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Cubans try to connect to the Etecsa server during a May 9 service outage as they wait with other customers outside the offices of the state telecom monopoly in Havana, Cuba. Cuba's government has blamed technological problems on a U.S. embargo. Critics of the government have said it deliberately strangles the Internet to mute dissent. Normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations may prove who's right.

For An Island Trapped In The '50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

This week's historic agreement between the U.S. and Cuba to reinstate diplomatic relations after decades of silence could launch a digital revolution in the island nation.

According to the White House, only 5 percent of Cubans have access to the open Internet, comparable to North Korea. As part of the deal, that could change overnight.

Status Check

Maribel Fonseca a teacher in Miramar, Cuba, has never seen the Internet. A few of her more privileged students have been online.

The research vessel Falkor in August 2013.

7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

A ship full of marine scientists is floating over the deepest part of the world: the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. They're sending down probes to study life in one of the most hostile environments on the planet.

This week the researchers are targeting the two deepest spots in the trench — the Sirena Deep and the Challenger Deep — which each extend down about seven miles beneath the ocean's surface.

Local Headlines

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- It was especially fitting for U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3 Pa., owner of a Cadillac-Chevrolet dealership in Butler before he was elected to Congress in 2010, to praise Bryce Veon Wednesday and all that he’s accomplished at Autosoft Inc. Veon is president and CEO of Autosoft, the third-largest software and related-services company to serve auto, motorcycle and watercraft dealerships in the United States. It also serves dealerships in Canada. Autosoft serves 2,000 car dealerships, including Phil...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, the Trumbull County Land Bank and Gregg’s Gardens say the sale of their first renovated house in Warren’s Garden District closed this week. The sale results from the newly formed Adopt-a-Home partnership between TNP, the county land bank, Gregg’s Gardens, Trumbull 100 and Bill Casey, owner of Warren Paint and Glass (READ STORY). Huntington Bank is providing financing for the property at 453 Vine Ave. N.E., which is being sold to first-time homebuyers and longtime residents of Trumbull County. “Buying this house was...