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85 arrested in human trafficking sting

Jun. 24, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say they've arrested 85 people in a monthslong human trafficking sting. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister announced the arrests Monday. Officials say "Operation Trade Secrets" began at the outset of the year, focusing on...

Mouse that roared: Disney characters win local union shakeup

Jun. 24, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mouse that roared was heard. Months after workers who play Mickey Mouse and Goofy at Walt Disney World threatened to leave the Teamsters union because of what they called "horrible misrepresentation," General President James Hoffa has appointed two associates to take over the local...

Florida inmate charged with murder in 1986 Michigan slaying

Jun. 24, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A Florida prison inmate has been charged with murder in the strangling of a woman in southwestern Michigan more than three decades ago. Prosecutors charged 49-year-old Robert James Waite last week in the killing of 59-year-old Wilda Wilkinson of Bangor during a home invasion in July...

Judicial nominations chair quits, claims governor meddling

Jun. 24, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — The chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission that recommends judges in two Florida counties quit over what he claims was interference by Gov. Ron DeSantis' office. Florida Today reports that Alan Landman resigned from his post, claiming the commission that served Brevard and...

Police: Florida woman fatally shot daughter and stepfather

Jun. 24, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a woman fatally shot her stepfather and her 8-year-old daughter and wounded her mother. Treasure Coast Newspapers reports 28-year-old Alyssa Marie Torres was arrested Monday morning about 10 hours after the shooting. Port St. Lucie police spokeswoman...

Florida woman charged after giving husband's guns to police

Jun. 24, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's effort to protect herself from domestic violence has become a flashpoint in the debate over gun rights and victims' safety. Courtney Irby gave her estranged husband's guns to police after he was charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery, only to find herself...

Florida man on trial in wife's 1979 killing in Wisconsin

Jun. 24, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A jury trial is starting for a Florida man accused in the death of his wife, whose body has never been found since her disappearance 40 years ago in Wisconsin. Authorities arrested 79-year-old John Bayerl in Fort Myers, Florida, in February and he was extradited to Waukesha,...

Florida's crime rate in 2018 dropped by 9% from 2017

Jun. 24, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's overall crime rate last year dropped by 9% from the previous year, although murders and rapes increased. The most serious crimes — including robbery and aggravated assault — decreased by 7.4 % from the previous year, according to the 2018 Annual Uniform Crime Report , ...

Florida governor signs bill to promote career training

Jun. 24, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida schools will help students plan for careers even if they don't want to seek a four-year college degree under an education bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis signed the bill Monday at the Space Florida offices in Merritt Island. Besides promoting career...

O'Rourke proposes new 'war tax' to fund veteran health care

Jun. 24, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke is pledging to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help create a federal health care fund to cover the costs of caring for those who serve in future wars by taxing those who don't. The former Texas congressman unveiled his...