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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...

Florida doomsday prepper couple charged with abusing women

Jul. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities arrested a Florida couple Friday described by two female victims as "doomsday preppers," who they say physically and sexually abused them for years. Wakulla County Sheriff's officials say Mirko, 58, and Regina, 55, Ceska had custody care of the two unidentified...

Deputy fired, accused of punching handcuffed suspect

Jul. 12, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says he has fired a deputy who punched a handcuffed man. News outlets report that Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the firing of 26-year-old Kevin Fanti on Friday. Officials say a security video shows Fanti punching the 19-year-old man, who was in line...

Sheriff: Florida gas station clerk killed man during robbery

Jul. 12, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida gas station clerk fatally shot a man during a robbery. A Broward Sheriff's Office news release says the robbery happened Wednesday afternoon at a Valero gas station near Fort Lauderdale. Deputies say two men entered the gas station. One struck the...