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GOP-led House backs limits on Obama's authority

In an election-year challenge to President Barack Obama, the Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $570 billion defense bill that halts any Guantánamo transfers for a year amid the furor over the American-for-Taliban swap and pulls back on government spying. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Car registrations stolen at Tri-Rail station in Fort Lauderdale, Residence Inn Marriott

A guard now patrols the Tri-Rail station in Fort Lauderdale days after more than a dozen cars were broken into at the busy train stop off Interstate 95 and Broward Boulevard. Police believe the break-ins may be part of a theft ring where crooks aren’t going after valuables. Instead, they’re stealing auto registrations and car insurance cards that have your personal information. Nose Noel was one of the victims. She told Local 10 investigative reporter Bob Norman she had nothing valuable in her car when it was broken into. “I don’t have nothing in the car,” said Noel. “You have nothing of value?” asked Norman. “No, just my Bible and papers and my work and shoes,” said Noel. Sources tell Local 10 News crooks are trying to steal people’s identity. Car registrations and sometimes insurance cards have people’s driver license number on it, which thieves could be trying to sell. Although they would need additional information to get a hold of a legit license, a bogus one can serve as a primary document for people to open a bank account and fill out government forms. The same group is believed to be behind a string of break-ins at the Residence Inn Marriott in Miramar. Surveillance video captured …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Gov. Rick Scott signs warning shot bill

Floridians who threaten to use a gun, or even fire a warning shot, could avoid criminal prosecution under a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Scott on Friday signed the bill (HB 89) partially inspired by a Jacksonville woman initially sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a shot near her estranged husband during an altercation. The woman, Marissa Alexander, is awaiting a new trial. Alexander had tried to assert a “stand your ground” defense, but a judge rejected her claim. She was sentenced under the state’s “10-20-Life” law that requires mandatory sentences for using a gun. The new law, however, would allow for instances of threatened use of force without falling under the rule of “10-20-Life.” It marks a significant change to the state’s self-defense laws. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Human remains found in canal identified as those of Raquel Calderin

The Miami-Dade County medical examiner has identified human remains found inside a vehicle submerged in a canal as those of Raquel Calderin. Calderin has been missing since Sept. 4, 2012. She was last seen having a verbal altercation with her estranged husband, Jesus Maqueira, at the school where she worked as a custodian. Her remains were found earlier this week in a canal on Krome Avenue, one mile north of Southwest Eighth Street in west Miami-Dade County. Maqueira is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated stalking. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Man shot in apparent domestic dispute in Miami

A man was shot in the shoulder Friday during an apparent domestic dispute in Miami. The shooting occurred Friday morning near Northwest Fourth Avenue and Northwest 54th Street. Miami police said a man in his 30s was shot once in the shoulder. Sky 10 was above the scene as officers were looking inside a nearby dumpster. A large amount of blood could be seen on the ground next to a red car. Police said the shooting appeared to be domestic-related. The man was expected to survive. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Religion

Presbyterians narrowly vote to divest from 3 companies involved in Israeli/Palestinian conflict

By Lauren Markoe (RNS) The 310-303 vote marks a victory for divestment supporters both within and without the 1.8 million-member PCUSA, now the largest American church to embrace divestment as a strategy to pressure Israel to return its illegally held lands. The post Presbyterians narrowly vote to divest from 3 companies involved in Israeli/Palestinian conflict appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Kendale Lakes woman arrested in grow house bust

A 62-year-old Kendale Lakes woman is under arrest after she operated a grow house inside her home, police said. Miriam Baydes was arrested Thursday on charges of drug trafficking, grand theft and using a home for trafficking drugs. She was booked into the Miami Dade County jail about 4 a.m. Friday morning. Neighbors say the bust went down Thursday night at a home on the 14000 block of Southwest 63rd Terrace. They say police came out with several trash bags filled with marijuana and Baydes in handcuffs. Baydes was expected to appear in bond court Friday afternoon. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Will Miami-Dade lay off up to 450 police officers?

With a budget shortfall approaching $100 million, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is talking about laying off up to 450 police officers later this year. The mayor spoke about it exclusively with Local 10. Gimenez said the number of cops on the road would remain the same, but at the same time some important, specialized police units will have to be eliminated, unless the union makes some concessions. “I don’t want to lay off anybody,” Gimenez said. Of those threatened of being eliminated are 35 positions from gang and narcotics units, 17 officers from special victims and 22 from the county robbery bureau. “I only have so much money,” Gimenez said. “I’m not going to raise taxes and so when you don’t raise taxes then you generate this amount of revenue. And so we can only pay for this many police officers with that amount of revenue. That’s why I need the help of labor unions. They don’t want to give up anything.” The mayor is playing hardball again with the police union president, John Rivera, his biggest adversary in the budget battle. “A lot of this is the doing of the unions themselves because of the things they ask for, and they aren’t willing to come …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Teen killed in police-involved shooting in Miami-Dade County

A teenager died Thursday night after a police-involved shooting in northwest Miami Dade County. The shooting happened just off 79th Street and 31st Avenue outside the Flea Market USA. Miami-Dade police told Local 10 an investigation into several stolen and burglarized vehicles involving both Miami-Dade and Coral Gables police led them to the scene. Detectives said Jason Carulla, 17, was picking up a stolen Toyota Sequoia. An MDPD Sergeant pulled up behind the SUV, and police said Carulla rammed the unmarked police vehicle. Quickly after, two Coral Gables police officers fired at Carulla to protect themselves and the MDPD Sergeant. Carulla was pronounced dead at the scene. Jason Carullo “We saw a bunch of fire shots and all of a sudden police swarmed out of nowhere,” Mila Kay, who was working nearby, told Local 10. “So it was some crazy stuff.” “I was standing right here at this last door when I seen the officer talking to the guy or whatever,” Octavia Pierson, who was inside the flea market at the time, added. “I walked in. As soon as I walked in, they said there (were) gunshots outside. Everybody started running back in. When I came out, they already had it roped off and everybody just ran …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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South Fla. community helps sick child grow Panini soccer sticker collection

A 5-year-old boy in need of a heart transplant is capturing the attention of the South Florida community, which has rallied to donate Panini stickers for his impressive collection. Jaime Ponce, who is originally from Mexico, is a huge World Cup fan and enjoys collecting the popular soccer stickers. Jaime is currently under the care of doctors at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital who have placed him on a Berlin Heart while he waits a transplant. The hospital describes the Berlin Heart as a “mechanical ventricular assist device that does the function of a patient’s heart and serves as a bridge to a cardiac transplant.” You can donate Panini soccer stickers to Jaime by sending them to: Jaime C/O Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation 3711 Garfield St. Hollywood, FL 33021 …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz injures hamstring during softball game

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., injured her hamstring during a congressional women’s softball game. The lawmaker was rounding the bases during the annual charity softball game when she tore her hamstring Wednesday night in Washington. A representative for the Democratic congresswoman says she is on crutches and will be undergoing physical therapy for at least a couple of weeks. Despite her injury, the female members of Congress went on to beat the female reporters in the charity game, winning 10-5. The event raised money for breast cancer research. The congresswoman is in good spirits and has already resumed her schedule and duties. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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