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Florida woman charged after giving husband's guns to police

Jun. 24, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's effort to protect herself from domestic violence has become a flashpoint in the debate over gun rights and victims' safety. Courtney Irby gave her estranged husband's guns to police after he was charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery, only to find herself...

Florida man on trial in wife's 1979 killing in Wisconsin

Jun. 24, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A jury trial is starting for a Florida man accused in the death of his wife, whose body has never been found since her disappearance 40 years ago in Wisconsin. Authorities arrested 79-year-old John Bayerl in Fort Myers, Florida, in February and he was extradited to Waukesha,...

Florida's crime rate in 2018 dropped by 9% from 2017

Jun. 24, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's overall crime rate last year dropped by 9% from the previous year, although murders and rapes increased. The most serious crimes — including robbery and aggravated assault — decreased by 7.4 % from the previous year, according to the 2018 Annual Uniform Crime Report , ...

Florida governor signs bill to promote career training

Jun. 24, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida schools will help students plan for careers even if they don't want to seek a four-year college degree under an education bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis signed the bill Monday at the Space Florida offices in Merritt Island. Besides promoting career...

O'Rourke proposes new 'war tax' to fund veteran health care

Jun. 24, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke is pledging to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help create a federal health care fund to cover the costs of caring for those who serve in future wars by taxing those who don't. The former Texas congressman unveiled his...

Virgin Trains breaks ground on South Florida to Orlando leg

Jun. 24, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials are breaking ground on a new phase of a private train line that will connect South Florida to central Florida. A groundbreaking ceremony was being held Monday for the construction of "Phase 2" of the train line that will run from Miami to Orlando, and eventually to Tampa if...

Officials probe death of 84-year-old Florida jail inmate

Jun. 24, 2019 6:31 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an 84-year-old Florida jail inmate who fell down a flight of stairs. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Sunday that inmate Arthur Gilmore hit his head during the fall, suffering a laceration. Officials say he was...

Lions, tigers and yoga: animal sanctuary has unique program

Jun. 24, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Lions and tigers and ... yoga? An animal sanctuary in Sarasota has begun a unique yoga program amid the enclosures housing some of its 50 big cats. The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that a recent session sold out at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary. The intent is to...

20 people to sue over fired Florida deputy's arrests

Jun. 24, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

STUART, Fla. (AP) — Twenty people have served notice they will file a lawsuit against a Florida sheriff's office and a fired deputy for a series of questionable drug arrests. TCPalm newspapers report that the lawsuit will bring claims of wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and other claims against the...

AP FACT CHECK: Obama is a silent partner in Trump's boasts

Jun. 24, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a silent partner behind several of the accomplishments he likes to boast about: Barack Obama. Despite assailing his Democratic predecessor for waging a "cruel and heartless war on American energy," for example, Trump can brag about U.S. energy supremacy thanks...