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Former Disney employee accused of stealing parks' costumes

May. 18, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Walt Disney World employee with backstage access stole about $14,000 worth of costumes and items from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks, authorities said Friday. Patrick Allen Spikes, 24, faces burglary, grand theft, and trafficking in stolen property charges, news...

Small plane lands on Florida highway during rush hour

May. 16, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

MAITLAND, Fla. (AP) — A small airplane made an emergency landing on a Florida highway ramp during rush hour and crashed into a car. News outlets report the plane landed Thursday around 5:30 p.m. on an Interstate 4 on-ramp in Maitland, just north of Orlando. Maitland Police Lt. Louis Grindle says there were...

Florida officer faces manslaughter charge from shooting

May. 16, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer who opened fire on a shoplifting suspect as he drove away is facing a manslaughter charge. Jail records show that Orlando Police Officer Anthony Wongshue was arrested and then released early Thursday from the Orange County Jail after posting bond. Orlando...

Optimus Prime, Megatron remember 35 years of Transformers

May. 15, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Autobots have been waging their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons for 35 years, but there's no sign the men who voice the Transformers franchise's two most iconic characters would ever take up ion blasters or fusion cannons against each other. Peter Cullen and Frank...

Woman arrested for CBD oil at Disney demands apology

May. 14, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A 69-year-old woman is demanding an apology for her arrest at a Walt Disney World security checkpoint last month after a guard found CBD oil while searching her purse. Hester Burkhalter has hired high-profile attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented Trayvon Martin's family. Crump said...

Man arrested after handgun found at Disney World entrance

May. 13, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man was arrested after trying to enter a Walt Disney World Resort park with a gun in his backpack. An Orange County Sheriff's Office report says 29-year-old Terry Bruce was charged last Tuesday with carrying a concealed weapon without a license. Officials say...

AP source: Lakers hire Frank Vogel as coach

May. 11, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as an assistant. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because Vogel's three-year contract has not been finalized. Vogel flew to Los Angeles...

AP source: Cavs interviewing 4 assistants for coaching job

May. 11, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavs' coaching search has picked up speed. Cleveland is meeting with four NBA assistants this weekend in Denver to try and fill its coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the team's plans told The Associated Press. The Cavaliers met Friday night with Denver assistant Jordi Fernandez...

AP Source: Lakers to interview Vogel for coaching job

May. 9, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to quickly rebound in their head coaching search after failing to land Tyronn Lue. A person familiar with the search said former Indiana and Orlando coach Frank Vogel will be interviewed for the opening. The person spoke to The Associated Press on...

Still most visited place, Orlando had 75 million visitors

May. 9, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando had 75 million visitors last year as the theme park mecca continued to be the most visited destination in the United States, tourism officials said Thursday. Orlando in 2018 had 68.5 million domestic visitors, a year-to-year increase of 4.1%, and almost 6.5 million...