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May 8, 2013

Ariel Castro charged in Cleveland kidnapping

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Cleveland resident Ariel Castro was charged on Wednesday with raping and kidnapping three women who were rescued on Monday after nearly a decade in captivity at his house.

Castro’s two brothers Pedro and Onil, originally arrested in the case, were not charged, said prosecutor Victor Perez at a news conference.

May 8, 2013

Cleveland kidnap victims arrive at family homes

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Two newly freed Cleveland women had family homecomings on Wednesday after a decade of captivity in a house where police said chains and ropes had been used to hold them prisoner.

Neither Amanda Berry nor Gina DeJesus spoke publicly as they were hustled past crowds of spectators and media.

May 8, 2013

Cleveland kidnap victim Amanda Berry arrives at family home

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Amanda Berry, free less than two days from a decade of captivity with two other women in a Cleveland house, arrived on Wednesday at her sister’s home, where her family pleaded for privacy.

Berry, 27, had been expected to make a statement, but she did not. She and her 6-year-old daughter, who was conceived and born in captivity, could be seen from an aerial television camera returning to her sister’s house in a convoy of vehicles and going in the back door.

May 4, 2013

Miami Dolphins stadium renovation bill rejected

MIAMI, May 3 (Reuters) – A proposal by the Miami Dolphins to
use taxpayer money to help finance an upgrade of the NFL team’s
stadium failed on Friday to win broad support among Florida
state lawmakers, dealing a potential blow to Miami’s bid to host
the 2016 Super Bowl.

The Dolphins, owned by real estate tycoon Stephen Ross,
lobbied the state legislature for months to back a bill to
increase hotel taxes in Miami-Dade County to finance nearly half
of a proposed $350 million renovation of the Sun Life Stadium,
which is privately owned.

Apr 10, 2013

Top U.S. storm team sees above average Atlantic hurricane season

MIAMI, April 10 (Reuters) – The 2013 Atlantic hurricane
season will be “above average” with 18 tropical storms, nine of
which will intensify into hurricanes, forecasters at Colorado
State University predicted on Wednesday.

Four of the hurricanes will be major with sustained winds of
at least 111 miles per hour (178 kph), the leading U.S. storm
research team said.

Mar 10, 2013

Miami real estate revival a boon for Latin American developers

MIAMI, March 10 (Reuters) – Argentine developer Jose Luis
Melo watched as Miami’s real estate market reeled from the U.S.
housing crash and thousands of the city’s condominiums sat
unsold — and decided it was time to build.

It was late 2010 and Melo, who runs the Melo Group real
estate company with his two sons, bought a $1.4 million parcel
of land near downtown Miami.

Mar 6, 2013

In Miami, Venezuelans optimistic after death of Chavez

MIAMI (Reuters) – Venezuelans who fled to the United States under President Hugo Chavez’s rule celebrated and expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday that the death of the firebrand populist leader may lead to political change in their homeland.

After the government announced the 58-year-old leftist died, ending his 14 years in power, Venezuelans crowded into Venezuelan-themed restaurants in Miami, home to the largest expatriate community in the United States.

Feb 23, 2013

To prevent snakes on a plane, Guam to airdrop poisoned mice

By Kevin Gray

(Reuters) – Declaring war against invasive brown tree snakes infesting the Pacific U.S. territory of Guam, wildlife officials plan this spring to bomb the island with dead baby mice stuffed with a common pain-killing medicine that is poisonous to the reptiles.

Brown tree snakes, believed to have been inadvertently carried to Guam around the end of World War Two aboard U.S. military vessels, have become major pests blamed for wiping out native bird populations on the island.

Feb 14, 2013

Rubio selling Miami house in neighborhood cited in speech

MIAMI (Reuters) – Senator Marco Rubio is looking to sell his house in the Miami neighborhood he cited in his closely watched response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech.

The first-term Republican senator from Florida played up his humble upbringing when he delivered the Republican Party rebuttal to Obama’s address on Tuesday, pointing to a Miami neighborhood where he was born and raised and now resides.

Feb 7, 2013

Florida judge approves birth certificate listing three parents

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Florida judge has approved the adoption of a 22-month-old baby girl that will list three people as parents on her birth certificate — a married lesbian couple and a gay man.

The decision ends a two-year paternity fight between the couple and a friend of the women who donated his sperm to father the child but later sought a larger role in the girl’s life.