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Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probe

May. 28, 2022 08:44 AM EDT

The actions — or more notably, the inaction — of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers moved swiftly to the center of the investigation into this week's shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The attack that left 19 children and two teachers dead...

WWII medic downplays heroism: 'I didn't know any better'

May. 28, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Army medic Sam Newey never heard the German mortar coming as he dashed through a field in Eastern France to help a wounded comrade 77 years ago. But for decades after, he carried shrapnel from the bomb with him, buried under the jagged scars on both of his arms and...

Former Scientologist called police, went nowhere, she sued

May. 28, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Before she sued the Church of Scientology last month for allegedly trafficking her as a child, Valeska Paris, 44, tried to pursue criminal charges. She filed a 32-page affidavit in September 2019 with the Clearwater Police Department alleging forced labor and...

Taillon leads Yankees over Rays 2-0 for 4th straight win

May. 27, 2022 22:54 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jameson Tallion pitched two-hit ball over eight innings, following Nestor Cortes to give the Yankees their longest consecutive starts in nine years and leading New York over the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 Friday night. Gleyber Torres put the Yankees ahead with a...

Florida condo collapse settlement reached, tops $1 billion

May. 27, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for the families who lost relatives in last year's collapse of a Florida condominium tower that killed 98 people reached a $1.02 billion settlement Friday, providing a speedy resolution to lawsuits that could have dragged on for years. The...

22 mass shootings. 374 dead. Here's where the guns came from

May. 27, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

The suspects in the shootings at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school and a Buffalo, New York, supermarket were both just 18, authorities say, when they bought the weapons used in the attacks — too young to legally purchase alcohol or cigarettes, but old enough to arm themselves with assault-style...

Investigation: No retaliation against COVID-19 whistleblower

May. 27, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — There's nothing to indicate the Florida Department of Health told an employee to falsify COVID-19 data and she wasn't fired out of retaliation, according to a state investigator's report released this month. Former department employee Rebekah Jones received...

Florida boots Arkansas from SEC Tournament 7-5

May. 27, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Jac Caglione had a two-run single and a solo homer, No. 9 hitter Colby Halter had an RBI single and a solo shot and No. 7 seed Florida held off No. 3 seed Arkansas 7-5 in an elimination game at the SEC Tournament on Friday. Florida (37-21) will play an...

Woman accused of leaving 4 dogs to die in hot car in Florida

May. 27, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 25-year-old Missouri woman is accused of leaving four dogs locked in a hot car while she had lunch in a central Florida restaurant, police said. The woman, who was visiting the area from Gainesville, Missouri, was arrested Thursday evening on charges...

Senators talk expanded gun background checks, red flag laws

May. 27, 2022 05:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is considering how Congress should respond to the horrific shooting of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, restarting gun control talks that have broken down many times before. Aware of the difficulty of their task, the...