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.
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.
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.
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.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – DNA tests show Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver charged with kidnapping and raping three women during a decade of captivity in his Cleveland house, is the father of a 6-year-old girl born to one of the victims, the Ohio attorney general said on Friday.
The tests did not link Castro to any other state cases, Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Puerto Ricans came to Cleveland in the 1950s, drawn to a booming post-war America. Word quickly spread back home about the well-paying jobs at the steel and auto plants that were once the backbone of this Midwestern industrial city.
The family of Ariel Castro, the man charged with kidnapping three women and raping them in captivity for nearly 10 years, was among the first wave of immigrants to settle Cleveland’s Puerto Rican community.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – An ex-school bus driver accused in the abduction ordeal of three young Ohio women was due in court on Thursday to face charges he kidnapped and raped the victims, who authorities said were held captive in the dungeon-like confines of his house for 10 years.
As two of the women received jubilant homecomings from loved ones on Wednesday and the third remained in hospital, authorities in Cleveland disclosed details of the isolation and brutal treatment the captives endured before they were freed earlier this week.