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Sep 7, 2012

Party-hopper Crist pitches Obama to Florida independents

MIAMI (Reuters) – No longer a Republican and not yet a Democrat, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist emerged from the political wilderness and addressed the Democratic Party convention in Charlotte on Thursday night in a bid to woo independent voters.

Crist’s appearance could boost Obama’s appeal in Florida, a crucial swing state where the president is in a statistical tie with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and one voter in five has no party affiliation.

Sep 6, 2012

U.S. judge blocks new restrictions on Guantanamo lawyers

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Obama administration overstepped its authority by trying to impose new restrictions on attorney access to prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

Ruling in Washington, Chief Judge Royce Lamberth said the previous rules established by the U.S. District Court in Washington four years ago were working well and would continue to govern lawyers’ access to Guantanamo prisoners.

Sep 6, 2012

Party-hopper Crist aims to woo Florida independents for Obama

MIAMI, Sept 6 (Reuters) – No longer a Republican and not yet
a Democrat, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist will emerge
from the political wilderness to address the Democratic Party
convention in Charlotte on Thursday night in a bid to woo
independent voters.

Crist’s appearance could boost Obama’s appeal in Florida, a
crucial swing state where the president is in a statistical tie
with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and one voter
in five has no party affiliation.

Aug 2, 2012

Tropical Storm Ernesto threatens Windward Islands

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Ernesto formed in the Atlantic Ocean near the Windward Islands on Thursday and could strengthen into a hurricane as it races westward across the Caribbean Sea, forecasters said.

The storm was expected to hit the southern Windward Islands and cross into the Caribbean early on Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Jul 24, 2012

New York man to pay fine for unauthorized 1998 Cuba visit

MIAMI (Reuters) – A New York man agreed on Tuesday to pay a $6,500 fine to settle a long-running dispute with the U.S. Treasury Department over a trip he made to Cuba as an unauthorized tourist 14 years ago.

Zachary Sanders, now 38, said he was 23 and had been living and teaching English in Mexico when he decided to go to Cuba for a couple of weeks in 1998.

Jul 19, 2012

Defense lawyers say Guantanamo court rigged to deliver death sentence

NAVAL BASE, Cuba, July 19 (Reuters) -
T he Pentagon official overseeing the Guantanamo tribunal tried
to rig the jury selection process to boost the odds of obtaining
a death sentence for a prisoner accused of directing a deadly
attack on a U.S. warship, defense lawyers alleged on Thursday.

They asked the judge to drop the charges against Saudi
defendant Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, an alleged al Qaeda chieftain
who is accused of choosing and supplying the suicide bombers who
drove a boat full of explosives into the side of the USS Cole
off the coast of Yemen in 2000. The blast killed 17 sailors and
wounded dozens more.

Jul 18, 2012

Guantanamo court holds closed session to discuss secret evidence

NAVAL BASE, Cuba, July 18 (Reuters) – A
Guantanamo war crimes tribunal judge held a closed hearing with
lawyers on Wednesday to discuss a defense request to see secret
evidence against a prisoner charged with orchestrating the
deadly October 2000 attack on the warship USS Cole.

Defendant Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, who could face the death
penalty if convicted of terrorism, murder and other crimes, was
excluded from the pretrial hearing at the Guantanamo Bay U.S.
Naval base in Cuba.

Jul 17, 2012

Guantanamo judge won’t step down in USS Cole bomb case

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – The chief judge in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal refused on Tuesday to step aside from the trial of a prisoner accused of orchestrating the suicide-bomb attack that killed 17 U.S. soldiers aboard the warship USS Cole in 2000.

The judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, rejected defense arguments that the public might perceive him as biased toward protecting the U.S. government bureaucracy to preserve his own paycheck. He said they had shown no evidence of actual bias.

Jul 16, 2012

Guantanamo hearing delayed for 9/11 suspects due to Ramadan

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – T he next hearing for five Guantanamo prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 attacks has been postponed for two weeks to allow the defendants to observe the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The chief judge in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals, Army Colonel James Pohl, granted the delay on Monday for the alleged architect of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four co-defendants who could face the death penalty if convicted on charges of conspiring with al Qaeda and murdering 2,976 people in the hijacked plane attacks of 2001.

Jul 3, 2012

Actor Andy Griffith dies in North Carolina at 86

By Bill Trott and Jane Sutton

(Reuters) – Actor Andy Griffith, whose portrayal of a small-town sheriff made “The Andy Griffith Show” one of television’s most enduring programs, died on Tuesday at his North Carolina home at age 86.

Griffith died at about 7 a.m. at his home on Roanoke Island, Dare County Sheriff J.D. Doughtie said.

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      "I'm a correspondent in Miami. Since January 2002, I've made dozens of trips to the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base to cover the detention operations and ongoing war crimes tribunals. I've covered hurricanes, crimes and corruption, elections and topics ranging from orange crop diseases to shark attacks. I joined Reuters in 1994 as a municipal bond and public finance reporter."
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