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Florida expects thousands of displaced Puerto Rican students

ORLANDO — Thousands of Puerto Rican children displaced by Hurricane Maria are expected to enroll in Florida and other U.S. public schools this year. Most of the island’s 1,112 public schools are closed due to hurricane damage, and schools throughout Florida are preparing for the possibility that thousands of new students will come, the Orlando[…]

3 appeals for hurricane aid pending in Florida since 2004

MIAMI — Florida communities cleaning up and making repairs after Hurricane Irma may expect the U.S. government to reimburse their costs, but an analysis by The Associated Press shows the Federal Emergency Management Agency make take years to pay those bills — if it pays up at all. Dozens of requests for reimbursement from FEMA[…]

Temple student killed by police after car crashes

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A 22-year-old Temple University student in town to celebrate her birthday drove her BMW into a Florida police officer and was fatally shot by another officer in Miami Beach in front of a crowd of onlookers, police said. Cariann Hithon of Bowie, Maryland, crashed into several cars Sunday evening as people[…]

Suspected drunken driver hits cruiser in construction zone

ORLANDO — A suspected drunken driver rear-ended a Florida Highway Patrol trooper’s cruiser in a construction zone on a Florida highway. Sgt. Kim Montes said in a news release that early Tuesday morning 32-year-old Trooper Tarik Dalhy was parked in the closed lane of the highway with his cruiser lights on to alert drivers of[…]

Astronauts go spacewalking to grease robot arm’s new hand

CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA astronauts took another spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday, this time to grease the robot arm’s new hand. Commander Randy Bresnik ventured out for the second time in less than a week, along with Mark Vande Hei. The pair replaced the latching mechanism on one end of the 58-foot[…]

The Latest: Immigrant groups ask for shelter without IDs

MIAMI — Immigrant rights groups are urging the government not to inquire about anyone’s immigration status at shelters that have opened in advance of Hurricane Irma. The Florida Immigrant Coalition urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday to issue a statement saying the state welcomes people into shelters without checking IDs. Advocacy groups say immigrants[…]

Airlines begin to cancel flights in Irma’s path

Airlines are preparing to cancel Florida flights that are in the path of Hurricane Irma. The hurricane is expected to reach Florida by the weekend. American Airlines says it will begin shutting down operations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Sarasota and West Palm Beach by Friday afternoon and cancel flights through the weekend. JetBlue[…]

Florida on edge, evacuations coming as Hurricane Irma nears

KEY LARGO — Hurricane Irma’s size and strength put the entire state of Florida on notice on Tuesday, and residents and visitors prepared to leave in anticipation of catastrophic winds and floods that could reach the state by this weekend. Throughout South Florida, officials readied evacuation orders and people raided store shelves, buying up water[…]

Florida officer fatally shoots burglary suspect

MIAMI — Authorities say a Florida police officer shot and killed a burglary suspect armed with knife. The Miami Herald reports that the shooting occurred Tuesday afternoon near the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club in Kendale Lakes. Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta says the officer was on assignment trying to deter burglaries when he began[…]

Report: Fired Florida deputy didn’t follow up on sex crimes

NAPLES — A fired Florida deputy failed to follow up on 24 of 35 cases assigned to him, the majority of which were alleged sex crimes, a newspaper reported Sunday. A Naples Daily News investigation found Collier County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael McNeely didn’t even take the most basic investigative steps in those cases, included alleged[…]