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Leaping lemur surprises Florida trooper during DUI arrest

Dec. 7, 2018 3:02 PM EST

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A lemur surprised a Florida Highway Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driving erratically and hitting other cars. Dashcam video shows the lemur peeking out of the trailer before hopping to the ground and leaping...

Florida trooper hit by car after pushing man out of danger

Dec. 4, 2018 5:15 PM EST

HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was hit by a car while pushing another man out of danger is recovering in a hospital. Rony Bottex says he "would be gone" if it weren't for Trooper Mithil Patel's actions Monday morning along Interstate 95 near West Palm Beach. The trooper was...

Embattled Florida elections supervisor will fight governor

Dec. 1, 2018 6:24 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The fallout over Florida's turbulent recount is escalating after the state's outgoing Republican governor decided to oust a South Florida elections official. Gov. Rick Scott late Friday suspended embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes even though Snipes had...

Significant life, career dates of George H.W. Bush

Dec. 1, 2018 10:37 AM EST

Significant dates in the life of former President George H.W. Bush: — June 12, 1924: George Herbert Walker Bush is born in Milton, Massachusetts. — June 12, 1942: Enlists in Navy on 18th birthday. — Sept. 2, 1944: Plane is shot down in Pacific Ocean and two crewmates killed. Bush is rescued...

Elections supervisor suspended following recount problems

Nov. 30, 2018 9:12 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An embattled county elections official at the center of Florida's recall has been suspended. Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Friday immediately suspending Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes from office for misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty....

Florida Gov. Scott wins appeal in underreported income case

Nov. 30, 2018 1:11 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott of underreporting his income, saying the judiciary has no authority to investigate such a complaint. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that Florida's constitution gives the state...

Parkland high school shooting generating change in Florida

Nov. 29, 2018 5:22 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Past gun violence produced few lasting changes in Florida, but the Parkland mass shooting has prompted swift new laws and a high-profile committee that is generating action. When 14 students and three staff members were gunned down Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...

Parkland teachers protest reassignment of administrators

Nov. 27, 2018 4:11 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — More than 50 teachers chanted "bring them back" outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Tuesday morning, demanding the return of four administrators who were reassigned after a state commission's investigation of the shooting that killed 17 people on Valentine's Day. The...

The Latest: Defense wants Cruz jail records kept private

Nov. 27, 2018 2:46 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Defense lawyers are asking a judge to keep jail records about Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz's mental condition private. Lawyers for the 20-year-old Cruz said at a hearing...

4 administrators moved from school where shooting occurred

Nov. 26, 2018 6:21 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four administrators at a Florida high school where 17 people were fatally shot are being reassigned following a report from the state commission investigating the shooting. Broward County Public Schools released a statement Monday that three assistant principals and a security...