New sanctions will obstruct two-centre holidays combining Florida and the Caribbean’s largest island

British travellers hoping to combine the US and Cuba on the same trip face much tighter restrictions after Donald Trump announced he would reverse some measures introduced by Barack Obama. In a speech in Miami, the President denounced what he called his predecessor’s “terrible and misguided deal with the Castro regime”. Mr Obama had eased the economic embargo, which had been in force since the early 1960s, and encouraged “people-to-people” tourism to Cuba. American citizens and foreign travellers on US territory could access dozens of new scheduled flights to the island. Ordinary…

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Fake borrowers at Florida library probed

Staff at a Florida library created fake readers to foil computer systems that recommend throwing out books unread for months or years. An investigation found bogus borrowers had “read” thousands of books. Library staff have been suspended while officials work out if the fakes meant the libraries received more state cash. Staff said their action had helped save cash as it kept perennially popular titles that would have had to be bought again if they had been thrown out. Rigid control Officials at the Lake County public resources department that…

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Thousands of sharks teem off Florida beaches

If you were wanting to escape the winter weather by hitting the warm beaches in Florida, you might want to steer clear of the water. Thousands of sharks are migrating right off the coast of some popular beach towns. Florida Atlantic University biological sciences professor Stephen Kajiura, captured video Friday morning of blacktip sharks invading the waters of Palm Beach, on Florida’s Atlantic coast. The majority of shark bites that occur in Florida are attributed to this species, but there has never been a fatal attack credited to the blacktip…

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