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Jailed American, safely back home, hails Cuba shift

Alan Gross speaks alongside his wife Judy during a press conference on December 17, 2014 in Washington, DCIn a fresh button-down shirt, the 65-year-old foreign aid subcontractor was all smiles — but minus a few front teeth — as he briefly met reporters shortly after landing in Washington. “Today’s the first day of Hanukkah, and I guess so far it’s the best Hanukkah that I will be celebrating for a long time,” he joked, standing alongside his wife Judy at his lawyer’s office. News of his release earlier in the day was the first sign that Washington would restore diplomatic ties with the communist-ruled Caribbean island. Gross said he was “very happy” to see Obama announce the policy shift, in a televised address that he watched live alongside Secretary of State John Kerry on a sofa at Andrews Air Force Base.

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