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Mom goes home 5 years after driving van with kids into ocean

Sep. 20, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A South Carolina woman who drove her minivan with her children inside into the Atlantic Ocean in Florida five years ago has been allowed to return home to her family. Volusia County Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano on Thursday allowed 38-year-old Ebony Wilkerson to leave Daytona...

Police: DNA links Florida man to 'serial' slayings of women

Sep. 16, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Three women shot in the head, each dumped a month a part — the 2006 killings scared Daytona Beach's street people so badly that they memorized suspicious men's license plate numbers and gave them to police. And then suddenly the slayings stopped. Ten years later, a...

Florida man accused of firing shot arguing over pit bull

Sep. 13, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

HOLLY HILL, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a man shot at a moving truck after not wanting to let go of a pit bull. Holly Hill police arrested 23-year-old Eric Neely on charges of aggravated assault with a weapon. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the truck driver James Blich told officers he owns...

Swim! Be free! Trapped manatees escape Florida river wall

Sep. 12, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials believe a manatee and her baby have been freed from being trapped behind an underwater retention fence where they found refuge last week from Hurricane Dorian. At least that's the working theory, since no one could see clearly into the murky water. The...

The Latest: Minnis: Many still in shelters on Grand Bahama

Sep. 4, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis says he has visited storm-ravaged Grand Bahama, finding many people remain in shelters even though much of the flooding has eased. Minnis spoke at a news briefing Wednesday evening and...

NTSB: Metal fatigue caused wing to snap in fatal plane crash

Sep. 4, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Metal fatigue created by frequent takeoffs and landings caused a wing to snap off a university's training plane last year, resulting in a crash that killed the student pilot and a flight examiner, federal inspectors said Wednesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said in...

The Latest: Florida coast sees tropical storm conditions

Sep. 4, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian (all times local): 5:00 a.m. Tropical storm conditions continue along portions of the northeastern coast of Florida as Dorian continues to make its slow trek toward the U.S. The National Hurricane Center says the deadly storm was centered at 5 a.m....

The Latest: Dorian continues to pounds northern Bahamas

Sep. 1, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The National Hurricane Center has extended hurricane and storm surge watches northward in Florida to the Georgia state line as Hurricane Dorian continues to pound the northern Bahamas. As of 11 p.m. Sunday, the hurricane had weakened...

Airborne Florida surfer lands on shark, gets bit

Aug. 29, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a surfer at a Florida beach caught air on a wave and landed on a shark that, in turn, bit him on the hand and calf. Donald Walsh tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that he had been surfing at New Smyrna Beach for several hours Tuesday when he decided to try...

Police: Florida boy, 10, dies after shot in head by friend

Aug. 27, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a 10-year-old boy has died after his 14-year-old friend accidentally shot him in the head while the children played with a gun. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the boy died Tuesday at an Orlando children's hospital. Daytona Beach Police Chief...