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Judge: Charges may be dropped due to detective’s lies

Nov. 21, 2019 10:18 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of molesting a child and possession of child pornography could go free after a judge in Florida found that a detective lied to obtain a search warrant in the case. The Tampa Bay Times reports Circuit Judge William Burgess III found Pinellas County Sheriff’s...

Victims, reports say boards to review church abuse flawed

Nov. 21, 2019 8:42 AM EST

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no...

Biker gang members get life for killing rival gang president

Nov. 21, 2019 8:35 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Two motorcycle gang members have been sentenced to life in prison for killing the president of a rival gang in Florida. Court records show 31-year-old Christopher Cosimano and 52-year-old Michael Mencher were sentenced Wednesday in Tampa federal court. They were convicted in August of...

Forgotten black cemetery found at Florida high school campus

Nov. 21, 2019 7:58 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say ground penetrating radar has found what appear to be 145 caskets near a Florida high school. The Tampa Bay Times reports Hillsborough County Superintendent Jeff Eakins on Wednesday announced the discovery at the southeast corner of the King High School campus. The district...

Fred VanVleet scores 24 points, Raptors beat Magic 113-97

Nov. 20, 2019 11:16 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — The Orlando Magic hit Toronto on a three-game winning streak. They limped out of town with two key starters hobbled by injuries. Fred VanVleet scored 24 points, Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the defending champion Raptors beat the Magic 113-97 on Wednesday night. Orlando...

Robinson’s record night helps Heat beat Cavs 124-100

Nov. 20, 2019 11:10 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — John Beilein had seen Duncan Robinson get on hot shooting stretches plenty of times before. None of those were at his expense. Robinson put on a show for his college coach — and got himself into the Miami record book as well. He set team marks with seven 3-pointers in the second...

Warren hits shot at buzzer, Florida Gulf Coast wins in OT

Nov. 20, 2019 11:10 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Warren drove the length of the floor and put up a high arching shot from the free-throw line that fell through as time expired to give Florida Gulf Coast a 72-70 overtime victory over Florida Atlantic on Wednesday night. Warren totaled 21 points and scored Florida Gulf...

Rays designate INF Duffy for assignment, trade RHP De Leon

Nov. 20, 2019 11:01 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have designated infielder Matt Duffy for assignment and traded pitcher Jose De Leon to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named and cash. The team also announced minor league infielder Curtis Mead was acquired in a trade that sent left-hander...

Vassell leads Florida St. rout of Chattanooga

Nov. 20, 2019 9:54 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Hamilton was worried about how Florida State would play without two starters. As Wednesday night’s game developed, the coach had no reason to be concerned. Devin Vassell scored 17 points and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds while Patrick Williams added 16...

Wei-Yin Chen designated for assignment by Marlins

Nov. 20, 2019 9:18 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have designated left-hander Wei-Yin Chen for assignment, parting with a pitcher they owe $22 million. Miami gave Chen an $80 million, five-year contract before the 2016 season, but he went 13-19 with a 5.10 ERA in four injury-plagued seasons. Last year Chen was demoted to the...