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1st Gen Z candidate, Dem Frost wins Florida US House seat

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost has defeated Republican Calvin Wimbish for a Florida U.S. House seat, making him the first member of Generation Z to win a seat in Congress. Frost, a 25-year-old gun reform and social...

 

Hurricane Ian strikes Cuba, Florida braces for winds, floods

HAVANA (AP) — Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba as a major hurricane Tuesday and left 1 million people without electricity, then churned on a collision course with Florida over warm Gulf waters amid expectations it would strengthen into a...

 

'Stand your ground' laws proliferate after Trayvon spotlight

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The "stand your ground" self-defense law had been in effect in Florida for more than six years when it became part of the national vocabulary with the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. When the 17-year-old was fatally...

 

FBI: Items linked to Laundrie, potential human remains found

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Potential human remains were found Wednesday in a Florida wilderness area along with items believed to belong to Brian Laundrie, whose girlfriend, Gabby Petito, was found slain after he returned home alone from their...

 

Coroner IDs remains, says Gabby Petito was homicide victim

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Gabby Petito was killed by another person, a coroner concluded while also confirming that the human remains found recently at a Wyoming national park were those of the 22-year-old woman who disappeared months after she set...

 

Judge blocks Florida governor's order banning mask mandates

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school districts can legally require their students to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a judge ruled Friday, saying Gov. Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority when he issued an executive order ban...

 

Officials: Storm lashing Florida strengthens into hurricane

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A storm that has lashed the Caribbean and the Florida Keys with pounding rain and gusty winds and complicated the search for survivors in a deadly condominium collapse has strengthened into a hurricane. The National...

 

Pythons, iguanas: Florida restricts some exotic reptiles

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pythons, iguanas, monitor lizards, oh my! Florida is moving to restrict 16 invasive reptile species that have wreaked havoc in the Everglades and across the state. Burmese pythons, in particular, have been especially...

 

Officials plead: Don't let Super Bowl become superspreader

Kansas City Chiefs superfan Ty Rowton hugged strangers in the streets of Miami last year after watching his team win the Super Bowl and then joined hundreds of thousands of fans back home at a victory parade, thinking little of a mysterious virus...

 

Hurricane Center: An Iota could follow Eta's deadly path

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Just as the remnants of Eta finally blew out to sea on Friday, another storm was brewing that could follow its path of death and destruction into Central America this weekend, and Tropical Storm Theta was moving closer...

 

Court: Mental provider not liable in Florida school shooting

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A mental health provider cannot be held liable for the actions of a man accused of a 2018 Florida high school massacre, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. Henderson Behavioral Health Inc. treated Nikolas Cruz off and on f...

 

Parkland school shooting trial delayed until at least summer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The trial of Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz was delayed Thursday until at least next summer, when he will face a death penalty case stemming from the February 2018 massacre that left 17 people dead. Bro...

 

Experts: White House has dubious reasons to ignore subpoenas

The impeachment process is fundamentally unfair. Congress lacks authority to investigate the president. Witnesses should have executive branch lawyers. White House attorneys are throwing out an array of arguments for keeping its officials from...

 

Epstein may have gamed the system from beyond the grave

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The will that Jeffrey Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide puts more than $577 million in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages....

 

Florida deputy charged for inaction during Parkland shooting

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida deputy who knew a gunman was loose at the Parkland high school but refused to go inside to confront the assailant was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to his inaction during the massacre that killed 17 people...

 

House panel approves school bill allowing arming of teachers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida House committee voted Thursday for a broad school safety bill that would expand an existing guardian program to allow classroom teachers to volunteer to carry weapons on campus if local school boards approve. The...

 

Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future...

 

Rich sex offender Epstein settles 1 suit, but more to come

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A decade ago, Florida financier Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving underage girls and got 13 months behind bars. What the public and his accusers didn't know at the time was that he had secretly...

 

Florida starts painstaking hand recount in US Senate race

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose ballots for...

 

Paper: Judge must reject contempt effort over Parkland story

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida newspaper urged a judge Friday to reject a school board's effort to have it and two reporters held in contempt for publishing a story on the educational background of Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas...

 

Video details the moments before Florida school shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A just-released video interview with a campus security monitor at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School provides new details that may prompt another round of what-if questions about the Valentine's Day shooting that...

 

Deadly Florida airport shooting results in plea deal for man

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed court documents Monday in which an Alaska man agreed to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people in exchange for a life prison sentence. The agreement says...

 

Judge moving along Florida school shooting case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge is seeking to get things moving in the death penalty case against Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer at a hearing Friday set a May 4 deadline for defense lawyers to...

 

Lawyer: Florida school shooting suspect needs public defense

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz should continue to be represented at taxpayer expense because he likely does not have the assets to pay a private lawyer for what will rapidly balloon into a multi-million...

 

2nd high bond set in Stoneman Douglas-related case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A relatively high bond was imposed Wednesday in a case involving a student who brought a knife to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, one day after the same judge set a $500,000 bond for the brother of the shooting...

 

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