**Pistorius Hearing Continues**
South African prosecutors pursuing a murder case against Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius say a witness overheard an hour of non-stop fighting on the morning he fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
The prosecution said Wednesday during the second day of bail hearings that Steenkamp was dressed and had locked the bathroom door from inside at the time of the shooting. Their account of the events early last Thursday says Pistorius put on his prosthetic legs, walked seven meters across his bedroom and shot four times through the door.
Pistorius insists he thought he was shooting at a burglar and had "no intention" of killing his girlfriend. In an affidavit presented in court Tuesday, he said he was "deeply in love" with Steenkamp.
The magistrate ruled that premeditation cannot be excluded in the case, but that the charge could be downgraded later. Pre-meditated murder carries a possible lifetime prison sentence.
Her family held a private funeral Tuesday in Port Elizabeth, while the hearing was taking place.
Pistorius is regarded as a sports hero and national icon in South Africa. He made history in August when he became the first double amputee to run at the Olympics.
**Castro, US Lawmakers Meet in Havana**
Cuban President Raul Castro met with a group of U.S. lawmakers seeking the release of an American citizen who has been detained in Havana since 2009.
A statement by the Cuban government says Mr. Castro and the U.S. delegation, led by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, discussed "issues of interest for both countries." Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez also attended the meeting.
The congressional delegation wants Cuban authorities to free Alan Gross, who was sentenced to 15-years in prison after he was arrested for possessing communications equipment. Gross was in Cuba working as a contractor for a U.S. State Department program.
Leahy led a similar delegation to Cuba last year, where he met with Mr. Castro and Gross.
Havana has offered to release Gross in exchange for five Cuban spies captured in the U.S. in 1990s and serving lengthy jail sentences. But Washington has ruled out any such prisoner swap.