Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Obama Administration Approves First Ferry Service to Cuba

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Obama Administration Approves First Ferry Service to Cuba

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Two Michigan officers are suspended in beating of man

Two police officers have been suspended without pay after the videotaped beating of a black man during a January traffic stop in suburban Detroit, it was announced Tuesday.

Inkster, Mich., police Officer Chuck Randazzo was suspended for 15 days and Sgt. Shawn Kritzer was suspended for 30 days, WXYZ-TV reported. Union representative Al Lewis said that Randazzo was told his suspension was for excessive force and bringing the department disrepute. Kritzer was suspended for improperly administering medical attention to Floyd Dent.

Officer William Melendez was fired last month and charged with assault. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Footage from a police dashboard camera showed Dent, 57, being pulled from his car and repeatedly punched in the head. The beating wasn't publicly known until WDIV-TV aired the video in March.

U.S. approves ferry service to Cuba * The administration of President Barack Obama has approved the first ferry service in decades between the United States and Cuba, potentially opening a new path for the hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars in consumer goods that travel between Florida and Havana each year.

Baja Ferries, which operates passenger service in Mexico, said it had received a license from the Treasury Department on Tuesday. Robert Muse, an attorney for Baja Ferries, said he believed that several other ferry services petitions have also been approved. The Treasury Department said it could not immediately confirm that.

Muse said Baja had yet to request approval from Cuba but said he was optimistic the service would allow a significant increase in trade and travel between the two countries.

Islamic State claims credit for attack in Texas * The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad though it offered no evidence of a direct link to the attackers. …

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