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DeSantis team welcomes contrast with Trump 'chaos' candidacy

Mar. 27, 2023 00:13 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jim McKee is standing at the end of a line that snakes through five aisles of fiction inside the Books-A-Million store in Florida’s capital city. He is smiling because in a matter of minutes, the book he’s holding will be signed by its author, Ron...

Pensacola magician to launch magic school

Mar. 26, 2023 03:14 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — For Milan Brunet-Sabastia, magic is about more than pulling a rabbit out of a hat. It is a meticulously practiced craft that creates a sense of joy and curiosity for its spectators that lingers long after a trick’s execution. Although magicians are known to...

Boardwalk arcade and gift shop being reduced to rubble

Mar. 26, 2023 03:11 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In 1950, when Harry Truman was president and less than 10% of Americans had a television in their home, a new building went up on Daytona Beach’s Boardwalk. The simple one-story structure was born into the early years of the Boardwalk’s zenith when...

Coco Gauff loses lead, match against Potapova at Miami Open

Mar. 26, 2023 00:15 AM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Coco Gauff let a big lead slip away and wound up dropping the last five games of a mistake-filled 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-2 loss to Anastasia Potapova in the third round of the Miami Open on Saturday. The No. 6-seeded Gauff, a 19-year-old from Florida, was...

Ex-Navy swimmer tried to drown security guard, officials say

Mar. 25, 2023 16:32 PM EDT

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former Navy rescue swimmer is charged with attempted murder after Florida authorities say he almost drowned a security guard in a condominium's swimming pool. Okaloosa County sheriff's investigators say late Friday the security guard told Seth...

2 Cuban migrants fly into Florida on motorized hang glider

Mar. 25, 2023 15:27 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Two Cuban migrants used a motorized hang glider to fly the approximately 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the communist island to Key West on Saturday, Florida officials said. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the duo landed safely at Key West...

Push to train workers for jobs in Miami’s growing tech arena

Mar. 25, 2023 08:11 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Since he was 18, Christopher Matthews has worked at Pizza Hut and 7-11, done a stint in food delivery and taught carpentry. Now, the Miami native is trying to forge a vocational path that could lead to a promising career. Seated at a desk in front of his computer...

Today in History: March 25, Fire kills 146 garment workers

Mar. 25, 2023 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, March 25, the 84th day of 2023. There are 281 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 25, 1931, in the so-called “Scottsboro Boys” case, nine young Black men were taken off a train in...

K-State's Keyontae Johnson thriving 2 years after collapse

Mar. 24, 2023 20:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Florida Atlantic coach Dusty May had a hard time keeping his emotions in check as he spoke about Kansas State forward Keyontae Johnson. May's near-tears had nothing to do with preparing his Owls (34-3) to face Johnson and the Wildcats (26-9) in the East Region final...

Florida Legislature moving quickly on DeSantis priorities

Mar. 24, 2023 17:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — From expanding gun rights to going after “woke” investors, the Florida Legislature is quickly moving on a list of bills that will give Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis conservative-pleasing policy successes as he prepares to launch a presidential campaign. ...