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Mother of USAID Contractor Jailed in Cuba Dies

The mother of a U.S. aid contractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba died on Wednesday, his lawyer's office said, further straining a case that has stood in the way of improving U.S.-Cuban relations.   U.S. Agency for International Development subcontractor Alan Gross, 65, has spent the past four and a half years in a Cuban jail, losing more than 100 pounds (46 kg) and becoming increasingly despondent over his conviction for illegally attempting to establish Internet service on...

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