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Florida governor wants suspended sheriff's lawsuit dismissed

Mar. 14, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the sheriff who he suspended and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting. DeSantis filed the new motion Thursday. Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel filed the suit earlier this...

Florida mulls clemency for FBI informant 'White Boy Rick'

Mar. 13, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Clemency Board are considering early prison release for a man known as "White Boy Rick," once one of the FBI's youngest informants and the subject of a recent Hollywood movie. The board on Wednesday heard the case of Richard Wershe Jr., 49, who's...

Trump donor claimed she could offer access to president

Mar. 11, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A company run by a donor to President Donald Trump claimed it could provide Chinese clients with a chance to mingle and take photos with the president, along with access to his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. It remains unclear how much Li Yang charged for the services and...

Parkland shooting: Suspended sheriff sues Florida governor

Mar. 7, 2019 5:37 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida sheriff who was suspended by the governor and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting filed suit Thursday seeking his job back and alleging Gov. Ron DeSantis improperly ousted him for political reasons. Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott...

Board to vote on Stoneman Douglas superintendent's future

Mar. 4, 2019 9:45 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The mother of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim who is now on the county school board is pushing to have the superintendent fired, saying he "has a history of leadership failures." Lori Alhadeff placed a measure on Tuesday's Broward County school board...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's epic speech is laced with fabrication

Mar. 3, 2019 8:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump uttered a dizzying number of false statements in his epically long weekend speech, to an audience that didn't seem to mind at all. He got the unemployment rate wrong. He misstated his winning margin in the election. He reprised some of his most frequently told...

Florida grand jury to examine school safety law compliance

Feb. 25, 2019 4:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is granting Republican Ron DeSantis' request to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate whether school districts are following laws enacted in the wake of the Parkland high school shooting that left 17 dead. The Supreme Court issued the order...

Florida mayor charged with shooting at deputies suspended

Feb. 22, 2019 6:22 PM EST

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mayor accused of shooting at deputies trying arrest him on allegations of practicing medicine without a license has been removed from office. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Friday suspending Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says...

Florida governor wants to import drugs from Canada

Feb. 20, 2019 6:50 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor on Wednesday proposed bringing cheaper, Canadian prescription drugs to Florida as a way to cut health care costs. Gov. Ron DeSantis said that he wants to create an importation program that brings Canadian prescription drugs to the Sunshine State. It is illegal to...

Trump pleads with Venezuela's military to back Guaido

Feb. 18, 2019 8:33 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday pleaded with Venezuela's military to support opposition leader Juan Guaido and issued a dire warning if they continue to stand with President Nicolas Maduro's government. "You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything,"...