Filipino workers: Oil company abandoned us in Hurricane Ida
Ten Filipino men who worked for a major offshore oil industry employer under federally granted visas claim in a federal lawsuit they were treated like prisoners at a company bunkhouse and that some of them were abandoned there when Hurricane Ida struck the Louisiana Gulf Coast in August 2021.
Lawyer wants 3 US presidents to rescue ex-Honduran president
Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández is hoping three American presidents can rescue him from criminal charges alleging he accepted millions of dollars from drug traffickers funneling drugs to the U.S. Attorney Raymond Colon told reporters outside Manhattan federal court Tuesday that he plans to subpoena President Joe Biden and former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
Flood of Capitol riot, tribal cases swamps US prosecutors
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. Justice Department’s to-do list was already daunting, especially with this year's flood of pandemic-delayed federal cases. Now, more than 300 people have been charged so far in the Capitol riot that resulted in the deaths of five people, and at least 100 more are expected to be charged. Meanwhile, Capitol riot investigators are wading through more than 15,000 hours of footage from surveillance cameras and officers’ body-worn cameras, information from about 1,600 electronic devices and more than 210,000 tips from the public. The Capitol riot cases will likely be lined up behind older ones waiting months to go to trial, Hernandez said, noting that she had one originally scheduled for last April that's now booked for September. “Right now, because of our resources, we’re triaging and taking the most serious of cases, the violent crime cases, the cases that have acts against children and things of that nature."
Olympic gymnast Hernandez enjoys solid return at Winter Cup
Yet rather than greet them with anxiety or fear as she did the last time she stood on the competition floor, Laurie Hernandez embraced them. Yet all of it faded into the background on Saturday at the Winter Cup in Indianapolis. “They handled themselves really really well,” national team coordinator Tom Forster said. And I think if anybody, of course, like Riley, Riley gets it. And so we’ve been able to connect in that way and, you know, in so many different levels.
Economy’s dark cloud during pandemic threatens capoeira studio in Broward
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Maria Hernandez lives and breaths capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines acrobatics and dance. Hernandez, a capoeira instructor with competitive experience, doesn’t give up easily, but she has been struggling to pay the rent. Claims for unemployment benefits in Florida increased to 57,824 for the week ending Jan. 23, according to the US. Florida was among the largest increases in initial claims in the country for the week ending Jan. 16 with 8,643 more. Unemployment claims increased Florida’s unemployment rate was 6.1% in December and experienced a loss of 419,200 jobs since December 2019.
Woman fatally struck by SUV in northwest Miami-Dade
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – Residents in a northwest Miami-Dade neighborhood said that a road where a woman was fatally struck by an SUV Sunday night is a place where drivers frequently speed. Gonzalez said she used to see her frequently cross busy Northwest 103rd Street at 13th Avenue to go to the convenience store. On Sunday, he was at the scene visibly upset and was tended to by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. “She was a beautiful person -- a very beautiful person,” Torres said. The victim’s daughter said she is grateful the driver who hit her mother did the right thing and remained at the scene.
Man with Cuban Revolution hallucinations threatens Sen. Marco Rubio, police say
HIALEAH, Fla. – Detectives found out that a man who had allegedly been threatening Sen. Marco Rubio, Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez, and Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez was in dire need of mental health services. The man “advised of soldiers from Fidel Castro’s Revolt [who] were after him, and spoke of hallucinations of the Cuban Revolution,” Quintana said. He had been detained for a mental health evaluation before because he has a history of threatening politicians, Quintana said. A Miami resident who knows the man and was concerned contacted the Miami Police Department, Vega said. Miami detectives shared the information with the Hialeah Police Department, Quintana said.
New PBS film probes construction boom on Latino workers
This undated photo provided by Panda Bear Films/Latino Public Broadcasting shows Latino construction worker stands outside a Dallas construction site. (Moyo Oyelola/Panda Bear Films/Latino Public Broadcasting via AP)RIO RANCHO, N.M. – Since the Great Recession, cities like Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and Hobbs, New Mexico, have seen construction booms. “Building the American Dream,” a new VOCES/PBS documentary, examines the effects of this construction boom in the American Southwest on Latino workers by telling the stories of those erecting buildings in Texas. The film dives into the lives of one Mexican immigrant family in Texas after their construction worker son dies while on the job. The film, though a partnership with Latino Public Broadcasting, is scheduled to begin airing on most PBS stations on Tuesday to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.
Third man arrested in fight leaving 4 injured in Monroe County, deputies say
KEY LARGO, Fla. – Deputies are still investigating a Christmas Day morning bloody melee in the Florida Keys. And on Wednesday, they arrested the 48-year-old man who was accused of chasing women with a rock until another man threatened him with a broken beer bottle. Deputies arrested Javier E. Rivera, 19, left, and German Rivera, 25 on Christmas Day in the Florida Keys. Deputies arrested Rivera and German Rivera, 25, and seized the machete on Christmas Day. Both Javier and German Rivera, of Homestead, are each facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and burglary with an assault or battery.