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Rapper Lil Wayne charged with federal gun offense in Florida

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Lil Wayne was charged Tuesday in Florida with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a federal offense that carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Documents filed in Miami federal court ...

Virus worries latest hurdle in Florida school shooting case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Concerns about the coronavirus in jail emerged Tuesday as the latest roadblock in the death penalty case against Nikolas Cruz, who is accused in the 2018 massacre that killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Defense attorneys said at a hearing they want ...

Man charged with stealing downed light pole for scrap metal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has learned the hard way that a downed light pole isn't trash that can be taken and sold for scrap, authorities say. A state trooper pulled over a maroon Toyota Camry with a metal pole — longer than the car itself — strapped to the roof on a Tampa road ...

Police: Florida man who questioned government powers slain

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who questioned government authority over individuals living in the U.S. through an online forum was fatally shot, allegedly by a woman who has espoused similar "sovereign citizen" views, police said ...

Crump represents families of 2 teens fatally shot in Florida

By Associated Press COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump says he is representing the families of two Black teens who were fatally shot by a deputy along Florida's Space Coast last week. Crump said in a statement Monday that he is representing the families of A.J. ...

Record early vote leads to tranquil Election Day at polls

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press Despite fears of clashes at polling places, chaos sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and confusion due to disinformation and swiftly-changing voting rules, millions across the U.S. cast ballots in a historically contentious ...

Ex-Florida city officials sentenced for money laundering

JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Two former city officials in Florida have been sentenced following fraud and money laundering convictions last year. A federal judge in Jacksonville sentenced Katrina Brown, 40, to two years and nine months in federal prison last week, and Reginald Brown, 58, received one ...

Man charged with lying about hurricane damage

ORLANDO (AP) — A Florida man has been charged with lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Federal prosecutors in Orlando announced an indictment Tuesday against Steven Rembert, 48, of Orange County. He's charged with disaster assistance fraud related to Hurricane Irma, according to ...

Eta lashes Nicaragua with rains, deadly mudslides

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Tropical Storm Eta spun through northern Nicaragua Wednesday after lashing the country's Caribbean coast for much of the past day, its floodwaters isolating already remote communities and setting off deadly landslides that killed at least three people. The storm had ...

Prosecutor: Boyfriend accused of setting woman on fire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A woman is in critical condition with burns over her entire body after being set on fire by her boyfriend in her South Florida home, sheriff's officials said. A neighbor heard the woman screaming for help on Monday afternoon and called 911. Police said she was ...