Florida governor appoints 2 Miami judges to 11th Circuit
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed two Miami-Dade County judges to the 11th Judicial Circuit.
DeSantis said Michelle Alvarez Barakat and Tanya Brinkley are "highly...
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A prominent gender-reassignment surgeon resigned from a University of Miami clinic after he was accused of posting photos of patients' genitalia with racist and...
Study: Puerto Ricans had tougher time in Florida after storm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new study says Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida instead of remaining on the island may have had a more difficult time adjusting to their post-Hurricane Maria world.
The study by researchers at the University of Miami and Boston University says the post-hurricane adjustment appears to have been more psychologically taxing for Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida instead of staying, and for people in rural and suburban areas compared to urban dwellers.
Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on
MIAMI (AP) — American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday.
The detailed findings were published in a medical journal nearly two years after what the U.S. calls "health attacks" began — and they shed no new light on a possible culprit.
Drifter accused of fatally stabbing university student
MIAMI (AP) — Police in Florida say a 28-year-old drifter with a history of petty arrests has confessed to killing a University of Miami architecture student.
The Miami Herald reports Robert Wayne Gore has been charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary in the death of 23-year-old Yasser Talal Ibrahim Abualfaraj, who was found fatally stabbed in his apartment on Oct. 7.
University of Miami student found dead in apartment
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a University of Miami student was found slain in his off-campus apartment.
Miami-Dade police tell news outlets that a roommate found 23-year-old Yasser Talal Ibrahim Abualfaraj dead on Sunday afternoon.
A statement from the university says officials there are working with investigators to determine what happened.
Michelle Obama urges young voters to ‘take their power back’
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — At a voter registration rally Friday, fired-up former first lady Michelle Obama urged a predominantly youthful crowd at the University of Miami to "take their power back" and bridge the gap between frustration over the political climate and "actually doing something about it."
Sonic attacks: How a medical mystery can sow distrust in foreign governments
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Get your popcorn ready: If the war of words between former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and President Donald Trump this week is any indication, the 2020 war for the White House is going to be a heck of a ride.
Mr. Biden kicked off the tough-guy talk at an anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami earlier in the week and Mr. Trump was his punching bag.
MIAMI (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says he would "beat the hell" out of President Donald Trump if they were in high school together and Trump disrespected women.
The Democrat spoke Tuesday at an anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami.
"A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, 'I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,'" Biden says. "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him."
MIAMI (AP) — Donna Shalala, the former Health and Human Services secretary and president of the University of Miami, is running as a Democrat for the congressional seat vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
According to Federal Election Commission paperwork filed Monday, Shalala, 77, will run in Florida's 27th district, which includes much of Miami Beach, downtown Miami and coastal Miami-Dade County.
Drake touts giveaways, urges fans to do something nice, too
NEW YORK (AP) — Drake wants to spread the love, and he's challenging his fans to do the same.
The new video for the rap star's single, "God's Plan," announces upfront that Drake gave away the $996,631 budget to film the clip.
Drake leaves money, goodwill during stops across Miami
MIAMI (AP) — OK, we get it: Drake loves Miami.
The 31-year-old Canadian rap star has been spreading money and goodwill throughout the city this week, beginning with a surprise visit to Miami Senior High School on Monday to shoot parts of his new music video "God's Plan." He donated $25,000 and promised students they'll get uniforms designed by his clothing label.
Then he surprised University of Miami student Destiny James with a $50,000 scholarship.
Drake makes surprise visit to Miami school, shoots video
MIAMI (AP) — Drake had no trouble drawing crowds as he visited Miami to shoot a music video.
Images shared by fans on social media show Miami Senior High students singing along as Drake performs "God's Plan" from a crane above the school's baseball field. A drone captured Monday's surprise concert by the rap superstar.
Immigrant rights group sues ICE over Somali deportation bid
MIAMI (AP) — A lawsuit accuses U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of keeping 92 Somali men and women in inhumane conditions during a failed bid to deport them earlier this month.
The University of Miami School of Law's Immigration Clinic filed the class-action lawsuit Tuesday. The suit asks a federal judge to prevent ICE from making another attempt at deporting the detainees.
Tickets for Wisconsin’s appearance at Orange Bowl go on sale starting Monday
University of Wisconsin football fans can begin to purchase tickets to the Orange Bowl in Florida starting Monday as the Badgers will take on the University of Miami.
Fans will get to see the Badgers face off against the Hurricanes, who will be playing at their home stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, during the Dec. 30 game. While this will be Wisconsin's first-ever Orange Bowl appearance, the Badgers were seeking a playoff berth.
