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United Arab Emirates awards grants for Keys reef restoration

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida Keys-based coral restoration organizations have been awarded shares of a United Arab Emirates grant. Coral Restoration Foundation is to get more than $1.9 million for work at Carysfort Reef off North Key Largo, and Reef Renewal USA is to receive more than ...

Florida couple pleads guilty to attacking bears with dogs

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A married couple has pleaded guilty to using doughnuts and pastries to lure black bears in rural Florida, allowing packs of dogs to attack them and then posting the gruesome videos on social media. Charles Scarbrough entered guilty pleas of conspiracy to commit ...

Girl fights off, flees attacker who tried to snatch her

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The young girl, kneeling on a grassy traffic island as she awaits her school bus, looks up as a white van goes past — the driver had approached her two weeks before, making her so uncomfortable that she told her parents and ...

Medicare for 60-year-olds not guaranteed to be a better deal

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and progressive Democrats have proposed to lower Medicare's eligibility age to 60, to help older adults get affordable coverage. But a new study finds that Medicare can be more expensive than other options, ...

Florida OKs sports betting operated by Seminole Tribe

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Seminole Tribe would be able to operate sports betting and add roulette and craps to its casinos and Florida would potentially receive $20 billion over the next 30 years under an agreement the Legislature ...

Police: Man dead following skydiving accident

DELAND  (AP) — A man is dead after an apparent skydiving accident at a Florida airport, authorities said. Officers were called Sunday morning to the DeLand Municipal Airport, where a man landed hard in a parking lot and was found unresponsive, according to a DeLand police ...

Trapped cat rescued from undercarriage of Isaac Yiadom’s car

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters in Florida were called to rescue a cat — not out of a tree, but from the undercarriage of a car owned by New York Giants cornerback Isaac Yiadom, officials said. Rescue workers responded to Yiadom's home Sunday morning, according to a Facebook post ...

Fort Myers police chief among four finalists for post in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital city has narrowed the list of candidates for the job of police chief to four, two men and two women, all of them from outside the agency as promised by the Columbus mayor. A public forum introducing the finalists is scheduled for Wednesday, with the goal ...

Police: Miami teen jogger found dead was hit-and-run victim

MIAMI (AP) — Police are saying the death of a teenage Miami girl who disappeared while on a morning jog was caused by a hit-and-run driver. The remains of Diana Gomez were found Sunday night by a relative off the 79th Street causeway near Pelican Harbor Marina, Miami police said. Her family ...

Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO  (AP) — A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the Justice Department's sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz pleaded guilty Monday to six federal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors ...