These Castro false alarms are getting to be as annoying as the diverted-flight scares this summer. But whatever. On a slow-newsy Christmas Eve? 24-karat gold.

Feliz Navidad!

A renowned Spanish surgeon has been rushed to Cuba to treat ailing leader Fidel Castro, a Spanish newspaper reported on Sunday.

Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido, an intestinal specialist, traveled to the Caribbean island on Thursday aboard an aircraft chartered by the Cuban government, according to Spain’s left-leaning El Periodico de Catalunya newspaper.

The plane carried medical equipment not available in Cuba in case the leader needs further surgery due to his progressively failing health, the newspaper reported.

Thanks to William A. for the tip. Somewhere in Miami, Val Prieto has his hands wrapped around the neck of a bottle of champagne, both thumbs pressing ever so gently against the cork…