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Mother fatally shot by neighbor after dispute over playing children, sheriff says

Jun. 05, 2023 23:47 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mother was fatally shot through the front door of her neighbor’s home while her 9-year-old son stood next to her, a violent culmination of what police said was a 2½-year feud. Ajike Owens, 35, was fatally shot after going to the Ocala apartment of...

Commission: Florida judge should be reprimanded for conduct during Parkland school shooting trial

Jun. 05, 2023 19:03 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida judge who oversaw the penalty trial of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz should be publicly reprimanded for showing bias toward the prosecution, failing to curtail “vitriolic statements” directed at Cruz's attorneys by the victims' families and...

Opponents hold 'day without immigrants' in Florida to protest new restrictions

Jun. 02, 2023 17:07 PM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Across Florida on Thursday, workers didn't show up at construction sites and tomato fields and scores of restaurants, shops and other small businesses never opened their doors to protest a new state law that imposes restrictions on undocumented immigrants. ...

LGBTQ+ Pride month kicks off with protests, parades, parties

Jun. 01, 2023 11:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The start of June marks the beginning of Pride month around the U.S. and some parts of the world, a season intended to celebrate the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ communities and to protest against attacks on hard-won civil rights gains. This year’s Pride takes...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 31, 2023 07:20 AM EDT

Palm Beach Post. May 26, 2023. Editorial: Florida legacy bodes ill for DeSantis presidency So, he’s officially in the race. Here in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has made no mystery of what he stands for. The only mystery...

Struggles continue for thousands in Florida 8 months after Hurricane Ian as new storm season looms

May. 29, 2023 16:29 PM EDT

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Eight months ago, chef Michael Cellura had a restaurant job and had just moved into a fancy new camper home on Fort Myers Beach. Now, after Hurricane Ian swept all that away, he lives in his older Infiniti sedan with a 15-year-old long-haired chihuahua named Ginger....

As South Carolina governor signs new law, abortion restrictions strain providers in US South

May. 25, 2023 13:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A wave of newly approved abortion restrictions in the Southeastern United States has sent providers scrambling to reconfigure their services for a region with already severely limited access. Stiff limitations enacted in South Carolina and pending in North...

What's on DeSantis' agenda? A look at the laws he passed as Florida governor, from abortion to guns

May. 24, 2023 15:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — From the death penalty to gender identity to abortion, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has cemented himself as a conservative standard-bearer in the lead-up to his 2024 presidential announcement. With the help of GOP supermajorities in the statehouse, the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 24, 2023 07:15 AM EDT

Palm Beach Post. May 18, 2023. Editorial: We ask the experts when property insurance bills will drop. The answer’s bad. We asked the experts. In a meeting this week with leaders of the Insurance Information Institute, The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board asked how...

DeSantis appoints Cuban-American female appellate judge to Florida Supreme Court

May. 23, 2023 13:43 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed a Cuban-American woman to the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday, marking the first time in history the court will have three women as sitting justices. The Republican governor chose Meredith Sasso to replace Ricky Polston, who...