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Florida lawmakers consider gambling pact with Seminole Tribe

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida Legislature opened a special session on Monday to consider an agreement signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis with the Seminole Tribe that could legalize sports gambling and bring the state ...

Dental hygienist on trial in 1984 killing of a Navy recruit

SANFORD (AP) — A trial is underway for a 61-year-old man facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of a U.S. Navy recruit who was strangled and dumped in an overgrown field in central Florida 37 years ago. Thomas Garner of Jacksonville has pleaded not guilty to killing Pamela Cahanes. ...

‘Anxious to see you:’ JFK letters to Swedish lover auctioned

By WILLIAM J. KOLE Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Love letters that John F. Kennedy wrote to a Swedish paramour a few years after he married Jacqueline Bouvier are going up for auction. "You are wonderful and I miss you," Kennedy scribbled at the end of a February 1956 letter to aristocrat ...

National bail fund to expand in the Deep South

By AARON MORRISON Associated Press A national effort helping to bail poor and low-income people out of jail formally announced on Tuesday its expansion into the Deep South. " Bail Out the South" is the next phase of the Bail Project's plans to secure freedom for thousands of people over the ...

Once GOP governor of Florida, Crist now runs as Democrat

By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, who served as Florida governor for a single term before running other offices, is seeking the state's highest office once again — this time as a Democrat. After releasing videos Tuesday confirming his ...

‘DWI Dude’ attorney sentenced for scamming drug traffickers

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawyer known as the "DWI Dude" has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for falsely promising Colombian drug traffickers he'd get their charges reduced or dismissed in exchange for cash, prosecutors said. Jamie Balagia, 65, was sentenced Monday ...

Former circus elephants begin to arrive at Florida sanctuary

YULEE (AP) — Former circus elephants are starting to arrive at a new wildlife sanctuary in north Florida. The White Oak Conservation Center announced Monday that a dozen female Asian elephants have already arrived at the Yulee refuge, located north of Jacksonville. Up to 20 more elephants ...

How companies rip off poor employees — and get away with it

By ALEXIA FERN¡NDEZ CAMPBELL and JOE YERARDI The Center for Public Integrity Already battered by long shifts and high infection rates, essential workers struggling through the pandemic face another hazard of hard times: employers who steal their wages. When a recession hits, U.S. companies ...