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Small flotilla leaves Miami to show support for Cuban people

By WILFREDO LEE and GISELA SALOMON Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A small group of Cuban Americans launched motorboats from Miami early Friday, planning to approach Cuba in a show of support for people experiencing hardships on the island. Five boats left from Miami's Bayside marina just ...

Arrest of Florida man made in southwest Missouri killing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Florida truck driver has been arrested in the February shooting death of a man in downtown Springfield, police there said. Thomas Haynes, 45, was arrested Thursday in Springfield on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the killing of ...

Red tide uptick spurs respiratory warning at Florida beaches

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — People may experience respiratory problems because of a persistent bloom of toxic red tide off Florida's Gulf Coast, the National Weather Service said Friday. The service issued a "beach hazards statement" affecting the oceanfront and bayside shores in Pinellas ...

Firefighters end recovery efforts at Surfside condo collapse

By DAVID FISCHER SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters have ended their mission in clearing debris from the collapsed Surfside condo building Friday, officials said, while police and forensic specialists continue their work to identify human remains in the disaster. Miami Dade Assistant Fire ...

88 people say they were framed by corrupt former Chicago cop

By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of people are asking a court to throw out their drug convictions, alleging they were framed by the same former Chicago Police sergeant who judges have determined shook down other residents of one of the city's poorest ...

Officials: Man seriously injured in Florida alligator attack

STUART, Fla. (AP) — An alligator attacked and seriously injured a man at a Florida park Monday, officials said. The attack occurred shortly before noon at Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart, according to a Martin County Sheriff's Office Facebook post. The man was riding a bike when he lost ...

Former deputy gets 3 years for trying to rape woman

WEST PALM BEACH  (AP) — A former Florida deputy has been sentenced to three years in prison for trying to rape a woman he met during a call. Jason Nebergall, 42, was sentenced Thursday in Palm Beach County circuit court after pleading guilty to battery and attempted sexual battery as part ...

Pet rescuer gets jail for starving cats in Miami apartment

MIAMI (AP) — A self-styled pet rescuer has been sentenced to 364 days in jail for animal cruelty after hoarding cats and allowing them to starve inside her apartment in South Florida. Cheryn Smilen, 56, pleaded guilty and will now be banned from owning or trying to rescue animals, the Miami ...

Church youth pastor arrested 3rd time for video voyeurism

PENSACOLA (AP) — A Florida Panhandle church youth director who was already facing video voyeurism charges after a hidden camera was found in a bathroom has been arrested again, officials said. David Nims, 37, remained in the Escambia County Jail on Tuesday following his arrest Friday on ...

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 ...