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Tent City for the homeless rises in John Prince Park

Feb. 16, 2020 3:01 AM EST

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — The first time April Hill heard about “Tent City,” she’d just arrived at the West Palm Beach Greyhound station in December. She was more than 7 months pregnant, on the run from problems in Michigan and in search of warmer streets for the winter. Nestled among...

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg arrives to speak at a campaign event in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Bloomberg opens new campaign offices throughout Florida

Feb. 15, 2020 4:52 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg opened seven new campaign offices in Florida, bringing the total number to ten throughout the state. Scott Kosanovich, the campaign's state director for Florida, said offices in Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Sanford, Sarasota,...

Police: Florida man attacked two girls with machete

Feb. 14, 2020 2:04 PM EST

LAUDERHILL, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida man faces two counts of attempted murder after attacking his daughters — ages 10 and 17 — with a machete on Friday morning. The 47-year-old man also tried to attack the girls' mother, but she was not injured, Lauderhill police Lt. Mike Santiago told...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. A Florida law that allows judges to bar anyone deemed dangerous from possessing firearms has been used 3,500 times since its enactment after the 2018 high school massacre. An Associated Press analysis shows the law is being used unevenly around the state. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Florida 'red flag' gun law used 3,500 times since Parkland

Feb. 14, 2020 11:49 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man who posted on Facebook, “I don't know why I don't go on a killing spree." A West Palm Beach couple who shot up their home while high on cocaine. A 31-year-old Gulf Coast man who pointed a semiautomatic rifle at a motorcyclist. All four Florida...

Charges dropped against guard accused of threatening Trump

Feb. 12, 2020 9:44 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a Florida security guard accused of threatening President Donald Trump after prosecutors said his online video was “a rant by an idiot.” The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports federal and state prosecutors agreed to drop charges...

Gastro outbreak forces Caribbean cruise ship to return to US

Feb. 10, 2020 4:01 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Caribbean Princess cruise was cut short following a gastrointestinal outbreak aboard the ship caused it to be denied entry to at least one island before it headed to its home port in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Monday. At least 299 passengers and 22 crew members aboard the...

2 Norwegian tourists injured in Florida hit-and-run crash

Feb. 7, 2020 2:00 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Police in South Florida are searching for a driver who ran over two Norwegian tourists and then fled without helping the injured pair, authorities said. The hit-and-run crash occurred shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday on a Fort Lauderdale street that runs between a row of bars and...

File- In this March 7, 2012 file photo, Fane Lozman talks to a reporter in Miami Beach, Fla. Not many regular people have made it to the U.S. Supreme Court and won two cases, but Lozman did. Now, the city he has battled for years is poised to pay him more than $800,000 in legal fees in cases involving the 1st Amendment and what exactly constitutes a boat or vessel. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

After 2 Supreme Court wins, Florida man gets $875K from city

Feb. 5, 2020 6:24 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Few people have fought any city hall all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won, but Fane Lozman did it twice. Now the Florida city he's battled since 2006 is going to pay him thousands of dollars in legal fees. The Riviera Beach City Council voted Wednesday to approve an...

Fred Guttenberg, left, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, talks with Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., before FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Parkland dad apologizes for State of the Union outburst

Feb. 5, 2020 4:19 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The father of a student killed in the 2018 Florida high school massacre apologized Wednesday for disrupting President Donald Trump's State of the Union address by shouting as the president said the rights of gun owners are under siege. Fred Guttenberg was escorted from the...

In this undated booking photo provided by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is William Hawkins. Authorities charged Hawkins with first degree murder for allegedly breaking into a Port St. Lucie, Fla., nursing home on Jan. 5, 2020, and suffocating a 95-year-old patient as he slept. Hawkins, 47, was being held Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, without bail at the St. Lucie County jail. (St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Man charged with breaking into nursing home, killing patient

Feb. 4, 2020 3:56 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A man broke into a Florida nursing home and suffocated a 95-year-old patient whose girlfriend he'd had a relationship with, police said. William Hawkins, 47, is charged with first-degree murder for the Jan. 5 slaying of Robert Morell, who was suffocated with a pillow as he...