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10 US Cities So Fun You Won't Be Able to Stand It

Las Vegas is America's No. 1 recreation spot

(Newser) - Variety is the spice of life—and also one of the metrics WalletHub used to figure out what the most fun cities in America are. The site looked at 150 of the most populated cities in the US, examining nearly 60 gauges that indicate a good time will likely be... More »

Irma's 'Chainsaw Sister' Had to Google Instructions

Sister Margaret Ann of Miami has become an internet sensation

(Newser) - The Florida nun who became an internet sensation when video emerged of her—dressed in full habit—wielding a chainsaw to clear downed trees after Hurricane Irma says she had to look up instructions on how to start the tool. "I actually had to Google it to find out... More »

Trump's Social Media Chief Posts Wrong Irma Video

He thought it was of flooding in Miami

(Newser) - President Trump's social media chief had to post a retraction Sunday after sharing a video that he wrongly believed showed the impact of Hurricane Irma. "Here is Miami International Airport. STAY SAFE!!" tweeted White House social media director Dan Scavino, posting a video of flooding at an... More »

As Hurricane Irma Rages, Woman Delivers Own Baby

Doctors talked her through the delivery over the phone

(Newser) - Miami is getting hit with such strong winds from Hurricane Irma that fire and rescue crews are having to choose which calls are safe enough to respond to, and that left one local woman on her own when it came time to deliver her baby. The Miami Herald reports that... More »

Irma Regains Category 4, Bears Down on South Fla.

Winds at 130mph as massive storm shifts slightly west, throwing forecasters curveball

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma regained strength as it closed in on the Florida Keys early Sunday and forecasters monitored a crucial shift in its trajectory—just a few miles to the west—that could keep its ferocious eye off the southwest Florida coast and over warm Gulf water. The hurricane re-strengthened to... More »

Cops Shoot Suspect at Miami Airport

Shooting slowed things down as people tried to leave before Irma

(Newser) - Police say they're investigating an officer-involved shooting Thursday night at the Miami airport that shut down a terminal as people looked to leave Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma. Miami-Dade Police said in a tweet that the situation involved a single suspect and is under control. WPLG reports that the... More »

Irma Prompts Largest Ever Evacuation of Miami-Dade County

Meanwhile, the impact of the Category 5 hurricane depends on a right turn

(Newser) - "If you live in any evacuation zones and you're still at home, LEAVE!" the AP quotes Florida Gov. Rick Scott as saying. "We can't save you once the storm hits." With Hurricane Irma continuing its path toward Florida, Miami-Dade County expanded evacuation orders Thursday... More »

'Legendary' Con Artist Accused of New Scam ... From Prison

Authorities say Jimmy Sabatino conned stores out of luxury goods over the phone

(Newser) - Prison appears to be doing nothing to change serial con man Jimmy Sabatino. The Miami Herald reports the "legendary" con artist pleaded guilty Friday to running a lucrative scam out of his cell at a federal facility in Florida. Authorities say Sabatino bought cellphones from corrections officers then used... More »

This Is the Most Stressed US City

Take a deep breath, Newark

(Newser) - Looking for a business opportunity? Consider opening a massage parlor in Newark, NJ, where residents appear to be the most stressed in the country. WalletHub looked at 30 stress indicators as they relate to work, money, family, and health to come up with the most and least stressed cities in... More »

Fatal Airbag Explosion Triggered by a Hammer

Man killed in Florida while working on Honda Accord

(Newser) - Another person has died as a result of an exploding Takata airbag, though in this case the car involved wasn't even in a crash. Honda says it recently learned about an incident on June 18, 2016, in which a man was using a hammer to make repairs on a... More »

App Fights Traffic Tickets for Less Than the Fine

A startup hires lawyers to go to court for you

(Newser) - Traffic violations can be pricey, with low-level speeding tickets costing as much as $400 in some US cities. After entrepreneur Chris Riley faced a huge fine for going less than 10mph over the speed limit in Miami, he decided to try to "give people access to services [like lawyers]... More »

These 10 Cities Better Hope They Avoid a Hurricane

The damage would be brutal: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Florida may be the place to go for sunshine, but it's the place to escape if a hurricane hits. The state is home to a number of the US cities that are "vulnerable to the greatest damage" at the hands of a hurricane, reports 24/7 Wall St , which... More »

Uber Driver Can't Speak English, Draws a Fine

'I felt discriminated against," says Carmen Hechevarria in Miami

(Newser) - An Uber driver is outraged after she received a ticket at Miami International Airport. Her crime: not speaking English. An airport security officer spoke in English to Spanish-speaking Uber driver Carmen Hechevarria as she dropped off passengers Sunday, but received no response, reports the Miami Herald . "She looked at... More »

Ben Carson Visits Housing Complex, Gets Stuck in Elevator

Fire crew had to pry the doors open

(Newser) - The Miami leg of Ben Carson's national listening tour started with a glitch. The housing secretary got stuck in an elevator after a visit Wednesday to the rooftop of the Courtside Family Apartments, a complex co-developed by former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning and his nonprofit AM Affordable Housing,... More »

Good News for Man Claiming Pablo Escobar Framed Him

Krishna Maharaj granted new hearing in Miami

(Newser) - Krishna Maharaj has maintained his innocence over the 30 years he's spent in a Florida prison. Now he'll get the chance to prove it. Based on fresh evidence, an appeals court has granted a new hearing for the British businessman convicted of the 1986 killings of Derrick and... More »

Lawyer's Pants Catch Fire During Arson Trial

Florida attorney argued that client's car spontaneously combusted

(Newser) - Jurors trying to assess the truthfulness of defense lawyer Stephen Gutierrez's closing arguments in an arson trial Wednesday may have been dismayed to notice that his pants were literally on fire. Witnesses say the lawyer had to flee the Miami courtroom with smoke billowing from his pocket, the Miami ... More »

One Immigrant Sanctuary Ends in Face of Trump Order

Miami-Dade's jails will hold undocumented immigrants for feds

(Newser) - President Trump's threat to withhold federal money has worked on at least one "sanctuary" jurisdiction, the Miami Herald reports. On Thursday, the mayor of Florida's Miami-Dade County ended a 2013 policy that kept local jails from holding undocumented immigrants for federal immigration authorities. While Trump called the... More »

Teen Girl Live-Streams Her Suicide on Facebook

She's at least 3rd person in US to live-stream their suicide in past month

(Newser) - A 14-year-old girl killed herself in her foster family's bathroom early Monday in Florida while live-streaming on Facebook Live, the Miami Herald reports. Police say the girl made a noose out of a scarf and hung herself from a shower door after live-streaming for two hours. A friend of... More »

Harambe's Grandmother Euthanized in Miami

The gorilla was 49 years old

(Newser) - Zoo Miami's matriarch gorilla, Josephine, who was grandmother to the internet-famous Harambe, has died, the AP reports. The zoo announced on social media that the 49-year-old ape was euthanized Wednesday morning, saying she had been suffering from several health issues that slowly incapacitated her. Josephine was born in the... More »

8 Injured in Shooting at Miami's MLK Park

2 suspects are being questioned

(Newser) - Miami-Dade police say eight people—five of them juveniles—have been wounded in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, the AP reports. Police spokesman Detective Daniel Ferrin says in a news release that two suspects are being questioned about the Monday afternoon shooting. He says two firearms... More »

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