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Florida man charged with hate crimes in mosque bomb threat

May. 25, 2018 11:26 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged with federal hate crimes after allegedly phoning bomb threats to a mosque. A grand jury indictment released Friday charges 26-year-old Dustin Allen Hughes with obstructing free exercise of religious beliefs and making threats by telephone. Hughes...

Hearing for accused Florida school shooter rescheduled

May. 25, 2018 7:54 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A court hearing for the teenager accused of fatally shooting 17 at a Florida high school has been rescheduled. A status hearing on the murder and other charges facing 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz that had been scheduled Friday in Fort Lauderdale will now take place June 21. Cruz is...

Police: Incognito threw weights before hospitalization

May. 24, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Police took veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito to a mental hospital after he allegedly threw weights and tennis balls at gym employees and another patron and told officers the government is spying on him, according to a report released Thursday. Boca Raton police say a patron...

Families of 2 students killed in Parkland sue gun maker

May. 24, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The families of two students killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are suing the maker and seller of the weapon used in the attack. The families of Jaime Guttenberg and Alex Schachter say American Outdoor Brands and the Tactical Supply store are complicit in the use...

Governor: Hurry up on getting election security grant money

May. 23, 2018 4:06 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered state officials Wednesday to expedite the acquisition of a $19 million federal grant aimed at protecting the state's election systems from cyberattack, one day after the state's top elections official said the money wouldn't be available until...

Alaska man pleads guilty in Florida airport shooting

May. 23, 2018 1:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — An Alaska man pleaded guilty Wednesday in exchange for a life prison sentence in the Florida airport shooting that killed five people and wounded six, blaming his rampage on severe mental illness a psychologist said is now under control. Esteban Santiago, 28, pleaded guilty to 11 charges...

Deadly Florida airport shooting results in plea deal for man

May. 21, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed court documents Monday in which an Alaska man agreed to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people in exchange for a life prison sentence. The agreement says that Esteban Santiago, 28, will plead guilty to 11 of the 22...

US files plea deal in deadly Florida airport shooting

May. 21, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed court documents Monday in which an Alaska man agreed to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people in exchange for a life prison sentence. The agreement says that Esteban Santiago, 28, will plead guilty to 11 of the 22...

Parkland students on Texas: "They're part of this now"

May. 18, 2018 11:55 PM EDT

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are expressing outrage and heartbreak after authorities said a student killed 10 people Friday at a high school in Texas. The attack at Santa Fe High School is the deadliest school shooting since a former student was arrested in...

Prosecutors: Officer's actions led to him killing motorist

May. 17, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer charged with killing a stranded black motorist should stand trial because it was his aggressive and reckless actions that created the altercation that ended with the man's death, prosecutors said it court documents filed Thursday. Prosecutors said Palm...