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“It’s a sign of, above all, freedom.” 

Ever since Yoel Diaz moved to America from Cuba in 2021, his wife Marissa Diaz has been documenting his journey here in the United States. 

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She captured the emotional moment he received his first paycheck — and last month, she also grabbed his first trip to Washington, D.C., where he saw the White House. 

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In a video, Yoel Diaz repeatedly says, “Wow,” as he sees the building for the first time. 

Marissa Diaz captioned the video: “From dictatorship to democracy. It might house someone you don’t agree with, but the symbol of the White House means so much to many around the world, including my husband. His first time seeing the White House was emotional.”

“For those wondering,” she added, “Cuba has 65 years of dictatorship where Cubans have not been able to pick their president, hold free elections with different parties except the communist one, nor be allowed to peacefully protest their grievances to their government.”

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The caption went on, “They have no idea where their president lives. They have no access to the national congress. They are subjected to what one ideology, one party and one person wants for 11 million people.”

After coming to America in 2021, Yoel Diaz, left, and his wife, Marissa Diaz, right, have been documenting his journey in the U.S., including his recent adventure to the White House. (Marissa Diaz)

The Tempe, Arizona, couple’s video has been viewed more than 55,000 times. 

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“In Cuba, they teach us the USA is the enemy and the government is imperialist and the reason we are poor,” Yoel Diaz told Fox News Digital via text message. 

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Yoel Diaz at White House

Yoel Diaz moved to America in 2021 from Cuba. He currently holds a job in maintenance. (@mimaincuba)

“When I went and saw people protesting freely next to police, how beautiful the moments were and how nice the people were, I knew it was all a lie.”

He also said, “I couldn’t believe people could visit their representatives after a quick security pass … That to me was shocking. In Cuba, many times we don’t even know who our delegates are. That was so impressive.” 

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While in Washington, D.C., the couple met Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., both Cuban Americans.

Yoel Diaz arrived in the U.S. in 2021 on a K1 visa and then applied for residency, a process that took about a year.

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In a recent video, Yoel Diaz’s wife recorded her husband’s reaction to seeing the White House for the very first time. (@mimaincuba)

Once that was approved, he got a work authorization form and a Social Security number.

He and his wife were living with family until recently, when they finally were able to get their own place. 

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“That was a really good step,” Marissa Diaz told Fox News Digital, adding that her husband has a job in maintenance at a residential company.

“He’s learning about that and trying to improve,” she said. “He wants to make his own company.” 

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Yoel Diaz says he has already accomplished many of his dreams since living a new life in America. In an Instagram video viewed more than 55,000 times, his reaction to seeing the White House for the first time is captured. (@mimaincuba)

Yoel Diaz said he’s already accomplished many of his dreams since living in America.

“Where I come from, they don’t let you dream. I didn’t know what it was to buy in a market, what it was to go on vacation in another country and what it was to go out with your friends without fear,” he said.

“Where I come from, they don’t let you dream.”

Little things that might seem insignificant to American-born people, he said, “are my American dream.”

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Marissa Diaz wants her followers to know she is proud to be American. 

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Yoel Diaz said he has found that things that seem insignificant to so many are actually his “American dream.” (@mimaincuba)

“Sometimes it kind of seems in the U.S. being patriotic is a bad thing, it’s a negative thing to wave the flag around,” she said. 

“I think that’s so unfortunate. America has so much to offer to everybody from all backgrounds and political thoughts,” she added.

Yoel Diaz first captured viral attention in 2022, after millions of people viewed his wife’s Instagram video showing him celebrating his “first American paycheck” when he was working as a UPS driver.

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What’s Disneyland’s plan should a strike authorization vote pass?

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What’s Disneyland’s plan should a strike authorization vote pass?

Disneyland employees, whom Disney refers to as cast members, have been participating in a strike authorization vote as contract negotiations with Disney continue.

About 9,500 cast members are eligible to participate in the vote, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It’s important to note that strike authorization votes are common during negotiations, but they don’t guarantee a strike will happen.

Union leaders can decide if cast members will hold a potential strike if the vote passes. If they chose to do so, it would be the first at Disneyland in 40 years.

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So, will Disneyland close if cast members decide to hold a strike? It’s unlikely.

“If approved, a strike would affect only a portion of cast members at Disneyland Park. Our Disneyland Resort parks and hotels will remain open and ready to welcome guests if any number of our Disney cast members strike. Disneyland Resort employs over 35,000 cast members, and we are dedicated to the well-being of each one,” a statement on a Disneyland website said.

Since April, union representatives have been negotiating a new contract with Disney, seeking wage increases, safety improvements and more.

The unions involved are the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Local 83, the Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West, the Teamsters Local 495 and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324.

