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Officials: Body of man who tried to rescue 2 recovered

APOLLO BEACH (AP) — Florida deputies believe they found the body Monday of a good Samaritan who tried to rescue a father and son who drowned off a Tampa Bay area beach last week. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said during a news conference that he believes the body recovered off ...

Suit challenging new charter boat rules OK’d as class action

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Six captains and five companies from Florida and Louisiana can represent others in a lawsuit challenging new federal regulations for nearly 1,300 charter boats across the Gulf of Mexico, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan certified the suit early ...

Florida gets another legal challenge to new elections rules

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Two more groups sued Florida over its new restrictive elections laws Monday, adding to a growing chorus of voter rights advocates who say the rules could keep some people from casting ballots. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District ...

Justices rule against low-level crack cocaine offenders

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that low-level crack cocaine offenders convicted more than a decade ago can't take advantage of a 2018 federal law to seek reduced prison time. The justices affirmed the nearly 16-year prison term ...

Florida man charged with manslaughter after toddler drowns

NAVARRE BEACH  (AP) — Police searching for a missing toddler in the Florida Panhandle found her drowned in a canal near her home and charged the 1-year-old girl's father with negligent manslaughter, news outlets reported Monday. Tracy Potter, 29, of Navarre Beach, was arrested early Monday ...

Reality Winner, NSA contractor in leak case, out of prison

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former government contractor who was given the longest federal prison sentence imposed for leaks to the news media has been released from prison to home confinement, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on ...

Vaccinated visitors soon can take off masks at Disney World

ORLANDO (AP) — Walt Disney World in Florida is making it easier to see smiles again, but guests still can't hug the characters. Starting Tuesday, face masks will be optional for visitors to the theme park resort who are vaccinated, though Disney workers won't require proof of vaccination, ...

Chico’s: Fiscal Q1 Earnings Snapshot shows near $9 million loss

FORT MYERS (AP) — Chico's FAS Inc. (CHS) on Tuesday reported a loss of $8.9 million in its fiscal first quarter. On a per-share basis, the Fort Myers, Florida-based company said it had a loss of 8 cents. The clothing chain posted revenue of $388 million in the period. Chico's shares have ...

Sheriff: Teen ‘ambushed,’ fatally shot in Florida park

BARTOW  (AP) — A teenager was "ambushed" and fatally shot in a central Florida park where he had apparently gone to "sell some marijuana" to someone, sheriff's officials said. Taigur Taguri, 17, and a 19-year-old woman went to Gordon Heights Park near Bartow on Monday night, where the teen ...

Florida man gets 30 years for drug, dogfighting conviction

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A 32-year-old Florida man faces 30 years in federal prison for his role in a massive drug trafficking and dogfighting operation that led to the arrest of 20 others. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida said the group led by Jermaine Hadley of ...