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Lawsuits: Alabama failed to protect foster kids from abuse

Feb. 21, 2020 8:08 AM EST

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer is seeking millions of dollars in damages for four children who were fostered or adopted by a couple accused of child abuse in Alabama and Florida. The cases involve Daniel and Jenise Spurgeon, who cared for about 50 children over the years as they lived in Florence,...

Sheriff: Man fatally shot himself while playing with gun

Feb. 21, 2020 7:48 AM EST

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man who was waiting for a haircut fatally shot himself on Thursday while playing with a gun, sheriff's deputies said. The man sat down on a bucket outside his bedroom door while he waited for another man to cut his hair. He started playing with a handgun, which discharged,...

Teacher washed out student's mouth with hand sanitizer

Feb. 21, 2020 7:22 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida middle school teacher has been suspended after school district officials found she used hand sanitizer to wash out the mouth of a student who was talking too loud in her class. Palm Beach County school board on Wednesday approved a 10-day suspension without pay for...

Officials: Florida panthers struck and killed by vehicles

Feb. 21, 2020 4:49 AM EST

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Two endangered Florida panthers have died after being struck by vehicles in separate incidents. They're the sixth and seventh panther deaths attributed to fatal collisions, out of eight total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The...

Dwyane Wade arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Heat retiring Dwyane Wade's No. 3 this weekend

Feb. 21, 2020 3:24 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade says that whenever he would hear the national anthem play before Miami home games, he would take a moment and look to the rafters. “I always imagined my jersey being up there,” Wade said. He will no longer have to imagine the sight. After this weekend, it’ll be...

Kentucky forward Nate Sestina (1) shoots over LSU forward Emmitt Williams (5) as LSU forward Darius Days (0) watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

No. 10 Kentucky looks to extend SEC lead against Florida

Feb. 21, 2020 3:19 AM EST

Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this weekend: GAME OF THE WEEKEND Florida (17-9, 9-4) at No. 10 Kentucky (21-5, 11-2): The host Wildcats have won five in a row and stand alone atop the standings with a two-game edge on Florida, Auburn and LSU — the latter two of which...

Louisville forward Jordan Nwora (33) dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville won 90-66. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

ACC basketball title contenders face rough road this weekend

Feb. 21, 2020 3:08 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Here are some things to watch for in ACC play this weekend: GAMES OF THE WEEKEND ACC title contenders No. 8 Florida State and No. 11 Louisville may have more on their minds than just their upcoming games this weekend. Both will have quick turnarounds for a Monday night showdown that...

Los Angeles Kings center Gabriel Vilardi celebrates his goal with teammates on the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Vilardi scores quickly in NHL debut as Kings defeat Panthers

Feb. 21, 2020 2:29 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not many players can top the NHL debut that Gabriel Vilardi had on Thursday night. The Los Angeles center scored 10 seconds into his first shift and added an assist as the Kings defeated the Florida Panthers 5-4. “My first shift I wasn't expecting that. No one was," Vilardi said....

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone, right, celebrates with left wing Max Pacioretty after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Vegas stops Tampa Bay's 11-game streak with 5-3 win

Feb. 21, 2020 2:20 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hours before making his Vegas debut, Alec Martinez sat on the team bench, gazing onto a clean sheet of ice while collecting his thoughts inside an empty T-Mobile Arena, a place he called the loudest venue in the NHL. The crowd of 18,376 roared when he was announced in the starting lineup....

Mexico scientist accused as Russian spy due for bail hearing

Feb. 21, 2020 1:14 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A bail hearing is set Friday for a Mexican scientist accused of spying for Russia in Miami. An FBI affidavit said a Russian government official tasked Hector Cabrera Fuentes, 35, with tracking down a vehicle owned by a U.S. government informant. The FBI says Cabrera and his Mexican wife did...