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Florida school shooting suspect's medical records an issue

Jan. 18, 2019 12:31 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz said Friday that his confidential medical records were improperly disclosed to a state investigative panel by someone in the Broward Sheriff's Office. The attorneys asked Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer to hold another...

Hearing delayed on school shooting suspect's guard contact

Jan. 16, 2019 2:12 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A hearing has been delayed on whether Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz should still be supervised by a corrections officer he's accused of assaulting. The hearing set Wednesday was postponed because a court reporter became ill. It was reset for Friday. Cruz's...

Teen dies after falling from cruise ship, landing on pier

Jan. 15, 2019 5:22 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a teenager from the South Pacific died after falling from a cruise ship onto a pier in Haiti. The Sun Sentinel reports the Broward Medical Examiner's Office on Monday announced 16-year-old Laurent Mercer's death. He'd been on a seven-day Caribbean trip with his...

Defense seeks evidence from school shooting commission

Jan. 15, 2019 3:03 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz sought Tuesday to pry loose evidence for his defense from a state commission that investigated last year's Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The commission did dozens of interviews and...

Florida Congressman Hastings says he has cancer

Jan. 14, 2019 2:21 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings says he has pancreatic cancer but plans to remain in office as he fights the disease. The 82-year-old Democrat said in a statement Monday that he's optimistic about his chances for survival and for being able to perform his duties. Hastings...

Wall donations refunded or shifted to non-profit effort

Jan. 12, 2019 12:33 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man says people who contributed more than $20 million online to help build a wall along the southern U.S. border can get refunds or shift their support to a new nonprofit effort. Air Force veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage, 37, says on the GoFundMe page he...

Hurricanes adds Hickson, Barry to offensive coaching staff

Jan. 12, 2019 12:31 PM EST

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Hurricanes announced the hirings of running backs coach Eric Hickson and offensive line coach Butch Barry on Saturday. Hickson is a native of nearby Fort Lauderdale and spent 2018 as running backs coach at Kansas State. Barry spent the last four years as the assistant...

New Florida governor suspends sheriff over school massacre

Jan. 11, 2019 6:59 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, saying he "repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership." The Republican governor flew...

The Latest: Florida sheriff says he'll fight suspension

Jan. 11, 2019 5:29 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the suspension of a Florida sheriff whose deputies were assigned to protect the school where 17 died in a February massacre. (all times local): 5:23 p.m. The Florida sheriff who was suspended for his office's handling of a Feb. 14 school massacre says he's...

Florida's new governor suspends Broward County sheriff over handling of February high school massacre

Jan. 11, 2019 4:56 PM EST
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's new governor suspends Broward County sheriff over handling of February high school massacre.