In May, the union representatives said they filed unfair labor practice charges against Disney on behalf of the 14,000 cast members for “unlawful discipline, intimidation and surveillance of union members exercising their right to wear union buttons at work.”

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Disney stated that the buttons, which depicted Mickey’s hand raising a fist, don’t adhere to “the Disney look.”

“Our Disney Look and the costumes worn by our cast members are a critical part of enhancing the experience of our Disney show. As you enter Disneyland Park, the plaque reads, “Here you Leave Today and Enter the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy,” and everything we do to create and protect that environment is intentional,” a Disneyland website said.

“We won’t accept less than what we deserve because we know our value to Disney. The theme parks’ profits come from our hard work making a trip to Disneyland a magical experience for guests,” the Disney Workers Rising Bargaining Committee previously said in a statement.

“By undermining our rights, Disney has only made harder our fight to help our guests and keep our parks safe, which is why we are compelled to take a vote…on whether to authorize a strike after our contract expires.”

The National Labor Relations Board is currently investigating the charges.

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The current contract for Disneyland cast members expired on June 16, 2024, and for Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney cast members, it expires on Sept. 30, 2024.

Disneyland officials have said that they “remain committed to continuing discussions and to reaching an agreement with the Master Services Council that focuses on what matters most to our current cast members, helps us attract new cast, and positions Disneyland Resort for growth and the creation of more jobs.”

The next meeting between Disney and union representatives is scheduled for July 22.

Strike authorization voting results are expected to be released on Saturday.

The latest strike authorization vote comes during Disneyland’s busy summer season and after Disneyland cast members, particularly those who work in the resort’s Characters and Parades departments, announced their intent to unionize in February.

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Los Angeles-area ports suffer ‘minimal disruptions’ after global tech outage

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Los Angeles-area ports suffer ‘minimal disruptions’ after global tech outage

Global disruptions caused by a faulty software update have had a substantial local effect in Southern California, specifically at Los Angeles International Airport, but officials say local ports have gotten away with just “minimal disruptions.”

In a statement provided to KTLA, Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero said four terminal computers suffered issues related to the outage overnight but they’ve since been resolved.

“Port of Long Beach marine terminals are open and operating as this global technology outage unfolds, with cargo operations commencing normally this morning,” the statement reads in part. “Data exchange is an important part of 21st century goods movement. Although today’s incident appears to be related to a Windows update, the Port monitors activity in the harbor 24 hours a day and approaches these issues through a proactive, multilayered approach that aligns with industry standards and regulations, allowing continual assessment and improvement.”

There was immense traffic backed up at the port earlier on Friday morning, but a local police officer told KTLA’s Gene Kang that stopped traffic was common in that particular area.

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In a post to X, formerly Twitter, the Port of Los Angeles said it was fully operational as of 9:15 a.m. and all terminals were clear. It wasn’t immediately clear if the port suffered massive disruptions previously.

As of Friday morning it appeared that the issue was related to a botched software update affecting Microsoft 365 apps and services, according to the Associated Press. Executives said teams were working on a permanent fix.

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Domestic dispute in Southern California ends in deadly Samurai sword attack

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Domestic dispute in Southern California ends in deadly Samurai sword attack

One woman was killed, and two others were hospitalized after what appears to be a domestic dispute that prompted an attack with a Samurai-style sword Thursday afternoon in San Dimas.  

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were called to the intersection of South Huntington Avenue and Basset Court just before 3:30 p.m. on reports of a rescue needed. 

In video footage obtained by KTLA, a lone woman with blood on her right leg and hands was seen holding the sword near a parked U-Haul box truck in the 300 block of South Huntington Avenue as authorities arrived on the scene.

As deputies approached, the woman waved them down.  

It appeared as if she wanted to show them the sword but immediately laid the weapon down and raised her hands when ordered to do so by deputies.  

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“That female then directs them to a residence on the street where the deputies find an additional female also suffering from lacerations, who was later pronounced dead at the scene,” LASD Lt. Daniel Vizcarra said at a news conference. “As they continued through the residence, an additional female was found in the residence unharmed, who was also transferred to a local hospital due to a medical emergency.”

According to reporting by KTLA’s Rick Chambers, the emergency may have been a heart attack.

As far as what sparked the deadly violence between at least two of the women, authorities say it is unknown at this time because they only speak Mandarin Chinese, which has slowed the investigation down.

“The preliminary investigation suggests that there may be a family connection, but again, because of the language barrier, we have not confirmed that,” Lt. Vizcarra said.

Aerial footage from Sky5 showed the area on South Huntington Avenue where the U-Haul truck was parked and the Samurai sword was in the street cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape.

KTLA learned that interpreters have been sent to the scene and the hospital to help investigators learn more about what exactly happened.

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Detectives said there is no further threat to the community.

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