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Aug 31, 2010

Hurricane Earl on path toward U.S. East Coast

MIAMI (Reuters) – Hurricane Earl followed a path toward the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday as the powerful storm pulled away from northeastern Caribbean islands it had pounded with winds and rain, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters said it was still unclear which part of the U.S. eastern seaboard that Earl, the second major hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic season, might affect later in the week.

Aug 30, 2010

Hurricane Earl strengthens, could swipe U.S. coast

MIAMI (Reuters) – Hurricane Earl strengthened into a major Category 3 storm on Monday as it lashed the northeast Caribbean islands on a track that could swipe the U.S. East Coast in the next few days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

But the Miami-based forecasters said it was too early to say which part of the U.S. eastern seaboard might be affected by Earl, the second major hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic season.

Aug 27, 2010

U.S. seeks extradition of Caribbean Ponzi schemer

MIAMI, Aug 27 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities want to
extradite from the Turks and Caicos Islands a Jamaican banker
accused of running a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of
nearly $300 million in one of the Caribbean’s biggest financial
fraud cases, a law enforcement official said on Friday.

U.S. prosecutors have filed criminal charges against David
A. Smith, who is currently under investigation but on bail in
the Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory.

Aug 24, 2010

Florida says visitors up despite Gulf oil spill

MIAMI, Aug 24 (Reuters) – The number of visitors to Florida
from April through June increased, despite the BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the rise in tourists would have
been much bigger without the disaster, a state tourism official
said on Tuesday.

Although the world’s worst offshore oil spill inflicted
less damage on Florida than on other Gulf states like Alabama
and Louisiana, the arrival of tar balls and oil debris on the
Florida Panhandle still put a dent in the Sunshine State’s $60
billion-a-year tourism industry, according to authorities.

Aug 10, 2010

Florida to sue major LCD makers for price fixing

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said on Tuesday he is suing the world’s biggest makers of liquid crystal display screens for engaging in a “conspiracy at the highest level” to fix prices.

The lawsuit, a civil action to be filed in a California federal court, alleges the defendants “conspired to prevent competition and to increase prices” for TFT-LCD panels, the most common form of LCD panels used in desktop monitors, laptop screens, flat-panel televisions and other electronic devices.

Aug 10, 2010

BP moves to well kill, kicks off compensation fund

MIAMI/HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP advanced on the final lap toward permanently killing the source of the world’s worst offshore oil spill and kicked off a $20 billion compensation fund with a $3 billion deposit on Monday.

A relief well being drilled by BP is on track to start a definitive “bottom kill” shutdown of the crippled Gulf of Mexico well this week, unless an approaching weather system disrupts the timing, the top U.S. oil spill response official said.

Aug 9, 2010

BP relief well closes in

LONDON/MIAMI (Reuters) – BP’s relief well is closing in to start a permanent kill of the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well this week, unless an approaching weather system disrupts the timing, the top U.S. oil spill response chief said on Monday.

“They are closing in on the last 30-40 feet … It’s ongoing and going in segments,” retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told a conference call to update on the final stages of definitively plugging the world’s worst offshore oil spill.

Aug 9, 2010

BP relief well closes in, eye on weather

LONDON/MIAMI (Reuters) – BP’s relief well is closing in to start a permanent kill of the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well this week, unless an approaching weather system disrupts the timing, the top U.S. oil spill response chief said on Monday.

“They are closing in on the last 30-40 feet … It’s ongoing and going in segments,” retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told a conference call to update on the final stages of definitively plugging the world’s worst offshore oil spill.

Jul 29, 2010

BP aims for quick well kill

HOUSTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – BP may permanently shut the well that caused the worst off-shore oil spill in U.S. history as early as Monday, the company said as speculation grew over assets it might sell to cover mounting costs.

Incoming BP chief executive, Bob Dudley, said on Wednesday the company would stay involved with the cleanup process in the Gulf of Mexico long after the leaking well was plugged and expressed optimism the damaged environment would recover.

Jul 29, 2010

BP aims for quick well kill and weighs asset sales

HOUSTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – BP Plc may permanently shut the well that caused the worst off-shore oil spill in U.S. history as early as Monday, the company said as speculation grew over assets it might sell to cover mounting costs.

Incoming BP chief executive, Bob Dudley, said on Wednesday the company would stay involved with the cleanup process in the Gulf of Mexico long after the leaking well was plugged and expressed optimism the damaged environment would recover.

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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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