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Evidence deadline looms in case of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend

. By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers are clashing days before a deadline for evidence to be turned over in the prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein's one-time girlfriend on charges that she recruited girls for him to sexually abuse. The trial of ...

The Latest: Trump, Biden fight for Florida

By Associated Press The Latest on the 2020 general election (all times local): 9:22 a.m. Florida voter Mervat Harry said she's planning to vote for President Trump because she believes he's in best position to lead the nation for the next four years. The 57-year-old Tarpon Springs resident, ...

Hurricane Eta inches closer to Nicaragua as Category 4 storm

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Hurricane Eta inched closer to Nicaragua's Caribbean coast with potentially devastating winds Tuesday, while heavy rains thrown off by the Category 4 storm's bands already were causing rivers to overflow across Central America. The hurricane had sustained winds of ...

Woman accused of killing autistic son faces death penalty

MIAMI (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Florida woman for first-degree murder in the drowning death of her autistic 9-year-old son, and prosecutors said they will pursue the death penalty. Patricia Ripley is accused of the May 21 death of Alejandro Ripley, and a host of other crimes. She ...

Two Florida men accused of stealing mail, ballots from dropbox

By Associated Press LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. (AP) — Two Miami men are accused of stealing mail, including two mail-in ballots, from a dropbox at a post office in Broward County. A police officer on patrol noticed the men lingering next to a mailbox in Lighthouse Point, which is north of Fort ...

Pregnant Florida woman pushes labor aside to cast vote

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A pregnant Florida woman didn't let labor stop her from casting her vote in the presidential election, refusing to go to the hospital until she filled out her ballot. Officials with the Orange County Supervisor of Elections said the woman was already in labor when she ...

Florida city begins removing Confederate monument

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city began removing a 129-year-old confederate monument in a downtown park on Monday. A contractor removed the 8-foot (2.4-meter) tall statue of a Confederate soldier that stood on top of the 42-foot (12.8 meter) high monument in ...

Thieves take $1M worth of gloves meant for Florida hospitals

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Thieves have stolen over 6 million gloves, worth $1 million, meant for first responders at Florida hospitals. Medgluv, a supplier of medical gloves to the national health care industry, said it received the shipment at its office in Coral Springs on Friday night. ...

Police: Virginia man found in car trunk after crash in Miami

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities found the body of an aspiring hip-hop artist inside the trunk of a Virginia man's car after he crashed on a Miami highway, police said. Robert Deupree Avery Coltrain, 25, was arrested and charged with illegal transport of human remains and second-degree murder in the ...

Florida mother accepts plea deal in starvation death of girl

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 47-year-old Florida woman avoided a first-degree murder charge by pleading guilty to felony aggravated manslaughter in the starvation death of her 13-month-old daughter in 2016. In accepting the plea deal Monday, Kristen Meyer also agreed to testify for the ...