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Jury selection set Jan. 27 in Florida school shooting

Oct. 17, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The trial of Florida school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz is set to begin in January. A judge issued an order Thursday to begin jury selection on Jan. 27 in a trial involving the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and wounded 17...

Detectives across US grill serial killer, close cold cases

Oct. 17, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Keep him talking, don't interrupt him and, no matter what, don't ask why he killed his victims. Those were the instructions Texas Ranger James Holland gave to the dozens of homicide detectives around the country when they got their moment with Samuel Little, hoping to solve...

Goodell: pass interference reviews are working as expected

Oct. 16, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the new video review rule for pass interference is working as expected, with only obvious mistakes by officials being corrected. Through Week 6, the league has had 44 reviews related to pass interference, and the on-field ruling was reversed...

Florida commission says mental health system needs overhaul

Oct. 16, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's mental health system is underfunded and needs to be overhauled, with better coordination between providers, law enforcement and educators, the commission investigating last year's high school massacre recommended to the legislature Wednesday. The Marjory Stoneman...

NFL: Preseason game concussion rate increased by 44%

Oct. 15, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The NFL says the number of concussions in exhibition games this year rose to 49 from 34 in 2018, an increase of 44% and a setback in efforts to reduce brain trauma. "We have more work to do," said Dr. Allen Sills, the league's chief medical officer, at the owners' meetings...

Panel: Florida should tighten school shooter drills

Oct. 15, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's public schools should have realistic active-shooter drills and any armed school employees must be trained by a sheriff's office and not a private company, the commission investigating last year's high school massacre recommended Tuesday to the Legislature. The Marjory...

That was no bobcat! Tests show a raccoon attacked couple

Oct. 11, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida couple who believed they were attacked by a bobcat earlier last week were actually attacked by a raccoon. The Sun Sentinel reports Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Carol Lyn Parrish says DNA tests of hair confirmed the...

Florida couple out of hospital after suspected bobcat attack

Oct. 10, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple is out of the hospital and recovering from injuries suffered when an animal suspected to be bobcat attacked them at a suburban apartment complex. The Fort Lauderdale SunSentinel reported Thursday that 71-year-old Rupert Fray said he suffered a fractured hip in...

Father sues Tesla after teen son killed in flaming crash

Oct. 10, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The father of an 18-year-old Florida teen killed when his speeding Tesla slammed into a wall and caught fire is suing the company, saying the crash should have been "entirely survivable." Police say Barrett Riley and his 18-year-old friend Edgar Monserrat died when Riley lost...

Man convicted of posting threats in Florida school shooting

Oct. 9, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A California man has been convicted of posting online threats and sending malicious messages to relatives of victims of the 2018 Florida school shooting. Court records show 22-year-old Brandon Fleury of Santa Ana, California, was found guilty on Tuesday by a federal jury of...