New trade, travel rules with Cuba start Friday, opening island to US phones, TV's and computers

January 15, 2015 11:48 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — – Starting Friday, the Obama administration will significantly loosen restrictions on American trade and investment with Cuba allowing U.S. companies to export mobile phones, televisions and computers while easing travel restrictions opening the communist island to more American travelers.

The new rules will put a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba and will even allow U.S. citizens to start bringing home small amounts of Cuban cigars after more than a half-century ban.

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