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Fidel Castro meets with 'Cuban Five'

<p> New photos showing former Cuban president Fidel Castro during a meeting with former prisoners, the Cuban Five, were released Monday on the website of Cuba's state-run newspaper. </p><p> The photos were published on Granma, along with an article written by Castro, praising the men whom the United States government found guilty of various spying efforts after infiltrating Cuban-American groups in South Florida in the 1990s. </p><p> Three of the men were released in December as part of a prisoner exchange included in the announced change in U.S.-Cuba foreign relations. The other two had been previously released from U.S. custody. </p><p> According to Castro's essay, the meeting took place Sunday, 73 days after the final three men returned. </p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p><p> Slideshow embedded here</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:06:50 GMT

Teen fighting to live after hit-and-run in Miami

<p> Miami police are searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run that left an 18-year old girl fighting for her life.</p><p> According to her family, Dericka Banks has broken bones in her arm and leg, head trauma and lung damage after she was struck in the street while walking home Saturday night about 9:30 p.m.</p><p> "Be my daughter again," said Veronica Banks, the teen's mom. "Be my child. Be there. Come on. Wake up. Do something."</p><p> Veronica Banks said her daughter has yet to open her eyes.</p><p> The teen was struck while crossing Northwest 54th Street near 13th Avenue. She was walking with her boyfriend, who witnessed the crash.</p><p> "It was like a boom," boyfriend Satchal Rivers said. "It was real loud, and when I looked back she was in front of the car."</p><p> Witnesses said the car never tried to stop.</p><p> Dericka Banks remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital.</p><p> The vehicle is described by witnesses as a champagne-color SUV with extensive damage or no bumper at all on the front.</p><p> Police are still questioning several witnesses and expect to release more information and a better description in the coming days.</p><p> Anyone with information about the crash is encouraged to call Miami police.</p><p> Follow Andrew Perez on Twitter @PerezLocal10</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:26:00 GMT

Bicyclist killed in Dania Beach hit-and-run

<p> Broward Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for the driver of a car that struck and killed a bicyclist in Dania Beach early Sunday morning.</p><p> BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said the man was riding his bicycle on State Road 84 approaching Ravenswood Road when he was struck from behind.</p><p> Detectives said they believe the vehicle to be a 2014 or 2015 Chevrolet Impala LTZ, but they're unsure of the color.</p><p> However, detectives said the vehicle should be easy to spot as it should have extensive damage to the bumper, headlight and possibly the windshield.</p><p> Anyone with any information about the vehicle or the driver is asked to contact the BSO at 954-764-4357.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT

Drive-by shooting in Opa-Locka leaves man dead, woman injured

<p> Opa-Locka police, along with the Miami-Dade police homicide division, are investigating a possible drive-by shooting that left one man dead and a woman with serious injuries Sunday morning.</p><p> More than two dozens evidence markers lined the road along York Street, between Northwest 20th Avenue and 21st Court.</p><p> Opa-locka police spokesman David Chiverton said an unknown vehicle pulled up to the area and shots were fired before the gunman took off.</p><p> Resident J.C. Black said he heard "about 41 rounds going off."</p><p> The man, believed to be in his 20s, died at the scene, and the woman was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where she was listed in stable condition.</p><p> Detectives did not have a motive, suspect or vehicle description, but they were in the process of interviewing several witnesses.</p><p> Local 10 News has learned the identities of the victims but is waiting until all families have been notified to release their names.</p><p> Follow Andrew Perez on Twitter @PerezLocal10</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 01:03:00 GMT

LAPD shoot, kill man on the ground

<p> The video starts with a man swinging his arms at police officers outside a Los Angeles homeless shelter. </p><p> An officer tackles him to the ground, and three others try to subdue him. At least one pulls out a Taser and tries to shock the man. </p><p> "Drop the gun!" a voice yells.</p><p> Seconds later, five gunshots ring out, prompting shock and screams from bystanders. </p><p> "Why did y'all shoot that man?" one witness yells. "Y'all got (him) tased. Why did you y'all shoot that man?" </p><p> The fatal shooting Sunday on Los Angeles' Skid Row sparked renewed outrage online over what some consider unnecessary lethal force by police. The shooting took place near the Union Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter in a neighborhood rife with poverty. </p><p> Anthony Blackburn, a bystander who shot the video, said he started filming with his cell phone after officers surrounded a homeless man in front of his tent on a city sidewalk.</p><p> "I had my phone out, you know, videotaping the whole thing 'cause we've been hearing on the news about police brutality," Blackburn told CNN affiliate KABC-TV. "I just wanted to film it and just make sure everything was all right. But I ended up seeing a tragedy."</p><p> Los Angeles police Commander Andrew Smith said the man was suspected of robbery. When officers tried to arrest him, he started fighting with them. </p><p> Smith said police tried to shock him with a Taser, but that didn't work. After the man reached for an officer's gun, three officers fired at him.</p><p> "I don't know what they found on this individual," Smith told CNN. "Obviously he didn't have a firearm."</p><p> Witness Tonya Edwards told CNN affiliate KTLA-TV she knew the man who was shot, describing him as a homeless person who had "a lot of mental issues." </p><p> Another witness, Yolanda Young, told KTLA the man "had three Tasers on him." </p><p> "He was down, but then he jumped up, like he was juiced up, and then he started swinging at the police and they were fighting him back. ... They shot him five times," Young said.</p><p> While police struggled with the man, another tussle broke out when one officer lost his baton. A bystander picked it up.</p><p> "Get my stick! Get my stick!" the officer yelled as other officers tackled the woman.</p><p> Blackburn said fellow witnesses were bewildered by the shooting. </p><p> "The young black officer that shot him, he went over to the crowd, telling everybody back up in an aggressive way," he told KABC.</p><p> Late Sunday, a crowd gathered at Los Angeles' Pershing Square to remember the man shot, known as "Africa" and "Brother Africa." </p><p> Los Angeles police said they will review video from various sources during their investigation of the shooting. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office will also launch an investigation, police said. </p><p> Los Angeles police senior lead Officer Deon Joseph, a longtime Skid Row patrol officer profiled by CNN in January, wasn't working when the shooting happened. But he said, "It looks like the officers had to make a tough call."</p><p> "The system is really failing the mentally ill, as well as the cops who have to contact them," he told CNN's Ann O'Neill through Facebook. "I'm seeing so many more new faces in Skid Row. And many of them have serious issues. It's really tough out there."</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:59:47 GMT

