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Florida university fires 4 officials after spending probe

Jan. 19, 2019 11:51 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's largest state university is firing four administrators following a probe into improper spending on construction projects. University of Central Florida President Dale Whittaker announced Friday that he was terminating the four officials. His move came a day after an outside...

Florida shooting leaves 3 dead and 2 injured

Jan. 19, 2019 11:08 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are investigating a shooting that left three people dead and two people injured. First Coast News reported that the shooting occurred in a west Jacksonville neighborhood early Saturday morning. A spokesman for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office told local...

Florida mayor resigns due to 'inappropriate texting'

Jan. 19, 2019 10:35 AM EST

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mayor is resigning due to inappropriate texting. The Pensacola News-Journal reported that Gulf Breeze Mayor David Landfair resigned on Friday. Landfair had just been sworn in as the mayor of the northwest Florida city back in December. In his resignation letter Landfair...

Florida's new governor scraps appointments made by Scott

Jan. 19, 2019 9:45 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is withdrawing dozens of appointments made by former Gov. Rick Scott. DeSantis on Friday removed 46 people who had been placed on various state boards by Scott right before he left office. One of the people whose appointment has been rescinded is Andrew...

Florida's new Trump-backed governor seeks to broaden appeal

Jan. 19, 2019 9:30 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida voters who expected new Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to be politically divisive because of his strong ties to President Donald Trump may be surprised by the quick actions he's taken in his first two weeks in office. DeSantis announced a bold plan to address environmental...

Redskins hire Nate Kaczor as new special teams coordinator

Jan. 19, 2019 9:07 AM EST

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Nate Kaczor (KAT'-sir) has been hired by the Washington Redskins as their special teams coordinator. The team announced the move Saturday. Kaczor replaces Ben Kotwica, who joined the Atlanta Falcons this month after five years with the Redskins. Kaczor spent the past three seasons with...

Sisters help Monument homeless man reunite with family

Jan. 19, 2019 8:01 AM EST

MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — By the time Erin Monyek gets rolling on her overnight baking gig at Horseshoe Donuts, the cozy Monument retail plaza off Colorado 105 where the shop is located is a delicious-smelling, and mostly empty, place. Shoppers and diners have gone home, and other late-night visitors are an...

Sarasota artist paints with lipstick and kisses

Jan. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Alexis Fraser, known as Lipstick Lex, has been inspiring positivity through her unique medium. Armed with tubes of lipstick and an assortment of makeup brushes, Sarasota resident Alexis Fraser, more popularly known as Lipstick Lex on social media, has been spreading positivity with...

Florida studying suicide prevention barriers for bridge

Jan. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The text from Rob Rivard's stepson came at 5:23 one Sunday morning in November. A 20-year-old student at Pasco-Hernando State College, Chris Machesney was excited about launching a modeling career. Rivard and his wife hadn't seen signs that Machesney was unhappy, but when Rivard read the...

Man gets life sentence for killing 3 teens during robberies

Jan. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing three teens in robberies. The Palm Beach Post reports that 20-year-old Joel Rodriguez was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to three murder counts as part of a deal with prosecutors. Authorities say Rodriguez...