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  • Homeless man guilty of fatal stabbing

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A homeless man has been convicted of fatally stabbing another homeless man in Jacksonville. A Duval County jury found 42-year-old Charles C. Reeder III guilty Thursday of second-degree murder. He faces a possible life sentence at a hearing next month. Authorities say...

  • Batterson removed from office

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority board member has been formally removed from office. Gov. Rick Scott signed the order removing Richard "Scott" Batterson from office on Friday. The removal was more a formality than anything since Batterson was suspended...

  • Man charged with federal office bomb threat

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Panama City man was jailed after authorities say he threatened to blow up federal offices located in the Panhandle city. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday that charges had been filed against 38-year-old Johnathon Mathew Garrett. Garrett on Wednesday...

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 30

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. COALITION APPEALS RULING ON NEW MAP FOR CONGRESS A coalition challenging Florida's congressional districts is taking its legal challenge to an appeals court. The groups — which include the League of Women...

  • Fla. Gov. Scott promises new tax cuts for 2nd term

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday outlined proposed tax cuts he pledges to make if re-elected and said he will continue to promote them during a two-week campaign tour. Scott said he will try to push through more than $1 billion in tax cuts over the next two years....

  • Coalition appeals ruling on new map for Congress

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A coalition challenging Florida's congressional districts is taking its legal challenge to an appeals court. The groups — which include the League of Women Voters of Florida — filed their official appeal notice on Friday. A Florida judge last week approved a new...

  • NY foster agencies settle suit by kids for $17.5M

    MIAMI (AP) — Three private New York foster care agencies will pay $17.5 million to settle a lawsuit by eight people who were fraudulently adopted by a woman and claimed they were repeatedly abused, starved and imprisoned in a "house of horrors," attorneys said. The lawsuit was filed in 2009 in...

  • Chief in $800M fraud gets 20 years prison

    MIAMI (AP) — The man who masterminded an $800 million insurance scam that fleeced tens of thousands of investors in one of Florida's all-time largest fraud schemes was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola gave Joel Steinger, 64, credit for pleading guilty to...

  • Rothstein Ex-CFO gets 5 years prison in fraud

    MIAMI (AP) — The former chief financial officer of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's law firm has been sentenced to five years in prison for her role in the $1.2 billion fraud. Irene Shannon was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge. U.S. District Judge Ursula...

  • SunRail service resumes after body found on tracks

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a central Florida commuter train struck and killed a man. Sunrail service was suspended early Friday after the body was found on the tracks in Sanford, but it resumed later in the morning. Sanford police officials say a train conductor spotted the body...

  • Car slams into Tampa day care, 2 women hurt

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two women were seriously injured after their car crashed into a Tampa day care center. The crash happened early Friday morning, well before any students or workers arrived at the Achievement Center for Early Learning. Police say the driver of the car...

  • No Fantasy 5 players match all 5 numbers

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — No "Fantasy 5" game players selected all five winning numbers to win the jackpot. Florida Lottery officials said Friday 367 tickets matched four numbers to win $555. Another 10,765 tickets matched three numbers to win $11 and 96,467 tickets matched two numbers to win a...

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 29

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. SENTENCING DAY FOR CHIEF OF $800M INSURANCE FRAUD The mastermind of an $800 million insurance scam that stands as one of the largest fraud schemes in Florida history is being sentenced by a federal judge....

  • Boy, 2, struck and killed by truck near Tampa

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy died after being struck by a Tampa water department truck at an apartment complex. Tampa police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor says Demetric Laynton darted between two vehicles Thursday night and the truck driver wasn't able to stop before...

  • 2 shocked, 1 fatally, in St. Augustine

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two men were shocked — one fatally — after one used a chain saw in an attempt to clear fallen tree branches from a power line. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office reports that someone on Thursday reported a fire after hearing three loud booms behind...



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