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Doc Who Hit Uber Driver Is Out of a Job

Miami hospital fires Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon months after video went viral

(Newser) - A doctor has been fired from a Miami hospital three months after a video surfaced on YouTube showing her hitting and screaming profanities at an Uber driver, reports the AP . The Miami Herald reports that Jackson Health System officials released a statement Friday saying that fourth-year neurology resident Anjali Ramkissoon... More »

10-Minute In-Person Chat May Reduce Prejudice

'If you ask the right questions ...'

(Newser) - A new study published in the journal Science suggests that a quick, face-to-face conversation can put a dent in LGBT prejudice. Volunteers who went door to door—aka "deep canvassing," per the Atlantic —"substantially reduced transphobia," say the researchers. "We found that a single,... More »

NFL Player Dies Following Dirt Bike Accident

The Ravens' Tray Walker suffered serious head injuries Thursday night

(Newser) - Tray Walker, the Baltimore Ravens cornerback who was injured in a motorcycle accident Thursday night in Miami, died from his injuries Friday—less than 24 hours after the accident, Yahoo! Sports reports. According to the Baltimore Sun , the 23-year-old suffered multiple serious head injuries when the dirt bike he was... More »

Police Union: Every Cop Should Boycott Beyonce

Javier Ortiz accuses singer of trying to 'divide Americans'

(Newser) - The chief of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police is so incensed by Beyonce's latest video that he wants every cop in America to boycott her upcoming tour. In a statement, Javier Ortiz accuses the singer of trying to "divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her... More »

Man Allegedly Smuggled Live Birds in His Pants

Authorities say he had a few more in a fanny pack

(Newser) - We would have been concerned about birds' well-documented taste for worms, but to each their own. A traveler arriving from Cuba was caught trying to smuggle nine live birds—three of them in the "groin area" of his pants—Jan. 9 at Miami International Airport, according to US Customs... More »

Doctor in Uber Attack: Here's Why I Snapped

Anjali Ramkissoon is very sorry

(Newser) - Anjali Ramkissoon, the Florida doctor suspended after video of her assaulting an Uber driver went viral, is very sorry. "I was extremely stressed out that day," she tells Good Morning America . "It was probably one of the worst days of my life and I was caught at... More »

Mystery Package Found at Drug Lord's Old Mansion

Safe also stolen from Pablo Escobar's former property

(Newser) - A mysterious package has emerged from a pink Miami Beach mansion once owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The current owner, Chicken Kitchen founder Christian de Berdouare, bought the waterfront estate for $9.65 million in 2014 with the plan to tear down the old mansion, unaware of Escobar'... More »

Female Miami Doctor Suspended After Uber Confrontation

Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon could face termination after video goes viral

(Newser) - A Miami doctor is in hot water after video surfaced showing her in an altercation with an Uber driver on Sunday night. Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident at Jackson Health System, has been placed on administrative leave, per a statement, and an internal investigation "will determine if... More »

Baby Giraffe Dies in 'Horrific' Accident at Miami Zoo

Juvenile injured spinal cord when his head got stuck in a fence

(Newser) - Staff at Zoo Miami are mourning the loss of a juvenile giraffe that had to be put down Tuesday after the 7-month-old got his head stuck in a fence. Wesley the giraffe poked his head into a 10-inch gap in a chain link fence on Tuesday, toward where another giraffe... More »

Boy, 7, Visiting Family Is Killed in Drive-By Shooting

Kids scattered as Miami-Dade attackers opened fire

(Newser) - Police say a 7-year-old boy was killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday while visiting family in southwest Miami-Dade County for the holidays. According to the Miami Herald , police say the shooting in Richmond Heights, about 24 miles southwest of Miami, involved a high-powered rifle. Police say four men pulled up... More »

Tech Glitch Grounds American Airlines Planes

Flights at Chicago, Miami, and Dallas halted for 2 hours

(Newser) - Just a few days ago, American Airlines confessed it had mistakenly allowed an aircraft not certified for long flights over water to make the trip from LA to Hawaii. Today the airline faces another problem: Unexplained technical issues forced it to temporarily ground planes at three of the country's... More »

These Are America's 10 Sweatiest Cities

Tampa, Miami, Orlando make the top 5

(Newser) - Let's hope Tampa has a steady supply of deodorant. A new survey from the makers of Honeywell Fans has produced a list of the 10 sweatiest cities in the country, based on temperature and humidity levels, population, housing density, wind speed, and more, per a press release . The consensus:... More »

Florida Principal Defends Texas Cop, Loses Job

'I commend him,' said Alberto Iber of 99% minority school

(Newser) - North Miami Senior High School is in need of a new principal after its own defended a white police officer's actions during a Texas pool party melee , the Miami Herald reports. Alberto Iber has been reassigned to "administrative duties" (though the Sun-Sentinel reports he resigned) after writing this... More »

Picasso Work Stolen From Miami Exhibit

Silver plate he made in 1956 is worth $85K

(Newser) - Picasso didn't just create paintings, he made silver plates as well. And a thief has made off with one worth about $85,000 from a Miami art festival, reports Reuters . Someone plucked Visage aux Mains (Face with Hands) from a wall at Art Miami—it was there when a... More »

Kid, 11, Among 15 Shot in Miami Club

At least 5 teens among the injured

(Newser) - Fifteen people have been wounded in a shooting that sent terrified patrons scrambling from a Miami nightclub early today, police said, adding the youngest victim is 11 years old. When Miami police and rescue crews arrived at a club called The Spot around 1am, they said they found chaos among... More »

Man Beats Girlfriend Who 'Cheated' in His Dreams

Carlos Gascon allegedly beat her all day Friday

(Newser) - A Florida man allegedly imprisoned his girlfriend in his house all day Friday and beat her savagely—because he dreamed she had cheated on him, CBS Local reports. She finally called for help when her boyfriend, Carlos Gascon, 27, passed out around 7pm at her Summerland Key home. The sheriff'... More »

Teen Brothers Die in Murder-Suicide —Over Clothes

Third brother couldn't stop fight that escalated out of control

(Newser) - Friends of a grieving Miami family say Stanley Blanc, 16, wanted to wear the clothes of his 14-year-old brother, Stephen, but Stephen didn't want him to—and now both boys are dead in a murder-suicide. Relatives say Stephen pulled a gun and shot his older brother in their home... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

Florida in particular does not fare well

(Newser) - Head's up, Florida pedestrians. It just may save your life. A new study about the most dangerous cities for those who get around by foot finds that the top four are in Florida. The top 10 offenders, via Smart Growth America :
  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Miami, Fla.
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Cuba: We Busted 4 Miami Residents in Terror Plot

Exiles sought to attack military installations: officials

(Newser) - Four Cuban exiles based in Miami have been arrested for allegedly planning terrorist acts in Cuba, Reuters reports. The country's interior ministry says the suspects—Jose Ortega Amador, Obdulio Rodriguez Gonzalez, Raibel Pacheco Santos, and Felix Monzon Alvarez—were targeting military installations "with the objective of furthering violent... More »

Secret Service Suspected of Drinking, Crashing Car

As new details about Netherlands debauch come to light

(Newser) - The Secret Service's Netherlands debauch wasn't the agency's first questionable incident this month: Two counter-sniper officers were involved in a car accident on March 7, during President Obama's visit to Miami, and they were suspected of drinking, multiple sources tell the Washington Post . The driver, however,... More »

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