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Ties to Cuba Enhance and Entangle Jorge Mas’s Marlins Bid

But if Mas does get the Marlins franchise, his family history could possibly affect baseball’s continuing efforts to create a working relationship with Cuba, one that would allow players from the island to join the major leagues in an orderly fashion instead of having to endure various dangers in order to defect. It was Mas’s father, after all, who was regularly reviled by the Cuban media as the leader of “the counterrevolutionary Miami mafia” because of his longstanding efforts to cripple the government of Fidel Castro. Those efforts began after…

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China bans Justin Bieber from performing

Justin Bieber is not welcome to perform in China.  Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for iHeart BEIJING — Not everybody has Bieber Fever.  Pop star Justin Bieber is not welcome to perform in China, the capital said. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture said that Bieber’s past “bad behavior” precludes him from singing in China, though it did also say that Bieber has talent.  In response to a question from a purported fan on its web page, the Bureau of Culture said it was acting in the interest of imposing standards and…

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Contaminated, drugged liquor may be responsible for woman’s mysterious death at Mexican resort, dad says

A young woman, whose mysterious death at a luxurious Mexican resort in January is being probed by her parents, may have consumed bootlegged liquor that was contaminated — or drugged — before she drowned in a shallow pool, the family’s attorney said. Abbey Conner, 20, was found next to her brother, Austin, face-down in a pool at the five-star Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Playa del Carmen. The Wisconsin woman was vacationing at the resort with her mother and stepfather. Related Image Expand / Collapse Abbey Conner died at a…

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4 in custody in connection with sex assault of churchgoer

Surveillance video of four young men accused of sexually assaulting a woman leaving church CBS New York NEW YORK — Police have four suspects in custody in connection with the sexual assault of a woman who was attacked at gunpoint after leaving church in Queens, reports CBS New York. According to reports, Isiah Shorter, 20, turned himself in Friday in connection with the July 11 incident. Three other suspects, Brandon Walker, 20, Julisses Ginel, 19, and a 17-year-old have all been charged with robbery, criminal sex act, criminal use of a…

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U.S. to ban American citizens from visiting North Korea

38 Photos North Korean tanks are shown in this undated file photo. CBS/Randy Schmidt Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 10:52 AM EDT American citizens will be banned from traveling to North Korea beginning at the end of August, the State Department announced Friday. “Due to mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement, the Secretary has authorized a Geographical Travel Restriction on all U.S. citizen nationals’ use of a passport to travel in, through, or to North Korea,” spokeswoman Heather…

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Saturday Profile: The Female Warlord Who Had C.I.A. Connections and Opium Routes

Ms. Yang partnered with remnants of the Chinese Nationalist troops who had been defeated by Mao’s Communists but continued to fight from havens in Burma. Intelligence dispatches at the National Archives in Yangon described her as a menace to the peace. The Nationalist troops had won support from the C.I.A., because of their shared interest in stemming the spread of Communism during the early stages of the Cold War. The covert plan, called Operation Paper, included an agreement by which American weapons were airlifted to Southeast Asia using planes owned…

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Teachers union not backing bill nixing teacher-student sex

A Massachusetts state bill that would outlaw sex between teachers and students 19 years of age and younger, and which is strongly supported by the police, has yet to be endorsed by the state teachers’ union. The Massachusetts Teachers Association, which has 110,000 member, told Fox News it is reviewing the measure, which was introduced six months ago. “The Massachusetts Teachers Association’s priority is always to protect students and the educational environment,” the union said in a statement to Fox News. “While we are still examining the many components of…

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Extreme Commuting

“So we put a pencil on a map and drew 150 miles out,” he said. Looking west, they checked out Bethlehem, Pa., a city of 75,000 wedged between Allentown and Easton, which was founded by Moravians in the mid-18th century, and pitched their tent. Jennifer Lehman may not have the longest commute in this determined fraternity — roughly two hours — but she is a clear winner when it comes to scenery and sociability. A recruiter in the professional services field, she lives in Newburgh, N.Y., about 60 miles north…

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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Mallinckrodt also spent $610,000 lobbying Congress, triple the amount of 2015’s first quarter. The company, which makes pain-control drugs as well as H. P. Acthar, an injectable gel prescribed for multiple sclerosis and other diseases, has lobbied on issues related to opioids, patents, Medicare and other matters, regulatory filings show. Mallinckrodt is far from unique. This year, a critical and risky one for drug companies, the industry as a whole is ratcheting up campaign donations and its presence on Capitol Hill, a new database compiled by Kaiser Health News shows….

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McDonald’s employee fired for refusing service to police officer; cop’s wife says husband was ‘humiliated’

The wife of a Virginia police officer is speaking out about the McDonald’s employee who refused to serve him, but she claims she never wanted the young employee to lose his job. Last week, Officer Scott Naff of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries was denied service by a young McDonald’s drive-thru worker, who took one look at Naff in his uniform and stated, “I ain’t serving no cops.” “My husband, of course, was shocked,” said Cathy Naff during an interview on Friday morning’s edition of “Fox and…

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