- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

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CUBA RELENTS, ALLOWS CUBAN-BORN TRAVELERS ON HISTORIC CRUISE

This allows Carnival Corp. to go forward with the first U.S. cruise to the island in a half-century, the Cuban government and the Miami-based cruise line announced Friday. The company at first barred Cuban-born Americans from buying tickets for the planned May 1 cruise to comply with Cuba’s ban, drawing complaints from the Cuban-American community in Miami and a discrimination lawsuit. Then, the company said it would sell tickets to Cuban-Americans but hold the cruise only if Cuba relented and changed its policy.

MAN NABBED IN CHILD-SEX STING IS EVERY PARENT’S ‘NIGHTMARE’

Federal prosecutors say a 50-year-old registered sex offender who showed up at a Florida hotel room with condoms and superhero T-shirts was expecting to have a sexual encounter with three young boys. Waiting for him instead were state and federal agents. Joseph Meahl was indicted Thursday on charges of attempting to entice minors to engage in sexual activity and committing a felony involving minors while registered as a sex offender.

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT HALTS ABORTION WAITING PERIOD, FOR NOW

The 5-2 decision comes two months after an appeals court allowed the law to go into effect. It was immediately praised by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which is suing on behalf of a Gainesville clinic to block the law. The ACLU says the Florida Constitution protects the women’s private medical decisions.

FEDS LAY OUT PLANS FOR EVERGLADES BRIDGE TO BOOST WATER FLOW

Interior Secretary Sally Jewel announced plans to raise a two-and-half mile section of U.S. 41 during a visit Friday to Everglades National Park. Jewell says the Tamiami Trail Bridge project, among the National Park Service’s biggest conservation efforts, will return water flows to more historic levels and sustain the Everglades sensitive ecosystem.

POLICE SAVE CHOKING BABY DURING SEARCH FOR SUSPECT

A police spokesman says officers Dylan Hayes-Morrison and Amanda Cummings were searching for a suspect in Gainesville on Wednesday when someone handed the 3-week-old unconscious baby to them. The little boy was red in the face and not breathing.


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