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Cuban migrants arrive in Florida to uncertain future

By CODY JACKSON, TERRY SPENCER and GISELA SALOMON Associated Press KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Yoandri Sanchez Sanchez arrived in the Florida Keys just before sunrise Thursday with 22 other Cubans on a makeshift, motorized raft they built themselves. Their 100-mile (160-kilometer) journey from ...

Deputies: Florida man fatally poisoned 3 cats, 1 dog

DUNNELLON (AP) — A Florida man fatally poisoned at least three cats and one dog in his neighborhood, police said. The 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday following a monthlong investigation, a Marion County Sheriff's Office news release said. He faces four counts of aggravated animal ...

Multiple people wounded in shooting near Miami Gardens restaurant

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Multiple people were wounded in a shooting after an altercation outside a restaurant in south Florida, police said. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were hit by gunfire Thursday night, but the Miami Herald cited a law enforcement source saying as many as ...

Universal moves to build rail stop in Orlando’s tourism hub

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando Resort on Thursday filed paperwork and pledged 13 acres for a commuter rail station that could link the seventh busiest airport in the U.S. with the heart of the tourism district in one of the top travel destinations in the world. Universal filed an ...

Dozens of Florida manatees in rehab amid ongoing starvation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — More than six dozen threatened manatees are currently in rehabilitation centers in Florida and elsewhere amid a chronic starvation problem caused by water pollution, wildlife officials said Wednesday. Most of the 79 manatees are being treated at three places: ...

Byron Donalds emerges as GOP alternative for House speaker

MIAMI (AP) — As Republicans struggled for a second day to elect a House speaker, Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida emerged as the choice of conservative holdouts who are refusing to support Kevin McCarthy's bid. During three rounds of balloting Wednesday, Donalds received 20 votes to McCarthy's ...

Fake teen doctor, now 25, sentenced to prison for new scam

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A serial grifter who gained national infamy as a teenager when he impersonated a doctor to defraud a patient is heading back to prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $10,000 from his employer. Malachi Love-Robinson, 25, received a sentence of over ...

Florida police officer drags woman into jail, is fired

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A police officer in Tampa, Florida, who was videotaped dragging a handcuffed woman into jail has been fired, authorities said. An internal investigation determined that former officer Gregory Damon violated department policies during the Nov. 17 incident, the Tampa Police ...