<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:03:11 -0500Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:03:11 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Officials Advise Against 'Secret Santa' Social Media Letter ]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:45:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120216+facebook+chain+letter+secret+santa.jpg

As the holiday season approaches, a series of chain letters on Facebook encouraging people to participate in a gift exchange with total strangers has caught the attention of federal officials – who say the act is illegal.

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a warning for those attempting to take part in the “secret sister” chain letter that asks people to buy one gift valued at $10 or more and send it to someone else who joins in the program.

The message says you will receive up to 36 gifts in return – depending on how many people participate. According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, that is a violation of a postal lottery section statue as it’s a form of gambling.

Chain letters are illegal if they request items of value or cash and promise a substantial return. Asking for small value items, such as recipes or pictures, are legal according to the agency.

Officials are asking anyone who sees these chain letters to report them to Facebook.



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<![CDATA[Deep Learning: Teaching Computers to Predict the Future]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:55:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/atlas-computer.jpg

Researchers have configured computers to predict the immediate future by examining a photograph, NBC News reported.

A program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has analyzed 2 million videos to see how scenes typically progress, and can generate a 1.5-second video clip predicting a scenario based on a photograph.

The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory hopes to generate longer videos with more complexity in the future.

To create the program, the team relied on a scientific technique called deep learning, which uses mathematical structures to pull patterns from massive data sets. It could lead to computers making diagnoses from medical images, customer predictions or even operating vehicles.



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<![CDATA[Search Continues For Suspected Key Biscayne Home Intruder]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:25:14 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120216+key+biscayne+home+invasion.jpg

Police are searching for a man they say allegedly broke into a Key Biscayne home Friday morning – and now may be inside a nearby school.

Officers from Key Biscayne and Miami-Dade Police responded to the scene off Woodcrest Lane, capturing video of the man inside the home courtesy of a baby monitor.

Several reports say a housekeeper was tied up by the suspect, but was able to get free and notify police.

Two nearby schools – Key Biscayne K-8 Center and St. Agnes Academy – have been placed on lockdown while officers search the area. Officials have alerted parents and all students are reported to be safe.

Police have also closed off sections of Fernwood Road, Glenridge Road and Woodcrest Lane as their search continues.

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<![CDATA[Trader Joe's Issues Hummus Recall Over Listeria Concerns]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:17:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/joes+hummus.jpg

A recall has been issued by one popular store for two types or hummus sold in multiple states – including Florida.

Trader Joe’s issued a recall of both their Mediterranean and White Bean &Basil hummus flavors over a possible contamination of Listeria. The company says all the items still in their stores have been removed and destroyed.

So far, there have been no confirmed reports of illness, but the company is urging anyone who purchased one of the two flavors with the SKU number of #90642 or #91107 to either throw it away or return them to any Trader Joe’s store for a full refund.

Anyone with questions is asked to call their customer relations line at (626) 599-3817 or email them .

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<![CDATA[Soccer Players Who Missed Doomed Flight Cope With Loss]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:23:06 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/soccer-plane-crash.jpg

As the recovered bodies of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team begin to be returned to families Friday, the players who did not travel on the team's ill-fated flight are left mourning their teammates, NBC News reported.

"I still have the chance to hug and kiss my children, but my teammates can't do that anymore," said Chapecoense defender Demerson Costa.

The crash killed 71 people, including 19 people from the soccer team. The pilot reportedly told a Colombian air traffic controller he had run out of fuel just moments before the plane crashed into the Andes Mountains.

One player, Matheus Saroli, didn't board the flight because he forgot his passport. He lost his father, coach Caio Junior, who was on board.



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<![CDATA[Zika Transmission Zone Lifted in Little River Section]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:53:31 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/RICK-SCOTT-ZIKA.jpg

Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that a second so-called "Zika Zone" is being eliminated, weeks after another in South Florida was reduced. 

Flanked by state and local officials, Scott said at a press conference in St. Mary Cathedral School that the zone between NW 79th Street and 63rd Street as well as 10th Avenue and Miami Avenue has been lifted, 45 days after the last case of transmission was discovered.

"We've been very aggressive. The city and the county, whether it's code enforcement or spraying for Zika," Scott said.

It's the second time a zone has been lifted on mainland Miami-Dade County, following the original transmission area in the Wynwood section, which was eventually cleared.

