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Florida man charged with destroying burrowing owl nests

Aug. 18, 2018 4:15 AM EDT

CAPRE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged with destroying the nests of six burrowing owls. The birds are protected by the state. Wildlife officials say 52-year-old Jerlis Villalba and his crew were doing landscaping work when he instructed the crew to clear land near the burrows. According to...

Work begins on $50M project to clean Keys canals post Irma

Aug. 18, 2018 4:10 AM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A $50 million clean-up project to remove debris from Hurricane Irma has begun in the Florida Keys where a crew lifted a sunken motorhome from a canal. The project started Friday and will target 103 of the most impacted canal in the Keys. It will include a crew of 60 people, 15 barges...

4.3 M Floridians to get new Medicare cards next month

Aug. 18, 2018 3:35 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Check your mailboxes Florida residents because your new Medicare card is coming soon. Federal health officials are mailing the new cards in geographic waves so Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are also getting new cards along with 4.3 million Floridians. The new cards are...

2 shot during South Florida high school football game

Aug. 18, 2018 3:35 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — A high school football stadium was evacuated after gunshots rang out during a practice football game in South Florida on Friday night in what authorities say stemmed from an altercation between students. Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials said two people were injured in the...

Victim sues school board, says teachers

Aug. 18, 2018 3:15 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against a Florida school board for allegedly allowing an elementary school substitute teacher fired for fondling a child to be hired by another school. Attorney Jeff Herman says his client was 8-years-old when teacher Christopher Falzone began sexually...

Redshirt freshmen ready for action after year-long wait

Aug. 18, 2018 2:38 AM EDT

Redshirt freshmen are becoming less common as more players contribute straight out of high school. They still can have an impact, though. That's particularly true on the offensive and defensive lines, where players regularly need that extra year to gain the physical strength necessary for the college game....

State cracks down on canine friends, brewpubs.

Aug. 18, 2018 2:01 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The state health department is trying to kick dogs out of local craft brewpubs, where they've long been as much of a tradition as cornhole, vintage board games and extra-hoppy India Pale Ales. Brewpubs are banding up to fight back, mounting a petition drive that asks local...

Woman who analyzed Taylor Swift's lyrics gets to meet her

Aug. 18, 2018 2:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Florida sun burned through my black pleather top as I hurried around Raymond James Stadium. I tried to grip a set of metal plates used at the Tampa Bay Times printing press, but my hands kept slipping. The sweat had little to do with the heat. Days before, I had published a project...

Explosion destroys coffee shop, injures 3 in rural Georgia

Aug. 17, 2018 11:57 PM EDT

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An explosion and fire destroyed a coffee shop Friday in this rural south Georgia city, seriously injuring three people and prompting a warning from city officials for residents to avoid the downtown area. The blast rocked tiny Homerville, a city of about 2,500 people, shortly after...

The Latest: Leaking gas blamed for coffee shop explosion

Aug. 17, 2018 11:42 PM EDT

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on an explosion at a Georgia coffee shop that injured three people (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Authorities say natural gas leaking into a sewer line caused an explosion that destroyed a coffee shop in rural Georgia and seriously injured three people. Glenn Allen, a...