (BYU), already under federal investigation for its negligent handling of reported sexual assault, is also punishing LGBT students who report sexual assault, blaming them for "inappropriate homosexual behavior," Slate reports. read more

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Her call for massive infrastructure investment was marred by the inclusion of an infrastructure bank. Similar proposals in the past have funded such a bank by letting corporations dodge taxes on money they have parked offshore – can she guarantee that won't happen this time?


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