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MLS concludes Beckham's Miami broke league budget rules

Apr. 16, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — David Beckham's Inter Miami was found by Major League Soccer to have violated league budget rules with its signing of French midfielder Blaise Matuidi, and the team bought out the contract of Argentine midfielder Matias Pellegrini to get back in compliance. ...

SpaceX picked for moonwalkers, on verge of 3rd crew launch

Apr. 16, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA chose SpaceX on Friday to build the lunar lander that will eventually put the first woman and person of color on the moon. The announcement came a few hours after SpaceX's most international crew of astronauts yet arrived in Florida for...

Deputy fatally shoots knife-wielding man in South Florida

Apr. 16, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A knife-wielding man who made threats and refused to drop his weapon was fatally shot when he lunged toward a sheriff's deputy outside a South Florida strip mall, investigators said. Broward Sheriff Greg Tony told news outlets that Jeffrey...

DeSantis says he doesn't favor raising unemployment benefits

Apr. 16, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he doesn't favor raising Florida's unemployment benefits, which are some of the nation's lowest, but is focused instead on getting people back to work. At an event in Lakeland, the Republican governor also urged...

Sheriff: Man, 82, dies while snorkeling in the Florida Keys

Apr. 16, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — An 82-year-old man died while snorkeling off Key Largo in the Florida Keys, sheriff's officials said. Aleksander Toverovsky of Hallandale Beach died Thursday afternoon after losing consciousness while he was snorkeling, the Monroe County Sheriff's...

Sheriff's corporal retires amid investigation of racist post

Apr. 16, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A supervisor in the Orange County Sheriff's Office retired amid an internal investigation into a Facebook post that shared a video from a page that supports white supremacist beliefs. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Cpl. Danny Weil shared the...

Gaetz and DeSantis: A friendship that may become a liability

Apr. 16, 2021 06:26 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When he launched his campaign to become Florida’s governor in January 2018, few expected Ron DeSantis to prevail in America’s toughest political battleground. The 39-year-old congressman was largely unknown outside his Daytona Beach...

Seven Mile Bridge Run returns after missing last year

Apr. 16, 2021 04:38 AM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — The Seven Mile Bridge Run in the Florida Keys is back after being cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The race is set for Saturday morning with protocols in place to mitigate potential COVID-19 transmission, officials said....

Garcia's 2-run homer in 10th lifts Rangers over Rays 6-4

Apr. 16, 2021 00:13 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Adolis Garcia's first major league homer, a two-run shot in the 10th inning, gave the Texas Rangers a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. Garcia drove a 1-2 pitch from Cody Reed (0-1) the other way into the right-field...

Hedman scores in OT to give Lightning 3-2 win over Panthers

Apr. 15, 2021 23:27 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Victor Hedman scored 54 seconds into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. The Lightning remained tied for first place in the Central Division with Carolina, though the Hurricanes have a...