Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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U.S. to allow lawsuits over property in Cuba

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/17/19, 01:06 pm

The Trump administration on Wednesday said it would allow lawsuits against foreign firms operating on properties Cuba seized from Americans after the 1959 Cuban revolution. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo justified the policy shift by pointing to Cuba’s repression of its people, refusal to enact Democratic reforms, and “exportation of tyranny” to countries like Venezuela. Starting May 2, Americans will have the right, under a 1996 U.S. law, to sue companies that operate out of hotels, tobacco factories, distilleries, and other properties Cuba nationalized after Fidel Castro took power.

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Church arson suspect charged with hate crimes

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/16/19, 12:41 pm

Prosecutors on Monday filed new hate crimes charges against a 21-year-old accused of torching three historic African American churches in Louisiana. Holden Matthews pleaded not guilty Monday to starting the church fires, which occurred over several days starting March 26 in and around Opelousas, La. Matthews’ father is a local sheriff’s deputy who aided in the arrest after learning his son was a suspect, officials said.

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Fire official says Notre Dame’s towers saved

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich, Lynde Langdon & Mickey McLean
Posted 4/15/19, 06:28 pm

UPDATE: Paris Fire Chief Jean-Claude Gallet said Monday night that firefighters had stopped the fire from spreading to Notre Dame Cathedral’s north tower belfry and had saved both of the structure’s iconic towers. He said one firefighter was injured and crews would continue working overnight to cool down the structure. The Paris prosecutors’ office does not believe arson or terrorism caused the blaze and is treating it as an accident.

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