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Police: Homeless man fatally stabbed teen without motive

Dec. 02, 2021 14:45 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A homeless man with a history of random violence fatally stabbed a 14-year-old boy riding his bike during a chance encounter and without apparent motive, a Florida police chief said Thursday. Semmie Lee Williams, 39, was arrested Wednesday...

Florida U.S. House candidate sues to get primary loss erased

Nov. 30, 2021 16:35 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Democratic Florida congressional candidate who lost a special election primary by five votes has filed two lawsuits asking that the result be thrown out, alleging his opponent's support of a universal income plan amounted to bribing voters. ...

Passenger accused of airplane tirade arrested in Nashville

Nov. 29, 2021 05:02 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Nashville allegedly punched a flight attendant and pulled another attendant’s hair before being subdued, police said. Spirit Airlines spokesperson Nicole Aguiar said...

Carrie Meek, pioneering Black former congresswoman, dies

Nov. 28, 2021 20:30 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Carrie Meek, the grandchild of a slave and a sharecropper’s daughter who became one of the first Black Floridians elected to Congress since Reconstruction, died Sunday. She was 95. Meek died at her home in Miami after a long illness, her...

Cherfilus-McCormick preps for Congress following primary win

Nov. 28, 2021 03:14 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — After three campaigns spanning close to four years, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick is about to become South Florida’s newest member of Congress, after besting a slew of prominent elected officials. She’s wasting no time. On Nov. 17, the day...

Story about dog 'selling' mansion part of long-running tale

Nov. 23, 2021 20:51 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Editor’s note: AP is replacing the story about the sale of a Miami mansion once owned by Madonna with this piece, which looks at how the tale of a German shepherd and a trust has long been used as a publicity stunt to dupe reporters. The AP fell for parts of...

Florida massacre families to get millions for FBI's inaction

Nov. 22, 2021 20:34 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The families of most of those killed and wounded in the 2018 Florida high school massacre announced Monday have reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the federal government over the FBI's failure to stop the gunman even though it had received...

Florida clears Groveland Four of 1949 rape of white woman

Nov. 22, 2021 13:03 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge on Monday officially exonerated four young African American men of the false accusation that they raped a white woman seven decades ago, making partial and belated amends for one of the greatest miscarriages of justice of Florida's Jim Crow era. ...

5 convicted of stealing veteran, Social Security benefits

Nov. 16, 2021 15:49 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Five men have been convicted in South Florida of running a scheme to steal more than $1.8 million in veteran and Social Security benefits. A federal jury in Fort Lauderdale found Omar Shaquille Bailey and Ronaldo Garfield Green guilty last...

Health care CEO wins Florida congressional race by 5 votes

Nov. 16, 2021 13:56 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A health care executive won the Democratic nomination to replace the late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, carrying the race by five votes over a Broward County commissioner in a victory the state certified Tuesday. Sheila...