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Coast Guard searches for missing cruise ship passenger near Marathon

Man falls from Liberty of the Seas cruise ship Sunday

Published On: Mar 23 2015 07:47:09 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 23 2015 03:38:00 PM EDT

Cruise ship personnel search for passenger who fell overboard


The U.S. Coast Guard continues to search for a 43-year-old man who fell from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship off the coast of Marathon.

The man, who hasn't been identified, is believed to have fallen from the Liberty of the Seas on Sunday when the ship was about 20 miles from the Florida Keys. 

A representative for the Coast Guard told Local 10 News that crews from Miami and Marathon had been deployed, along with a helicopter crew. Two Canadian-affiliated boats that were in the area are also aiding in the search. 

Early Monday, the Coast Guard said the Liberty of the Seas had continued on to its port. The ship arrived at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale just after 7 a.m. Monday, according to MarineTraffic.com.

Mike Wyatt, a passenger on the ship, recorded cellphone video of crew members searching for the passenger and posted it on Twitter.

The Liberty of the Seas had been traveling from Cozumel, Mexico, when the crew reported the passenger missing. It is unclear how he fell overboard.

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Cuba says third round of negotiations has ended

U.S. says meeting in Havana 'positive and constructive'

Published On: Mar 17 2015 10:47:48 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 17 2015 01:32:00 PM EDT

A third round of U.S.-Cuban negotiations over the restoration of full diplomatic relations ended after a day of talks, Cuban and U.S. officials said Tuesday. They provided no details on whether progress was made toward a deal on reopening embassies in Washington and Havana.

The two countries have been trying to strike an agreement on embassies before presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro attend the Summit of the Americas in Panama on April 10-11.

Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Relations said the talks took place "in a professional atmosphere" and "the two delegations agreed to maintain communication in the future as part of this process."

Jeff Rathke, a U.S. State Department spokesman, said "the discussion was positive and constructive and was held in an atmosphere of mutual respect."

Neither side said Tuesday whether they had resolved any of the obstacles to reopening embassies, which include Cuba's continuing presence on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, and Cuba's objections to U.S. diplomatic contact with dissidents on the island.

The State Department said Friday that topics being discussed at the latest round would include lifting caps on Cuban and U.S. diplomatic staff and limits on their movements outside Havana and Washington.

The secretive atmosphere was striking in contrast to previous discussions about U.S.-Cuban detente. After two earlier meetings, U.S. and Cuban diplomats engaged in wide-ranging exchanges with reporters from both nations that were broadcast on Cuban state television to rapt audiences on the island.

Cuban state media dedicated virtually no coverage to Monday's talks, focusing instead on statements of support for Venezuela in the face of new sanctions by the United States, which declared last week that the South American country was a threat to U.S. national security.

Cuban state television showed Raul Castro arriving in Caracas, Venezuela for a Tuesday summit of left-leaning Latin American countries organized in response to the American sanctions. Cuban state newspapers published a relatively rare and strongly worded front-page letter from former president Fidel Castro, declaring that Venezuela, Cuba's closest ally, "will never accept threats and impositions" from the United States.

Despite the rhetoric, Julia Sweig, an expert on U.S. relations with Cuba and Venezuela, said there was no sign that the increasingly strained U.S. relationship with Venezuela was affecting the warming of relations with Cuba.

"What's so interesting is that it doesn't seem to derailing the bilateral process, which is exactly as it should be," said Sweig, a senior research fellow at LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin.

Flights delayed, canceled at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Published On: Mar 05 2015 10:04:33 PM EST


The Broward County Aviation Department announced Thursday night that several flights were delayed or canceled at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

According to a public information officer, 104 total flights were delayed. Of those, 59 are arrivals and 45 are departures.

A total of 75 flights were canceled, with 43 being arrivals and 32 being departures.

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