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Jun 10, 2014

Miami rejects David Beckham’s waterfront soccer stadium

MIAMI (Reuters) – David Beckham’s bid for a Major League Soccer team suffered a setback on Tuesday when the city of Miami rejected his plan to build a downtown waterfront stadium on a site next to the Miami Heat basketball arena.

Beckham’s business group, Beckham Miami United, issued a statement saying city officials determined the proposed site was an “inappropriate location.”

May 28, 2014

Manchester United, Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer dies at 85

By Kevin Gray

(Reuters) – Malcolm Glazer, the patriarch of the family that owns the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Manchester United soccer club, died on Wednesday, the teams said. He was 85.

Glazer, a reclusive American billionaire who spearheaded the controversial purchase of one of England’s most-storied soccer teams, had suffered a series of strokes in recent years and his sons have managed the operations of both teams.

May 20, 2014

Mother of American held in Venezuela says son not a “terrorist”

MIAMI (Reuters) – The mother of an American man arrested last month in Venezuela is challenging Venezuela’s depiction of him as a foreign “mercenary” who incited anti-government protests that have roiled the country this year.

Todd Leininger, 32, has been in jail since his arrest in April for alleged attempted murder and trafficking of arms.

Apr 25, 2014

Driver in crash killing New York’s ‘Dr. Vodka’ charged with homicide

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Lamborghini driver whose passenger, New York vodka entrepreneur Malcolm Lloyd, was killed after he plowed into a sports utility vehicle in a high-speed car crash in Miami was charged with vehicular homicide on Friday, police said.

Andres Esteban Toro, 53, was hospitalized in critical condition after the crash early Thursday morning that killed the founder of the Double Cross Vodka brand.

Apr 22, 2014

Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion

MIAMI (Reuters) – Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world’s biggest music labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, the company’s top executive said on Tuesday.

The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6 billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer.

Apr 22, 2014

Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 pct to 6 bln

MIAMI, April 22 (Reuters) – Vevo, the online music video hub
that is a joint venture of two of the world’s biggest music
labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of
music videos streamed each month from its platform, the
company’s top executive said on Tuesday.

The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group
and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6
billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year
earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer.

Apr 10, 2014

U.S. storm team predicts below-average Atlantic hurricane season

MIAMI (Reuters) – The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be quieter than normal, with a below-average number of storms and hurricanes, a leading U.S. hurricane forecasting team said on Thursday.

Forecasters at Colorado State University (CSU) predicted this year’s season will see nine tropical storms, three of which will intensify into a hurricane and one becoming a major hurricane with winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

Apr 9, 2014

Miami internal affairs cop arrested on cocaine trafficking charges

MIAMI (Reuters) – An internal affairs officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department has been charged with helping drug smugglers and orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot to have assassins dressed as cops kill their rivals, officials said.

Ralph Mata, 45, appeared in a federal court in Miami on Wednesday, a day after he was arrested in connection with a scheme to smuggle cocaine from the Dominican Republic to New Jersey and elsewhere, according to federal prosecutors.

Apr 2, 2014

Amid rate-hike debate, Fed officials eye crystal ball

LOUIS/MIAMI (Reuters) – Two top policymakers said on Wednesday the Federal Reserve was in no rush to raise interest rates and would have to see improvements in the U.S. economy to do so.

The comments from St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Dennis Lockhart of the Atlanta Fed, though not ground breaking, did reinforce the notion that accommodative monetary policies would remain in place for a while to come despite intense market speculation over the timing of tightening.

Mar 7, 2014

Mom who drove kids into ocean off Florida charged with attempted murder

ORLANDO/MIAMI (Reuters) – A pregnant woman who drove a minivan with her children inside into the surf off a Florida beach was charged with three counts of attempted murder, law enforcement officials said on Friday.

A tourist’s video showed lifeguards and bystanders rushing to help rescue the woman, Ebony Wilkerson, and her children, ages 3, 9 and 10, as their van bobbed in the waves on Daytona Beach on Tuesday.