Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Tne United States needs to restore normal relations with Cuba. That is the opinion of two local activists back from a summer trip to the island nation.

Cuba Police Department Facebook page

Authorities have located a 17-year-old from the Allegany County town of Clarksville who was wanted for questioning in a fatal fire investigation.

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A Miami, FL man who was caught at the Canadian border with 73 forged credit cards has been sentenced to just under a year in jail.

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Despite recently tweeted threats by President-Elect Donald Trump to reverse efforts to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba, Roswell Park Cancer Institute is moving full speed ahead with its Cuban partner, the Center for Molecular Immunology, to test a lung cancer vaccine. 

Cuban exiles now living in Miami are cheering news of the death of Fidel Castro at the age of 90. But a University at Buffalo professor who spent significant time in Cuba doing research says there is likely a much different reaction to Castro's death inside Cuba.

Niagara University

When we think of a classroom, playing baseball with Havana residents in a Cuba park as a goat roams in the outfield isn’t what usually comes to mind.

WBFO's Michael Mroziak

There was plenty of excitement at Roswell Park Cancer Institute Wednesday morning, as President and CEO Candace Johnson made what she called two "historic" announcements that "represent new hope for patients with lung cancer." The Buffalo-based hospital and research center will become the first such institution in the U.S. to test cancer drugs developed in Cuba.

photo courtesy of Annie Deck-Miller

Just weeks after the interim tag was removed from her title, Dr. Candace Johnson, President and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, took part in an historic trip to Cuba. The journey provided a memorable start to the new leader's ambitious agenda for the legendary institution. 

Local bishop reflects on recent Cuba trip

Apr 15, 2015
Craig Wirth/Episcopal Diocese of Utah

A Western New York bishop recently got an up-close perspective on the changing relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.

The Episcopal Diocese of WNY / WBFO News

Twelve Episcopal Bishops from around the country are headed to Cuba on Tuesday, in an effort to redevelop relations between the church’s dioceses, and continue the expansion of U.S.-Cuban relations. Western New York’s Bishop R. William Franklin will be among them.

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The Red Cross was called to assist after two fires in the Southern Tier.

Cuba travelers return to Buffalo

Jul 23, 2012

In an annual act of civil disobedience, a group of 31 U.S. citizens who make up the Venceremos Brigade today crossed the Peace Bridge from Fort Erie to Buffalo this morning, completing a two-week visit to Cuba. 

This is the 43rd year that brigade members have traveled to the island nation in defiance of the United States government's restrictions on unlicensed visitations.  While there, the brigadistas, as they're known, delivered over 1,000 pounds of material aid, volunteered on civic projects, and exchanged dialogue with the Cuban people in four island provinces.