FBI in NJ to announce Cuba fugitive case details

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FILE - This is an undated file photo provided by the New Jersey State Police showing Assata Shakur - the former Joanne Chesimard - who was put on a U.S. government terrorist watch list on May 2, 2005. Shakur, 57, was convicted in 1973 of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster as he lay on the ground. She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba. The FBI is scheduled to make an announcement Thursday, May 2, 2013 regarding Joanne Chesimard, who killed a New Jersey state trooper on this date 40 years ago. (AP Photo/New Jersey State Police, File)
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The decades-old international case of a convicted cop killer is getting new attention in New Jersey.

The FBI is scheduled to make an announcement Thursday regarding Joanne Chesimard, who killed a New Jersey state trooper on this date 40 years ago. She's has been on the run since 1979 when she escaped from a prison, where she was serving a life term.

Chesimard fled to Cuba, living there under the name Assata Shakur.

The U.S. Justice Department has offered a $1 million reward for her capture.

Chilly relations between the countries have made Cuba a haven for fugitives, but the climate is changing. Just last month, a Florida couple who sailed to Cuba was returned to the U.S. and accused of kidnapping their two young children from the boys' grandparents.

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