Havana restores monument to victims of USS Maine

In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 photo, a youth rides his bicycle past the restored USS Maine monument in Havana, Cuba. The monument was erected in 1925 in honor of U.S. sailors who died in 1898 when the USS Maine ship sank off the Havana Harbor. The years since have been unkind to the twin-columned monument, and to U.S.-Cuba ties. But while relations between Washington and Havana remain in deep freeze, the monument, at least, is now getting a facelift. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)HAVANA (AP) — It was a little before 10 p.m. that February night in 1898 when a fiery explosion roiled the normally calm waters of Havana Harbor, blowing out windows in the city and sinking the USS Maine to the bottom of the bay, just the mast and some twisted metal wreckage left to poke above the waves.