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Magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits between Cuba and Jamaica

Jan. 28, 2020 3:47 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday. Witnesses reported strong shaking but there was no immediate word of casualties or heavy damage. The quake was centered 139 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica,...

Grow lights cover a portion of the grass field inside Hard Rock Stadium Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla., in preparation for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The most VIP Super Bowl weekend costs $1.5M, includes butler

Jan. 28, 2020 3:33 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Private jet service, a personal butler, or how about a meal with former Patriots star Rob Gronkowski to top off Super Bowl weekend? From legendary nightclubs to exclusive parties, no place caters to the rich and famous quite like glitzy Miami. The city’s most luxurious hotels, clubs and...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019 file photo, U.S. astronaut Christina Koch, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), speaks with her relatives through a safety glass prior the launch of Soyuz MS-12 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.  Koch told The Associated Press on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, her 319th consecutive day in space _ that taking part in the first all-female spacewalk was the highlight of her mission. She's been living on the International Space Station since March and returns to Earth on Feb. 6, landing in Kazakhstan with two colleagues aboard a Russian capsule.  (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)

Astronaut craves salsa and surf after record 11 months aloft

Jan. 28, 2020 3:04 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After nearly 11 months in orbit, the astronaut holding the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman can't wait to dig into some salsa and chips, and swim and surf in the Gulf of Mexico. NASA astronaut Christina Koch told The Associated Press on Tuesday — her 319th...

Florida considers guns in churches, government meetings

Jan. 28, 2020 2:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gun rights would be expanded at churches and other places of worship and for local government officials who want to carry firearms at meetings under two bills approved by a House committee Tuesday. Members of the House Criminal Justice Committee cited several shootings around the...

Life sentence for crash that killed linemen after hurricane

Jan. 28, 2020 1:04 PM EST

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — A man who prosecutors say was high on drugs when his pickup truck fatally struck three utility workers in the Florida Panhandle as they were repairing power lines after Hurricane Michael was sentenced Monday to life in prison. John Goedtke, 38, had pleaded no contest last week to three...

Woman sues Universal for shock, but resort blames her

Jan. 28, 2020 12:31 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A woman who claims she suffered an electric shock at a Universal Orlando water park last year has filed a lawsuit, but the theme park resort is blaming the woman for negligence. Universal Orlando filed a response last month to April Carlino's lawsuit, saying she failed to use...

Frontier bringing commercial air service to Delaware

Jan. 28, 2020 12:29 PM EST

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Frontier Airlines will soon end Delaware's status as the only state in the country without commercial air service. Frontier announced Tuesday that it will begin offering nonstop flights from Wilmington-New Castle Airport to Orlando starting May 14. The flights will be offered during...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference on in Tallahassee, Fla.  The state of Florida is asking a U.S. appellate court in Georgia to set aside an earlier judge's ruling that allowed some impoverished felons to regain access to the ballot box, despite owing fines and other legal debts.  The matter that will play out Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 before the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals is far from inconsequential because of the razor-thin margins that sometimes decide election contests in Florida, a perennial battleground state.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Appeals court weighs Florida law on felon voting rights

Jan. 28, 2020 12:11 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for the electoral battleground state of Florida are asking a federal appeals court to set aside a ruling that allowed some felons to regain access to the ballot box despite owing fines and other legal debts. Florida Republicans, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, argue that only felons who...

In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 photo made available by the Lake County Sheriff's Office, Wolfgang Halbig is under arrest. Halbig who repeatedly harassed parents of shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School was arrested and charged Monday for possessing the identification of one of the parents, authorities said. (Lake County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Sandy Hook denier charged with having victim's dad's ID info

Jan. 28, 2020 11:40 AM EST

SORRENTO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who repeatedly harassed parents of shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been arrested for possessing the identification of one of the parents, authorities said. Wolfgang Halbig, 73, was arrested Monday on a charge that he was in unlawful possession of...

Authorities: Florida boy, 9, stabs younger sister with knife

Jan. 28, 2020 11:15 AM EST

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy was taken into custody after he stabbed his 5-year-old sister with a kitchen knife because he said he wanted her to die, authorities in Florida said. The boy stabbed his sister in the back on Monday, news outlets reported, citing the Ocala Police Department. When asked...