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Suspect arrested in killing, wounding officers

KISSIMMEE — A suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Florida and the grave wounding of a sergeant was arrested in a bar several hours after the attack, authorities said Saturday. Everett Miller faces a charge of first-degree murder for the killing of Officer Matthew Baxter and could face other charges for[…]

Gay rights is personal for Fla. gubernatorial candidates

TALLAHASSEE — The leading Democrats running for Florida governor met with gay and lesbian party members Saturday in an event that at times was touching and personal, and served as a reminder that Florida is a place where people can still be discriminated against because of who they love. Perhaps the most chilling moment was[…]

Widow won’t sign, and that puts timeshare giant in a bind

ORLANDO — There’s a new twist in the standoff between an octogenarian widow in Florida who refused to sell her townhome and the giant developer that constructed a timeshare resort around her vacant, two-story building anyway. In order to get a county permit for tenants to move into the new timeshare units, the company needs[…]

NASA launches last of its longtime tracking satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. The end of the era came with a morning liftoff of TDRS-M, the 13th satellite in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network . It[…]

Florida adds 32,700 jobs, unemployment remains unchanged

TALLAHASSEE — Florida added 32,700 jobs last month, though its unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4.1 percent. That’s below the national rate of 4.3 percent. The state released figures Friday that shows there were 411,000 unemployed Floridians out of a workforce of 10.1 million. Florida’s unemployment rate remained the lowest it’s been since July 2007.[…]

3 charities cancel Mar-a-Lago events amid Trump backlash

FORT LAUDERDALE — President Donald Trump’s comments about the white nationalist rally last weekend are hurting not just his political standing, but his pocketbook. Three charities announced Thursday that they were canceling fundraisers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, a sign the president’s business is starting to suffer backlash from his comments Tuesday about the violence in[…]

Former NFL coach, others donate to move Confederate statue

TAMPA — Donations to remove a Confederate monument from one Florida city have skyrocketed since officials tied the statue’s fate to the success of the campaign. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy tweeted Thursday that he would donate $5,000 to help move the statue from its spot in downtown Tampa. The Tampa Bay Times[…]

Florida bans future investments in Maduro’s Venezuela

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott easily won approval Wednesday for a proposal to bar the state’s $150 billion pension plan from making future investments that directly support the regime of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Scott and the two other trustees who oversee the plan quickly approved the ban, which could be more symbolic[…]

Election worker gets house arrest for marking ballots

MIAMI — A Florida elections worker convicted of fraud will not face jail time. According to a news report, 74-year-old Gladys Coego received two years of house arrest and three years of probation during a Wednesday hearing. She had pleaded guilty to filling out somebody else’s absentee ballot. Coego was hired by a temp agency[…]

Bonnie Tyler to sing ‘Total Eclipse’ hit during eclipse

MIAMI — Some cruise passengers will have the ultimate soundtrack for Monday’s solar eclipse when Bonnie Tyler sings her hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on board. Royal Caribbean says the Welsh singer will be backed on the power ballad by Joe Jonas’ band DNCE for a performance in an outdoor theater on its ship[…]