MIAMI (Reuters) – The wife of George Zimmerman filed for divorce on Thursday, less than two months after he was acquitted of murder in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, her lawyer said.
Shellie Zimmerman, 26, sought the divorce after she said last week in an interview with ABC News that the trial had strained their marriage of six years.
MIAMI (Reuters) – The wife and two daughters of a popular folk singer who was tortured and executed in Chile days after a 1973 coup has filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court against a former Chilean army officer – now an American citizen – they accuse of carrying out the killing.
The civil lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in Jacksonville, Florida, is an attempt by singer Victor Jara’s family to bring former Chilean army lieutenant Pedro Barrientos to justice in the United States under two laws that allow U.S. courts to hear allegations of human rights violations committed in another country.
MIAMI (Reuters) – American long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad was more than halfway across the Florida Straits on Sunday, stroking through calm waters after going farther than any of her previous attempts to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
Nyad, 64, was “swimming strongly” more than 35 hours after she set off from the Cuban capital of Havana, according to blog updates on her website (www.diananyad.com). By 4 p.m. EDT, Nyad had swum more than 63 miles of the 103-mile distance in her bid to reach the Florida Keys.
MIAMI, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Florida officials trying to
eradicate the Giant African Land Snail, one of the world’s most
destructive invasive species, plan to deploy a new weapon in the
battle – Labrador retrievers.
State agriculture authorities say they hope the dogs will
add to their success in fighting an infestation of the slimy
snails, which were first spotted by a homeowner nearly two years
ago and quickly swept through the Miami area.
MIAMI/ATLANTA (Reuters) – Officials in three states are pushing back against the U.S. government’s attempt to block the proposed merger of American Airlines (AAMRQ.PK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and US Airways (LCC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to create the world’s biggest airline, saying the combined company would benefit their local economies.
Last week, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit challenging the merger, saying it would reduce competition among air carriers and ultimately lead to higher fares for passengers.
MIAMI/ATLANTA, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Officials in three states
are pushing back against the U.S. government’s attempt to block
the proposed merger of American Airlines and US
Airways to create the world’s biggest airline, saying
the combined company would benefit their local economies.
Last week, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit
challenging the merger, saying it would reduce competition among
air carriers and ultimately lead to higher fares for passengers.
Aug 2 (Reuters) – The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season will
see above-average activity, but cooler ocean waters may make it
harder for storms to form, a leading U.S. hurricane forecasting
team said on Friday.
Forecasters at the Colorado State University slightly
lowered their forecast for the season, predicting eight
hurricanes, with three developing into major hurricanes of
Category 3 or higher on the five-step Saffir-Simpson intensity
MIAMI (Reuters) – A man who shot and killed six people in a Miami-area apartment building called 911 hours beforehand and said he believed he was being followed and that someone was performing witchcraft on him, according to a copy of the call released on Wednesday.
A SWAT team stormed the apartment building in a raid early Saturday, killing the gunman, Pedro Alberto Vargas, after he set his apartment on fire, went on a shooting rampage and took two people hostage.
MIAMI (Reuters) – A gunman who went on a shooting rampage in an apartment building had been forced to resign from his job at a Miami college after authorities found he downloaded files with links to bomb making, counterfeiting and killing with bare hands, according to documents released by the school on Tuesday.
Pedro Alberto Vargas, 42, set his apartment on fire, shot and killed six neighbors, and took 2 others hostage in the worst Miami area shootings in three decades.
MIAMI BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – A leading group of black lawyers on Monday urged Florida’s governor to call a special legislative session to repeal the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
“Stand Your Ground must fall,” said John Page, the president of the National Bar Association, one of the oldest organizations of African-American lawyers, during the group’s annual meeting in Miami Beach, Florida.