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    American Alan Gross freed by Cuba

    U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed Wednesday as part of a landmark deal with Cuba that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island, senior administration officials tell CNN.

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Wait for Cuban beaches, cigars remains

Man smokes Cuban cigar

The end of the 50-year freeze in diplomatic relations with Cuba will mean many more U.S. travelers could be on their way to the neighbor island, only 90 miles from Key West, Florida.

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9 questions: Get up to speed on Cuban embargo

Old cars in Cuba, embargo

President Barack Obama will ease sanctions imposed against Cuba under the U.S. embargo after Cuba agreed to release American aid worker Alan Gross.

The agreement will deliver the most sweeping changes in the U.S. policy toward the nation that lies ju...

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Mystery man among 5 freed in U.S.-Cuba deal

Cuba US diplomatic mission

Five men are tasting freedom for the first time in years -- including one President Barack Obama described as "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba" -- in a historic deal between the U.S. and Cuba ...

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Opinions strong on U.S.-Cuba policy change

Cuba protesters in Miami

Church bells rang out Wednesday afternoon in Havana, marking a major moment in history -- Cuba and the United States are easing diplomatic relations after decades of ice-cold tension.

Word of the massive change was met with passionate opinions and so...

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Could Obama go to Cuba?

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President Barack Obama could be among the Americans traveling to Cuba now that restrictions on passage to the island are being loosened.

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Gross release: How it happened

Obama on phone with Cuba

Alan Gross was in a Cuban prison Tuesday morning when his attorney, Scott Gilbert, phoned to say Gross would soon be released.

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Historic thaw in US, Cuba standoff

Obama on Cuba

A political standoff that spanned five decades and 10 presidents began to crumble Wednesday with President Barack Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba.

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2016 Republicans slam Cuba announcement

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President Barack Obama's historic move to loosen the U.S. embargo on Cuba set off an immediate clash with Republicans keen to use the dramatic foreign policy shift to further their own White House aspirations.

The announcement immediately threw two Fl...

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Rick Perry gets Hanukkah really wrong

Rick Perry

On Tuesday night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- long a public fan of Judaism -- marked the beginning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah by comparing it to the Boston Tea Party, which was celebrating its 241st anniversary the same day.

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Alan Gross flown from Cuba: 'I'm free'

Alan Gross

As soon as Alan Gross got out of Cuban airspace Wednesday morning, he called each of his two daughters to say the two words he had dreamed of saying for years: "I'm free," a spokeswoman for his legal team says.

It was the end of five years locked up i...

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