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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...

Morton's streak ends as Angels beat Rays 5-3

Jun. 15, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Morton's luck finally ran out. He suffered his first loss in 22 starts on Saturday when the Angels hit three homers in a 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay. It was his first loss since Aug. 11, when he pitched for the Houston Astros. "I've pitched poorly enough to lose this...

Police: Woman jabbed at Florida sea turtle nest with stick

Jun. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman has been accused of disturbing a sea turtle nest in Florida. Miami Beach police officers on Saturday arrested 41-year-old Yaqun Lu. She is facing a felony charge of molesting marine turtles or eggs. An arrest report says officers witnessed Lu using a wooden stick to jab at...

Advocates seek quick release of migrant kids detained in US

Jun. 15, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates have filed legal documents to try to force the administration of President Donald Trump to quickly release immigrant children from a Florida detention center. The advocates accuse the administration of violating a decades-old settlement that they say requires that...

Angels designate relief pitcher Cody Allen for assignment

Jun. 15, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels designated Cody Allen for assignment Saturday, a day after the veteran relief pitcher gave up four runs in a 9-4 loss to Tampa Bay. The 30-year-old Allen was signed to a one-year, $8.5 million contract in January after seven seasons with the Cleveland...

Fans wait hours in line to ride new Harry Potter ride

Jun. 15, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando Resort's new Harry Potter-themed roller coaster opened this week, and visitors were waiting in line for multiple hours to ride it. Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opened on Thursday at the resort's Islands of Adventure park. The wait to get on the ride...

Space Coast commissioner under fire for comments

Jun. 15, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Republican county commissioner on Florida's Space Coast described the future children of the head of the local Democratic Party as "litter" and a "scourge on humanity" on social media posts. Brevard County Commissioner Bryan Lober also recently responded to a joke made by another...

Organic fertilizer supplement maker to invest $8M, hiring 25

Jun. 15, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

SARDIS, Miss. (AP) — A Florida company that makes organic fertilizer supplements will open a north Mississippi factory, investing $8 million and hiring 25 people. Humic Growth Solutions says it has bought a building in Sardis and plans to begin making and distributing products there by February. The...

LEADING OFF: Darvish at Dodger Stadium, Nola vs hot Braves

Jun. 15, 2019 3:25 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: YU AGAIN? Yu Darvish says he expects to hear some boos when he takes the mound for the Cubs at Dodger Stadium. It will be his first outing at the ballpark since he got roughed up in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, chased early as the Houston Astros beat Los...

Program shows promise of removing pythons from Everglades

Jun. 15, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Charlie 5 had no plans to move that hot June morning. The 9-foot-long Burmese python was comfortably nestled in a muddy hollow, well-hidden in a thicket of saw grass and alligator flag in Big Cypress National Preserve. His tracking device gave him away. He didn't like it, but he...