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Attorney: Deputy had no obligation to confront school gunman

Jul. 21, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a former Florida sheriff's deputy want a judge to dismiss felony charges stemming from his failure to enter a school building while a gunman carried out a massacre. Scot Peterson's attorneys say prosecutors stretched the laws "beyond their breaking points" when...

Florida deputy dies in traffic crash

Jul. 21, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy died after his patrol car crashed into a pickup truck as he responded to a domestic violence call. Broward County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said the crash happened early Sunday in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Deerfield Beach....

Florida 'pill mills' were 'gas on the fire' of opioid crisis

Jul. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics. For a while, few in authority did...

Florida Supreme Court suspends judge for grabbing employee

Jul. 19, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is suspending a Broward County judge without pay for grabbing a courthouse employee by the neck and shaking him. The high court suspended Circuit Judge Vegina Hawkins Friday. A security camera captured video of Hawkins grabbing the employee on June 11....

Fort Lauderdale hit with water outage due to main break

Jul. 18, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Tens of thousands of residents in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding cities were warned Thursday they may be without water for at least 24 hours after a contractor hit a water main during construction. City officials said more than 220,000 customers could be affected, issuing a...

Parkland suspect allowed to skip hearings ahead of trial

Jul. 17, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz will be allowed to skip many future court hearings as his planned trial draws closer in the 2018 massacre that left 17 people dead, a judge ruled Wednesday. Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer granted the hearing waiver...

John Paul Stevens emerged as Supreme Court's leading liberal

Jul. 17, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens moved left as the Supreme Court shifted to the right during his nearly 35 years as a justice. That's how the bow-tie wearing Republican from the Midwest emerged as the leader of the high court's liberal wing and a strong proponent of abortion rights, consumer protection...

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

Jul. 16, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens stood for...

Lawsuit accuses Florida of shortchanging teachers on bonuses

Jul. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Education is being sued over allegations it shortchanged teachers when it paid bonuses awarded by the Legislature, costing the state's best educators hundreds of dollars each. The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Tallahassee alleges that the...

Police officer gets probation for kneeing handcuffed man

Jul. 15, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida police officer accused of kneeing a handcuffed suspect last year has been sentenced to probation and ordered to complete an anger management course. Paula McMahon of the Broward state attorney's office says 29-year-old Coral Springs Officer Sandy Gomez...