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In this May 18, 2015 photo, Zach Chaltiel, Benjamin Clack and Nima Noori pose for a photo outside the Hotel Nacional, in Havana. Chaltiel organized the trip after graduating from law school. He did research online, booking a villa through Airbnb and hiring a driver. The group is among an increased number of Americans visiting Havana since President Barack Obama announced a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban

- Associated Press

"Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging through dim displays of old casks.

Army chiefs plan for proposed joint Arab force in Mideast

- Associated Press

Army chiefs of staff of Arab countries have drafted a protocol for a new joint force to intervene in Middle East hotspots on missions ranging from fighting Islamic militants to Iran-backed groups - despite lingering disagreements on some details, including where to base the force's headquarters.

Bismarck area news anchor seeks refuge in Tibetan Buddhism

- Associated Press

News anchor and KFYR-TV producer Kevin Stanfield is a familiar face in many North Dakota homes. But underneath the suit and tie, Stanfield sports an unusual tattoo indicative of a deeper spiritual life.

Analysis: Bill rejection gives Jindal a campaign opportunity

- Associated Press

By voting down a proposal to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage, lawmakers thought they had put the divisive issue to bed and ended one of the major controversies of the legislative session.

Kenai Christian academy graduates 1 senior

- Associated Press

Wings Christian Academy, based in Kenai's Immanuel Baptist Church, held a graduation ceremony for Tyler Ophus, its sole departing senior.

Aging Catholic nuns get care at Jewish nursing home

- Associated Press

Three orders of Roman Catholic nuns that traditionally took care of their own aging sisters have sent 58 members to live at an elderly-care complex that was originally a nursing home for Jews.