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Storms in South kill girl in Florida, bring tornado threat

Apr. 19, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A strong storm system barreling through the South on Friday killed an 8-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to large parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia. A tree fell onto a house in Woodville, Florida, south of Tallahassee, killing the girl and injuring a...

The Latest: Mississippi governor declares state of emergency

Apr. 19, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is declaring the state's second state of emergency in less than a week due to tornadoes. The Republican governor issued the proclamation Friday, a day after tornadoes swept across the state....

Video: Deputy slams high school student's head to the ground

Apr. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff placed a deputy on restricted duty Friday after cellphone video showed the deputy banging the head of a pepper-sprayed teen against the ground. Deputy Christopher Krickovich was ordered to surrender his gun and badge until an investigation into Thursday's...

Trump laces into ex-advisers who spoke with Mueller

Apr. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Friday at current and former aides who cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, insisting the deeply unflattering picture they painted of him and the White House was "total bullshit." In a series of angry tweets from rainy Palm...

Man charged with threatening Congress members over phone

Apr. 19, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

TAMARAC, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man left threatening rants about gun control, illegal immigration, homosexuals, black people and Muslims for three Democratic members of Congress. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 49-year-old John Kless was arrested Friday and charged with making threatening...

Hurricane Michael gets an upgrade to rare Category 5 status

Apr. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992. The announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday...

The Latest: Trump golfs with Rush Limbaugh in Florida

Apr. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller's report and President Donald Trump (all times local): 3 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump played golf Friday with conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and a couple of unidentified friends. Trump is spending the Easter weekend...

Road crew misspells 'school' in school crossing

Apr. 19, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — A road crew in Florida should get an "F'' for spelling. A motorist on Thursday spotted the error, realizing that workers in Doral had made a mistake when painting the word "school" at a pedestrian crossing in the road. Instead of S-C-H-O-O-L, it was spelled S-C-O-H-O-L. WPLG brought it...

The Latest: Florida mayor not surprised Michael was a Cat 5

Apr. 19, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael being upgraded to a Category 5 storm (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The mayor of the Florida city that was ground zero for Hurricane Michael says he's not surprised by news that it's been reclassified as the strongest possible storm. Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey...

Coast Guard suspends search for boater in Gulf of Mexico

Apr. 19, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it is suspending the search for a boater who was reported overdue during a trip from Cozumel, Mexico, to Tampa. The agency said in a news release that the wife of 74-year-old Grant Neie contacted officials on Sunday when he did not return as planned. He was in a...