One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off the northwest coast of Cuba, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action. The prospect is welcomed by Cubans desperate for economic growth yet deeply concerning for environmentalists and the tourism industry in the region. But a Cuban oil boom is unlikely anytime soon even if restrictions on U.S. businesses are relaxed because of low oil prices and far better drilling opportunities elsewhere.
Eighteen poisoned horses are being treated to spa days in their Florida stables, with their young riders brushing their manes and tails, painting their hooves, feeding them hay and petting their noses. There is nothing else anyone can do for the doomed horses at Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie. A batch of feed tainted by additives safe for other livestock but toxic to horses arrived at the center in September, and all 22 horses there ate the feed for a month before anyone realized something was wrong. Three horses died in October, and a fourth was euthanized Monday. The rest will die, some possibly as soon as this week.
For the most part, voting went smoothly across the Sunshine State, where more than 3 million Floridians voted early. But the bitter tone of the campaign ads between Scott and Crist, which had been increasingly negative and personal, appeared to extend to the voting booth.