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Sheriff: Florida rapper made music, then fatally shot 2 men

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida rapper spent an evening recording music in a makeshift studio and then fatally shot two men who were with him, authorities say. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news release that Billy Bennett Adams III, 23, was arrested Saturday on two ...

Sheriff: Officer shot, gunman killed after high-speed chase

NEW SMYRNA BEACH (AP) — A police officer in Florida was shot and the gunman was killed by other officers after an attempted traffic stop led to a high-speed chase, authorities said Sunday. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood identified the suspect during a news conference as 25-year-old ...

Florida town fines protesters who use noisy megaphones

NEW PORT RICHEY (AP) — A Florida town has fined people involved in recent racial justice protests thousands of dollars for using megaphones police say violate a local noise ordinance. The Tampa Bay Times reports that officials in New Port Richey have issued 14 citations that total about ...

Miami officials ban late-night music for some establishments

MIAMI (AP) — Miami city officials have banned late-night outdoor music from establishments adjacent to residential areas — or at least some of them. The vote last week by the Miami City Commission was for a measure directing that music must stop between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. in certain areas. ...

Rapper Lil Wayne charged with federal gun offense in Florida

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Lil Wayne was charged Tuesday in Florida with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a federal offense that carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Documents filed in Miami federal court ...

Virus worries latest hurdle in Florida school shooting case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Concerns about the coronavirus in jail emerged Tuesday as the latest roadblock in the death penalty case against Nikolas Cruz, who is accused in the 2018 massacre that killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Defense attorneys said at a hearing they want ...

Man charged with stealing downed light pole for scrap metal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has learned the hard way that a downed light pole isn't trash that can be taken and sold for scrap, authorities say. A state trooper pulled over a maroon Toyota Camry with a metal pole — longer than the car itself — strapped to the roof on a Tampa road ...

Police: Florida man who questioned government powers slain

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who questioned government authority over individuals living in the U.S. through an online forum was fatally shot, allegedly by a woman who has espoused similar "sovereign citizen" views, police said ...

Crump represents families of 2 teens fatally shot in Florida

By Associated Press COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump says he is representing the families of two Black teens who were fatally shot by a deputy along Florida's Space Coast last week. Crump said in a statement Monday that he is representing the families of A.J. ...

Record early vote leads to tranquil Election Day at polls

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press Despite fears of clashes at polling places, chaos sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and confusion due to disinformation and swiftly-changing voting rules, millions across the U.S. cast ballots in a historically contentious ...