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Figures show Trump’s Cuba policy hurts private sector

HAVANA — President Donald Trump’s Cuba policy is driving millions of dollars from the island’s private entrepreneurs to its state-run tourism sector, the opposite of its supposed goal, according to new government figures. Trump announced in June 2017 that he was tightening limits on U.S. travel to Cuba in order to starve military-linked travel businesses[…]

Student charged with claiming to have gun at school

DELTONA — Authorities say a Florida high school student was arrested after telling a teacher he had a gun to get her attention. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the 18-year-old Deltona High School student was charged Monday with making a false report of a bomb or explosion on public property. The Volusia County Sheriff’s[…]

Sheriff’s deputy resigns after fight at Florida strip club

WEST PALM BEACH — A Florida sheriff’s deputy has resigned after being arrested on charges that he battered a couple at a strip club. An internal affairs report says 33-year-old Dwight Robinson quit his job at the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office two days after the July 3 incident at Scores. The Palm Beach Post reports[…]

Firefighters save dog named Joker from house fire

DELAND — Firefighters in Florida saved a dog overcome by smoke during a house fire. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that no one was home when the fire broke out about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The DeLand Fire Department said on Twitter that firefighters found the 6-year-old Weimaraner named Joker inside the home once the fire[…]

Deputies: Florida man killed in road rage shooting

LAND O’ LAKES — A 38-year-old Florida man was killed in what authorities are calling a road rage shooting. Investigators with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office are looking for anyone who witnessed the Tuesday night shooting that killed Scott Bartolotti. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Amanda Hunter said in a news release that at least one shot was[…]

Florida airports helping federal workers during shutdown

MIAMI — Florida airports are helping federal workers who aren’t getting paid during the government shutdown by offering free food, holding a food drive and opening a food bank. At Miami International Airport, Wilkinson Sejour, owner of the Haitian restaurant Chef Creole, started giving away free meals Monday to federal workers at the airport who[…]

Woman, baby killed in crash at Florida intersection

NAPLES — Authorities say a woman and baby were killed and a man and another infant were seriously injured in a crash at a Florida intersection. The Naples Daily News reports that the crash occurred Sunday afternoon. Florida Highway Patrol says a man lost control of his pickup truck and crashed into the victims’ car,[…]

Florida Keys’ ospreys pulled off endangered list

MIAMI — Wildlife officials have removed the population of ospreys in the Florida Keys from the state’s list of imperiled species. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Monday that the ospreys were removed from the endangered list in December after a yearlong review found their numbers rising statewide. The Miami Herald reports some[…]

DeSantis picks 2nd Miami appeals judge for Supreme Court

MIAMI — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday chose a second Miami appeals judge for a seat on the Florida Supreme Court, continuing to move the state’s highest court in a more conservative direction. DeSantis announced Monday that Robert Luck is his latest choice. Luck, 39, a former Miami federal prosecutor and circuit court judge,[…]

DeSantis demand prompts 2 members of Florida board to resign

TALLAHASSEE — Two members of the board that plays a key role in Everglades restoration have resigned after Gov. Ron DeSantis demanded that they step down. The new governor last week asked members of the governing board of the South Florida Water Management District to resign. The board in November extended a lease with sugar[…]