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Jun 29, 2012

U.S. drops charges against Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Pentagon dropped war crimes charges against a Kuwaiti prisoner at Guantanamo on Friday amid reports the United States and Kuwait were in talks to repatriate the last two Kuwaitis held there.

Kuwait is a U.S. ally and the Gulf state’s parliament has condemned the continued detention of its citizens, Faiz al Kandari and Fawazi al Odah, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military base in Cuba, where both have been held for more than a decade.

Jun 24, 2012

Tropical Storm Debby threatens Louisiana, Texas

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Debby formed in the central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday and storm warnings were posted for part of the Louisiana coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Debby covered much of the eastern Gulf and was centered about 220 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The storm had top winds of 50 miles per hour (81 km per hour) and was expected to strengthen slowly, nearing hurricane force by Thursday.

Jun 23, 2012

Tropical Storm Debby forms in Gulf of Mexico

MIAMI, June 23 (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Debby formed in
the central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday and storm warnings were
posted for part of the Louisiana coast, the U.S. National
Hurricane Center said.

Debby was centered about 220 miles (354 km) south-southeast
of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The storm had top winds
of 50 miles per hour (81 km per hour) and was expected to
strengthen slowly, nearing hurricane strength by Thursday.

Jun 23, 2012

Disturbance in Gulf of Mexico is almost a tropical storm

MIAMI, June 23 (Reuters) – A weather disturbance in the
central Gulf of Mexico was likely to develop into Tropical Storm
Debby in the next day or two, forecasters at the U.S. National
Hurricane Center said on Saturday.

The broad mass of low pressure and heavy thunderstorms had
begun to develop a center of circulation about 275 miles (440
km) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, the
forecasters said.

May 31, 2012

Judge blocks part of “harsh” Florida voting law

MIAMI (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday declared a Florida election law “harsh and impractical” for requiring groups conducting voter registration drives to turn in registration forms within 48 hours of collecting them, and blocked enforcement of the deadline.

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters and other groups had challenged the law, passed by Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature last year and signed by Republican Governor Rick Scott with the stated intent of fighting voter fraud.

May 24, 2012

NOAA sees ‘near normal’ Atlantic hurricane season

, May 24 (Reuters) – The 2012 Atlantic hurricane
season will be “near normal” with nine to 15 tropical storms and
four to eight of those will strengthen into hurricanes, the U.S.
government weather agency predicted on Thursday.

One to three of those will grow into major hurricanes of
Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale, the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its
seasonal forecast. Major hurricanes have sustained winds of 111
miles per hour (178 kph) or higher and can cause devastating
damage.

May 19, 2012

Season’s first Atlantic tropical storm forms off South Carolina

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Alberto formed off the South Carolina coast on Saturday, bringing an early start to the Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Alberto was in the Atlantic about 140 miles east-southeast of Charleston. Forecasters initially estimated its top sustained winds at 45 miles per hour but raised that to 60 mph when data from a ship in the area showed the storm was stronger than first thought.

May 19, 2012

Season’s 1st Atlantic tropical storm forms off S.Carolina

MIAMI, May 19 (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Alberto formed off
the South Carolina coast on Saturday, bringing an early start to
the Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters at the U.S. National
Hurricane Center said.

Alberto was in the Atlantic about 140 miles (225 km)
east-southeast of Charleston. Forecasters initially estimated
its top sustained winds at 45 miles per hour (75 kph) but raised
that to 60 mph (95 kph) when data from a ship in the area showed
the storm was stronger than first thought.

May 18, 2012

Judge might split Guantanamo trial of 9/11 suspects

MIAMI (Reuters) – A U.S. military judge is considering splitting up the trial of five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks because of conflicts in scheduling and strategy, lawyers in the case said on Friday.

The defendants, including the professed mastermind of the hijacked plane attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, are to appear in court at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base in Cuba on June 12 for the next pretrial hearing in the death penalty case.

May 16, 2012

Guantanamo lawyers want ex-CIA official to testify

MIAMI (Reuters) – Defense lawyers want to force a former CIA official who supervised what they called torture of al Qaeda captives to testify in the war crimes tribunal for five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks.

They argue that Jose Rodriguez, former director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, has information pertinent to the defense allegation that the government is using security classifications to hide evidence their clients were tortured.

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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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