The Florida Department of Health confirmed one new travel related case in Miami-Dade County recently, with around 1,200 cases being reported across the state since June.

Nearly two weeks ago, the state eliminated part of the transmission zone from 28th Street to 63rd Street – keeping in place the part from 8th Street to 28th Street.

"This is not passed. We're going to have mosquitos next year, so we're all going to work together," Scott said.

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<![CDATA[Nation's Largest Solar Installer to Open Florida Facility]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:26:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-86002177.jpg

The largest U.S. solar panel installer is moving into sunbaked Florida's residential market after voters last month rejected a utility-backed ballot measure that critics said would make going solar more expensive.

SolarCity, a subsidiary of electric car maker Tesla Motors, said Thursday it is opening an operations center near Orlando and plans to spread into other areas of Florida.

A typical operations center employs about 100 people. The company is hiring for sales and installation jobs at its Orlando area facility in Clermont.

SolarCity installs custom solar systems that it leases to homeowners, and also maintains and repairs them.

In some states, the company sells the power generated by the panels directly to consumers. But in Florida, the law allows only utility companies to sell power directly to consumers. 



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<![CDATA[Heat Continue Success on Road With Win in Utah]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:35:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-626336598.jpg

The Miami Heat won a second straight road game with their 111-110 win over the Utah Jazz on Thursday.

Despite being five games under .500, the Heat are an even 5-5 now in road games this season. Miami has struggled mightily at home however, which has led to the dismal overall record.

Miami was shorthanded once again, but did the most with what it had. The Heat used a strong effort from the bench to hold onto a slim margin and finish off this win. James Johnson and Wayne Ellington combined for 41 points themselves in reserve roles.

Goran Dragic had a tremendous night for Miami with a team-leading 27 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds. Dragic went 2-3 on his three-point tries as well to help put Miami over the top.

Hassan Whiteside fell just shy of a double-double with nine points and ten rebounds. Whiteside has reached double-doubles in nearly every game this season, but has stumbled a little more as of late. The center had a steal, but no blocked shots in the win.

The current road trip will come to an end on Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers at 10:00 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Cuban Mother and Daughter Separated By Diplomatic Discord]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:12:02 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120116+cuban+mother+and+daughter+separated.jpg

Moving beyond Castro's death, the future of Cuba's relationship with the U.S. is complicated and unclear.

Perhaps the most painful legacy of past and present tension has been decades of family division. Between revolution and embargo, 90 miles has separated families physically and politically for generations.

For Carmen Garcia Puente that separation is physical and personal. She turned 87 on Monday. Another birthday without her only daughter.

Carmen has suffered multiple strokes and has trouble speaking, but her pain is understood.

Like many native Cubans, Carmen's daughter Lissette Bustamante used to travel between countries to visit family.

As a young journalist, she gained access to Fidel Castro's close circles. From Spain in 2008 she published a book on the current leader Raul Castro, in the shadow of Fidel.

Now living in Miami, for Lissette to travel across Florida straits to see her ailing mother depends on government permission. Permission, Carmen says, her daughter hasn't been granted in nearly 3 years

"It's not right" Carmen says in Spanish. She says can't make sense of it.

In between tears, when asked about her thoughts on Fidel Castro's death, Carmen said it's better for her to stay quiet.

Julia Bagg is on assignment in Cuba. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaNBC6 for behind the scenes action as she covers the death of Fidel Castro. 

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<![CDATA[Panthers Beat Red Wings in Overtime]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:19:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-626023846.jpg

The Florida Panthers came away 2-1 winners in overtime over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

This was the third time in Florida's last four games that it played in overtime. The Panthers split a pair of shootouts prior to this one, and have overall had success in OT this season. The Panthers are now 12-10-2 on the season, which is good for 26 points.

With the Panthers down by a goal early, Jason Demers tied things up in the first period. Reilly Smith and Keith Yandle assisted on Demers on his third goal of the season at the 18:15 mark.

The teams would hold one another scoreless for the next two periods to force the extra five minutes. It was there that Aleksander Barkov broke away from the pack and found the net for the game-winner. Barkov's goal was his third of the season and came with an assist from Jonathan Marchessault.

