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Michigan inmate charged in Florida teen’s 1985 death

JACKSONVILLE (AP) — DNA evidence helped investigators match the 1985 kidnapping, sexual assault and death of a 17-year-old Florida girl to a man already serving two life sentences in Michigan on sexual assault charges, police said. David Nelson Austin, 59, has been charged with first-degree ...

Democrats face new hurdles in legal fight over redistricting

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press The fight over redrawing political maps is just ramping up in state legislatures and nonpartisan commissions around the country. But both Republicans and Democrats already are planning for major showdowns in the courts. For months, Democrats and ...

Parents jailed after infant son drowns in Everglades wreck

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The parents of a 1-year-old boy who was thrown into the Florida Everglades and drowned when his family's pickup truck blew a tire last year have been charged in his death. Marc Dorizar faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child, while he and his ...

Barron Trump to attenschool near Mar-a-Lago

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Barron Trump, the 15-year-old son of former president Donald Trump, has enrolled at a private school not far from his father's Mar-a-Lago home. The teen will be attending Oxbridge Academy starting next week as a sophomore, the Palm Beach Post reports. ...

AP urges DeSantis to end aide’s ‘harassing’ tweets aimed at reporter

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press called on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to end "harassing behavior" by one of his press aides against an AP reporter who received threats and other online abuse. Incoming AP CEO Daisy Veerasingham sent a letter Friday to DeSantis protesting tweets by press ...

Florida orders school boards to relax mask rules or risk pay

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Florida officials are threatening to withhold funds equal to the salaries of school board members if school districts in two counties don't immediately do away with strict mask mandates as the state continues to battle through high ...

Fred may regain tropical storm strength as it nears Florida

By ANDREA RODRÕGUEZ Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — Tropical depression Fred was moving along Cuba's northern coast and could regain tropical storm status as it pulls away from the island on Friday, ahead of its projected track towards the Florida Keys on Saturday and southwest Florida on ...

Passenger dies when driver flees Florida traffic stop

CLEARWATER (AP) — A passenger in a vehicle that was fleeing a traffic stop was killed early Wednesday when the driver made a U-turn into oncoming traffic and then crashed into a building, police said. A Clearwater police officer attempted to stop the SUV just after midnight Wednesday. But ...

Tropical Storm Fred nearing the Dominican Republic

By DANICA COTO Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Fred swirled toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Wednesday, with forecasters warning that heavy rains could cause dangerous flooding and mudslides. After a quiet month of no named storms in the region, Fred ...

Ambulances wait outside hospitals as COVID infections spread

By KELLI KENNEDY and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE  (AP) — COVID-19 cases have filled so many Florida hospital beds that ambulance services and fire departments are straining to respond to emergencies. In St. Petersburg, some patients wait inside ambulances for up ...