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Reality Winner, NSA contractor in leak case, out of prison

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former government contractor who was given the longest federal prison sentence imposed for leaks to the news media has been released from prison to home confinement, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on ...

Vaccinated visitors soon can take off masks at Disney World

ORLANDO (AP) — Walt Disney World in Florida is making it easier to see smiles again, but guests still can't hug the characters. Starting Tuesday, face masks will be optional for visitors to the theme park resort who are vaccinated, though Disney workers won't require proof of vaccination, ...

Chico’s: Fiscal Q1 Earnings Snapshot shows near $9 million loss

FORT MYERS (AP) — Chico's FAS Inc. (CHS) on Tuesday reported a loss of $8.9 million in its fiscal first quarter. On a per-share basis, the Fort Myers, Florida-based company said it had a loss of 8 cents. The clothing chain posted revenue of $388 million in the period. Chico's shares have ...

Sheriff: Teen ‘ambushed,’ fatally shot in Florida park

BARTOW  (AP) — A teenager was "ambushed" and fatally shot in a central Florida park where he had apparently gone to "sell some marijuana" to someone, sheriff's officials said. Taigur Taguri, 17, and a 19-year-old woman went to Gordon Heights Park near Bartow on Monday night, where the teen ...

Florida man gets 30 years for drug, dogfighting conviction

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A 32-year-old Florida man faces 30 years in federal prison for his role in a massive drug trafficking and dogfighting operation that led to the arrest of 20 others. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida said the group led by Jermaine Hadley of ...

Report: Pilot reported engine trouble before fatal crash

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — The pilot of a small experimental plane reported engine trouble before the aircraft crashed in eastern Kentucky killing him, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board. Pilot Timothy Michael Pankiewicz, 62, had flown out of Green Cove ...

Teen wounded in shootout with Florida deputies ordered held

DELAND (AP) — A 14-year-old girl wounded in a shootout with Florida deputies last week after she and a 12-year-old boy escaped a juvenile facility and broke into a home with a cache of weapons was ordered on Tuesday to be held in detention for 21 days until she has another hearing. The teen ...

Experts predict busy Atlantic storm season but not like 2020

By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer The Atlantic hurricane season will be busier than normal, but it's unlikely to be as crazy as 2020's record-shattering year, meteorologists said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasted that the hurricane season, which runs ...

U.S. jobless claims fall again as some states end federal aid

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week — the latest encouraging sign for the rebounding U.S. economy — just as Republican-led states are moving to cut off a federal benefit for the jobless. Twenty-two states, ...

GOP lawmaker asks Whitmer for info on Florida flight

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican chairman of Michigan's House Oversight Committee on Thursday sent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer 43 questions about a trip to visit her ailing father in Florida, saying further investigations may occur if she does not answer ...