Roberto Luongo had another solid game in the net for Florida with 20 saves on his 21 chances. Luongo has now allowed one goal in each of his last three games as Florida's goalie.

Following a day off, the road trip will resume on Saturday when Florida heads to Ottawa for a contest against the Senators.



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<![CDATA[Police Receive Tips on Jada Page Murder, But No Arrests]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:12:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082916+jada+page.jpg

It’s been three months since the shooting death of 8-year-old Jada Page and her killer remains on the run. The reward for information that leads to an arrest has increased to $35,000.

Miami-Dade Police says it has received tips from the community, but detectives have not made an arrests and Page’s family and community activists want to know why.

People in the community claim to know who is responsible for killing Jada. In an effort to put pressure on police, activist Tangela Sears and others held a rally Thursday several blocks from the spot where Page was murdered. "Everybody knows who killed Jada," said Sears. She says police have been given that name.

A spoken word artist performed at the rally as family, friends, acitivists and even police officers gathered. Organizers invited Miami-Dade Police officers to the rally to give an update on why no arrests have been made. "From tips, that means whtat we have leads that we're following. It's going to happen when we have what we need to move forward on it," said Major Calvin James.

Jada's family is holds on hope that the killer will be caught. "I'm just looking for justice, that's all I want, justice," said Jada's mom, Rosalind Brown.

The 8-year-old was shot along with her father. He survived. Detectives believe he was the intended target, but in an NBC 6 interview, Jada’s father says he doesn’t know who pulled the trigger.

If you have any information on the case, you are urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Elizabeth Warren Demands Answers on Trump DC Hotel Lease]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:02:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-608973288.jpg

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tom Carper are pressing the government to explain how Donald Trump's federal lease to operate a luxury hotel near the White House can go forward despite what they call the "unmanageable conflicts of interest" presented by the president becoming his own landlord — as well as a provision that bans government officials from the deal.

The two Democrats sent a letter Thursday to the General Services Administration, which in 2013 awarded a lease to the Trump organization to redevelop and run a hotel in the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue, NBC News reported.

Trump committed $200 million to transform the historic building into a hotel, and in return received the exclusive rights to run the hotel and keep the profits for a period of at least 60 years.

While Trump has said he will hand off control of his real estate empire to his children, he has not said whether he will transfer ownership.



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<![CDATA[Video Shows Moments Before School Bus Crash in Hialeah]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:54:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120116+hialeah+school+bus+crash.jpg

Two adults and four kids were hospitalized after a school bus was involved in a crash in Hialeah Thursday.

The crash happened in the area of W. 3rd Avenue and 14th Street, officials said.

Officials said the private school bus collided with a Nissan Maxima and crashed into a concrete fence outside a home. Surveillance footage showed the moments before the collision. Witnesses say the Nissan ran a stop sign which is out of the camera's view. In the video, the school bus headed southbound on W. 3rd Avenue, which had the right of way and no stop sign. 

The 3 kids suffered minor injuries, officials said. The bus driver and the driver of the Nissan were both taken to the hospital for anxiety. 

The husband of the school bus driver said this was the first accident his wife was involved in. He said she has been a bus driver for about 14 years.

Hialeah Police said the driver of the Nissan sedan was cited for carelss driving.

The owner of the home where the bus crashed into says this was not the first time a car slammed into the concrete fence. The homeowner said he just rebuilt the wall a few month ago after the last crash. 

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<![CDATA[Miami Beach Man Arrested For Pulse-Style Massacre Threats]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:57:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120116+joseph+jorczak+anti+gay+miami++beach.jpg

A man accused of making anti-gay comments online and threatening an attack larger than the Orlando massacre in Miami Beach has been arrested.

Detectives say Joseph Jorczak, 34, targeted the Miami Beach Community Church, which is an LGBT-friendly place of worship. The pastor of the church, Rev. Hunter Thompson, currently has a restraining order against Jorczak, court records show.

Jorczak was taken into custody Wednesday after officers swarmed his apartment, located on 16th street and Meridian Avenue. Police say they went to question him about the online posts, but refused to cooperate with authorities. Eventually, Jorczak surrendered. 

Police say the suspect posted hate-filled messages online Nov. 17th and Nov. 29th, attacking the church and members of the LGBT community, saying "you cannot trust the LGBT community" and calling them "nasty people."

