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Actor Dave Bautista is now guardian to 2 abandoned pit bulls

Nov. 14, 2019 3:16 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida animal shelter sent out a desperate plea after someone had abandoned two pit bull dogs. But volunteers never expected the post would catch the attention of “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Dave Bautista. The 6-year-old pit bulls, Maggie and Ollie, were handed over...

‘Bits and pieces’: Americans view impeachment on their terms

Nov. 13, 2019 10:17 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Cattle rancher Jeffery Gatzke in South Dakota was listening in as he worked on his tractor in his workshop. The first public hearing on impeaching President Donald Trump is a political show, he thinks, but one he wanted to tune into. Nadxely Sanchez, 18, watched on her phone,...

Teen charged with offering $100,000 to kill school employee

Nov. 1, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida teen offered $100,000 for someone to kill a staff member at his high school. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco announced during a news conference Friday that deputies arrested 18-year-old Nicholas Godfrey and charged him with solicitation to attempt murder....

Florida veterinarian, wife die in plane crash near airport

Oct. 21, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Florida veterinarian and his wife were identified Monday as victims of a deadly plane crash near a North Carolina airport, devastating friends who remembered their generosity and devotion to animals. Dr. Harvey Partridge and Patricia Partridge, both 72, of Terra Ceia, Florida,...

Coast Guard, Mexican Navy search for plane, surgeon pilot

Oct. 17, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard plane and a Mexican Navy vessel searched the Gulf of Mexico for a small plane Thursday after a trauma surgeon flew the aircraft hundreds of miles (kilometers) beyond its intended destination. Steven Schumacher's family reported him overdue at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, two...

Man guilty of raping, killing girl; faces death penalty

Sep. 25, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been convicted of raping and killing a 9-year-old girl. The Tampa Bay Times reports that 40-year-old Granville Ritchie was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder, sexual battery and aggravated child abuse. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Prosecutors...