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Critics: consumers should be wary of short-term health plans

Jan. 22, 2020 5:09 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla (AP) — Consumers who bought short-term health insurance thinking they had found a better deal than “Obamacare” during the open enrollment season may be in for a shock when they show up at their doctor’s office this year. The low-cost plans aren't required to cover...

Florida school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz speaks with one of his defense attorneys, Gabe Ermine, before a hearing at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Florida school shooting trauma affects young witness

Jan. 22, 2020 11:10 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A young student who witnessed the 2018 massacre at a Florida high school is still too traumatized by the experience to give a formal statement and possibly testify at trial, her lawyer said Wednesday. Attorney Jay Cohen said the 17-year-old girl is still in mental health...

David Beckham poses for a photograph before a Christian Dior pre-fall 2020 men's fashion collection presentation during Art Basel on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Beckham's MLS team in Miami takes field for first time

Jan. 20, 2020 1:37 PM EST

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (AP) — David Beckham’s new soccer team finally got to play soccer. After more than six years of planning — and a process that was at times brutally difficult — Inter Miami took the field for the first time Monday. The expansion MLS club’s inaugural training...

Critics: consumers should be wary of short-term health plans

Jan. 20, 2020 11:01 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Consumers who bought short-term health insurance thinking they had found a better deal than “Obamacare” during the open enrollment season may be in for a shock when they show up at their doctor’s office this year. The low-cost plans aren't required to cover...

Firefighters: 2 bodies found in smoke-filled Florida home

Jan. 20, 2020 6:50 AM EST

LAUDERHILL, Fla. (AP) — The bodies of a man and a woman were found Sunday afternoon in a smoke-filled in South Florida, fire officials said. Lauderhill Fire Rescue crews received a call around 3:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke but no fire. They saw one person who appeared to be passed...

Mother-daughter psychics get prison for defrauding customers

Jan. 18, 2020 1:23 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A mother and daughter who claimed to be Florida psychics and used eggs containing snake embryos to convince customers they were cursed are going to prison for fraud. The SunSentinel reports that a federal judge on Friday sentenced Annie Marie Vwanawick, 74, to 42 months behind...

Levi Gold attends a job training session at the Friendship Cafe on Las Olas Boulevard as he prepares for the cafe's debut on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Gold feels protected at Friendship Café, a new fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant and coffee shop on a mission to hire and train adults with special needs. (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Friendship Café serves falafel, trains special-needs adults

Jan. 18, 2020 3:01 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — On his first day of job training at Friendship Café and Falafel in Fort Lauderdale last month, Levi Gold hopped a bus in Hallandale Beach, missed his stop on Las Olas Boulevard and wound up somewhere in Pompano Beach. He gets distracted easily, he says, and following...

No jail time for distracted driver who killed 2 cyclists

Jan. 17, 2020 7:42 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who ran her car into a group of bicyclists in 2018, killing two people, will avoid jail time. Nicole Vanderweit, 34, pleaded no contest this week to careless driving in Broward County court, the Sun Sentinel reported. In addition to having her license suspended...

In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 booking made available by the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff's Office, shows Marcelas Jones. Officials say Jones attacked a female police officer who was trying to arrest him after a car crash in South Florida. He is charged with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer. (Broward County Sheriff's office via AP)

Florida man accused of attacking police woman after crash

Jan. 17, 2020 12:52 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A man attacked a police woman who was trying to arrest him after a car crash in South Florida, officials said. WSVN-TV reports Marcelas Jones, 29, has been arrested on charges of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of a crash...

Feds: Smugglers ferry Chinese migrants to Florida in yachts

Jan. 16, 2020 3:50 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities have thwarted two separate attempts by smugglers to bring Chinese migrants illegally into the U.S. through Florida aboard yachts. Three men are facing human smuggling charges in federal courts in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The Miami Herald first reported they are accused of...