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Cuba's Los Van Van on the go, coming to once-hostile Miami
MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Los Van Van, one of Cuba's greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism....

Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in '16
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016....

US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat
SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) -- People in the hamlet of Santa Ursula began to worry when the logging started. In a few short weeks, more than a mile of densely forested riverbank was stripped from the Arroyo Sal to make way for heavy dredging equipment....

US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat
SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) -- When the U.S. government backed construction of a new hydroelectric plant in southwestern Mexico, residents rose up and defeated a three-year, $30 million project supported by the little-known Overseas Private Investment Corp. in Washington....

5 things to know before Obama rolls out his budget Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A quick quiz:...

US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 Census
DETROIT (AP) -- The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year Census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things....

What red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit....

House Democrats' new message on the economy: We told you so
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Democrats' new message on America's economic recovery is: We told you so, and we're going to keep telling you so....

White House: Monitoring of released Taliban 'updated'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. has "updated" its efforts to monitor Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American soldier because of concerns that they may be seeking to return to the battlefield, the White House said Friday....

Dems still miffed about Israeli leader's address to Congress
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel - an archenemy of Iran - to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program....

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