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Hurricane survival: Florida graduates to mark storm on gowns

May. 26, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — High School graduates in a Florida county devastated by Hurricane Michael will wear a cord to commemorate their resilience since the storm hit last fall. The Panama City News Journal reports that Bay County seniors will have the light blue cords as part of their graduation gowns....

Woman airlifted to hospital after Florida alligator attack

May. 26, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

COCOA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was airlifted to a hospital after an alligator attack. Brevard County Fire Rescue tweeted Saturday that the woman was attacked near a wilderness park near about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Cape Canaveral. The department said the woman had significant bite wounds on...

Nursery wants southwest Florida's first marijuana license

May. 26, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Fort Myers nursery owner is competing for one of Florida's coveted full-service medical marijuana licenses and facing one challenge after another — even suing the state for a license he says he's owed. The owner of FTG nursery, John Allen, and his partner William Reese, a...

Lakeland woman makes business of portraying princesses

May. 26, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — LAKELAND — In the course of one day, Amy Sharpe might be a snow queen able to conjure ice storms, a damsel with tower-length tresses and a mermaid princess. Whatever it takes to generate glee for children. Sharpe, a Lakeland resident, portrays more than 50 characters, from Snow...

Fighter pilots saw small plane crash off Florida coast

May. 25, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching for a small airplane that crashed hundreds of miles off the coast of Florida shortly after it was approached by U.S. military jets. News outlets report that Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport air traffic controllers lost communication with...

3 soccer teammates killed by driver while waiting for bus

May. 25, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — A driver has crashed into three South Florida soccer teammates who were waiting for their bus, killing the teens. The Miami Herald reports the crash occurred Saturday morning in North Miami. Authorities say the unidentified driver survived the wreck and was hospitalized in serious...

Florida governor, Cabinet begin trade mission in Israel

May. 25, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was on his way to Israel Saturday with a delegation of close to 100 people, a trip that will include a ceremonial meeting with the independently elected Cabinet. The agenda DeSantis' office released ahead of the trip was vague on details,...

Florida police: Baby delivered after man fatally shoots wife

May. 25, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A baby was delivered in a Florida hospital from a woman who police say was shot and killed by her husband. The Tampa Bay Times reports that 36-year-old Joi Nicole Spencer was seven months pregnant when she was fatally shot in her St. Petersburg home. Her baby was delivered at...

Guardsman recalls Hurricane Michael

May. 25, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Longtime Sarasota-area resident Chris Dillon is no stranger to hurricanes. Riding out a direct hit from Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base in October tested the veteran Florida Army National Guard lieutenant colonel's nerve and spurred him to double down on preparedness...

St. Pete cops carry rich memories from old HQ

May. 25, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Down the hall, past desks that could be straight out of the 1970s TV series S.W.A.T. and an interview room where a defendant once escaped through the drop ceiling, descends a stairwell that leads to nowhere. No one seems to know why it's here and the only way to reach it is...