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Mike Owen, park biologist at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve in Florida, documents an orchid growing on a cypress tree. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Scientists Work With Cuba To Bring Lost Orchids Back To Florida State Park

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker (in blue jacket), visits the container port at the Special Enterprise Zone in Mariel, Cuba, on Oct. 6. Cuba is creating the zone to encourage trade and foreign investment. Some foreign companies are eager to move in, though the Pritzker said Cuba's commitment to free trade was not year clear. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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With A New Trade Zone, Cuba Reaches Out To Investors

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People huddle in front of the Habana Libre hotel in Havana, trying to get on the Internet. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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Internet Access Expands In Cuba — For Those Who Can Afford It

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Cuba's President Raul Castro (center) encourages Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (left) and the commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, known as Timochenko, to shake hands, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday. Desmond Boylan/AP hide caption

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View of a banner with the portrait of Pope Francis flanked by images of legendary rebels Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (right) and Camilo Cienfuegos (left), in Havana, Cuba, on Friday. Pope Francis will spend more than three days in Cuba starting Saturday before traveling on to the U.S. Alejandro Ernesto/EPA/Landov hide caption

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The altar where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in Revolution Square in Havana near a government building decorated with the likeness of revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara. The Mass is scheduled for Sept. 20. Desmond Boylan/AP hide caption

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Previous Papal Visits Changed Little, But Cubans Hopeful For Pope Francis

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Crew members of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Jason Dunham load supplies while docked in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, earlier this year. The U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations, but the U.S. says it remains committed to keeping the base. David Welna/NPR hide caption

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Despite Better U.S.-Cuba Relations, Guantanamo Set To Stay In U.S. Hands

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A bus with the Cuban and U.S. flags is seen on a beach in Havana earlier this month. The White House is exploring regulatory changes to provide new opportunities for American citizens and U.S. businesses in Cuba. Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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White House Explores Ways To Do Business With Cuba

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Novel Highlights The Shocks Facing First-Generation College Students

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