- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

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5 DECADES LATER, US-CUBA DIPLOMATIC TIES RESTORED

The United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations Monday after more than five decades of frosty relations rooted in the Cold War. The new era began with little fanfare when an agreement between the two nations to resume normal ties on July 20 came into force just after midnight Sunday and the diplomatic missions of each country were upgraded from interests sections to embassies. When clocks struck 12:00 in Washington and Havana, they tolled a knell for policy approaches spawned and hardened over the five decades since President John F. Kennedy first tangled with youthful revolutionary Fidel Castro over Soviet expansion in the Americas.

JEB BUSH: ARROGANCE AND INCOMPETENCE ACCEPETD IN DC

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Monday vowed to rein in federal spending and combat the “arrogance,” ”sheer incompetence” and size of government if he’s elected. In a speech aimed at President Barack Obama’s administration as well as his rivals for the GOP nomination, Bush called for limiting new hires in government and extending the ban on former members of Congress from lobbying their colleagues from two years to six years. Bush also called for amending the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget and to give the president line-item veto power to challenge what he called “Mount Washington.”

CONGRESSMAN DAVID JOLLY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR US SENATE

Florida Congressman David Jolly announced Monday that he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio, who is running for president. Jolly, a Republican who was elected to Congress in the spring of 2014, made the announcement to the media Monday morning. He was scheduled to hold a campaign rally later in the day. Jolly represents Florida’s 13th Congressional district, which encompasses almost all of Pinellas County on the Gulf Coast. He will face Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera of Miami and Congressman Ron DeSantis of Jacksonville in the primary. Democratic Congressmen Patrick Murphy of Jupiter and Alan Grayson of Orlando are also seeking the seat.

GROOVESHARK CO-FOUNDER DISCOVERED DEAD AT GAINESVILLE HOME

A co-founder of the defunct music streaming service Grooveshark has been found dead at his Florida home. Gainesville police report that 28-year-old Josh Greenberg appears to have died sometime Sunday. Greenberg’s girlfriend had just returned from a trip to Orlando that evening when she reportedly found him deceased in bed. She said she had last seen him Saturday morning and spoke to him on the phone around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say the cause of death wasn’t immediately apparent.

VACATION FIRM WORKER CHARGED WITH STEALING CREDIT CARD INFO

An employee at a Florida company that offers promotional vacations is charged with stealing reservation documents and then selling the credit card information of more than 1,800 customers. Police said Monday that Preferred Guest Resorts employee Chrystie Hall is charged with trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and conspiracy to grand theft. Also arrested were two people who police said purchased up to 500 documents from Hall. Xavier Stephens and Bridget Bennifield were charged with trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and fraud. Stephens and Bennifield told detectives they purchased bags of documents for $100 a bag and resold each page of credit card documents for $50 a page.

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