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85 arrested in human trafficking sting

Jun. 24, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say they've arrested 85 people in a monthslong human trafficking sting. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister announced the arrests Monday. Officials say "Operation Trade Secrets" began at the outset of the year, focusing on...

Mouse that roared: Disney characters win local union shakeup

Jun. 24, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mouse that roared was heard. Months after workers who play Mickey Mouse and Goofy at Walt Disney World threatened to leave the Teamsters union because of what they called "horrible misrepresentation," General President James Hoffa has appointed two associates to take over the local...

Florida inmate charged with murder in 1986 Michigan slaying

Jun. 24, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A Florida prison inmate has been charged with murder in the strangling of a woman in southwestern Michigan more than three decades ago. Prosecutors charged 49-year-old Robert James Waite last week in the killing of 59-year-old Wilda Wilkinson of Bangor during a home invasion in July...

Police: Florida woman fatally shot daughter and stepfather

Jun. 24, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a woman fatally shot her stepfather and her 8-year-old daughter and wounded her mother. Treasure Coast Newspapers reports 28-year-old Alyssa Marie Torres was arrested Monday morning about 10 hours after the shooting. Port St. Lucie police spokeswoman...

Florida woman charged after giving husband's guns to police

Jun. 24, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

ORLANDO, 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,...

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...

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...

Florida woman charged with giving husband's guns to police

Jun. 22, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman who claimed her husband tried to run her down with a car is facing charges herself for taking guns from his apartment. Lakeland Police say 32-year-old Courtney Irby is charged with armed burglary and grand theft. An arrest affidavit says Irby knew her...

GOP lawmakers create hurdles for citizen ballot initiatives

Jun. 22, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas voters have been active in recent years, passing ballot initiatives that legalized medical marijuana, raised the minimum wage and expanded casino gambling. That hasn't gone over well with Republicans. Arkansas' GOP-dominated Legislature has taken steps this year that will...