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U. of Florida puts aggressive graduation usher on leave

May. 9, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida has placed a lecturer who shoved and grabbed students during a graduation ceremony on paid administrative leave. School spokeswoman Margot Winick said Tuesday that the marshal, whom she refused to identify, is a lecturer in the chemistry department. The...

NYPD tests new tool that detects credit card skimmers

May. 9, 2018 3:15 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Traynor, a cybersecurity expert, was in New York in February working with police to help identify a way to detect credit card skimmers on ATMs when he got a financial fraud alert: his own information had been stolen while he was in town. It wasn't the first time. In five...

Florida paying defensive coordinator Grantham $1.39M in 2018

May. 8, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is spending big in an effort to get its defense back among the nation's elite. The Gators gave new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham a three-year deal worth $4.47 million, making him the highest-paid assistant in school history. Grantham will earn $1.39 million this...

University of Florida apologizes for pushy graduation usher

May. 7, 2018 10:38 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida is apologizing to students who complained that an usher was aggressively pushing and grabbing them as they entered the stage during a graduation ceremony. University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs said on Twitter on Sunday the usher was...

Improved Florida streaking toward another CWS appearance

May. 2, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — What the Florida baseball team is doing this season is downright ridiculous, even for a defending national champion that looks primed to repeat. The top-ranked Gators (36-10, 16-5 Southeastern Conference) have won every weekend series they've played in 2018, stretching their...

Jaguars take Florida's Taven Bryan with 29th pick in draft

Apr. 27, 2018 12:00 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars added to an already stout defense by drafting Florida's Taven Bryan with the 29th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. Selecting Bryan had more to do with potential than production. The defensive tackle had 67 tackles, including...

Police: Florida man pours gasoline, sets girlfriend on fire

Apr. 26, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 55-year-old Florida man is accused of pouring gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire. Gainesville police arrest report says Roosevelt Kitchens was charged with attempted murder. He was being held Thursday on a $1 million bond. An arrest report says Kitchen and the...

AP source: Florida's Callaway fails drug test at NFL combine

Apr. 24, 2018 9:12 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida receiver Antonio Callaway failed a drug test at the NFL combine, a mistake that could damage his draft status. A person with knowledge of the situation says NFL teams were made aware of the result Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of...

Florida's Bryan looks to turn NFL potential into production

Apr. 23, 2018 2:12 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Taven Bryan's draft stock has more to do with potential than production. The Florida defensive tackle had 67 tackles, including 5 ½ sacks, in three seasons with the Gators. He was a 6-foot-4, 291-pound enigma his first two years in Gainesville, but came on as a junior in 2017....

Authorities say motive in deputy killings may never be known

Apr. 20, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

TRENTON, Fla. (AP) — Investigators in Florida say they may never know why a man - a recluse from a rural farm community who rarely ventured into town - killed two sheriff's deputies while they sat in a Chinese restaurant. John Hubert Highnote, 58, of Bell casually walked into the restaurant, went up to the...