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Police: 2 shot while trying to rob store at Florida mall

Aug. 14, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Two men were shot and wounded Friday afternoon while trying to rob a jewelry store at a Florida mall, authorities said. The shooting occurred at the Pembroke Lakes Mall, according to a Pembroke Pines police news release. Officials said they believe no other people were involved...

Florida to resume high school football over doctors' advice

Aug. 14, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's high school athletic board voted Friday to begin practices for football and other fall sports Aug. 24 and games less than two weeks later, pushing aside the advice of its medical experts who said competition should not resume for at least six weeks because of the...

Florida's new jobless claims drop the most of any state

Aug. 13, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's death toll from the coronavirus topped 9,000 Thursday, while its pandemic-buffeted economy led the nation in a drop in the number of new jobless claims. The jobless claims are still historically high, as the state seeks to claw back economic activity still stunted by...

Homeless man accused of killing hotel guest in South Florida

Aug. 12, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A homeless man who had staying at a South Florida hotel as part of an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus is accused of fatally stabbing and stomping on the throat of another guest. Recently released documents showed that Charles Morgan, of Martha's Vineyard, Mass.,...

FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo Richard Branson, of Virgin Group, waves as he arrives on a Brightline train in West Palm Beach, Fla. The partnership between Richard Branson's Virgin and the private Florida passenger train service Brightline, which began with the British entrepreneur's trademark pizazz, has ended quietly with a whimper. Brightline announced in a monthly report that it has ended its affiliation with the Virgin Group and will stop its rebranding to Virgin Trains USA. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

US passenger train company drops Virgin as partner

Aug. 11, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The partnership between Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the private Florida passenger train service Brightline has ended with a whimper, less than two years after it was celebrated with Branson's typical pizzazz. Brightline announced in a monthly report that it has ended...

Police looking for man who shot woman, boy at train station

Aug. 10, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy and a woman were shot during an argument between two men at the Brightline train station in Fort Lauderdale. Investigators said a third man brought one of the others a gun on Saturday night, Fort Lauderdale police said. Stanley Johnson, 60, brought the gun to...

Water crisis drama began with ‘Hey, we broke something here’

Aug. 8, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It was supposed to be an easy job — not one that would shut down an entire city. But a series of major goofs and errors turned an underground drilling project into a nightmarish tale where the water pipes ran dry, leaving 250,000 people and businesses without water in...

Giants' Baker charged in robbery; Dunbar won't be prosecuted

Aug. 7, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker was formally charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm in connection with a fight at a cookout in May, a prosecutor said Friday. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also was arrested, won't be prosecuted because of...

US Coast Guard seized $26 million in cocaine, marijuana

Aug. 6, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded almost $26 million in cocaine and marijuana at Port Everglades, the agency said in a news release. The drugs were offloaded Wednesday by crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare, Winslow Griesser and Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Shamal. The agency...

Florida offers tax-free weekend for back-to-school items

Aug. 6, 2020 7:52 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It's a tax-free weekend for Floridians searching for back-to-school bargains. But this year, in a pandemic, the priority may be on technology, as many Florida students will be returning to class via the internet. There may be less of a rush to buy school uniforms, with many...