Latest Fort Lauderdale News

AutoNation chief, after 20 years, is turning over the keys

Sep. 19, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Jackson is stepping down after almost two decades leading AutoNation, the largest dealership chain in the U.S. Jackson, 69, steered AutoNation through the economic crisis and shares have increased fourfold since he took over in 1999, though he will relinquish his role as...

Crime: Florida man sentenced to 92 years in prison

Sep. 13, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 92 years in prison for a series of violent crimes in South Florida. A judge in Fort Lauderdale sentenced 23-year-old De Andre Smith Thursday after a jury found him guilty on eight federal charges in July. According to court records, Smith beat an IT...

4 years' prison for Florida man for mosque bomb threat

Sep. 6, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for phoning bomb threats to a mosque. Court records show a Miami judge imposed the sentence Thursday on 26-year-old Dustin Hughes. He previously pleaded guilty to the hate crime of obstructing free exercise of...

Cruz biological mother's past a factor in school shooting

Sep. 5, 2018 7:50 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The extensive criminal and drug abuse history of Parkland school suspect Nikolas Cruz's biological mother could be a key factor in whether he is sentenced to die for the massacre that killed 17 people, legal experts and officials say. The mother, 62-year-old Brenda Woodard,...

2nd defendant's conviction voided in Florida mob death

Sep. 5, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A new trial has been ordered for a second defendant in the purportedly mob-connected slaying in 2001 of Florida businessman Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari should receive a new trial. The panel said...

Shooting victim's father still 2nd in election after recount

Sep. 3, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school board member has maintained her lead over the father of a student slain in a high school mass shooting. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that incumbent Donna Korn maintained a majority of votes after a Broward County election recount. Korn received 50.43...

Florida school victim's dad gets recount in board race

Sep. 1, 2018 12:18 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida county where 17 people were slain in a high school shooting rampage will hold an election recount to determine whether a school board member staved off a challenge from a victim's father. Broward County will recount ballots this weekend in the school board race...

Edmunds recommends Labor Day car deals for bargain hunters

Aug. 29, 2018 6:20 AM EDT

As the summer season winds down, the car-business clearance season ramps up. Both car dealers and carmakers are offering deals to sell off the 2018 models and make room for the 2019s. Labor Day weekend will feature some of the best prices of the year to date. Take, for example, the popular 2018 Ford F-150. Over...

The Latest: Mom of school massacre victim wins board seat

Aug. 28, 2018 9:56 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the school board election in the Florida district that suffered a shooting massacre (all times local): 9:40 p.m. The mother of a victim of the Florida school massacre has been elected to the district's school board, but another was trailing. Lori Alhadeff easily...

The Latest: Ex-Cabinet secretary Shalala wins House primary

Aug. 28, 2018 9:35 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the primary election in Florida (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Former Clinton administration Cabinet member and university president Donna Shalala has won the Democratic nomination for a U.S. House seat in Florida. Shalala defeated four candidates Tuesday in the...