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Candles, flashlights, no AC in Florida's hurricane zone

Oct. 20, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — It's the greatest need after a hurricane and sometimes the hardest one to fulfill: Electricity. More than a week after Hurricane Michael smashed into the Florida Panhandle on a path of destruction that led all the way to the Georgia border, more than 100,000 Florida customers were...

Trump and amendments: The week in Florida politics

Oct. 20, 2018 9:25 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor's office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and...

Fast tire thieves leave vehicles on cinder blocks

Oct. 20, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

Some communities are seeing a rise in the number of crimes done by tire thieves, who jack up cars at lightning-fast speed and leave them on cinder blocks. Paula Montesarchio, 55, didn't even get a chance to start her day. She answered her door, half-asleep and confused, when a Davie police officer knocked at 4:30...

Chuck E. Cheese robot helped man find his way

Oct. 20, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jared Sanchez's master bedroom has the vibe of a novelty pizza restaurant for children, with an electric bill to match. It's close to $400 a month. Lights spell out "The King" in every direction. There are 50-inch monitors, arcade machines, mint condition He-Mans. The floor is a...

Man killed by Florida commuter train

Oct. 20, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man was struck and killed by a Florida commuter train. The Palm Beach Post reports that the man died at the scene Thursday evening in Lake Worth. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says the man laid down in front of a Tri-Rail train just before it hit him....

Mother charged after 2 daughters die in apartment fire

Oct. 20, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman faces a negligence charge after her two daughters were killed in an apartment fire. The Broward Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Jeny Yosselin Melendez-Ramirez was arrested Friday. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to the family's Banyan Club...

Huberdeau, Panthers beat Capitals for first win of season

Oct. 19, 2018 11:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dominant first period and a three-goal lead had the Florida Panthers feeling a little too good about cruising toward their first victory of the season. "You feel comfortable, but I think we can't feel too comfortable," forward Jonathan Huberdeau said. The Panthers blew that lead and...

Victims IDed as Hurricane Michael recovery effort drags on

Oct. 19, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. Joanne Garone Behnke said it's been an agonizing wait to find out what happen to her aunt, Aggie...

Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael

Oct. 19, 2018 10:42 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Already sick with strep throat and asthma, Aleeah Racette got sicker when she cleaned out a soggy, moldy home after Hurricane Michael, so she sought help at the hospital where she began life. She was stunned by what she saw there. The exterior wall of Bay Medical Sacred Heart in...

Walker leads Hornets to 120-88 rout over Magic

Oct. 19, 2018 10:42 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have owned the Orlando Magic the last three seasons and nobody is more responsible than Kemba Walker. Walker missed his first five shots, didn't score until midway through the second period and finished with 26 points as Charlotte beat Orlando 120-88 on Friday...