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Woman released decades after Michigan nursing home deaths

Jan. 16, 2020 1:39 PM EST

WALKER, Mich. (AP) — A woman who spent 30 years in prison for her role in the deaths of residents at a Michigan nursing home was released on parole Thursday, officials said. Relatives of victims had sued to keep Catherine Wood locked up, but a Kent County judge in October s aid he wouldn't block the parole...

Commission investigating Florida high school massacre sued

Jan. 15, 2020 6:26 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Student and civil rights groups are suing the commission investigating the 2018 Florida high school massacre, saying it illegally adjourned a recent meeting before the public could speak and held the meeting at an inaccessible location. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed...

The Florida Senate remodeling includes this artwork on the fifth floor gallery photographed at the start of session on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, in Tallahassee, Fla. The Florida Senate on Tuesday unveiled a gleaming new piece of art at one of its most-visited corridors in the state Capitol, after removing an old mural that included the Confederate flag.  (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

'Unifying' art replaces mural that featured Confederate flag

Jan. 14, 2020 4:12 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate on Tuesday unveiled a gleaming new piece of art at one of its most-visited corridors in the state Capitol, after removing an old mural that included the Confederate flag. The new artwork — a huge piece of wood in the shape of the state — represents...

Thousands rallied and marched from the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center to the Florida Historic Capitol to demand more money for public schools Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Thousands of school workers from around the state thronged Florida's Capitol on Monday to press Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature to more than double the nearly $1 billion the governor is proposing for teacher raises and bonuses.  (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

Educators throng Florida Capitol to fight for more money

Jan. 13, 2020 5:52 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of school workers from around the state thronged Florida's Capitol on Monday to press Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature to more than double the nearly $1 billion the governor is proposing for teacher raises and bonuses. Large crowds of demonstrators streamed into the...

This Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, photo shows an empty crib at the display at Dorothy B. Oven Park in Tallahassee, Fla. On the sixth day of Christmas, Baby Jesus vanished from his manger in a popular nativity scene at the Florida park, right under the noses of Mary, Joseph and bowing kings. The park each year hosts a well-trafficked and colorful Christmas display. (Jeff Takacs via AP)

Baby Jesus goes missing from popular Florida nativity scene

Dec. 31, 2019 6:01 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — On the sixth day of Christmas, Baby Jesus vanished from his manger in a popular nativity scene at a Florida park — right under the noses of Mary, Joseph and bowing kings. The disappearance of the replica startled 8-year-old Nate Takacs, who had rushed to get a glimpse of...

Jeffrey Shanks, an archaeologist with the National Park Service, visits an unmarked slave cemetery on Dec. 16, 2019, at the Capital City Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.  Shanks earlier this year brought in ground-penetrating radar and two cadaver-sniffing dogs to investigate if long-told stories about a cemetery at the golf course are true. His search indicates that there are at least 40 graves near the 7th hole tee. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Slave cemetery poses questions for Florida country club

Dec. 26, 2019 8:27 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The rumors swirled for decades: A dark history long lay buried under the grassy knolls and manicured lawns of a country club in Florida's capital city. Over the years, neat rows of rectangular depressions along the 7th fairway deepened in the grass, outlining what would be...

This combination of photographs shows from left, Aimee Brewer, Morgan O'Sullivan and Mark McQueen on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (AP Photo)

Among public, a great divide at moment of Trump impeachment

Dec. 19, 2019 5:08 PM EST

We interrupt the holiday spirit to bring you the impeachment of a president. In festive haunts, buzzing stores and rush-hour frenzy, Americans absorbed the moment Donald Trump became only the third president branded with the mark of impeachment, the Constitution's gravest political indictment. Depending whom you...

North Florida guard/forward Garrett Sams (11) makes a shot as he is fouled by Florida State center Balsa Koprivica (5) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Florida State won 98-81. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

Koprivica, Olejniczak power Florida State past North Florida

Dec. 18, 2019 12:37 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State is so deep at guard and forward that it hasn’t featured its 7-footers much this season. That changed on Tuesday night. Balsa Koprivica scored 15 points and Dominik Olejniczak added 11 as both set season highs to lead No. 19 Florida State to a 98-81 victory over...

Florida State Nathaniel Jack, center, and teammates flash the 3s late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Clemson in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Florida State defeated Clemson 72-53. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

No. 17 Florida St makes 15 3-pointers, beats Clemson 72-53

Dec. 8, 2019 5:52 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Stung by an inconsistent performance from 3-point range this season, No. 17 Florida State focused for a week on getting better from beyond the arc. And it showed. Devin Vassell had 14 points and nine rebounds as the Seminoles made 15 3s in routing Clemson 72-53 Sunday. The...

Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell speaks at a news conference Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. Norvell is Florida State’s new coach, taking over a Seminoles program that has struggled while he was helping to build Memphis into a Group of Five power. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

Florida State introduces Mike Norvell as Seminoles’ coach

Dec. 8, 2019 4:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Norvell was the first coach Florida State interviewed for its football vacancy and though the search took school administrators around the country, they kept coming back to the man running Memphis’ program. “We really liked him,” Florida State athletics...