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Boy, man killed after stopping on side of I-95 in Florida

JACKSONVILLE (AP) — A 9-year-old boy and a 35-year-old man were fatally struck by a sports utility vehicle that veered into them as they stood beside their parked truck on the side of Interstate 95 near Jacksonville, officials said. The crash happened before daylight Sunday morning, the ...

2 teens killed, 5 hurt when SUV hits tree in central Florida

KISSIMMEE(AP) — Two central Florida teens died when they were ejected from a vehicle that hit a tree, troopers said. The crash happened late Sunday near Orlando, the Florida Highway Patrol said. There were seven people in sports utility vehicle, which only had five seats, a crash report ...

Stuck in Florida wetlands, woman is rescued by helicopter

FORT MYERS (AP) — Authorities say they were able to rescue a woman by helicopter after she was stuck in the vast marshland of a Florida state park. Various agencies were deployed to the 11,000-acre (4,450-hectare) Estero Bay Preserve State Park on the Gulf Coast south of Fort Myers. The ...

DeSantis tests limits of his combative style in Disney feud

By STEVE PEOPLES and BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' deepening feud with Walt Disney World is testing the limits of his combative leadership style while sending an unmistakable message to his rivals that virtually nothing is off limits as he ...

Florida school shooter’s jury selection to start over

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The judge overseeing jury selection for a man who murdered 17 people at a Florida high school declared that the process will start over Monday, conceding that she should have questioned 11 potential jurors who said they would ...

Florida judge voids US mask mandate for planes, other travel

By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — A federal judge in Florida has voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation as exceeding the authority of U.S. health officials in the coronavirus pandemic. The decision Monday by U.S. District ...

Man charged in woman’s 1972 killing dies awaiting trial

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man charged with raping and killing a woman in North Carolina nearly 50 years ago has died in a state prison while awaiting trial, authorities said Monday. Larry Joe Scott, 68, was in the custody of the state Department of Public Safety "for safekeeping due to medical ...

Man runs over body parts during a hit-and-run investigation

DADE CITY (AP) — A Florida man driving drunk sped through a hit-and-run investigation Sunday, running over the detached legs of a victim and nearly striking two deputies before leading officers on a high speed chase, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Authorities were investigating the ...

Florida woman runs over grandchild while dropping off family

LEESBURG, Fla. (AP) — A 70-year-old woman ran over her 7-year-old granddaughter while dropping off family members at their home, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The woman had pulled into the driveway of a home on Sunday afternoon to drop off her relatives. Troopers said in a incident ...

DeSantis announces special session on property insurance

JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he will call a special session of the legislature to address rising property insurance rates in the state. The Republican governor said the special legislative session will occur in May and focus mainly on the "reform of the property ...