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Aug 29, 2013

Florida to call on Labrador retrievers to stem Giant Snail invasion

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.

Aug 21, 2013

Officials in three states fight suit against American Airlines-US Airways merger

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.

Aug 21, 2013

Officials in 3 states fight suit against American-US Air merger

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, 2013

U.S. storm team slightly lowers 2013 hurricane forecast to eight

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
scale.

Jul 31, 2013

Miami gunman called 911 hours before shooting rampage

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.

Jul 30, 2013

Miami gunman downloaded computer files on explosives, sex

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.

Jul 29, 2013

Black lawyer group urges Florida governor to repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’

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.

Jun 6, 2013

Venezuela deports U.S. filmmaker accused of being spy

MIAMI/CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela on Wednesday deported an American filmmaker who was arrested in April on accusations of spying for Washington and plotting with opposition student groups to destabilize the South American OPEC nation.

“The gringo Timothy Hallet Tracy, who was captured while spying in our country, has been expelled,” Interior and Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said on Twitter.

May 12, 2013

‘Best Mother’s Day’ ever for mother of freed Cleveland captive

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – The mother of Gina DeJesus is celebrating the “best Mother’s Day” ever on Sunday after her daughter was freed with three other captives last week from a long imprisonment in a Cleveland home.

DeJesus, 23, Amanda Berry, 27, and Berry’s 6-year-old daughter were welcomed into their family homes last week after an escape and rescue on Monday from the dungeon-like house.

May 11, 2013

Offers pour in to help Cleveland women freed from captivity

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Offers of help are pouring in from around the world for three Cleveland women who were kidnapped and held in captivity for a decade, with people offering cash, furniture and even use of a vacation home to help them rebuild their lives.

Three members of the Cleveland City Council have set up a fund to provide financial assistance to Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32.