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Officials charged in $5M hurricane debris removal scheme

PANAMA CITY  (AP) — The mayor and city attorney of a Florida Panhandle city are the latest to be charged in the theft of $5 million in Hurricane Michael debris removal funds, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Lynn Haven Mayor Margo Anderson and City Attorney Adam Albritton are the subjects ...

Tornado damages buildings, power lines in Florida

DELAND (AP) — A tornado with winds of up to 115 mph (185 kph) damaged buildings, power lines and cars Tuesday afternoon in Florida, weather officials confirmed Wednesday. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado had touched down in DeLand during a storm. ...

Man sentenced to 5 years in Florida lottery scheme

JACKSONVILLE (AP) — A Jamaican man has been sentenced to five years and six months in federal prison in the U.S. for running a lottery scheme in Florida and his home country. A federal judge in Jacksonville sentenced Darryl Cleon Forbes, 27, earlier this week, according to court records. The ...

A million more Floridians voted by mail in Tuesday primaries

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Former Navy pilot Scott Franklin has ousted Rep. Ross Spano, making the Florida congressman dogged by ethics investigations the eighth incumbent House member to be defeated in party primaries this year. Tuesday's contests were shaped by the ...

Florida virus deaths surpass 10,000 as teachers, state argue

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO (AP) — The number of people in Florida confirmed to have died from the new coronavirus surpassed 10,000 cases on Wednesday, as teachers and state officials argued in court over whether brick-and-mortar schools should be forced to reopen this ...

Court: Secret videos can’t be used in Kraft massage case

FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that police violated the rights of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others when they secretly video recorded them paying for massage parlor sex acts, barring the tapes' use at trial and dealing a potentially deadly blow ...

Police: Men broke into home while wearing GPS ankle monitors

HOLLYWOOD] (AP) — A group of men already on pretrial release for previous offenses are behind a string of burglaries carried them out while wearing ankle monitors that track their locations, police said. Authorities seized more than $150,000 in cash, an AK-47, a Smith & Wesson handgun, ...

Deputy on leave after video shows him shoving Black man

By Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A white Florida sheriff's deputy has been placed on administrative leave after he was caught on camera shoving a handcuffed 19-year-old Black man against a wall outside a fast food restaurant. In the cellphone video, which was tweeted by ...

Officer now leads police department he was once fired from

By Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida officer is now running the police department where he was fired from five years ago. Officer Sergio Perez was promoted to lieutenant and was temporarily put in charge of running operations at the Opa-locka Police Department. The Miami Herald ...

Floridians voting by mail in huge numbers compared to 2016

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Catharine Skipp voted by mail for the first time ahead of Florida's primary on Tuesday because she has largely confined herself to home during the coronavirus pandemic. She also had another new experience: Her ballot was challenged. The ...