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Florida officials fight back against rowdy spring breakers

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rowdy spring break crowds have forced curfews and led some establishments to close their doors from Miami Beach to Florida's Panhandle. Law enforcement officials in Bay County, Florida, said Sunday that they won't tolerate the bad behavior from spring breakers ...

Controversial so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill signed by Gov. DeSantis

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, a policy that has drawn intense national scrutiny from critics who argue ...

April 4 jury selection set for Florida school shooter case

By FREIDA FRISARO Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Jury selection in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz is on track to begin April 4, the judge said Friday during a status conference with the lawyers. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer also set aside full days on ...

Possible tornado destroys mobile homes in south Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A possible tornado overturned multiple mobile homes in a south Alabama community as severe storms swept through Friday morning, authorities said. Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson told WALA-TV that about nine mobile homes were destroyed and two people were taken ...

War yields softer sentence in illegal campaign donation case

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A Ukraine-born businessman was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison for his conviction in a conspiracy that enabled a Russian tycoon to make illegal donations to U.S. political candidates with help from two associates of Rudy ...

Saget’s fractures possibly caused by fall on carpeted floor

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO (AP) — Fractures around Bob Saget's eye sockets and bleeding around his brain were possibly caused by the comedian hitting "something hard, covered by something soft," such as a carpeted floor, according to a report released Tuesday that provides ...

Secret Service study of yoga class shooting shows misogyny

By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who signed up for a yoga class in Tallahassee, Florida, and opened fire there in 2018 had a well-documented history of disturbing behavior — warning signs that were missed. The shooting that left two women dead and wounded six ...

Proud Boys leader charged in Jan. 6 plot jailed until trial

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A leader in the far-right Proud Boys extremist group will remain jailed until his trial on charges that he remotely led a plot to stop Congress' certification of Joe Biden's 2020 presidential victory. In a Miami courtroom Tuesday, U.S. ...

Driver falls asleep at wheel, kills 2 men changing tire

TAMPA - AP  — Two men who were changing a tire on the side of a Florida interstate were killed when another driver fell asleep at the wheel and hit them, officials said. The men were killed Sunday on Interstate 275 in Tampa, the Florida Highway Patrol said. A 73-year-old man had pulled ...

Florida lawmakers pass $112B budget, end contentious session

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida lawmakers on Monday passed a $112.1 billion state budget containing pay raises for state workers and a gas tax suspension, striking a bipartisan agreement that closed a session characterized by high-profile partisan ...