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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Obama takes 'a sledgehammer' to Cuba embargo

WASHINGTON What is commonly known as the trade embargo on Cuba is still on the books, as it has been for some five decades. But for companies from around the United States whether a package-delivery firm from Tennessee, rice producers from Arkansas, a heavy-equipment maker from Illinois or a software developer from Washington state the barriers to trade with the untapped market 90 miles from Florida are getting lower and lower. The Obama administration on Friday announced it was moving to further change U.S.-Cuba trade rules, ushering in what experts called a major development that would significantly open the door to expanded business on the island. It's a continuation of the...