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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Kraft on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, saying they couldn't go forward after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Judge: Destroy massage parlor video of Patriots owner

Jan. 25, 2021 7:37 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Florida has ordered the destruction of video that allegedly shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for massage parlor sex, according to court documents. U.S. District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz II on Friday ruled that the videos of Kraft and other...

This Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 booking photo provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows Damian St. Aubyn Fuller. Fuller, a man who authorities described as a beer bandit for his role in seven thefts of booze at South Florida stores was arrested Wednesday after deputies spotted him carrying cases of beer outside a Tamarac, Florida drugstore, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office. (Broward County Sheriff's Office  via AP)

South Florida beer bandit arrested after latest booze pinch

Jan. 24, 2021 2:00 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A man who authorities described as a beer bandit for his role in seven thefts of booze at South Florida stores has been arrested. Damian St. Aubyn Fuller, 43, was arrested Wednesday after deputies spotted him carrying cases of beer outside a Tamarac, Florida drugstore,...

Ex-Florida employee in jail after arrest warrant issued

Jan. 18, 2021 12:19 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida Department of Health employee who was fired for insubordination after repeatedly violating the agency's policy about communicating with the media turned herself in to sheriff's officials on Sunday night on charges of accessing computer equipment without...

Ex-Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones plans to surrender

Jan. 16, 2021 8:36 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman fired from her job as a COVID-19 data curator said she'll surrender to authorities Sunday amid an investigation of allegations that she had hacked into the state’s emergency response system. Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Rebekah Jones has...

FILE - President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate is shown in a Wednesday, July 10, 2019 file photo, in Palm Beach, Fla. A Florida legislator wants President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club punished for hosting a New Year’s Eve party where few of the 500 guests wore masks in possible violation of local coronavirus ordinances. Democratic state Rep. Omari Hardy said Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 that Palm Beach County must take action against Mar-a-Lago out of fairness both to local businesses that have obeyed the ordinance and those punished for violating it. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Trump's Mar-a-Lago warned over coronavirus mask violations

Jan. 14, 2021 3:52 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club's failure to enforce a local mask ordinance at its New Year's Eve bash has resulted in a warning but no fine or other punishment. Palm Beach County sent a letter to the club's manager, Bernd Lembcke, on Wednesday telling him that future...

Ex-Florida school administrator charged with taking bribe

Jan. 13, 2021 9:31 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former South Florida school official directed a $17 million electronics contract to a Georgia company while bypassing the normal bidding process and in return received a job and a house at a below-market price, state officials alleged Wednesday. Tony Hunter, a former chief...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2021, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right rear, watches as Carlos Dennis, left, 65, rolls up his sleeve so that Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue paramedic, Capt. Javier Crespo, can administer a COVID-19 vaccine shot at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Florida was one of the first states to throw open vaccine eligibility to members of the general public over 65, leading to rumors that tourists and day-trippers are swooping into the state solely for the jab.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Florida downplays reports of medical tourism for vaccines

Jan. 13, 2021 3:21 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida was one of the first states to throw open vaccine eligibility to members of the general public over 65, leading to rumors that tourists and day-trippers are swooping in solely for the jab. State officials have moved quickly to disavow such scuttlebutt. Gov. Ron...

South Florida pediatrician arrested on child porn charges

Jan. 13, 2021 1:44 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — During a bond hearing on Wednesday, a judge a South Florida pediatrician to stay away from children following his arrest on child pornography charges. Judge Corey Amanda Cawthon set bond at $30,000 for Dr. Michael Mizrachy, 49. He will be allowed supervised visitation with his...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2009, file photo, actor-singer David Cassidy arrives at the ABC Disney Summer press tour party in Pasadena, Calif. A South Florida home that once belonged to the 1970's heartthrob  has been sold for $2.6 million. Cassidy rose to fame as a teen idol who starred in

LA real estate investors buy David Cassidy's Florida home

Jan. 13, 2021 10:16 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Los Angeles-based real estate investor has purchased the six-bedroom South Florida home that belonged to the late teen idol David Cassidy, and hopes to give it a fresh look on television. Amy L. Raff and her husband, Abe Rotchel told the South Florida SunSentinel they...

Man gets 10-year sentence in retirement community slaying

Jan. 12, 2021 3:31 PM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — An elderly man who fatally shot his landlord at his retirement community home was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in state prison. Thomas Hatchett, 88, of Manchester, had pleaded guilty late last year to aggravated manslaughter in the July 2019 slaying of Igal Hedad, 71, of Fort...