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1960s civil rights activist Robert Moses has died

By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who was shot at and endured beatings and jail while leading Black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died. He was 86. Moses, ...

Florida woman killed in skydiving accident in upstate NY

WESTFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A Florida woman was killed when her parachute malfunctioned as she was skydiving in upstate New York, police said. Karen Bernard, 59, of Wildwood, was killed at around 9 a.m. Saturday when she jumped out of a plane to skydive in the central New York town of Westford, ...

Florida sheriff’s letter aims at people with criminal past

NEW PORT RICHEY (AP) — A Florida sheriff is sending letters to people with criminal histories offering help to get on a better path, a practice critics call unwarranted harassment. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco's letter is the latest step in a broad effort ...

Convicted killer of 11-year-old Florida girl dies in prison

SARASOTA (AP) — A man who was convicted of abducting, raping and killing an 11-year-old Florida girl as she walked home in 2004 died in prison on Monday, the state Attorney General's Office said. Joseph Smith was on Florida's death row for killing Carlie Brucia in Sarasota. The cause of ...

Death from 1985 shaken baby case leads to murder charge

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Babysitter Terry McKirchy got a light sentence 36 years ago after pleading no contest to attempted murder for shaking 5-month-old Benjamin Dowling so severely that he suffered permanent brain damage — weekends in jail for ...

Free money for all? Mayors hope local tests bring big change

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press By triggering $1,400 stimulus checks for millions of people and expanding the child tax credit for many families, the pandemic offered a clear takeaway for some officials: That putting tax dollars in people's pockets is achievable and can be a lifeline to ...

Lawn worker hailed as hero for saving driver who had seizure

WEST PALM BEACH (AP) — A Florida lawn worker saved a driver who was having a seizure in his still-moving car, despite the indifference of other bystanders, authorities said. On Monday, the man — who was identified only as Tony by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office — saw the driver was ...

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 ...