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Census figures show economic gap narrows with citizenship

Aug. 19, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Foreign-born residents had higher rates of full-time employment than those born in the United States last year, and naturalized immigrants were more likely to have advanced degrees than the native-born, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The new figures...

Records: Epstein signed will 2 days before jailhouse suicide

Aug. 19, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in jail, new court records show, opening a new legal front in what could be a long battle over the financier's fortune. Court papers filed last week in the U.S. Virgin Islands list no details of beneficiaries but valued...

Dolphins' Stills objects to comments by Jay-Z about NFL deal

Aug. 19, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills objected Monday to recent comments from rapper Jay-Z about social activism by current and former NFL players, including Colin Kaepernick. Jay-Z and the league last week announced a partnership he characterized as a progressive step to carry on the...

4th Florida prison officer faces charge for inmate beating

Aug. 19, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) — A fourth Florida correctional officer has been charged with a felony after a video taken by an inmate using a smuggled cellphone showed several guards beating another prisoner. The Florida Department of Corrections said Monday that Officer Ian Gretka faces a charge of being a...

Florida battery charge dropped against singer Chris Brown

Aug. 19, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A felony battery charge has been dropped against singer Chris Brown, who had been accused of attacking a nightclub photographer in Florida two years ago. Hillsborough County prosecutors filed a notice Friday to drop the charge. The State Attorney's Office released a statement saying...

Jury selection begins in Florida parking lot shooting case

Aug. 19, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — No one disputes that Michael Drejka fatally shot Markeis McGlockton 13 months ago in a fight that began over a handicapped parking space — it's on video seen worldwide. The fight at his manslaughter trial, which began Monday, will hinge on whether jurors determine Drejka...

Parts of Florida county park unknowingly auctioned off

Aug. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Five acres of a Florida county park were unknowingly auctioned off last year to a private company, which is threatening to sue if park visitors continue to trespass. The Sun Sentinel reports that Miami-based Dorado Bells LLC won the bid for $23,900 for parts of West Lake Park...

Ex-publisher and political staffer Wayne Weidie dies at 78

Aug. 19, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Wayne Weidie, a former Mississippi newspaper publisher and political columnist who later became a congressional aide, has died. He was 78. Weidie died Thursday at his home in Venice, Florida. He was publisher and editor of two Mississippi Gulf Coast newspapers, the Ocean Springs...

Miami's Jarren Williams preps to open against No. 8 Florida

Aug. 19, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami quarterback Jarren Williams got the word that he was going to be the starting quarterback for the Hurricanes, and his first thought wasn't about celebrating. Instead, he suddenly realized how big a job he's just inherited. Williams' first college start — his first...

No decision yet as close call looms on Dolphins starting QB

Aug. 19, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Choosing the Miami Dolphins' quarterback has become a close call, mostly because both candidates have been only so-so, and coach Brian Flores isn't ready to announce his decision. He is not sure he'll be ready before the final exhibition game, either. Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to...