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  • Mistrial in bully-related slaying of 400-pound man

    MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors intend to retry a man on murder charges after a Miami jury could not reach a verdict in a case involving a 400-pound victim the suspect claims was bullying him at work. A mistrial was declared last week in the case of 69-year-old Manuel Acosta. Acosta is charged with...

  • Historic ship to become new Jacksonville museum

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville City Council has agreed to allow an historic U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer to be moored on the banks of the St. Johns River, where it will be used as a maritime museum. The Florida Times-Union reports (http://bit.ly/1rELiPG ) that the council...

  • Florida home price data is mixed bag

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The latest data on home prices is a mixed bag for Florida. A report released by the research firm RealtyTrac shows that while Miami had some of the biggest increases in home prices, other parts of Florida had among the highest rates of distressed sales. Median home prices...

  • 2 killed, 6 injured in semi-truck, van crash

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two people are dead and six more were taken to a central Florida hospital following an early morning crash between a passenger van and a semi-truck. Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Wanda Diaz said in a statement that the agency responded to the crash on Interstate 95 in...

  • 3 Fantasy 5 player wins $74,908.91 jackpot

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Three "Fantasy 5" game players selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot worth $74,908.91. The Florida Lottery said Saturday that the winning tickets were purchased in Sunrise, St. Petersburg and Orlando. The 332 tickets matching four numbers won $109 each....

  • No Lucky Money winner; jackpot now $1.2 million

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The "Lucky Money" jackpot rose to $1.2 million after no winner claimed the jackpot. Lottery officials said Saturday four tickets matched 4-of-4 numbers to win $943.50 each; 69 tickets won $239.50 each for picking 3-of-4 plus the Lucky Ball number; 1,201 tickets won...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...



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