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SeaWorld releases rescued manatee back into Florida waters

Oct. 22, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

OAK HILL, Fla. (AP) — A manatee named Bingley has been released back into Florida waters after treatment of an injury. The manatee was found injured in May by the Florida Wildlife Commission and treated at SeaWorld's Marine Animal Rescue facility. SeaWorld officials who released the 440-pound...

Jaguars sign former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith

Oct. 22, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith to help fill holes at linebacker. Smith played 12 games for San Francisco last season. He's best known for his MVP performance in the 2014 Super Bowl, when he had 10 tackles and returned an interception 69...

Miami bridge fall blamed on design, lack of oversight

Oct. 22, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami university bridge that collapsed and killed six people last year showed significant design errors and should have been more carefully monitored by the state government because of the project's complexity, federal officials said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board members...

Florida House ready to take up parental consent for abortion

Oct. 22, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Girls younger than 18 would need consent from a parent or guardian before getting an abortion under a bill approved by a Florida House committee Tuesday that will head to a full chamber vote when the annual session begins in January. The bill was given only one committee stop...

Florida governor: Giuliani fixer sought role in transition

Oct. 22, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says a businessman tied to President Donald Trump's lawyer and now facing criminal charges sought a role on his transition team. DeSantis said Tuesday that Lev Parnas asked to be part of the transition team making public safety recommendations. DeSantis...

Florida Uber driver says he accidentally shot passenger

Oct. 22, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

HOLLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Uber driver has been charged after accidentally shooting a passenger while he tried to secure his gun. Hollywood police say 27-year-old Adrian Harper had stopped to pick up an additional passenger Sunday and was trying to put his gun in a holster while the person loaded...

Jimmy Butler gives a new look - and sound - to the Heat

Oct. 22, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hip-hop isn't always blaring from the speakers in the Miami Heat practice facility these days. Pat Riley's preferred sound is Motown. Erik Spoelstra hasn't had much of a chance to sneak U2 into the mix. These days, country music seems to be most prevalent in the Heat gym. That's part of the...

Police: Hospital bathroom video voyeur had 1 million images

Oct. 22, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 41-year-old man who they say hid a small camera in bathrooms at three Florida medical facilities. West Palm Beach police spokeswoman Molly Anderson said during a news conference on Tuesday that Department of Homeland Security agents arrested...

Woman gets 50-year sentence for crash that killed 3

Oct. 22, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A judge in Florida sentenced a 31-year-old woman to 50 years in prison for causing a drunk driving crash that killed a family of three. Amber Perera was convicted of DUI-manslaughter and leaving a death scene. She told her family in a call from jail that her life was ruined. Hillsborough...

Column: Tavatanakit takes fast track to LPGA Tour

Oct. 22, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — If everything had gone according to plan, Patty Tavatanakit would be in North Carolina this week preparing for two weeks of the LPGA Q-Series in her bid to earn status on the LPGA Tour. It didn't work out that way. It went much better. That's why the 20-year-old Thai from UCLA is...