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Excitement brewing over lifting Cuba ban

With bills awaiting action in Congress, a race from Sarasota to the island is in the works for 2011

Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich, commodore of Havana's Hemingway Yacht Club, says Cuba is preparing for American cruisers in anticipation of a change in U.S. policy.There's a lot of buzz again about cruising Cuba. A few bills in the 111th Congress - H.R. 4645, S. 428 and H.R. 874 - would end travel restrictions on all Americans who want to visit Cuba, and two of them would clear the way for easier sale of U.S. agricultural products to the island.

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Killer drones may soon save lives, too

Unmanned Predator is being tested for search-and-rescue and anti-smuggling roles

The pilotless Guardian - an unmanned version of the Predator B drone - is operated remotely from the ground.Predator drones similar to those that attack terrorist strongholds in Afghanistan soon might be deployed for search-and-rescue and tracking drug and migrant smugglers in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

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Saffir-Simpson scale revised and renamed

The new hurricane scale doesn't take storm surge into account but includes damage estimates

The National Weather Service is using a revised Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale for the upcoming hurricane season.

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Dispatches - May 2010

A Carolina-bred 28-footer

The Harrison Boatworks 28 Center Console Sportfisherman has relatively flat aft sections for an efficient running bottom.With its broken sheer, flared bow and cold-molded construction, the Harrison Boatworks 28 Center Console Sportfisherman is about as Carolina as you can get.

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22-year-old is youngest to row across an ocean

After 70 days, 5 hours and 22 minutes on the Atlantic, 22-year-old Katie Spotz became the youngest person to row across an ocean alone and the first American to row unassisted from mainland to mainland.

Spotz, an endurance athlete who ran her first marathon at age 18, set out on the 2,817-mile passage Jan. 3 from Dakar, Senegal, and arrived March 14 in Georgetown, Guyana.

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