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NATIONAL
May 24, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
When the Clinton administration returned young castaway Elian Gonzalez in 2000 to communist-ruled Cuba, a regime his mother died trying to flee, angry Cuban exiles helped deliver Florida's electoral votes and victory to Republican presidential contender George W. Bush. Four years later, President Bush again carried this state.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1989
A case for ignorance and superficiality should have been the title of Purcell's column. Like so many of her ilk she refuses to understand the problems of our Latin American neighbors (or doesn't want to), the major problem being the U.S. itself. It is historically true that we cannot tolerate any country in the Western Hemisphere that is able to think independently from the pressures of Uncle Sam who, viewing himself as the benevolent protector, attempts to cram his own ideas and values down the throats of those unable to defend themselves against the crass tactics of big brother from the north.
SPORTS
August 1, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Leave it up to the Southern California contingent to help the USA 15U national baseball team come back from a 9-5 deficit with six runs in the sixth inning to defeat Cuba, 11-9, at the COPABE Pan American Games on Thursday in Colombia. Chase Strumpf, a sophomore from JSerra, hit his fourth home run in five games. He also had an RBI double during the six-run outburst, with all the runs scoring after two outs. Christian Moya from Bishop Amat had a two-run triple. Isaak Gutierrez from St. John Bosco had an RBI single.
SPORTS
March 16, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Daisuke Matsuzaka again gave the nation of Japan reason to cheer. But Red Sox Nation? Well, not so much. And that's just fine with Matsuzaka, who said his country will always come before his employer. "I want to be on behalf of Japan," he said through an interpreter after pitching his country to a 6-0 win over Cuba in a second-round Pool 1 game of the World Baseball Classic on Sunday at Petco Park.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is typically reticent to discuss any topic with the media, but the one subject he has always made completely off-limits was how he escaped from Cuba. And apparently with excellent reason. An exclusive story in Los Angeles Magazine details his complex odyssey, a stunning tale of human trafficking, smugglers, a drug cartel, a staged kidnapping, betrayal, revenge and even alleged death threats. The monthly magazine said the lengthy investigative report took contributing writer Jesse Katz five months to piece together.
SPORTS
September 3, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jacob Nix, a senior pitcher at Los Alamitos, threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to help the USA 18U baseball team defeat Cuba, 6-5 , at the IBAF World Cup in Taiwan on Tuesday night. USA got a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. Nix, a UCLA commit, kept the USA team in the game after entering the game with the USA trailing, 3-0. He gave up four hits, struck out five and walked four. USA is 3-1 in the tournament. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
NATIONAL
April 11, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Two young boys, allegedly abducted by their parents last week and taken to Cuba, were frolicking and mugging for reporters Thursday outside the Florida home of their grandparents, who have legal custody of the children. “When you are in the middle of a nightmare, it's kind of hard to do a whole lot,” Bob Hauser, the boys' grandfather, told reporters at a nationally televised news conference. “We knew we would get through it.” Four-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase Hakken are back with the Hausers, their maternal grandparents.
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made it through his fourth cancer surgery late Tuesday, but he is not expected to return to power any time soon. On Saturday, the ailing president announced in a nationally televised speech that he was traveling to Cuba for further treatment, and designated Vice President Nicolas Maduro as his successor if he were unable to return to office. Chavez's choice to replace him isn't that surprising. After all, Article 233 of the Venezuelan Constitution established that the vice president should take over if Chavez is unable to fulfill his duties.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Beyoncé and Jay-Z's anniversary trip to Havana, Cuba, was approved by the U.S. government, Treasury officials have said. The recording artists, Beyoncé Knowles Carter and husband Shawn Carter, headed to the island nation last week for their five-year wedding anniversary, raising official eyebrows as the U.S. has had a half-century-old trade embargo on the communist island that prohibits visits solely for the sake of tourism. Once images of the couple visiting Old Havana surfaced, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Beyonce appeared on "Good Morning America" on Monday to set the record straight about her trip to Cuba and open up about expanding her family. Bey, who is in the middle of the European leg of her world tour, the Mrs. Carter Show, spoke with Amy Robach in London about her eyebrow-raising fifth anniversary trip to Cuba with husband Jay-Z in April. Lawmakers questioned the validity of the trip and sought clarification on why two of the U.S.' biggest stars were visiting the communist island-nation, which is under an embargo for routine tourism.
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