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Jan 29, 2015

As U.S. Northeast shivers, Super Bowl fans slap on sunscreen

PHOENIX (Reuters) – As the northeastern United States shivered under heavy snowstorms, organizers of Sunday’s Super Bowl worried about fans suffering from another climatic risk: sunburn.

Volunteers in downtown Phoenix have filled dozens of dispensers of SPF 30 sun block, sponsored by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and placed them on street corners in Super Bowl Central, a 12-block area where corporate pavilions, live music and interactive events are being staged each day leading up to the game.

Jan 28, 2015

Super Bowl fans to face strict security checks at stadium

PHOENIX, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Fans attending Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona will face tight restrictions on what they can take into the stadium as a huge security operation swings into action to protect the biggest annual U.S. sports event.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met top local law enforcement officials in Phoenix on Wednesday and will visit the University of Phoenix stadium in nearby Glendale, where the Seattle Seahawks will play the New England Patriots for the National Football League championship.

Jan 20, 2015

Jury selection starts in Colorado cinema massacre trial

By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis

CENTENNIAL, Co. (Reuters) – A judge in Colorado began the process on Tuesday of choosing the jury for the murder trial of James Holmes, the former neuroscience graduate student who killed 12 people in July 2012 at a midnight screening of a Batman movie.

Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 166 charges of murder, attempted murder and explosives offenses. He was arrested wearing a gas mask, helmet and body armor at the scene of the shooting rampage in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Seventy people were also hurt.

Jan 18, 2015

Bill Cosby thanks Denver fans as protesters chant ‘shame!’

DENVER (Reuters) – Bill Cosby thanked hundreds of fans who turned out for shows in Denver on Saturday as a small gathering of protesters outside the theater denounced the comedian, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women in the past three months.

The star of NBC hit 1980s family sitcom “The Cosby Show” denies the allegations, many of which are decades old and fall outside the statute of limitations for criminal or civil cases. His lawyer has called the claims “discredited” and “defamatory.” Cosby has never been charged over any of the allegations. He settled a 2005 civil suit alleging sexual misconduct.

Jan 16, 2015

Utah attorney general in secret rescue of Colombia child sex slaves

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – Utah’s attorney general says he posed as a bodyguard and translator during a secret mission coordinated with authorities in Colombia to rescue more than 55 child sex slaves from a gang on an island off the country’s Caribbean coast.

Sean Reyes, the state’s top law enforcement official, said on Thursday he played the role of Spanish-speaking interpreter and muscle for the sting set up by Operation Underground Railroad, a Utah-based nonprofit organization that works with police to fight child sex trafficking worldwide.

Jan 9, 2015

Cuba dissidents say 38 activists freed as part of deal with U.S.

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba has freed 38 opposition activists from prison over the past two days, including a popular hip-hop artist, as part of a deal to improve relations with the United States, dissident groups said on Friday.

The dissident Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) said 29 of its members were among those released, and that most had been warned by the communist government they would be sent back to prison if they continued their opposition activities.

Jan 9, 2015

Cuba dissidents says 36 opposition activists freed in last two days

HAVANA (Reuters) – One of Cuba’s most prominent dissident groups said on Friday that 36 opposition activists have been freed in the last two days as part of a deal to improve relations between Havana and Washington that was announced last month.

The dissident Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) said in a statement that 29 of its members were among the 36 released, adding that almost all of those freed were released on condition that they report regularly to the authorities.

Jan 8, 2015

Cuba frees two more political prisoners, dissidents say

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba freed two more detainees, dissidents said on Thursday, as Havana began to release 53 people the United States considers political prisoners, as part of an agreement between the two nations aimed at ending decades of hostility.

Five detainees have been liberated over the past 24 hours, political opposition groups on the communist-led island said, including three others on Wednesday – all members of the dissident Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU).

Jan 8, 2015

Cuba releases three prisoners in sign of meeting U.S. agreement

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba released three detainees on Wednesday in a sign it was fulfilling an agreement to free a list of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners as part of a thaw in relations between the two nations.

The government freed 19-year-old twin brothers Diango Vargas Martin and Bianco Vargas Martin on Wednesday afternoon, opposition activists said. The pair were arrested in December 2012 and sentenced to 30 months in jail for disorderly conduct and threatening a state official.

Jan 6, 2015

Spies, housewife, militants: Cuban prisoners hoping for release a mixed bag

HAVANA (Reuters) – Ernesto Borges, a KGB-trained counter-intelligence officer, has been in a Cuban prison for 16 years for attempting to hand over secrets to a U.S. diplomat in Cuba.

Haydee Gallardo, 51, is a housewife who only got involved in politics two years ago because she believed her sons were locked up unfairly for common crimes. She joined the “Ladies in White” dissident group and she and her husband were themselves jailed after shouting anti-government slogans in May.

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