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A U.S. Coast Guard crew (foreground) with six Cubans who were picked up in the Florida Straits in May. A larger Coast Guard vessel is in the background. The number of Cubans trying to reach the U.S. has soared in the past year. Many Cubans believe it will be more difficult to enter the U.S. as relations improve, though U.S. officials say there will be no rule changes in the near term. Tony Winton/AP hide caption

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Cuban Immigrants Flow Into The U.S., Fearing The Rules Will Change

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Marco Rubio's Political Roots Began Where He Grew Up, West Miami

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La Caja China CEO Roberto Guerra. Guerra says his father first spotted the wooden cooking boxes in Havana's Chinatown in 1955. In 1985, the two decided to re-create the devices, and La Caja China company was born. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Why Miami Cubans Roast Christmas Pigs In A 'China Box'

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Stonegate Bank's Pompano Beach, Fla., location, shown here, announced it is setting up a correspondent banking relationship with a Cuban financial institution. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Little Florida Bank Goes Where Behemoths Fear To Tread: Cuba

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A botanist walks through the Pine Flatwoods of Big Cypress Preserve in December 2012. The preserve is home to several oil wells, but a proposed seismic study — being fought by environmentalists — could dramatically increase exploration. Tim Chapman/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Environmentalists Sound Alarm On Proposed Drilling Near Florida Everglades

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Oranges ripen in a grove in Plant City, Fla. Citrus greening, a disease spread by a tiny insect that ruins oranges and eventually kills the trees, has put the future of the state's $10 billion citrus industry in doubt. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

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How Long Can Florida's Citrus Industry Survive?

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Searchers are seen last month, trying to find the cargo ship El Faro, which disappeared east of the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. Wreckage was located, but not the data recorder, which could have told the story of the ship's final hours. John Paul Kotara II/NAVY via AP hide caption

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SeaWorld Reinvents Itself In Face Of Growing 'Blackfish' Scrutiny

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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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Brazil's Economic Downturn Disrupts Development In Miami

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Jeb Bush (left) and Marco Rubio at the CNBC Republican presidential debate Wednesday. Their battling of late is leaving some Florida Republicans with an uncomfortable choice. Mark J. Terrill/AP hide caption

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Florida Republicans Weigh In On Bush-Rubio Battle

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Keeping An Island Afloat: Obama's Plan To Aid Puerto Rico

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Family Of 31-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Police Officer Demands Answers

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