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Judge refuses to move spies’ trial from Miami

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MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has refused to move the trial of four accused Cuban spies out of Miami.

Defense attorneys had argued that extensive coverage by the city's news media of Cuban-related stories — including the Elian Gonzalez saga — would make it impossible to seat an impartial jury.

The four are part of a group of 14 people accused of trying to infiltrate U.S. military installations in Florida. Five others have pleaded guilty and agreed to testify at the trial, which begins Sept. 5.

The spy ring is said to be the largest Cuban espionage operation uncovered in the United States in decades.