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White Boy Rick’ movie’s inspiration sues police for $100M

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man whose decades in prison for drug dealing and work as an informant inspired the movie "White Boy Rick" filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking $100 million, claiming he was coerced into assisting police while just a helpless teenager. Richard Wershe Jr., 52, served ...

US opioid lawsuits on verge of settlements with 4 companies

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press The yearslong effort by state and local governments in the U.S. to force the pharmaceutical industry to help pay to fix a nationwide opioid addiction and overdose crisis took a major step forward Tuesday when lawyers for local governments announced they ...

LA music exec identified as victim of Florida condo collapse

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Another victim was identified in the collapse of a 12-story Florida condominium that killed at least 97 people, authorities said Saturday. The Miami-Dade Police Department said in a news release that Theresa Velasquez, 36, was a confirmed fatality in the June 24 ...

Teen gets probation in boating crash that killed girl

CLEARWATER (AP) — A 17-year-old Tampa-area boy received five years probation Monday after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of teenage girl in a November boating crash. Gavin Johnston of Largo pleaded guilty to vessel homicide in adult court for the Nov. 1 crash that killed Rachel ...

Man charged with animal cruelty after machete attack on dog

NEW SMYRNA BEACH (AP) — A Florida man is facing animal cruelty and other charges after investigators said he attacked and seriously wounded a dog with a machete. An affidavit by a Volusia County sheriff's deputy says Richard Nelson, 46, injured the dog during a confrontation earlier this ...

Florida Rep. Buchanan positive for COVID despite vaccine

By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan said Monday he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus even though he was fully vaccinated against the disease. The Republican congressman's announcement came as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said a ...

Capitol rioter who breached Senate gets 8 months for felony

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer A Florida man who breached the U.S. Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag was sentenced Monday to eight months behind bars, the first resolution for a felony case in the Capitol insurrection. Paul Allard Hodgkins apologized and said he was ...

Biscayne Bay is a baby shark nursery for hammerheads

By KRISHNA SHARMA, Miami Herald MIAMI (AP) — It's long been known that the waters off Miami are a shark hotspot but scientists have just discovered they're also critical habitat for one endangered and iconic species — the great hammerhead shark. A new study found that a small section of ...

Deputies: 15-year-old boy fatally shot in central Florida

OCOEE, Fla. (AP) — A teenage boy was fatally shot early Monday in central Florida, authorities said. Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a shooting around 4:40 a.m. and found the teen with a gunshot wound. The deputies tried to render aid, but the 15-year-old was ...

Capitol rioter who breached Senate faces first felony sentence

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — A Florida man who breached the U.S. Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag is scheduled to become the first Jan. 6 rioter sentenced for a felony, in a hearing that will help set a benchmark for punishment in similar ...