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Jun 25, 2012

Tropical storm threatens floods, tornadoes in Florida

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Debby pounded parts of Florida with heavy rains on Monday, threatening to trigger more flooding and tornadoes as it hovered off the state’s northern Gulf of Mexico coast.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency and a tropical storm warning was in effect along much of the Gulf coastline, from the Florida Panhandle on down through the central west coast.

Jun 24, 2012

Zumba no longer just exercise, it’s big business

MIAMI (Reuters) – Alberto Perez started out as a street performer and then an aerobics teacher in Colombia, making extra cash on the side teaching the wives of businessmen how to dance in nightclubs in his hometown, Cali.

Today, he stands at the center of the Zumba exercise craze, having helped transform Zumba Fitness, a private company, into a rapidly growing fitness empire with heavyweight investor backing.

Jun 13, 2012

Victim in Miami face-eating attack may be blind

MIAMI (Reuters) – A 65-year-old homeless man who was the victim of a gruesome face-eating attack in Miami is temporarily blind but recovering well after suffering devastating injuries to nearly half of his face, doctors said on Monday.

Hospital officials released two pictures of Ronald Poppo, who remains in the hospital in stable condition after the horrific Memorial Day weekend attack on the off-ramp of a bridge in downtown Miami.

Jun 12, 2012

Victim in Miami face-eating attack is temporarily blind

MIAMI (Reuters) – A 65-year-old homeless man who was the victim of a gruesome face-eating attack in Miami is temporarily blind but recovering well after suffering devastating injuries on nearly half of his face, doctors said on Tuesday.

Hospital officials released two pictures of Ronald Poppo, who remains in the hospital in stable condition after the horrific Memorial Day weekend attack on the off-ramp of a bridge in downtown Miami.

Jun 12, 2012

U.S., Florida face off over voter purge effort

MIAMI (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department and Florida exchanged legal salvoes on Monday over the state’s controversial effort to remove non-U.S. citizens from its voter rolls ahead of this year’s presidential election.

Florida fired the first shot, filing a lawsuit against the federal government seeking access to a national database detailing citizenship information as part of its drive to verify whether non-citizens are illegally registered to vote in the state.

Jun 5, 2012

Brazil’s Odebrecht sues Florida over Cuba, Syria law

MIAMI (Reuters) – The U.S. subsidiary of Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht has filed a lawsuit challenging a recently signed Florida law barring local governments from hiring companies that do business in Cuba or Syria.

The lawsuit, filed on Monday in Miami federal court, claims the measure is “unconstitutional and unenforceable” and argues that the federal government, not states, has the authority to enact laws involving foreign affairs.

May 26, 2012

Subtropical Storm Beryl swirls toward southeast coast

MIAMI (Reuters) – Subtropical Storm Beryl moved slowly toward the U.S. southeastern coast on Saturday, threatening heavy rains and dangerous surf for Memorial Day weekend beachgoers in northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Beryl was centered about 220 miles east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, carrying maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It was moving southwest, with tropical storm-force winds extending about 115 miles from the storm’s center.

May 11, 2012

Florida says 180,000 non-citizens may be on voter rolls

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida election authorities are examining about 180,000 people who they say may not be U.S. citizens but are registered to vote in the state, an official said on Friday.

State officials are updating Florida’s voter rolls ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November. Florida is home to a large Latino population and is expected to be a critical swing state in the contest between Democratic President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

May 4, 2012

Jailed U.S. contractor in Cuba pleads for brief release

MIAMI (Reuters) – An American contractor imprisoned in Cuba praised Raul Castro’s economic reforms but called the Cuban government’s treatment of him “shameful” on Friday in his first media interview since he was jailed more than two years ago.

In a telephone interview with CNN, Alan Gross also made a new appeal to Cuban authorities to allow him to return to the United States for a brief visit with his gravely ill 90-year-old mother.

Apr 13, 2012

Trayvon Martin killing puts spotlight on “Gunshine” state

MIAMI (Reuters) – Shortly after police arrived at the scene of Trayvon Martin’s death at a gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford, officers seized the alleged murder weapon, a 9mm handgun.

For the next 45 days until the arrest this week of George Zimmerman on a charge of second-degree murder, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed 17-year-old teenager continued to hold a concealed weapons permit as allowed under Florida law.