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Jury selection begins in Florida parking lot shooting case

Aug. 19, 2019 3:51 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...

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...

Sheriff: Cashier tells knife-wielding suspect 'not today'

Aug. 19, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — When a knife-wielding Florida woman attempted to rob a Family Dollar store, the cashier said "not today" while another employee locked the door until deputies arrived, authorities say. A Manatee County Sheriff's arrest report says 27-year-old Brittany Rodriguez was taken into custody...

Florida man opens front door; kinkajou runs in, bites him

Aug. 19, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a small rainforest raccoon-like creature ran into a Florida apartment and bit a man after he opened the front door to head to work. The WPEC-TV reports the kinkajou bit his foot and scratched his leg but didn't seriously injure him. A woman who witnessed the...

Florida woman upset over her dog being dyed by groomer

Aug. 19, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman got a colorful but unwanted surprise when she picked up her dog from a grooming session. The Palm Beach Post reports Graziella Puleo's Goldendoodle named Lola was scheduled for a buzz cut and teeth cleaning recently at a Lake Worth grooming center. When Puleo...

Dolphins RB Walton gets probation for weapons charge

Aug. 19, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton has been sentenced to six months' probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge. Court records show Walton entered the plea Monday. In addition to probation, Walton must take anger management and driving courses and must give up his...

Journalist and political staffer Wayne Weidie dies at 78

Aug. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

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

Helicopter pilot fighting fine for landing in friend's yard

Aug. 19, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is fighting back after getting in trouble for landing his helicopter in a friend's backyard to surprise her for her 45th birthday. The South Florida SunSentinel reports Kfir "Leo" Baranes wanted to take the single mom on a helicopter ride as a surprise during her...

Florida governor asked for no storms in Western Wall prayer

Aug. 19, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor says when he visited the Western Wall in Israel in May he followed tradition by sticking a slip of paper with a written prayer in between crevices of the ancient structure. Gov. Ron DeSantis revealed Monday that his prayer said, "Good Lord, spare us hurricanes...