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Florida Everglades wildfire almost doubles in size in a day

Jun. 25, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A wildfire in the Florida Everglades has almost doubled in size in the past day. The Florida Forest Service on Tuesday tweeted that the blaze had grown to 31,500 acres (12,750 hectares) and is only about a third contained. The wildfire is located about 8 miles (13 km) west of...

Wildfire burning in Florida Everglades near major interstate

Jun. 24, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A wildfire burning in the Florida Everglades has given some commuters a smoky ride home along Interstate 75 in an area called Alligator Alley. Florida Forest Service officials confirmed lightning started the wildfire Sunday night and that it's now burning over 17,000 acres...

Florida city pays $600,000 ransom to save computer records

Jun. 19, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers'...

The Latest: Florida sheriff fights accusations of negligence

Jun. 18, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a Senate hearing reviewing the suspension of a Florida sheriff who oversaw the Parkland shooting response (all times local): 7 p.m. The Florida sheriff who oversaw the response to the Parkland school shooting is fighting for his job in front of state lawmakers....

Man says he was deceived when he bought tiny strip of land

Jun. 15, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida man thought he snagged a deal when he paid $9,100 in an online auction for what he thought was a villa. What he got was a 1-foot-by-100-foot (0.3-meter-by-30-meter) strip of land. The land, valued at only $50, starts on a curb and goes under a wall separating...

Judge clears Robert Kraft's attorneys of contempt accusation

Jun. 14, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge handed another loss to the prosecution in New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's misdemeanor prostitution solicitation case Friday, dismissing allegations that his attorneys tried to verbally intimidate a police officer and falsely accused him of lying. Judge...

Defendant in face-biting attack challenges insanity rules

Jun. 13, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a Florida man accused of killing a couple and chewing the husband's face attacked the constitutionality of the state's laws governing insanity defenses Thursday, arguing it wrongly places the burden of proof on defendants instead of prosecutors. Austin Harrouff,...

Accused Mar-a-Lago intruder allowed to be her own attorney

Jun. 12, 2019 4:22 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Chinese woman charged with illegally entering President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort will be allowed to act as her own attorney, a judge ruled Tuesday after strenuously trying to talk her out of it as she struggled with legal concepts and spoken English. U.S. District...

Florida governor signs bill for foreign drug importation

Jun. 11, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians could eventually gain access to cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and other countries under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, if the federal government gives it a green light. The Republican governor signed the bill in The Villages, home...

Florida Uber driver has ear medically reattached after fight

Jun. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERLDALE, Fla. (AP) — An Uber driver nearly lost an ear in a fight in a parking garage at a Florida airport. The South Florida SunSentinel reports 26-year-old Sir-Christian Alexander Gordon appeared in court Thursday to face a charge of aggravated battery. The charge stems from what authoritities...