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In Miami, Cubans Celebrate Castro's Death

It was party time in Little Havana

(Newser) - Within half an hour of the Cuban government's official announcement that former President Fidel Castro had died , Miami's Little Havana teemed with life—and cheers. Thousands of people banged pots with spoons, waved Cuban flags in the air and whooped in jubilation early Saturday. Honking and strains of... More »

Autopsy: Marlins Pitcher Had Cocaine, Alcohol in His System

Jose Fernandez died in a boat crash last month in Florida

(Newser) - Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty, according to toxicology reports released Saturday. The AP reports it's not clear whether Fernandez was driving when the boat crashed Sept. 25, killing the 24-year-old baseball star and... More »

Trump Rips ObamaCare, Raises Questions on Himself in Process

Seems to imply at Miami campaign event he doesn't offer health care coverage to his own workers

(Newser) - The news that ObamaCare premiums are going to significantly rise next year didn't put many people in the best of moods Tuesday, and Donald Trump was no exception. First he said "it's over" for the administration's health care plan at a rally in Tampa, Fla., Monday... More »

Now Even the Singers Are Kneeling for National Anthem

Denasia Lawrence joins protest during performance at Miami Heat game

(Newser) - A woman performing the national anthem prior to an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt, the AP reports. Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the... More »

The 10 Least Safe Cities for Women

Be extra-vigilant in Miami, Houston

(Newser) - Out on the town in Miami or Houston? Ladies should be extra-vigilant. Both cities are among the least safe for women based on 31 factors, including crime, workplace policies, women in local politics and police forces, and health care, as well as education and wealth, which "indicate a woman'... More »

Mosquitoes Now Spreading Zika in Miami Beach

Five new cases confirmed in Miami

(Newser) - Mosquitoes are spreading Zika in a whole new area of Miami, the CDC announced Friday. USA Today reports five new cases of mosquito-spread Zika have popped up in a 1.5-square-mile area of Miami Beach, including popular tourist area South Beach. In fact, three of the five patients were visiting... More »

Florida Mom-to-Be: Zika Turns Pregnancy Into Horror Movie

Liz Tracy talks being pregnant at the center of the US' Zika outbreak

(Newser) - "Pregnancy typically feels like a sci-fi flick," Liz Tracy writes for the Atlantic . "Zika, however, turns these nine-and-a-half months into a horror movie with a monster that is almost impossible to locate and hard to avoid." Tracy is currently pregnant in Miami, home to the US'... More »

Judge Dumps Laundering Charges, Says Bitcoin's Not Real

Virtual currency can't 'be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars': Miami judge

(Newser) - Bitcoins may be valuable in tech circles, but to a judge in Miami-Dade County, the virtual money is nothing more than shadow currency. On Monday, Judge Teresa Mary Pooler discarded felony charges against website designer Michell Espinoza, who had been accused of transmitting and laundering $1,500 in bitcoins—an... More »

Wasserman Schultz Now Faces 'Battle of Her Lifetime'

Primary opponent taking advantage of her recent struggles

(Newser) - Debbie Wasserman Schultz may have been at the center of the Democratic Party's so-called civil war , but she now faces what the Miami Herald labels "the political battle of her lifetime." On Aug. 30, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, who will leave her post after the party... More »

Cop Shoots Man on Ground With Hands in Air

Therapist was trying to calm down an autistic man

(Newser) - A therapist trying to calm down an autistic man was shot by police on a North Miami street on Monday—despite the fact that he was lying on the ground with his hands up. Charles Kinsey, who works at a mental health center, was trying to bring back a 23-year-old... More »

Florida Zika Case May Be Scariest One Yet

Infection may be from US mosquito, though health officials checking every possible cause

(Newser) - There have been more than 1,300 reported cases of Zika reported in the US so far, per the CDC , but a new case in Florida is especially worrisome: The Florida Department of Health says it's looking into what may be the first non-travel-related infection in the continental US,... More »

The 8 Rudest US Cities

Miami is not-so-friendly: survey

(Newser) - Lost in Miami? It might be better to buy a map than ask locals for directions. That's because the city tops Travel and Leisure 's list of the rudest US cities. Travelers ranked cities based on how pleasant locals seem, and while rudeness can be subjective, Travel and ... More »

Cops Find $24M Stashed in Suspect's Wall

Raid on store owner's home breaks Miami-Dade record

(Newser) - Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez runs a successful gardening store in Miami-Dade, but not quite successful enough to explain the $24 million cops found stashed in his wall. The 44-year-old was charged with offenses including money laundering and marijuana trafficking after police found the cash stuffed in 5-gallon Home Depot buckets in a... More »

The 10 Worst US Cities to Call Home

Life isn't so sunny in Miami

(Newser) - Think life is sunny in Miami? Not so, according to 24/7 Wall St . The city tops a ranking of the worst US cities to call home based on various economic and social factors—including the affordability of housing, employment growth, crime rates, educational achievement, and nearby attractions and restaurants. The... More »

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 »

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