Drone crashes into Hialeah home

<p> A Hialeah man says a drone crashed into home.</p><p> Andrus Baksh says he was sleeping late Thursday night in his Hialeah home when he heard a loud crash. Thinking it was just the garbage men, he ignored it.</p><p> It wasn't until Friday morning that he discovered the source of the crash was a drone. He found the unmanned flying machine lying outside his home next to his shattered window.</p><p> He immediately called Hialeah police. </p><p> Baksh says he hopes the owner will take responsibility and come forward to fix his broken window.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:00:00 GMT

Precautionary swimming advisory issued for Oleta River

<p> A precautionary swimming advisory was issued Sunday for the beach area in the Oleta River State Park from the eastern shore of Biscayne Bay to Biscayne Boulevard.</p><p> Officials said due to rainfall Saturday, about 5 million gallons of partially treated waste was released into surrounding wetlands, including between Haulover Inlet and the south end of Dumbfoundling Bay, inclusive of Maul Lake, Sand Spur Island, the Oleta River, Oleta River State Park and Biscayne Bay waters inside Haulover Inlet.</p><p> The Florida Department of Health and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources are testing the affected waters. The advisory will remain in effect until the test results are clear.</p><p> Officials are cautioning the public to refrain from swimming and interacting in any recreational activities within the affected areas.</p>

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:53:52 GMT

Body found inside submerged car is that of missing Fort Lauderdale woman

<p> The Fort Lauderdale Police Department has confirmed that the body inside of the vehicle removed from the New River on Friday was in fact Lisa Hayden-Gordon.</p><p> Lisa Hayden-Gordon, 51, was a piano teacher for 25 years and went by the nickname "Noodles."</p><p> She was last seen about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 24 near Revolution Live nightclub, 100 SW Third Ave. Her family claims she suffers from bipolar disorder.</p><p> Detectives say this still remains an active and on-going investigation.</p><p> Friday, it took divers with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department nearly two hours to put air bags on the 2003 Hyundai Elantra, lift it to the surface and have it towed out of the water.</p><p> Anyone with information is urged to call the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.</p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:11:00 GMT

Plans to expand Florida's Turnpike to 8 lanes throughout Palm Beach County revived

<p> State officials are reviving plans to expand Florida's Turnpike to eight lanes in Palm Beach County.</p><p> Though no construction money has been allocated yet, the Department of Transportation says it wants to start work in the next five years on the project.</p><p> The Palm Beach Post reports a similar expansion had been announced in 2007, but the plans were stalled because of the recession.</p><p> Officials call the resurrection of the expansion another sign of a recovering economy.</p>

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:33:00 GMT

Trader Joe's to open Davie location

<p> Trader Joe's announced early Monday its plans to open a new location in Davie in late 2015 or early 2016. </p><p> The grocery store chain has signed a lease for a location at The Tower Shops on South University Drive at 23rd Street. The space will be about 9,300 square feet. </p><p> Trader Joe's began in California, but has since spread across the country, becoming popular with fans of its low prices and large selection. It opened its first South Florida store in 2013, in Pinecrest, followed by locations in Delray Beach, Pembroke Pines and Boca Raton.</p><p> A Fort Lauderdale location is also in the works, but no formal opening day has been announced. </p><p> Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:33:00 GMT

Celebrities with March birthdays

<p> Is your birthday in March? Take a look at celebrities with March birthdays and see who shares yours.</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT

On this day: March 2

<p> Dr. Seuss is born, "King Kong" premieres, Elmer Fudd makes his debut, Wilt Chamberlain scores 100, and compact discs hit the American market for the first time, all on this day.</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT