Hot stuff11 things not to buy on Black Friday Bouchon Bakery's Simple Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie recipe
Beyoncé defends trip to Cuba
Pop singer Beyoncé Monday expressed "shock" at the controversy engendered by her and her rap-star husband Jay-Z's trip last month to Cuba, which is under a U.S. travel embargo for tourism, though not for approved cultural-exchange trips.
"You know, it was such a beautiful trip," Beyoncé, 31, told "Good Morning America." "I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs. And it was really, it was really educational for me. I learned so much about so many people and the country, and [the criticism] was actually quite shocking."
A Treasury Department official responded in an April 9 letter to the lawmakers that the trip had been approved by the Office of Foreign Assets Control as "an educational exchange trip organized by a group authorized by OFAC to sponsor and organize programs to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba."