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HAVANA (AP) — They are the same waters used by tens of thousands of Cubans to flee to Florida on homemade rafts -- with thousands dying in the process. But now, the Florida Straits have been crossed by another vessel going the other way -- the first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years to sail from Miami to Havana. Carnival Cruise Lines says the Adonia will cruise twice a month to Havana -- where optional activities for passengers will include a walking tour of Old Havana's colonial plazas, and a trip to the Tropicana cabaret in a classic car.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican officials say the island's default on a $422 million bond payment is only the beginning if the U.S. Congress doesn't help resolve the situation soon. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla (pah-DEE'-ah) says Puerto Rico did not make nearly $370 million of the payment that was due today. It's the third default since 2015. He says the consequences will be severe if Congress does not restore the territory's legal ability to restructure its debt. Congress left on recess last week without acting on a bill that would permit restructuring. It is stalled in committee.

DETROIT (AP) — A few hundred Detroit teachers are picketing outside the district headquarters, protesting the possibility that some will not receive paychecks during the summer months if Detroit Public Schools runs out of money. A mass sick-out by teachers today forced the Detroit school district to close 94 of its 97 schools. The system is expected to be out of cash starting July 1.

CHICAGO (AP) — A new study says youth football players are more likely to return to the field less than a day after suffering concussions than those in high school and college. Only 10 percent of young players with concussions resumed football that soon, but the researchers say the results suggest a need for more sidelines medical supervision and better recognition of concussion symptoms in children. Results of the study, the first of its kind, were published today in JAMA Pediatrics.

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims Starbucks regularly overfills its cold drinks with ice instead of using the advertised amount of coffee or other liquid in its plastic cups. The lawsuit was filed in Chicago by a woman who accuses Starbucks of misleading customers. It alleges that an iced beverage advertised at 24 ounces contains about 14 ounces of fluid, and that ice isn't a fluid or beverage. Starbucks said the lawsuit is without merit -- and that its customers expect ice to be "an essential component" of "any 'iced' beverage."

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