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Trump pleads with Venezuela's military to back Guaido

Feb. 18, 2019 8:33 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday pleaded with Venezuela's military to support opposition leader Juan Guaido and issued a dire warning if they continue to stand with President Nicolas Maduro's government. "You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything,"...

Parkland shooting victims are remembered in silence

Feb. 14, 2019 7:27 PM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and other schools across the U.S. bowed their heads in a moment of silence and took part in volunteer projects Thursday to mark the anniversary of the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives. But for many Parkland students, the tragedy was...

Parkland anniversary highlights Democratic shift on guns

Feb. 12, 2019 4:26 PM EST

In the final weeks before the 2008 election, Barack Obama's campaign sent mailers to Florida voters reassuring them that he supported the Second Amendment. In the opening days of the 2020 Democratic primary, it's hard to imagine any candidate feeling the need to make a similar gesture. "Guns are no longer the...

State: 83,000 voters in Florida didn't cast a valid ballot

Feb. 5, 2019 6:57 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Whether they meant to or not, more than 83,000 Florida voters didn't cast a valid vote for governor, according to a new report prepared by state officials. The combined total of invalid ballots outnumbered Republican Ron DeSantis's margin of victory over Democrat Andrew Gillum by...

Virgin Trains USA launching IPO, developing passenger lines

Jan. 30, 2019 1:38 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A passenger rail company that is connecting South Florida with Orlando is planning a public offering of common stock that the company is valuing at more than $500 million. Virgin Trains USA Inc. said Wednesday it was offering more than 28 million shares of common stock priced at...

Federal judge ends legal battle over Florida election head

Jan. 24, 2019 1:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge is officially ending the legal skirmish between former Gov. Rick Scott and a former Florida elections official. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Wednesday dismissed the lawsuit that former Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes had filed against the...

The Latest: Maduro fires back at US after criticism by Pence

Jan. 22, 2019 6:35 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on a National Guard uprising in Venezuela (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered a close review of the country's relationship with the United States in answer to stinging condemnation from the Trump administration. Vice President...

Florida's new Trump-backed governor seeks to broaden appeal

Jan. 19, 2019 9:30 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida voters who expected new Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to be politically divisive because of his strong ties to President Donald Trump may be surprised by the quick actions he's taken in his first two weeks in office. DeSantis announced a bold plan to address environmental...

Florida governor suspends county elections supervisor

Jan. 18, 2019 3:31 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended a Democratic county elections supervisor Friday who failed to meet deadlines during recounts after November's election, but her supporters said the move was unwarranted and political. DeSantis said Palm Beach elections supervisor...

Court: No new offshore drilling work during federal shutdown

Jan. 18, 2019 3:26 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has turned back the Trump administration's attempt to continue preparatory work for offshore drilling during the federal government's partial shutdown, issuing a ruling in a federal lawsuit challenging the overall expansion plans. In his order, U.S....