By Eric Fiegel, CNN
Washington (CNN) - It's the symbol of America, and for the first time, the U.S. government has granted a Native American tribe a permit to kill two bald eagles for religious purposes.
The permit application was filed in 2008 by the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming and, after years of review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued it on March 9.
By Patrick Oppmann, CNN
Havana (CNN) – Thirteen Cubans Thursday refused to leave a Havana church where they had spent the last three days in hopes of gaining a meeting with Pope Benedict.
The pope is due to travel to the island at the end of the month following a visit to Mexico.
The group described itself as "dissidents" and refused to leave Our Lady of Charity Church after arriving there Tuesday, according to a news release from the Havana Archdiocese.
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