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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...

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...

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,...

Lawsuit filed over Trump plans for offshore drilling tests

Dec. 11, 2018 4:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday over offshore drilling tests, launching a legal fight against a proposal that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic Coast. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, claims the National...

Environmental groups to sue over offshore drilling tests

Dec. 10, 2018 9:31 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups plan to sue the Trump administration over offshore drilling tests, launching a legal fight against a proposal that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic Coast, two people with direct knowledge of the pending litigation told The Associated Press...

Thousands of mailed ballots in Florida were not counted

Dec. 10, 2018 6:55 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say thousands of mailed ballots were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices. The Department of State late last week informed a federal judge that 6,670 ballots were mailed ahead of the Nov. 6 election but were not counted...