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Mar 14, 2012

Florida claims success against “pill mills”

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida’s year-old crackdown on “pill mill” clinics has made significant strides in combating the illegal distribution of widely abused pain killing drugs, such as oxycodone, state leaders said on Wednesday.

“We’ve gone from being known as the ‘oxy express’ to being a role model for our sister states,” said Gerald Bailey, commissioner of the Florida Division of Law Enforcement.

Mar 13, 2012

Cruise line chiefs defensive, optimistic after accident

MIAMI (Reuters) – In their first major industry gathering since the deadly Costa Concordia accident, cruise line chief executives defended their overall safety record on Tuesday and said they were confident of better days ahead.

The Concordia capsized off Italy in January, killing at least 25 passengers and crew, and focused global attention on the safety of modern cruise ships that ply the seas with thousands of passengers aboard.

Mar 6, 2012

Heroin disguised as candy seized at Florida airport

MIAMI (Reuters) – U.S. Customs inspectors seized 172 lollipops with heroin hidden in their centers from a jittery smuggler at Orlando airport in Florida, the agency said on Tuesday.

Rafael Quinonez Jimenez, a 45-year-old Guatemalan, arrived on a flight from Central America on Friday and appeared “very nervous and was sweating profusely” as he passed through customs with his luggage, the arrest affidavit said.

Mar 1, 2012

Guantanamo commander defends $744,000 soccer field

NAVAL BASE, Cuba, March 1 (Reuters) -
The U.S. admiral in charge of the Guantanamo Bay detention
camp is defending the decision to build a $744,000 soccer field
for well-behaved prisoners, and said critics misunderstood the
facility’s purpose and logistics.

Rear Admiral David Woods said the camp’s mission was not to
punish foreign captives unnecessarily, many of whom have been
held there for 10 years already. He said his job is to detain
them away from the battlefield under safe and humane conditions,
and that providing socialization opportunities was part of that.

Feb 29, 2012

Guantanamo convict ready to join ‘Team America’

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – A former CIA “ghost prisoner” who grew up near Baltimore admitted to a U.S. war crimes court on Wednesday that he was an al Qaeda money courier and martyr-in-training now prepared to help prosecute other terrorism suspects.

Pakistani defendant Maid Khan is remorseful and ready “to join Team America, to do the right thing,” his Army lawyer, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Jackson, said after the hearing. “He wishes he had never been involved with al Qaeda ever.”

Feb 29, 2012

Former U.S. resident convicted at Guantanamo of murder

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) -

A former CIA “ghost prisoner” who grew up in the Baltimore area admitted to a U.S. war crimes court on Wednesday that he was an al Qaeda money courier and martyr-in-training now prepared to help prosecute other terrorism suspects.

After nearly nine years in U.S. custody, Pakistani native Majid Khan appeared in public for the first time at a top-security courtroom on the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base in Cuba. He pleaded guilty to all five charges against him, including murder and attempted murder, in a deal that spares him from a potential life sentence in exchange for helping prosecute other prisoners.

Feb 28, 2012

U.S.-raised captive set to plead guilty at Guantanamo

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – A U.S.-raised prisoner is set to plead guilty at the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on Wednesday, admitting he was an al Qaeda operative and agreeing to help prosecute other terrorism suspects in exchange for leniency.

Lawyers for Pakistani defendant Majid Khan, who turned 32 on Tuesday, are asking for a 25- to 40-year sentence, but he is likely to serve far less under a plea deal that remains sealed.

Feb 23, 2012

Struggling Floridians line up for a chance to keep homes

MIAMI (Reuters) – Nearly 1,200 people lined up at a downtown Miami conference center on Wednesday, holding onto mortgage documents and income statements in the hope of saving the homes they are struggling to pay for.

Seated at rows of long tables were scores of loan processing agents for 19 lenders who hold 85 percent of the home mortgages in the south Florida market.

Feb 23, 2012

Struggling Floridians line up for a chance to keep homes

MIAMI, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Nearly 1,200 people lined up
at a downtown Miami conference center on Wednesday, holding onto
mortgage documents and income statements in the hope of saving
the homes they are struggling to pay for.

Seated at rows of long tables were scores of loan processing
agents for 19 lenders who hold 85 percent of the home mortgages
in the south Florida market.

Feb 17, 2012

Hints of a plea deal for U.S.-raised Guantanamo captive

MIAMI (Reuters) – For years there was no outward sign of an attempt to prosecute “high-value” Guantanamo prisoner and alleged al Qaeda operative Majid Khan.

But a flurry of legal activity in recent days suggests a plea deal could be in the works for the former data programmer from Baltimore who once said his only knowledge of al Qaeda came from watching “too much Fox News.”

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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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