"The Miami Beach Community Church is filled with a bunch of sick homosexuals," police say Jorczak posted. "Orlando will look small to what is coming to Miami Beach, specifically the Miami Beach Community Church."

According to the arrest report, Jorczak said he finally found someone who would sell him an AR-15.

Police also revealed the suspect posted a video on how to make pure napalm in seconds.

In the violent rant, Jorczak says that his "tumors are coming back" and "that it was a sign." He goes on the say, "I'm not going to go out of this world like a punk. I choose my battles, but I have no choice in this one."

Jorczak is charged with stalking, cyber stalking and violating a restraining order.

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<![CDATA[Boy Hurt in Hit and Run in Speaks Out After Driver Arrested]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:14:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120116+Jayden+MacFarlane.jpg

A seven-year-old boy who was injured in a hit and run in Miramar is speaking out a day after the driver turned himself in to police.

Jayden McFarlane spent four days at Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital recovering from his injuries suffered in the Nov. 20 incident.

The driver behind the wheel, 63-year-old Milton Walker, appeared in court Thursday, a day after surrendering to police. Police said he was driving the van that struck Jayden as he rode his bicycle in front of his home.

"It felt very good that he's in jail," Jayden said Thursday. "Because he run me over on purpose and just left me over there."

While Walker's attorney said he was remorseful, he's been charged with failure to stop and remain at an accident involving serious injury and failure to report information of an injured person.

Jayden's mother said it's been a rough few days but said Jayden's recovery is made that much sweeter knowing that the driver who allegedly hit him is now facing justice.

"It's out of my hands now, you did what you did and you didn't even take, you didn't even stop, slow down, nothing. Multiple cameras show you apparently weaving in and out of traffic so you couldn't have thought you hit a garbage can," mother Felissa McFarlane said.

McFarlane said she actually feels bad for the driver but has some peace of mind knowing that he's been charged.

"Something is obviously coming out of it and you know you left the scene of an accident, it could have been a fatal one at that so whatever the law does or is doing, I'm okay with it," she said.

Jayden's injuries were severe: A fractured collarbone, bruised heart, minor bleeding in the brain and a concussion. In an amazing recovery, he's back home now with just a sling on his arm. He also wants a new bike from Santa.

"He's worried about his bike but he's coming along. He's better," McFarlane said.



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<![CDATA[Schultz Stepping Down as Starbucks CEO]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:34:12 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/starbucksceosteppingdown.jpg

Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz will leave his post as the company's chief executive, the company said Thursday.

Schultz will become the company's executive chairman, and current President and COO Kevin Johnson will become Starbucks' next CEO.

The changes will take place on April 3, the company said.

Starbucks shares dipped about 4 percent in after hours trading following the news of the planned leadership transition.

Schultz first joined Starbucks in 1982 as director of operations and marketing when the company only had four stores, according to Starbucks.



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<![CDATA[Rapper Kodak Black Freed From SC Jail, Hopes to Clear Name]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:13:04 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120116+kodak+black+freed.jpg

South Florida based rapper Kodak Black is a free man again after being released from jail in South Carolina.

He posted $100,000 bond for a criminal sexual conduct charge.

Kodak Black, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, posted a photo to his official Instagram account, sharing his release. The rapper is seen smiling as he walks out of a building which appears to be the jail in Florence County, SC.

In the caption, Kodak Black writes, "I'm happy to finally be going home to my family and friends. I look forward to clearing up my name in the very near future."

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the Atlantic Records artist was set to be released from jail in August after pleading no contest to robbery and other counts. But authorities found outstanding warrants on a drug charge in Florida and the South Carolina case.

The Sentinel reports the 19-year-old Pompano Beach native was sent to South Carolina last week after serving time in the drug case. The charge stems from an incident in February.

Kodak Black signed a deal with Atlantic Records in 2015 and has been featured with several top hip hop artists, including Drake and French Montana.



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<![CDATA[Nestle Touts New Way to Reduce Sugar in Chocolate]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:15:40 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/kitkat.jpg

Kitkat and Aero bar maker Nestle said it has found a new way to reduce sugar by up to 40 percent without affecting the taste of its products, Reuters reported.

Nestle said the process works by changing the structure of sugar particles so each dissolves faster on the tongue.

