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Nov 8, 2013

Family of victim in Navy Yard shooting sues U.S. for negligence

MIAMI (Reuters) – The family of a victim in the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard accused two federal government agencies of negligence on Friday in a wrongful death claim seeking $37.5 million in damages.

Mary Delorenzo Knight, a 51-year-old computer scientist, was among 12 people killed in the September shooting spree when a gunman with security clearance entered the military installation and opened fire on civilian workers.

Oct 29, 2013

David Beckham picks Miami for new U.S. Major League Soccer team -source

MIAMI (Reuters) – Retired England soccer star David Beckham has chosen Miami for a new U.S. Major League Soccer expansion team, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Tuesday.

The former England captain, who retired from soccer earlier this year, played in MLS with the L.A. Galaxy and his contract included an option to create a new team for $25 million.

Oct 12, 2013

Death of Miami Beach teenager rekindles debate over Taser safety

MIAMI (Reuters) – When police spotted Israel Hernandez Llach spray painting a shut-down McDonald’s in August, the Miami teenager decided to make a run for it.

Moments later the unarmed, 18-year-old graffiti artist was dead. He had been struck in the chest by a police stun gun.

Oct 3, 2013

Deloitte settles lawsuit alleging it missed fraud at mortgage lender

MIAMI (Reuters) – Deloitte & Touche LLP has settled lawsuits alleging its audits failed to detect fraud at one of the biggest private mortgage companies to collapse during the U.S. housing crash.

A trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp sued Deloitte in September 2011 claiming the accounting firm’s audits contributed to some $7.6 billion in losses at the now-defunct mortgage lender.

Sep 17, 2013

Versace’s former Miami mansion sells for $41.5 million at auction

MIAMI, Sept 17 (Reuters) – One of America’s landmark homes,
the Miami Beach mansion that once belonged to Italian fashion
designer Gianni Versace, was sold at an auction on Tuesday for
$41.5 million to a business group that includes the owners of
the Jordache jeans brand.

The 1930s-era Mediterranean-style estate, which has 10
bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and a pool inlaid with 24-karat gold, was
auctioned off as part of a bankruptcy proceeding by its current
owner, telecom magnate Peter Loftin.

Sep 17, 2013

Versace’s former Miami mansion goes on the auction block

MIAMI (Reuters) – One of America’s most iconic homes, the Miami Beach mansion that once belonged to Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace, goes on the auction block on Tuesday, with bidding set to open at $25 million.

The 1930s-era Mediterranean-style estate, which has 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and a pool inlaid with 24-karat gold, is being sold as part of a bankruptcy proceeding by its current owner, telecom magnate Peter Loftin.

Sep 10, 2013

Police try to recover iPad video of Zimmerman domestic dispute

MIAMI (Reuters) – Police were trying to piece together video from an iPad that captured a domestic dispute between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife to determine if any charges would be filed in the case, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Shellie Zimmerman used the iPad to film the altercation on Monday, but George Zimmerman later smashed the device into pieces during the confrontation, said the spokesman for the Lake Mary, Florida police, Zach Hudson.

Sep 5, 2013

George Zimmerman’s wife files for divorce in Florida, lawyer says

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.

Sep 5, 2013

Family of Chilean singer executed in 1973 files suit in Florida

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.

Sep 2, 2013

U.S. swimmer Nyad more than halfway in Cuba-to-Florida swim

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.