Fourteen years after Elian Gonzalez made headlines as the subject of a bitter international custody battle, he is visiting Ecuador for a conference and he is speaking out.
It's his first trip abroad since the U.S. government removed him at gunpoint from his relatives' home in Miami and sent him back to Cuba to live with his father.
Gonzalez turned 20 last week, but he was just 6 years old when he was found clinging to an inner tube after his mother and nine other people in the boat drowned.
CNN Reports that he had harsh words for the United States on Tuesday as he recalled his mother's deadly journey. He said, "Just like her, many others have died attempting to go to the United States. But it's the U.S. government's fault. Their unjust embargo provokes an internal and critical economic situation in Cuba."
He added, "But, despite that, Cuba, even with all its problems has progressed over the years. The progress we've made is all thanks to Cuba's courage, our dignity, our continued fight for a more just model."
Brian Moriguchi, the union boss for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has stepped to the defense of deputies arrested in misconduct at county jails, accusing the FBI of waging a "vendetta" against some of them and adding that some of their behavior was authorized by higher-ups in the department.
The Daily News reports that Moriguchi criticized the way the FBI arrested sheriff's Lts. Gregory Thompson and Stephen Leavins, the highest-ranking officers accused of trying to obstruct a federal investigation into alleged corruption and civil rights violations at Men's Central Jail.
Moriguchi said that one deputy's wife was taken outside in her pajamas and handcuffed by a SWAT team at 6 am in the freezing cold, all to send a message to them.
An FBI rep denied the allegation that the FBI was particularly heavy-handed against the lieutenants, and insists that no SWAT teams were used at the arrest locations.
There's outrage among many in the deaf community over the appearance on stage Tuesday of a man who they say was only pretending to do sign language interpretation as President Obama and other world leaders eulogized Nelson Mandel in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Among those who noticed what was happening was Wilma Newhoudt, the first deaf person elected to South Africa's parliament and a vice president of the World Federation of the Deaf.
During the memorial service she tweeted, "Shame on this male so called interpreter on the stage. What is he signing? He knows that the deaf cannot vocally boo him off. Shame on him!"
Others who protested included Bruno Peter Druchen, national director at the Deaf Federation of South Africa, who tweeted, "Please get RID of this CLOWN interpreter, please!"
Sriracha hot sauce manufacturer Huy Fong Foods cannot ship out any more sauce until mid-January because the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for the company.
Their three sauces, Sriracha, Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek, now must be held for at least 35 days before they can be shipped to food distributors and wholesalers, the company confirmed Wednesday.
It's not clear whether the hold is a new requirement. The Department of Public Health did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Angela Spaccia, the former Bell assistant city administrator accused of public corruption.
LA Times Reports that Spaccia, the former second in command in the City of Bell, was found guilty on 11 out of 13 criminal charges in the 2010 municipal corruption case.
After eight days of deliberations, jurors convicted Spaccia of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest and secretion of the official record.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict on one count of misappropriating public funds and found her not guilty on one charge related to secretion of public records.
Spaccia was among eight former Bell city officials charged in the case.
WE SPOKE TO ATTORNEY LOU SHAPIRO ABOUT THE CASE...
18 current or former LA Sheriff Department officials have been indicted in 5 separate criminal cases in connection to a wide-ranging investigations into claims of inmate abuse and misconduct in our LA County jails.
The LA Times reports that four grand jury indictments were unsealed Monday, along with one criminal complaint, claiming that deputies needlessly beat inmates and visitors, detained people without reason, and plotted to obstruct a federal investigation into their conduct.
In one incident visitors were taken to a deputy break room, out of public sight, and beaten with one visitor fracturing his arm.
Charges against them ranged from conspiracy to improperly arresting and searching visitors to the jails.
CHECK OUT THE FULL AUDIO OF SHERIFF LEE BACA'S PRESSER BELOW...
A man woke up while on a trip and found the plane cabin to be dark and empty, and all of the doors were locked.
He was coming from Louisiana to California with a layover in Texas, and he didn't wake up when 3 dozen other passengers got off the plane.
He called his girlfriend to tell her that he was trapped in the plane, and she called the airline and had them to rescue him about 30 minutes later.
He ended up staying in a hotel room, compliments of the airline, before flying to California the next day.
United gave him a $250 voucher, and they're looking into the incident to find out how it could have happened.
A William Jessup University student posted an ad on Craigslist, asking to rent a family for the holiday season.
26-year-old Jackie Turner is willing to pay $8 an hour and posted, "I am looking to rent a mom and dad who can give me attention and make me feel like the light of their life just for a couple of days because I really need it."
She comes from a broken home where she suffered physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and spent years on the streets.
After years of gang life, fighting, and doing drugs, she spent nearly a year in jail for grand theft and came out with a new lease on life.
She is now a presidential scholar at the university, with a scholarship and a 4.0 GPA.
Dozens of families responded to the ad, willing to take her in for free.
UPDATE (12/9/13): Los Angeles County social workers continued to strike Monday in a protest against high caseloads and not enough staff to properly protect the county's children.
About 1,600 of the 3,000 + social workers at DCFS walked off the job for the demonstration on Dec. 5, and strikers said the number of supporters is growing.
One social worker said, "Thousands of our co-workers are joining us on the picket line and community support is pouring in from across the county."
Workers in he Department of Public Social Services (DSS)have joined the protests after an agreement could not be made to reduce the social worker-to-child ratios, and to hire more workers.
(From 12/5/13) L.A. County social workers took to the picket lines on Thursday, with the two biggest obstacles to a deal being the timing of a pay raise and the caseloads of social workers.
Some of the strikers explained that they don't have enough manpower to properly investigate their cases, especially with some families routinely dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.
We spoke to Lowell Goodman, Communication Director of SEIU 721, and David Green, a social worker for the county, and they both emphasized that their priority is to maintain the safety of the children that they serve.
We also spoke with the head of DCFS, Philip Browning, who informed us of his plans to hire about 450 new social workers over the next year.