Nestle said it would begin to use the new sugar in 2018.



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<![CDATA[Workers Still Losing Their Jobs Tell Trump: Don't Forget Us]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:32:17 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16336722327819.jpg

As Donald Trump held a victory lap touting a decision by Carrier to keep an Indianapolis plant open rather than move the facility to Mexico, workers at another of the company's Indiana plants said they are still losing their jobs, NBC News reported. 

Around 700 jobs will be lost when United Technologies Electronic Controls moves to Mexico sometime in 2018, workers told NBC News. CNBC confirmed Thursday that the company still plans to close the Huntington plant and move it to Mexico. 

"What about our jobs in Huntington," read a sign carried by Bob Breedlove, 60, who has worked at the Huntington facility for 11 years and was told layoffs will begin sometime in 2017.

Breedlove voted for Trump. "I still support him, I'm glad he is able to save some jobs," he said of the Indianapolis deal. "Obviously, I wish he would be able to save ours also."



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<![CDATA[Footage Shows Shop Owner Shoot Employee in Coral Square Mall]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:05:05 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120116+coral+square+mall+shooting+surveillance.jpg

Video showing the moments the owner of a jewelry repair shop opened fire on an employee before turning the gun on himself inside the Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs was released Thursday.

The shooting happened Saturday at the Fast Fix jewelry shop inside the mall at 9469 West Atlantic Boulevard, Coral Springs police said.

The store's owner, 59-year-old Gus Kiriazis, shot 52-year-old Sabas Ferrer, then shot himself, police said. Kiriazis died at the scene, while Ferrer was transported to Broward Health North in stable condition.

The surveillance video shows the two men walk into the store. At one point, Kiriazis goes into a back room and emerges with a firearm and starts shooting at Ferrer, who runs away.

People working and shopping at the mall heard the gunshots and calls started pouring into 911.

"We don't know if we have an active shooter but we have shots fired in the mall, we have a subject down over by Fix It jewelers, he's bleeding profusely," one caller told an operator.

"There's a gentleman, I think the owner of a store, either he got shot or shot himself, it's called Fast Fix," another caller said. "He's inside his store, the guy is on his knees and bleeding but he's moving."

Police placed the mall on lockdown after the shooting. Officials haven't released a possible motive for the shooting.

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<![CDATA[Hunter S. Thompson's Widow Wants to Clone, Sell His Pot]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:11:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/171*120/CELEB+DEATH+Hunter+S.+Thompson.jpg

The widow of American gonzo journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson is working with a company to clone, grow and sell a strain from the writer's personal marijuana stash, CNBC reported.

"I am in the process of making the strains available to those who would like to enjoy the authentic Gonzo strains in legal states," Anita Thompson, who married Hunter in 2003, said in a Facebook post.

She told The Aspen Times that proceeds from the sales would go toward renovating Hunter's 42-acre Owl Farm property in Colorado and turning it into a private museum and writer's retreat.

The recreational use of pot has been legalized in some form in eight states and Washington, D.C. Hunter S. Thompson died in 2005 of what was ruled a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Owl Farm.



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<![CDATA[American Airlines Cutting Number of Flights to Cuba ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:02:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/461830344-american-airlines-cuba-airport.jpg

After over a decade of tense relations between the United States and Cuba, recent changes have allowed for somewhat of a thawing – and an increase in travel between the nations, including the first commercial flights since the late Fidel Castro took over.

Now, thanks to a weakened demand and the unknown future of possible changes in relations under President-elect Donald Trump, one airliner is already cutting the number of flights between the neighboring counties.

American Airlines will reduce the number of round trip flights from 13 to 10 starting in February – as well as flying smaller planes for certain routes. The airline said demand was the reason for the move.

Other airlines have said they will keep their schedule as is, but that could change in the coming weeks.

American was one of eight airlines that bid for the rights to fly between the U.S. and Cuba when President Obama announced plans to begin restoring travel between the counties. Flights started from South Florida on August 31st – with service to Havana added just this week.

A spokesman for the airline told the Miami Herald that the the move had nothing to do with comments made from Trump regarding a possible ending of the restoring push – however, some experts say travelers are growing worried and are in a wait-and-see mode for future plans regarding travel between the countries.



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