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Poll: Tracking asteroids a favored focus for space program

Jun. 20, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows. The poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs...

Texas Tech's 4-1 CWS win sends FSU's Martin into retirement

Jun. 20, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When Texas Tech's Taylor Floyd struck out Reese Albert to end the game — and Mike Martin's career — the Florida State coach walked up the dugout steps, took off his glasses and strode across the field to shake hands with the opposing coach one more time. While the fans at...

Florida city pays $600,000 ransom to save computer records

Jun. 19, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers'...

Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov wins Hart, Lindsay at NHL Awards

Jun. 19, 2019 11:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nikita Kucherov gratefully accepted the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday night in recognition of his spectacular 128-point regular season in Tampa Bay. He might even be able to enjoy the trophies someday, whenever the sting of the Lightning's first-round postseason loss...

The Latest: Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov wins Hart Trophy

Jun. 19, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NHL Awards show (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. The Russian right wing won the award for the first time after his prolific 128-point regular season. He beat out two-time MVP...

Officer fired after video appears to show him choking teen

Jun. 19, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a white Florida police officer who appears to be choking a black teenager on video has been fired. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Largo police announced the termination Tuesday of 43-year-old Brian Livernois. An internal investigation found he had violated department...

Good dog! Florida K-9 unit ready for busy hurricane season

Jun. 19, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's four-legged rescue workers are preparing for another potentially busy hurricane season. Miami-Dade firefighters held a demonstration Wednesday to show off the recovery tactics of a special K-9 unit. The Miami-based, 210-person Florida Task Force 1 has responded to numerous disasters,...

Sheriff on Parkland: I can train but can't give out courage

Jun. 19, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff suspended by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the response to the Parkland school shooting testified Wednesday that he properly trained a deputy now criminally charged in the case, but he wasn't able to give him courage. Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott...

Some of the stories behind those involved in jail suicides

Jun. 19, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

A Marine with PTSD, a schizophrenic father, a granddad struggling with depression: They are just some of the many who've taken their lives in U.S. jails — a problem experts say is preventable with more training and safeguards. Here are their stories: ___ DEVIN LYNCH - COOK COUNTY JAIL The inmate,...

Man arrested for slapping reporter's hand at Trump's rally

Jun. 19, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a man was arrested outside the arena where President Donald Trump made his reelection announcement for trying to slap a cellphone out of a journalist's hand. The Orlando Police Department said Wednesday that 51-year-old Daniel Kestner is facing a battery...