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Coral reefs provide stunning images of a world under assault

By CURT ANDERSON and CODY JACKSON Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Humans don't know what they're missing under the surface of a busy shipping channel in the "cruise capital of the world." Just below the keels of massive ships, an underwater camera provides a live feed from another world, ...

Popular Fort Lauderdale ‘food boat’ sinks when pontoon snaps

FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — The owner of a Fort Lauderdale food boat is promising to rebuild after his vessel sank on Mother's Day while workers were still on board. Fortunately, everyone got safely off Jay's Sandbar Foodboat on Sunday afternoon, news outlets reported. "I'm devastated of course, ...

Teen appeared to fall out of ride halfway through plunge

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO (AP) — A 14-year-old Missouri boy who fell to his death from a 430-foot (130-meter) drop-tower ride in central Florida's tourist district appeared to slip out of his seat at the halfway mark of its plunge to the ground, according to a law ...

Trump appeal: $10,000 fine in record search ‘unconscionable’

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In a court appeal, a lawyer for Donald Trump said Monday it is "unconscionable and indefensible" for the ex-president to be held in contempt and fined $10,000 a day for failing to turn over documents he doesn't possess. Attorney Alina ...

Lawmakers in 19 states want legal refuge for trans youth

By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in more than a dozen states are following California's lead in seeking to offer legal refuge to displaced transgender youth and their families. The coordinated effort being announced Tuesday by the LGBTQ Victory ...

Prosecutors: Trio defrauded Miami-Dade County of $640,000

MIAMI (AP) — A former bank branch manager and two men with ties to a Miami-Dade County commissioner are accused of stealing $640,000 from the county, officials said. They used their positions to apply for county grant money by using names of social service organizations, Miami-Dade State ...

Scores wait in Florida heat for days outside ICE facility

ORLANDO AP) — Members of central Florida's congressional delegation want to know why scores of people, including small children, are having to wait outside for days in order to get appointments with federal immigration officials due to delays at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility ...

Driver injured in crash with Florida high speed train

POMPANO BEACH(AP) — A driver was critically injured early Monday when a Brightline higher speed train hit a vehicle on the railroad tracks near Fort Lauderdale, officials said. The crash happened just after 5:30 a.m. Monday in Pompano Beach, the Broward Sheriff's Office said in a news ...

Florida county struggles with understaffed 911 call center

FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Broward County's emergency call center is greatly understaffed and the sheriff told county commissioners his agency does not have the money to fill the empty positions. In addition, Sheriff Gregory Tony said Tuesday that he is also having a difficult time retaining ...

Actor Dave Bautista opens tattoo marvel in Tampa

By SHARON KENNEDY WYNNE, Tampa Bay Times TAMPA (AP) — On busy Kennedy Boulevard across the street from the University of Tampa athletic fields, three tall black flags with "Tattoo" emblazoned on them flap in the wind outside of a nondescript building. It's the only indication that inside the ...