Officer who punched Miami fan on video cleared of wrongdoing
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida police officer who punched a drunken female football fan has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Earlier this month, a videotape showed a University of Miami football fan slap an officer, who then punches her in the head. Bridget Freitas, a 30-year-old nurse, was charged with felony battery on a police officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The incident occurred as Miami-Dade Police officer Douglas Ross and fellow officers tried to carry her out of the stands.
Student answered Craigslist ad, became veteran’s best friend
MIAMI (AP) — University of Miami architecture student Emi Kopke still cannot believe her luck. She answered a Craiglist ad asking for an artist to do hand drawings for a special project. The self-taught artist sent in 15 of her hand drawings — including some of bones and bugs. Little did she know that the project would lead her on the journey of a lifetime.
Police are investigating a videotaped altercation between a woman and an officer at a University of Miami football game Saturday, and charged the woman with felony battery for slapping the officer.
However, the officer retaliated, punching the woman in the head.
Miami police are investigating the officer's conduct to make sure proper procedures were followed in the incident, Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told the Associated Press.
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MIAMI — When he's getting brain surgery, Taylor Hartsfield isn't a very good singer.
As he mumbled the words to the 1980s Journey hit "Don't Stop Believing," the nurses and surgery staff laughed and gently ribbed him.
"You would not win 'American Idol,' dude," said his surgeon, Dr. Ricardo Komotar.
MIAMI (AP) — Ten years ago, when scientists in South Florida began a massive rescue effort to rebuild the nation's only inshore reef, replanting nursery-grown staghorn coral with a gardening technique perfected in the Pacific seemed like an easy solution.
"You can go to Home Depot to get everything you need," said University of Miami marine biologist Diego Lirman. "And you don't need to pay for this. People pay us to come out."
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Why cuts in funding for UN, climate change research imperil fight against malaria
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(THE CONVERSATION) Diseases don’t stop at borders. On World Malaria Day, this is especially important to understand and to consider.
No foul play in death of University of Miami student
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say they don't suspect foul play in the death of a University of Miami student.
According to police, 21-year-old Nicolas De Lavalette was found unresponsive in his off-campus apartment in South Miami on Wednesday afternoon.
ACLU launches nationwide training on protest, resistance
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union staged a nationwide training event Saturday to make sure people are aware of their rights as protesters and urge organized, public resistance by those opposed to policies of President Donald Trump.
Rare historical artifacts to be put on display in Miami
MIAMI (AP) — Thousands of rare maps, manuscripts and other artifacts, including the 1493 publication of a letter Christopher Columbus wrote to Spain's king and queen describing his discoveries in the New World, are being donated to the University of Miami and Miami Dade College.
Administrator at U. of Miami to become president of GWU
WASHINGTON (AP) — An administrator at the University of Miami will take over as the next president of George Washington University.
The university announced Friday that Thomas LeBlanc will serve as its next president, starting in August.
He succeeds Steven Knapp, who will retire in July after 10 years as GWU's president.
Testing stem cells in tiniest hearts to fight birth defect
BALTIMORE (AP) — The 4-month-old on the operating table has a shocking birth defect, nearly half his heart too small or even missing. To save him, surgeons will have to totally reroute how his blood flows, a drastic treatment that doesn't always work.
So this time they are going a step further. In a bold experiment, doctors injected donated stem cells directly into the healthy side of Josue Salinas Salgado's little heart, aiming to boost its pumping power as it compensates for what's missing.
For South Florida, it’s beginning to feel a lot like summer
MIAMI (AP) — It's not feeling a lot like Christmas across South Florida. In fact, it's sunny, hot and humid.
Miami shattered a record Monday with a high temperature of 86 degrees.
Study: Mud stirred up during PortMiami dredge killed coral
MIAMI (AP) — Dredging at PortMiami killed far more coral than the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers predicted, scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service and the University of Miami have concluded in a new study.
Durham-based Heat Biologics, a developer of immunotherapies that activate a patient’s immune system to fight cancer, is stepping up efforts to address infectious diseases including the Zika virus.
Heat has formed a wholly owned subsidiary, Zolovax Inc., to focus on the development of vaccines targeting Zika, HIV, West Nile, dengue and yellow fever.
Frequent exams only treatment for pregnant woman with Zika
MIAMI (AP) — Yessica Flores is getting ultrasounds more frequently than the average pregnant woman, but there's a cruel downside accompanying the joy of seeing how much her unborn daughter grows every few weeks: fear of possible defects caused by Zika.
Flores became infected early in her pregnancy, and frequent ultrasounds and bloodwork are the only comfort doctors can offer in what so far looks like an issue-free pregnancy despite Zika, which can cause shrunken heads and other problems.