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Florida Supreme Court rules against Parkland sheriff

Apr. 23, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a sheriff who fought his removal from office after the governor claimed he failed to prevent last year's Parkland school shooting. Florida's highest court agreed that Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his authority to suspend Scott Israel as...

Siakam has 30 points, Raptors top Magic 98-93 for 2-1 lead

Apr. 19, 2019 10:23 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors think Pascal Siakam should be selected the NBA's Most Improved Player. He was their MVP on Friday night. And the East's No. 2 seed has the home-court edge back again. Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds, hitting a floater with 1:33 left to help snuff out a big...

Video: Deputy slams high school student's head to the ground

Apr. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff placed a deputy on restricted duty Friday after cellphone video showed the deputy banging the head of a pepper-sprayed teen against the ground. Deputy Christopher Krickovich was ordered to surrender his gun and badge until an investigation into Thursday's...

Florida House OKs bill requiring parental abortion consent

Apr. 17, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would require consent from a parent or guardian before a girl under 18 could obtain an abortion passed the Florida House on Wednesday night after a lengthy debate and amid questions about its constitutionality. The Republican-led House voted 69-44 largely along...

Report: More possible graves at shuttered reform school

Apr. 11, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A report says a company doing pollution cleanup at a shuttered Florida reform school may have found more graves of the nearly 100 boys estimated to have died there. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Geosyntec told the Florida Department of Environmental Protection last month that a...

Parkland sheriff removal case heads to Florida Supreme Court

Apr. 9, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A lawsuit claiming Florida's governor improperly suspended a county sheriff for failing to prevent last year's Parkland school shooting is going directly to the Florida Supreme Court. The Fourth District Court of Appeal transferred the case to the state's highest court Tuesday,...

Florida abortion bill would require minors to obtain consent

Apr. 7, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Stephanie Loraine Piñeiro was 17 when she discovered she was pregnant for the second time. She says her parents were livid about her first pregnancy a year earlier, though she never dared tell them she was raped. Her father took her to a clinic for an abortion. On the way home, she says,...

WNBA draft eligible players face tight timeframe

Apr. 6, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Notre Dame junior guard Jackie Young said Saturday that she hasn't made a decision yet about entering the WNBA draft but time is quickly running out. She has 24 hours after the final buzzer Sunday night to decide whether she wants to turn pro foregoing her final season of eligibility at...

School shooting suspect ordered to attend pretrial hearings

Apr. 5, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge ordered the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre to attend his pretrial hearings after his attorneys refused to let the judge question him Friday. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer ordered Nikolas Cruz remain in the courtroom for a hearing on whether...

Sheriff suspended in Florida shooting appeals judge's ruling

Apr. 5, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff who was suspended after the Parkland school shooting is appealing a judge's decision to dismiss his lawsuit challenging his suspension. A judge ruled Thursday that Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order removing Scott Israel as Broward County sheriff was...