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Attorney, judge argue over Florida school shooting evidence

Mar. 22, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An attorney representing the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre and the judge overseeing the case got into a brief but heated argument Friday during an otherwise routine pretrial hearing over evidence. Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill accused Circuit...

Prosecutors: Clear dead serial rapist of 1983 Florida murder

Mar. 21, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — For almost 40 years, no one doubted serial rapist Ronald Stewart murdered Regina Harrison in a South Florida park — not police, not prosecutors and not her family. He pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale to three rapes, was convicted of other attacks in Mississippi and when...

Stoneman Douglas principal reassigned, under investigation

Mar. 21, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An investigation of a Florida school shooting that left 17 dead last year is expanding to include the school's principal. Broward County Public Schools announced Thursday that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Principal Ty Thompson will remain at the school, though his...

Patriots owner wants prostitution video blocked from public

Mar. 21, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The attorneys representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation are asking a judge to block the release of video recordings police say shows them engaging in sexual acts. They also say the...

House bill would teach human trafficking in Florida schools

Mar. 19, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Children in Florida public schools would be taught about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking under a bill moving in the state House. A House Education subcommittee voted unanimously Tuesday for the bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Patricia Williams of Fort...

Patriots owner Kraft offered plea deal in prostitution case

Mar. 19, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged with paying for illicit sex at a massage parlor. The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office confirmed Tuesday it has offered Kraft and 24 other men charged with...

Florida prosecutors offer plea deal to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, others charged in prostitution case

Mar. 19, 2019 2:33 PM EDT
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors offer plea deal to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, others charged in prostitution case.

Florida school shooting suspect said he heard 'demons'

Mar. 16, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre told officers moments after his capture he was hearing demons, a statement that could be used if his attorneys mount an insanity defense. Body-camera video released by prosecutors begins with Nikolas Cruz handcuffed and...

Florida man finds bright green iguana in toilet, calls 911

Mar. 15, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man called 911 after going to the bathroom and finding a bright green iguana swimming in his toilet. Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephan Gollan tells the Miami Herald the man "freaked out and didn't know what to do." He says firefighter Jeff Kurus put on a sterile...

Florida governor wants suspended sheriff's lawsuit dismissed

Mar. 14, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the sheriff who he suspended and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting. DeSantis filed the new motion Thursday. Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel filed the suit earlier this...