Hurricane coming, island residents warned; U.S. could be next
Tropical Storm Sandy is expected to be a hurricane by Wednesday morning.
October 23rd, 2012
01:55 PM ET

Hurricane coming, island residents warned; U.S. could be next

Millions of people in the Caribbean are being warned to get ready for a hurricane that's expected to strike tomorrow, bringing destructive waves and life-threatening mudslides.

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Woman accused of trafficking 30 pounds of cocaine in cake mix boxes
Officials say the 30 pounds of cocaine was carried in cake mix boxes.
October 27th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Woman accused of trafficking 30 pounds of cocaine in cake mix boxes

An 18-year-old woman who was arrested after nearly 30 pounds of cocaine was found hidden in cake mix boxes in her suitcase will be charged as an adult, according to a Florida state attorney's office.

Ayesha Niles, who lives in London, was traveling from Jamaica to London with a stopover at Miami International Airport on Friday when she went through a routine luggage check.

"Twenty-four boxes of cake mix in your luggage," Ed Griffith, spokesperson Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, told CNN. "It just seemed extremely unusual."

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On the Radar: L.A. gridlock, tropical weather, Burress to leave prison
Traffic backs up on the I-405 in Los Angeles during the Memorial Day weekend.
June 6th, 2011
06:42 AM ET

On the Radar: L.A. gridlock, tropical weather, Burress to leave prison

Three stories you need to know today:

L.A. gridlock: The mayor of Los Angeles will hold a press conference on Monday to explain measures the city will take when the 405 Freeway, Southern California's busiest traffic artery, is closed for a weekend in July.

On the weekend of July 15-18, a 10-mile section of Interstate 405, also known as the San Diego Freeway, will be closed to take down the Mulholland Drive overpass in a plan to add a carpool lane and other improvements.

Transportation officials warn of multi-hour traffic delays in Los Angeles County and beyond during the weekend closure and warn residents to plan ahead.

Some just plan on hunkering down.

"We'll be landlocked and isolated. We're going to Ralph's early, stocking up and not leaving the house for two days," Gerald Silver of Encino told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Tropical weather: A large area of disturbed weather in the western Caribbean Sea stands a 40 percent chance of becoming the season's first tropical cyclone in the next two days, the National Hurricane Center reports.

An Air Force Reserve "hurricane hunter" aircraft will fly into the system Monday to take measurements, according to the NHC.

Forecasters warn that even if the system does not reach tropical cyclone status, it's still likely to bring drenching rains, flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Jamaica and Haiti, where hundreds of thousands of people remain displaced after the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince.

The British Red Cross warned last week that the coming of the rainy and hurricane seasons to Haiti bring new fears of an increase in cholera. One treatment center reported a 50% increase in the past week.

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'Legend': Remembering Bob Marley
Bob Marley, here performing in Sweden in 1978, has kept his hold on the popular imagination three decades after his death.
May 11th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

'Legend': Remembering Bob Marley

Bob Marley lives.

The reggae star may have died 30 years ago Wednesday, but his music and impact are inescapable. “Legend,” the best-of compilation his label, Island Records, originally released in 1984, is among the best-selling albums of all time, with a “Diamond” certification (more than 10 million sold) from the Recording Industry Association of America, more than 1,000 weeks on Billboard’s catalog chart and a listing as No. 46 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Kevin Macdonald, director of “The Last King of Scotland” and the Oscar-winning “One Day in September,” is preparing a documentary on the Jamaican musician.

"He's gone beyond being a famous musician, he's now a philosopher and prophet," he told the BBC last month.  A portion of Macdonald’s film, “Marley,” is scheduled to screen at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

And, of course, there’s the endless Marley paraphernalia visible on any college campus: posters, shirts, hats and, well, materiel related to the cannabis plant of which Marley was known to partake.

What was it about this son of a white plantation overseer and Afro-Jamaican woman who continues to inspire three decades after his death at age 36 from a rare form of cancer? Why is Marley the popular face of reggae instead of “Israelites” hitmaker Desmond Dekker, “The Harder They Come” star Jimmy Cliff or pioneering producer Lee “Scratch” Perry?

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June 22nd, 2010
06:04 PM ET

Alleged drug lord arrested in Jamaica

Alleged druglord Christopher "Dudus" Coke has been arrested in Kingston, Jamaica, police said Tuesday.

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June 2nd, 2010
03:25 PM ET

Police ID dead in Jamaica as PM dodges no-confidence vote

Jamaica's Prime Minister Bruce Golding survived a no-confidence vote after he was indirectly blamed for the outbreak of violence in Kingston.

Jamaica plans to bring in relatives and friends Wednesday to identify those killed in the operation to arrest accused drug lord Christopher Coke, the ministry of national security said.

The identification process, which began at 9:30 a.m., came hours after Prime Minister Bruce Golding survived a no-confidence vote in parliament. Jamaica’s opposition People’s National Party accused Golding of being indirectly responsible for the deaths and the outbreak of violence in West Kingston.

In the motion of no-confidence, parliament member Peter Phillips accused Golding of partaking in a “damnable coverup,” actively fighting to protect Coke and allowing organized crime to insert itself into Jamaica’s politics.

“Mr. Speaker,” Phillips said, “it is with a sense of personal disappointment that one of the authors of this whole sordid chapter was none other than the prime minister himself.”

The motion was rejected along party lines Tuesday night, according to Jamaican news outlets, with Golding’s Labor Party trumping the measure 30-28.

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May 26th, 2010
01:37 PM ET

Police arrest more than 500 in Jamaica

[Updated 1:36 p.m.] Police in Jamaica have more than 500 people in custody, the government said, after a failed attempt to arrest a suspected drug kingpin resulted in violence that left at least 44 people dead.

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May 25th, 2010
12:55 PM ET

27 killed in assault on alleged Jamaican drug kingpin's compound

Twenty-seven people have been killed and 31 wounded in an assault on a suspected drug lord's compound in the Jamaican capital of Kingston, police said Tuesday.

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