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Rolling through the embargo
A man lights a cigar during a gala dinner marking the end of the 15th annual Cigar Festival in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, March 2, 2013. The festival is a six-day bash that brings together hundreds of cigar sophisticates from around the world, and culminates with a gala and auction of humidors worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) ORG XMIT: XRE102
Tampa, perhaps more than any American city, took an immediate hit from the Cuban embargo when the city’s cigar makers were cut off from the island nation’s tobacco.
Mourners stand at attention as the bodies of two fallen NYPD police officers are transported from Woodhull Medical Center in New York.  An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, killing both before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Gunman who killed NYPD officers was angry at chokehold death
Carolina Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin, right, misses a catch as Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Johnthan Banks, left, defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) ORG XMIT: NCCB112
Bucs defense has come long way, but stiff test awaits in Packers
Hillsborough, Tampa, 12-20-14----Stevie Nicks dances in the shadows as Lindsey Buckingham plays as Fleetwood Mac wows a sold out Amalie Arena Saturday during their last show of the year. ANDY JONES/STAFF
Fleetwood Mac reunion a landslide hit in Tampa
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