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Florida school shooting defendant has brief court appearance

May. 21, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The defendant charged with killing 17 people in last year's Florida school shooting was back in court, but only to learn the next time he must show up. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Tuesday set new hearing dates for May 28 and July 17 for 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz in the...

Police ID man killed in road rage case; suspect held in jail

May. 21, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man is accused of fatally shooting a motorcycle driver during a road rage incident. On Monday, Fort Lauderdale police identified 40-year-old Cerrone Alonso as the man who was shot during an encounter on Thursday night. Police arrested 29-year-old...

Florida prepares for influx of immigrants from Mexico border

May. 16, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials in South Florida say they are preparing for an influx of immigrants being sent by the federal government as the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border grows rapidly. Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen said Thursday that officials in his community and...

Planned Parenthood Florida gives transgender hormone therapy

May. 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Planned Parenthood is now offering hormone therapy and other services for transgender patients in Florida, starting with two health centers in Miami this week. It plans to expand statewide within the year. The services could help a patient who, for example, was born as a female...

Sheriff: Deputies shoot knife-wielding man who killed woman

May. 15, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

TAMARAC, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a man who killed his ex-girlfriend in South Florida was fatally shot by deputies responding to a domestic violence call. Broward Sheriff's spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright says the incident happened Wednesday morning in a Tamarac neighborhood. Coleman-Wright says...

Police look for connections in Florida hip-hop shootings

May. 14, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A fatal shooting outside a crowded South Florida beachfront hotel. Another on a busy Miami Beach street. A third with no serious injuries on a major highway. All involved hip-hop performers or guests of the Rolling Loud Festival, a three-day spectacular that concluded Sunday at...

Police investigating rappers' ties to shootings around Miami

May. 13, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A weekend of shootings involving rap musicians and their entourages who were in South Florida for a huge hip-hop festival left two people dead, four wounded and multiple vehicles riddled with bullets — but no arrests. Police agencies across South Florida sought clues and...

Paper wins contempt case over Parkland shooting suspect

May. 13, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a Florida school board's request that a newspaper and two reporters be held in contempt for publishing information about the former student charged with last year's campus massacre. Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Monday dismissed the Broward County School...

New principal named at Parkland school where 17 were killed

May. 13, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's 2019 principal of the year is taking over at the school where 17 people were fatally shot last year. The Sun Sentinel reports Michelle Kefford is replacing Ty Thompson as principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Thompson recently announced he's stepping down...

Prosecutors want to meet victims of sex offender Epstein

May. 10, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Friday they want to meet with once-underage victims of wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein before deciding whether to throw out a decade-old non-prosecution agreement that allowed him to avoid potentially severe penalties....