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Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill

Apr. 23, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would restore voting rights to convicted felons who complete their sentences except murderers and felony sex offenders moved another step Tuesday toward passage in the Florida House. Lawmakers debated a measure into the night that would implement a constitutional...

Carrasco injures left leg in Indians' 3-1 loss to Marlins

Apr. 23, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians' powerful pitching is suddenly problematic. Carlos Carrasco was pulled after four innings with an injured left leg and Miami quickly jumped on his replacement for three runs as the Marlins beat Cleveland 3-1 for their second road win Tuesday night. Carrasco, who was coming off...

Ex-police chief, openly gay woman elected Tampa's new mayor

Apr. 23, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In a historic election Tampa voters elected by a wide margin a former police chief and openly-gay woman to be their mayor. According to the Tampa Bay Times , 59-year-old Jane Castor trounced in the Tuesday runoff 76-year-old David Straz, a retired banker and philanthropist worth $426...

Broncos star Miller won't be charged for Florida shark catch

Apr. 23, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Authorities have declined to charge Denver Broncos star Von Miller for catching a hammerhead shark off the coast of Florida last year. The Denver Post reported Tuesday that a recently published list of enforcement actions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the owner...

Florida House debates bill banning 'sanctuary city' policies

Apr. 23, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House opened debate Tuesday on a hotly contested Republican bill requiring local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and banning so-called "sanctuary city" policies aimed at shielding immigrants who are arrested. The GOP-dominated...

Florida Senate OKs bill for firefighter cancer benefits

Apr. 23, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Cancer would be treated like an on-the-job injury for Florida firefighters and they'd receive a new package of benefits under a bill the Senate unanimously passed Tuesday. The bill would provide firefighters with cancer the full cost of treatment, a $25,000 payout, disability pay...

Prosecutors: No charges for teen who deputies slammed down

Apr. 23, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors aren't filing charges against a Florida teen arrested after deputies pepper-sprayed him and slammed his head into the ground. The Broward County State Attorney's Office released a statement Tuesday that no charges would be filed against the 15-year-old following...

Promoter sues USSF over proposed Ecuador match in Florida

Apr. 23, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A promoter has sued the U.S. Soccer Federation, asking a court to order the governing body to sanction an Ecuador league match in Florida. Relevent Sports filed suit Monday in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleging the USSF illegally denied its application to have Ecuador's Barcelona...

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...

Defense order of the day for 1st round of NFL draft

Apr. 23, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — We learned during the 2018 season that offense is beloved by NFL teams (and fans). We also learned that defense, as performed by the Patriots in the Super Bowl, carries away the Lombardi Trophy. This year's draft, which begins Thursday night, is stocked with defenders who can be...