McAfee taken to hospital after lawyer reports convulsions
December 6th, 2012
03:11 PM ET

McAfee taken to hospital after lawyer reports convulsions

[Updated at 3:11  p.m. ET] Software pioneer John McAfee was being transported to a Guatemala City hospital in an ambulance Thursday after his attorney reported he had convulsions.

[Posted at 1:38 p.m. ET] Guatemala has rejected American software mogul John McAfee's bid for asylum, presidential spokesman Francisco Cuevas said Thursday.

McAfee, wanted for questioning in neighboring Belize in connection with the death of his neighbor there, was on the run for weeks and was detained in Guatemala on Wednesday on suspicion of entering the country illegally, officials said.

His lawyer, Telesforo Guerra, filed a formal request for asylum with Guatemalan officials Wednesday.

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August 20th, 2011
03:42 PM ET

Tropical Storm Harvey lashes Central America

Tropical Storm Harvey has made landfall over Belize and is expected to move into northern Guatemala on Saturday afternoon or night.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, with higher gusts, and is heading west at 13 mph, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.

Harvey made landfall on the coast of Belize, near the town of Dangriga. It is expected to weaken now that it is moving inland.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the the coasts of Guatemala and Belize and for the coast of Honduras from Punta Sal westward. A warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.

As of 2 p.m. ET, Harvey was located about 35 miles south of Belize City.

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November 19th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

On the Radar: Court action, NATO summit, middle class

Derrick Yancey was found guilty of murdering his wife and a day laborer.

Legal action – Friday will be a busy day for court proceedings.

A jury will begin deliberations in the DUI manslaughter trial of former major-league baseball player Jim Leyritz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A former Georgia sheriff's deputy convicted of two murders will be sentenced. A jury this month found Derrick Yancey guilty of murdering his wife and a day laborer. Yancey was arrested last year in Belize, where he had fled after escaping house arrest.

Also in Georgia, Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Camp Jr., charged with purchasing illegal drugs and passing them on to a stripper, is expected to plead guilty Friday in federal court in Atlanta. Camp, 67, is accused of buying cocaine, marijuana and prescription painkillers and giving them to an exotic dancer he met last spring.

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November 11th, 2010
01:37 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Shyne

You might remember ex-gangsta rapper Shyne from his trial about a decade ago (see the 2001 picture). He was charged in a nightclub shooting involving his mentor, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Jennifer Lopez.

Released last year after serving nine years in prison and deported to his native Belize, Shyne easily could have kicked it in Central America. His dad, after all, is the Belizean prime minister.

Instead, he went to Israel in September to explore Judaism, something he’d been interested in since he was a teen when he started reading the stories of King David and Moses, he told The New York Times. His Ethiopian grandmother may have been Jewish, the paper reported.

“There’s nothing in the Chumash that says I can’t drive a Lamborghini,” he told the newspaper, “nothing in the Halacha about driving the cars I like, about the lifestyle I live.”

In March 2006, while incarcerated in the Clinton Correctional Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, Shyne legally changed his name from Jamal Michael Barrow to either Moses Levi, Moses Michael Leviy or Moshe Levy Ben-David, depending on the media outlet reporting the story. He told The Times that he became a practicing Jew under the tutelage of the rabbis in prison.

In a YouTube video, he explained his rationale: “You look at any other science, it all goes back to Judaism. They say Abraham is the father of all religions. So for me, I don’t want to talk to the middleman. I want to talk to HaShem. I want to go straight to the boss.”

So, the rapper who once boasted of “leavin’ piece of your brain on your car” now wants to share Jewish values with youth. He told The Jerusalem Post he will continue focusing his music on urban life, but is omitting the n-word and misogyny from his lyrics.

Def Jam Recordings plans to release his albums, the aptly named “Messiah” and “Gangland,” next year.

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