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Florida man executed for fatally stabbing woman in 1992

Dec. 13, 2018 11:41 PM EST

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A man convicted of the fatal stabbing and beating death of a woman in Miami-Dade County 26 years ago was executed Thursday night in Florida. Jose Antonio Jimenez, 55, received a lethal injection and was pronounced dead at 9:48 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke. He was sentenced to...

The Latest: Florida executes man for woman's 1992 killing

Dec. 13, 2018 9:53 PM EST

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida execution (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A man convicted of fatally beating and stabbing a South Florida woman 26 years ago during a burglary has been executed. Authorities say 55-year-old Jose Antonio Jimenez was pronounced dead at 9:48 p.m. Thursday after a lethal...

Florida Senate won't block election chief's suspension

Dec. 13, 2018 6:44 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate will not take any action to block the suspension of an embattled county elections supervisor who drew fierce criticism during this year's contentious election recount, a leading state lawmaker said Thursday. Brenda Snipes, who had been in charge of elections in...

Court: Florida police can use 'stand your ground' law

Dec. 13, 2018 5:21 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Florida law enforcement officers can invoke the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law to protect them from criminal prosecution in some instances of deadly force, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The court issued its 7-0 decision in the case of Peter Peraza, a Broward...

Florida Supreme Court upholds conviction of FAMU band member

Dec. 13, 2018 4:54 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Ending a 4-year-old legal battle, Florida's highest court on Thursday upheld the conviction of a former Florida A&M University band member who was convicted of killing a fellow band member during a brutal hazing ritual. The Florida Supreme Court unanimously rejected Dante...

Panel says sheriff's policy contributed to Florida massacre

Dec. 13, 2018 4:37 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The commission investigating a Florida high school massacre heavily criticized the responding sheriff office's active shooter policy Thursday, saying it contributed to the failure of some deputies to run into the building and confront the gunman. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas...

The Latest: Florida Senate leader 'open' to arming teachers

Dec. 13, 2018 3:34 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the commission investigating the Florida high school massacre (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Florida's Senate president says he is "very open" to a proposal that would allow volunteer teachers to carry concealed handguns if they pass a background check and undergo...

Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

Dec. 12, 2018 6:53 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public...

The Latest: Florida panel recommends arming some teachers

Dec. 12, 2018 6:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the commission that is investigating the Florida high school massacre (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre is recommending that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to...

FBI probe leads to charges against Florida city commissioner

Dec. 12, 2018 5:48 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An FBI corruption investigation that became an issue in the Florida governor's race led to a 44-count federal indictment Wednesday against a city commissioner who once ran the state's Democratic Party. The indictment charges Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox with bribery,...