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Aug 29, 2011

Bachmann says Irene comments just a joke

MIAMI (Reuters) – Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann insisted on Monday she was joking when she said a hurricane and quake were God’s warning to Washington, in an effort to control the damage from her latest controversial comments.

The Tea Party favourite raised eyebrows with a weekend remark to supporters in Florida that Hurricane Irene, which killed at least 24 people and left millions without power, and an East Coast earthquake were God’s way of telling U.S. politicians to cut spending and fix the budget deficit.

Aug 29, 2011

Candidate Bachmann brushes off hurricane joke

MIAMI (Reuters) – Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann insisted on Monday she was joking when she said a hurricane and quake were God’s warning to Washington, in an effort to control the damage from her latest controversial comments.

The Tea Party favorite raised eyebrows with a weekend remark to supporters in Florida that Hurricane Irene, which killed at least 24 people and left millions without power, and an East Coast earthquake were God’s way of telling politicians to cut spending and fix the budget deficit.

Aug 29, 2011

U.S. presidential candidate says hurricane comments just a joke

MIAMI (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said on Monday she was only joking when she described Hurricane Irene and last week’s earthquake in the eastern United States as a warning from God.

“Of course I was being humorous when I said that. It would be absurd to think it was anything else. I have a great sense of humour,” Bachmann said during a campaign stop in Miami.

Aug 18, 2011

Human fecal waste is coral killer, research shows

MIAMI (Reuters) – A human fecal bacterium kills coral, new research shows, and U.S. scientists say this is a warning to Florida and the Caribbean to protect prized reefs from sewage or face a threat to a key pillar of their tourism.

In an article published on Wednesday in the PLoS ONE scientific journal, U.S. researchers said they had identified a bacterium from human fecal waste as a killer of common Caribbean elkhorn coral, whose spiky, layered, ochre-colored growths populate reefs off Florida and across the Caribbean.

Aug 16, 2011

Did “gustnado” topple Indiana stage? Experts divided

MIAMI (Reuters) – Was the sudden wind gust that collapsed an outdoor concert stage in Indiana at the weekend, killing five people, a ‘gustnado,’ a sometimes powerful whirlwind that scoots ahead of thunderstorm fronts?

Senior meteorologist Henry Margusity of private weather forecaster AccuWeather.com believes that it was.

Aug 15, 2011

Brickbats, few bouquets, greet US lawmakers at home

MIAMI, Aug 15 (Reuters) – For weeks during the rancorous
debate over the U.S. debt ceiling limit, Americans were treated
to the widely televised spectacle of their lawmakers drubbing
each other in a bruising partisan jousting match.

When members of Congress returned home from Washington for
their summer recess this month, many received a pummeling in
turn from constituents furious over the debt and deficit
squabbling and also fretting about their livelihoods.

Aug 14, 2011

Singer Pablo Milanes urges more freedom in Cuba

MIAMI (Reuters) – One of Communist-ruled Cuba’s best-known singers, Pablo Milanes, said in quoted comments he would like to see more freedom to protest on the island as he prepared for a controversial concert this month in Miami.

Miami’s Spanish language El Nuevo Herald newspaper published an interview on Sunday with the 68-year-old two-time Grammy award winner, whose melodic and evocative ballads are well known in Latin America and internationally.

Aug 9, 2011

Wind, seas defeat 61-year-old’s Cuba to Florida swim

MIAMI (Reuters) – Contrary winds and currents forced 61-year-old American swimmer Diana Nyad to abandon early on Tuesday her bid to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

“Diana herself decided to end the swim … The combination of factors was too much to safely continue,” her crew members said in Tweets on her Twitter account after Nyad was pulled out of the water halfway through her attempt to swim the 103-mile distance from Havana, Cuba, to Key West.

Aug 8, 2011

U.S. swimmer, 61, pushes toward Florida in record bid

MIAMI (Reuters) – Shielded by an electrical field to ward off sharks, 61-year-old American swimmer Diana Nyad was pushing toward Florida Monday in her bid to set a new world record with a 103-mile crossing from Cuba without a shark cage.

“She is off to a strong start,” a spokeswoman for the veteran long-distance swimmer told Reuters as she stroked and kicked toward Key West in the Florida Keys, her final destination in a marathon swim expected to last some 60 hours.

Aug 4, 2011

Weather Service urges to be spared from spending cuts

MIAMI (Reuters) – Nature has not stinted in unleashing deadly weather on the United States this year and leaders should recognize the need for good forecasting services when they wield the cost-cutting knife, the director of the National Weather Service said on Thursday.

Jack Hayes used the opportunity of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated 2011 Atlantic hurricane forecast to stress “what taxpayers are getting in return for their investment in the National Weather Service,” which is part of NOAA.

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      "I am based in Miami, heading the editorial reporting team covering the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. This includes Cuba and Haiti and we are also in charge of covering the annual Atlantic hurricane season and Space missions from Cape Canaveral. Previously, I was Chief Correspondent for West and Central Africa, and chief correspondent, Venezuela, following earlier postings in Cuba, Brazil, southern Africa, Portugal and Spain."
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