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Man accused of killing 2 found competent to stand trial

Aug. 23, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and a Florida police officer has been found competent to stand trial. The Orlando Sentinel reports Circuit Judge Leticia Marques ruled Friday that 43-year-old Markeith Loyd's murder cases could move forward, one week after his...

Prosecutor: Florida parking lot shooter was a 'vigilante'

Aug. 23, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

A white Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed black man after being shoved to the ground is a "vigilante" who carried a handgun because he liked provoking confrontations with people parked illegally in handicapped-accessible spaces, a prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments at the man's manslaughter...

The Latest: Jury deliberating over parking lot shooting

Aug. 23, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting over a parking spot in Florida (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Jurors are deliberating the fate of a white Florida man charged with fatally shooting an unarmed black man after being shoved during a parking lot altercation. The six-member panel in...

Florida man gets 15 months for threatening Bernie Sanders

Aug. 23, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for leaving threatening voicemails for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. Court records show that a federal judge in Orlando sentenced 58-year-old Robert Francis Pratersch on Friday. He was convicted in April of threatening...

Feds settle with supermarket group over clean air violations

Aug. 23, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement...

Small plane makes emergency landing on Florida roadway

Aug. 23, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — A small plane has made an emergency landing on busy Florida roadway. Authorities say three people aboard the plane escaped without injuries when it landed Friday on U.S. 1, also known as Federal Highway, in Hobe Sound, Florida. News reports say cars traveling on northbound lanes of...

No. 8 Florida, Miami embrace spotlight as they start season

Aug. 23, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida and Miami have the college football stage to themselves for 3 ½ hours Saturday, a new chapter in their once-heated and storied rivalry. The eighth-ranked Gators and the rebuilding Hurricanes will usher in the 2019 season inside a packed stadium in Orlando, surrounded by...

Teacher committed after describing mass shooting, bombing

Aug. 23, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida teacher was forcibly committed for a mental evaluation after he told his students how he would carry out a mass killing if he were an active shooter. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Lakeland High School math teacher Keith Cook was taken into custody...

No. 8 Florida, Miami renew rivalry, usher in new season

Aug. 23, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

No. 8 Florida (10-3 last season) vs. Miami (7-6) at Orlando, Florida, Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN). Line: Florida by 7. Series record: Miami leads 29-26. WHAT'S AT STAKE? A chance to set the tone for the 2019 season and secure bragging rights for the next five years. The next matchup in this once-heated rivalry...

Dolphins' Flores says he supports player protest movement

Aug. 23, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says he supports the NFL player protest movement and receiver Kenny Stills' involvement, but wants him to play better. "Everything these guys protest, I've lived it, I've experienced it," said an impassioned Flores, who is the son of immigrants...