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Measure pushing Florida's minimum wage to $15 may hit ballot

Jan. 22, 2019 2:53 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The wealthy Florida attorney who pushed the state initiative legalizing medical marijuana has a new target — increasing the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour. John Morgan told an Orlando news conference Tuesday that he's submitting 120,000 signatures to get his...

Accelerate the early favorite to win Pegasus World Cup

Jan. 22, 2019 2:35 PM EST

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Accelerate's big week is here, and it's off to a start his connections wanted. Accelerate is the 9-5 early favorite to win Saturday's $9 million Pegasus World Cup, drawing the No. 5 post in a field of 12 for the race to be run over 1 1/8 miles of dirt at Gulfstream Park. It'll...

Miami prosecutor probing MLK traffic incident as hate crime

Jan. 22, 2019 1:32 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Miami prosecutors are investigating as a possible hate crime a traffic incident involving a gun-wielding white man and a group of black bicyclists on Martin Luther King Day. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a news release Tuesday that she has ordered her hate crimes chief to...

DeSantis picks Trump administration official for high court

Jan. 22, 2019 1:32 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Cementing his push to remake the Florida Supreme Court, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday appointed a top official from the administration of President Donald Trump for the final spot that remained open on the state's most important court. DeSantis picked Carlos Muniz, who...

Here they go again: Panthers hoping for late-season surge

Jan. 22, 2019 12:53 PM EST

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers are hoping for deja vu. Sort of. A year ago, the Panthers shook off a disastrous start to the season and caught fire after the All-Star break — only to miss the playoffs by a single point. This year, they're heading into the break on a three-game winning...

55-year-old inmate found dead in central Florida jail cell

Jan. 22, 2019 12:20 PM EST

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) — A 55-year-old inmate has been found dead of an apparent suicide in her jail cell. Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Fred Jones tells news outlets that Christy Chappell was found unresponsive on Monday night, hours after being booked into the Lake County Jail following an arrest on theft and...

2 men, dog rescued from overturned boat in Gulf off Florida

Jan. 22, 2019 11:36 AM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard came to the aid of two men and a dog whose boat flipped over in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's Big Bend. In a statement Tuesday, the Coast Guard said a helicopter crew hoisted the men and the dog to safety about 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of Rock Island. The...

'I still weep': Parkland survivors write book on shooting

Jan. 22, 2019 10:55 AM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — "Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories" needed to be written, its authors believe, but wish desperately it hadn't. The book by 43 students and teachers who lived through February's high school massacre gives a poignant, raw, and sometimes graphic...

Former AG Bondi headed to DC to work with lobbying firm

Jan. 22, 2019 9:07 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is heading to Washington to take a new post with a leading lobbying firm. Ballard Partners announced Tuesday the well-known Republican politician will head the firm's new regulatory compliance office. The firm is headed by Brian Ballard,...

Sheriff: Deputy shoots man who charged at him with scissors

Jan. 22, 2019 7:19 AM EST

STUART, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a sheriff's deputy shot a man who charged at him with a pair of scissors. Martin County Sheriff's officials said on Facebook that deputies were called to a home on Monday afternoon to remove a man who was trespassing at his parents' home. Investigators say...