Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future looks uncertain

HAVANA (AP) -- Refineries have gone dark. Gas rations have been slashed for hundreds of thousands of state workers. Construction materials are nearly impossible to find. But Cuba's hotels and restaurants are packed, major U.S. airlines are adding flights and government stores are full of frozen American chicken and U.S.-made candy. So far, Cuba is weathering the storm as Venezuela's economy craters and protesters fill its streets to denounce Cuba's greatest socialist ally.

NBC reporter, Latina journalism pioneer Cecilia Alvear dies

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Cecilia Alvear, who fought for Latino inclusion in newsrooms and reached unprecedented heights for a Hispanic woman in journalism in a decades-long career with NBC news, has died, her partner said Tuesday. Alvear, who also served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, died at her home in Santa Monica after suffering from breast cancer that recurred in 2012, her longtime partner George Lewis said. Alvear was 77.

Melenchon's working-class rhetoric hits home in French vote

PARIS (AP) -- He's been labeled the French Fidel Castro, but his mentor in politics is the late French President Francois Mitterrand. A radical Trotskyist in his youth, he's also served as a minister in a Socialist government. It took Jean-Luc Melenchon a long time to find his own way in politics.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump forgets tense time in US-Russia history

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a news conference and a pair of interviews, President Donald Trump gave skewed accounts of U.S. relations over time with Russia, auto jobs and health care under his watch. He also flatly contradicted himself on how long he's known his right-hand strategist, Steve Bannon. A look at some of his statements: ___ TRUMP: "We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia.

AP FACT CHECK: Steve who? Trump shortchanges a relationship

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a pair of interviews, President Donald Trump gave a skewed account of auto jobs and health care under his watch and flatly contradicted himself on how long he's known his right-hand strategist, Steve Bannon. "Many years," Trump said of their relationship back in August, when he made Bannon his campaign chief. "I didn't know him" at the time, Trump told the New York Post on Tuesday.

Havana named as host city for 2017 International Jazz Day

NEW YORK (AP) -- Herbie Hancock has twice before visited Havana to perform intimate solo-duet concerts with his Cuban counterpart Chucho Valdes, but at the end of April the two renowned jazz pianists will be collaborating on a grander scale. Hancock and Valdes will be serving as artistic directors for the 6th International Jazz Day.