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Ten years on, Cuban castaway Elian Gonzalez is happy back home

Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban castaway boy who became the object of an international custody battle a decade ago in Miami, said on Wednesday he was happy he ended up back in Cuba.

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A Florida airline passenger who witnesses say proclaimed "I want to kill all the Jews" before police forced him off a Detroit-bound plane has been arrested.

Thanksgiving 'killer' arrested at motel

A man accused of killing four relatives at a Thanksgiving holiday dinner was captured at a motel in the Florida Keys where police said he had eluded authorities for about a month by checking in under a fake name and address, and hiding his car with a cover.

Stephen Foley: Murdoch could learn from Miami Herald

US Outlook: The Miami Herald has got a lot of abuse for asking online readers for voluntary donations to support its free-to-air website. "Once-proud" newspaper "reduced" to "holding out the tin can" and "begging", seems to be the headline reaction. But how about "pioneering" media organisation "saves journalism" with "bold experiment" and "builds an online community that will protect its heritage"?

Miami Herald asks readers for donations

The Miami Herald has taken a surprise step in its attempt to combat diving circulation numbers and boost online earnings, by asking its readers for handouts.

Missing man's body found in canal

A body pulled from a canal was identified today as the missing man at the centre of a celebrity-backed online search.

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