MIAMI (Reuters) – A Miami man has been charged with wire fraud in connection with a scam that yielded millions of dollars from investors and a premium ticket package for the Miami Heat NBA basketball team, prosecutors said on Friday.
An indictment said Haider Zafar, 36, portrayed himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family that operates several luxury hotels, including the Marriott in Islamabad, which was bombed in 2008, and other businesses.
MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida wildlife officials trapped a large crocodile on Friday believed to have attacked a pair of late-night swimmers in a first for the Sunshine State, a spokesman said.
The 300-pound reptile, locally nicknamed Pancho, died soon after being caught, said Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
MIAMI (Reuters) – The U.S. government pared back the number of reef-building coral species it was considering to label as threatened from 66 to 20 this week, prompting criticism from conservationists.
Environmentalists urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday to extend the protection to all threatened marine species.
MIAMI (Reuters) – Hurricane Cristobal is expected to pass well west of Bermuda on Wednesday, where a tropical storm watch is in effect and heavy rain is likely, the National Hurricane Center said.
Centered about 425 miles (685 km) west of Bermuda, Cristobal was moving north at 12 miles per hour (19 km per hour) with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph), the NHC said. It is seen turning northeast with a gradual increase in forward speed over the next two days.
MIAMI (Reuters) – Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a man who was shot with a Taser stun gun by a police officer while resisting arrest, sheriff’s deputies said on Monday.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in central Florida said a 91-year-old woman reported a suspicious person in the yard of her Lake City home on Sunday evening, and that the man threw a metal pipe at her when she challenged him.
DENVER (Reuters) – When Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper was elected governor four years ago, the ebullient former Denver mayor and brew-pub magnate could do little wrong.
Once spoken of as a possible vice presidential candidate in 2016, the 62-year-old has burnished his man-of-the-people image with impromptu banjo performances and folksy charm.
DENVER (Reuters) – A national marijuana industry group launched the first food safety basics course in Colorado on Wednesday for producers and retailers of pot-infused edibles, and another for so-called budtenders who work in the state’s legal weed stores.
Colorado and Washington this year became the first U.S. states to allow recreational sales of the drug to adults. Voters in Oregon and Alaska will consider similar ballot initiatives in the fall.
DENVER (Reuters) – An accused carjacker whose alleged two-hour crime spree in Colorado was caught on camera last week was charged on Wednesday with 46 offenses, including aggravated robbery, menacing with a deadly weapon, and first-degree assault, authorities said.
Police said Christopher David Sullivan, 37, and a teenage girl led pursuers on a chase in which they stole cars, burglarized homes, menaced bystanders and left at least six crime scenes in their wake.
DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado’s top court ordered the Boulder County Clerk on Tuesday to stop giving out marriage licenses to gay couples while it considers an appeal by the state’s attorney-general who says a ban on same-sex nuptials remains in force.
The clerk, Hillary Hall, has issued 202 of the permits since late last month when a federal appeals court ruled in favor of gay marriage in conservative, neighboring Utah.
DENVER (Reuters) – U.S. senators from Colorado and Washington, seeking clarity on federal rules that may affect legal marijuana businesses in their states, are urging the Obama administration to ensure federal agencies take a consistent approach to enforcement.
Both states took the unprecedented step in 2012 of voting to allow the recreational sale of the drug to adults. The first pot retailers opened in Colorado at the start of this year, and in Washington earlier this month.