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Despite tragedy at Carnival, Dwyane Wade promotes Haiti as tourist destination

Chaos at 'Karnivale' is far from Dwyane Wade's Haitian oaisis

Published On: Feb 17 2015 11:48:58 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 17 2015 01:37:51 PM EST

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Dwyane Wade, 33, used social media to promote tourism in Haiti Tuesday.

The Miami Heat star shared a paradisiac photograph on Instagram with the caption "quick get-away" and hash tag "Haiti Experience It."

There were signs of gratitude among Haitians on Twitter. Five years after the Jan. 12, 2010 massive earthquake that caused an estimated $14 billion in damage, efforts to attract foreign investment in tourism continue.

"Enjoy man ... thanks for giving the country a chance and live it up," Jean Marc Perry said on Twitter after Wade shared the photo.

Meanwhile, Haitian authorities decided to cancel Tuesday's third and final day of Carnival events, Haitian consulate general Stephane Gilles told Local 10 News Calvin Hughes.

Hours after Wade, Gabrielle Union, Chris and Adrianne Bosh flew into Port-au-Prince for the annual three-day Carnival -- tragedy struck. 

There were at least 20 killed and 46 injured, after Barikad Crew's Carnival float was too high for a power line, Nadia Lochard, a coordinator for Haiti's  Department of Civil Protection.

Witnesses said a man known as Fantom, a member of the hip-hop group, was on the float and used a stick to attempt to move a low-hanging power line. There was a flash of sparks and his electrocution was instant. Radio station Zenith-FM quoted a doctor as saying that the singer was expected to survive.

General Hospital Dr. Joel Desire said the deaths were due to the chaotic scene that followed. People were trampled to death, officials said.

"I saw the wire falling and sparks and I started running for my life," said Natacha Saint Fleur, a 22-year-old who was near the float at the time.

Communications Minister Rothchild Francis said the government was working to assist victims. First lady Sophia Martelly visited some of the injured but left the hospital without speaking to reporters. There will be a moment of silence at 5 p.m in Port-au-Prince's Champs de Mars neighborhood.

Wade was far away from the suffering. He did not acknowledge it on social media. Instead, he shared the picture of his secluded oasis.

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20 die after Carnival electrocution in Haiti

Published On: Feb 17 2015 01:00:47 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 17 2015 01:44:54 PM EST

Twenty people are electrocuted while on a Carnival float in Haiti.

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Injured revelers wait outside the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, early Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Weather causes South Florida flight cancellations from Kansas to North Carolina

Wintry weather affects travelers nationwide

Published On: Feb 16 2015 01:24:42 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 16 2015 01:36:41 PM EST

Severe weather causes flight cancellations in S. Fla. airports

ALL RIGHT, JULIE JUST TALKED ABOUT IT. OUR NEIGHBORS U OUR NEIGHBORS NORTH ARE BEEN HIT BY ANOTHER BLAST OF BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES AS NORTHEAST FINISHES WITH LAST ROUND OF SNOWFALL. PARTS OF THE SOUTH DEALING WITH ICE AND SNOW OF ITS OWN. I AM JUST LAUGHING AT IT. Reporter: A LOT OF PEOPLE IN NEW ENGLAND, IF THEY DON'T LAUGH, THEY WILL CRY, HIT OVER THE WEEKEND WITH ANOTHER WINTER STORM. THIS IS CRAZY. YOU THINK TO YOURSELF. OTHER PEOPLE DON'T -- IT NEVER STOPS. Reporter: NOW WITH NEARLY 8 FEET OF SNOW ON THE GROUND THEY ARE DEALING WITH BITTERLY DANGEROUS COLD TEMPERATURES. IN SOME CASES WINDS DROPPING TO 30 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. GETTING A LITTLE TIRING. A TIRING MORNING TOO FOR FIRE FIGHTERS IN PHILADELPHIA. BATTLING FRAMES AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES, AND IN NANTUCKET OVER THE WEEKEND, A FRIGID RESCUE AT SEA. THE COAST GUARD PULLING TWO SAILORS TO SAFETY, STRUGGLING WITH WIND GUSTS UP TO 70 MURDERS. BLIZZARD-FORCE WINDS ALSO HITTING VIRGINIA, KNOCKING DOWN TREES AND CUTTING POWER OUT FOR THOUSANDS. COULD YOU DEFINITELY HEAR BRANCHES FALLING AND IT WAS VERY SCARY AT TIME. TEMPERATURES PLUNGING BELOW FREEZING AND EVEN FURTHER SOUTH WHERE A NEW STORM IS BRINGING SNOW, SLEET AND ICE. SALT TRUCKS ACROSS TENNESSEE WORKING OVERTIME. COUNTIES NEAR ATLANTA ARE ALREADY DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY. AND, OF COURSE, THE NORTHEAST, MORE SNOW IS ON THE WAY. BOSTON IS EXPECTED TO GET A FEW MORE INCHES BY TOMORROW. AND THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF A FIFTH MAJOR STORM BY THIS WEEKEND.

A winter storm stretching across the Midwest and Southeast was causing dozens of flight cancellations at Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Monday.

The Northeast weathered its fourth snowstorm in three weeks, and Local 10 News meteorologist Julie Durda was forecasting extremely low temperatures to hang around for two more weeks.

According to the National Weather Service, snowfall records have been broken in the Northeast. And now, more than a dozen other states -- stretching from Kansas and Oklahoma to North Carolina and Virginia -- are bracing for inclement weather.

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An additional 50 million were under winter storm warnings Monday. Southern Indiana could see up to 10 inches of snow, while northern Kentucky faces between 8 and 14 inches, the National Weather Service said.

"Travel will be treacherous with some roads nearly impassable," the report said. "Have an emergency kit of blankets, food, water and flashlights if you must travel."

The weather affected flights nationwide.

Nashville saw relentless freezing rain since before dawn Monday, and snowplows were already at work. Three to 7 inches of snow are forecast there in the next 24 hours.

Southwest Airlines on Monday canceled all flights to and from Nashville International Airport, airport spokeswoman Shannon Sumrall said. Southwest accounts for more than half of the commercial flights at the airport, she said. Only a handful of Delta and American Airlines flights departed Monday.

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Cuba sentences 2 to life imprisonment in trafficking scheme

Cuba sentences 2 men to life imprisonment in migrant trafficking scheme that killed 4 people

Published On: Feb 16 2015 10:59:26 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 16 2015 11:14:41 AM EST
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HAVANA  — Cuba's official newspaper Granma says two men have been sentenced to life imprisonment in a migrant trafficking scheme that left four people dead.

The daily reported Monday that another five people have received prison sentences ranging from eight to 25 years in the unsuccessful plan. Granma says the trial was held in recent days in a provincial court in Artemisa, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of the capital.

Details about the case were sketchy. The report did not specify how the four people died on June 7 in Artemisa municipality. It said in the scheme, 11 people were charged money to be taken to the United States by sea, but it didn't say how much.

The case comes as Cuba and the U.S. move toward a more normal relationship.

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