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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.

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.