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Bodycam: Gabby Petito argued with boyfriend before vanishing

By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — Police video shows a Florida woman who disappeared during a cross-country journey in a converted camper van had an emotional fight with her boyfriend in a Utah tourist town before she vanished. The video released by the Moab Police ...

Florida deputies cleared in shootout with 2 runaway children

DAYTONA BEACH (AP) — Eight central Florida sheriff's deputies have been cleared of any wrongdoing in a shootout with two children, officials said. The state attorney's office said in a letter dated Wednesday officials had reviewed the reports about the June 1 shootout. "Based on a review of ...

Surfside land swap for Florida condo collapse site rejected

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Commissioners in Surfside, Florida, have rejected a proposal to trade public beachfront to the eventual buyer of the condominium collapse site so that a memorial to the 98 victims could be built there. The decision followed an emotional meeting Tuesday as family members ...

Woman accuses fertility doctor of secretly using own sperm

By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press A woman is suing a New York fertility doctor, claiming he used his own sperm to secretly impregnate multiple patients — something she said she discovered when DNA genealogy tests revealed she had at least nine half-siblings. The lawsuit was filed ...

DeSantis defends the right to choose whether to vaccinate

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (AP) —  Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that people who decide not to get a COVID-19 vaccine might be making the wrong choice, but defended their right to make that choice. Speaking a day after holding a news conference to condemn vaccine ...

Equipment explodes in South Florida casino; 26 injured

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Fire suppression equipment exploded in a South Florida casino Monday morning as crews performed maintenance work, causing six people to be hospitalized and 20 others to be treated at the scene, officials said. None of the injuries at Seminole Classic Casino Hollywood ...

DeSantis threatens cities with fines for vaccine mandates

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday threatened local governments with $5,000 fines per violation for requiring their employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus that has overrun hospitals and killed tens of thousands across the ...

Giuliani associate pleads guilty in campaign donation case

By JIM MUSTIAN, LARRY NEUMEISTER and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida businessman who gained notoriety for helping Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information on Joe Biden in Ukraine pleaded guilty Friday to a charge alleging he facilitated illegal foreign campaign ...

4th person accused of stealing IDs from Surfside victims

MIAMI (AP) — A fourth person has been accused of stealing the identities of victims in the South Florida condominium collapse that killed 98 people, officials said. Nelson Ronaldo Garcia-Medina, 20, was arrested Wednesday, but his name was not included when Miami-Dade State Attorney ...

Court: DeSantis ban on school mask mandates back in force

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer ST. PETERSBURG  (AP) — The on-again, off-again ban imposed by  Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is back in force. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that a ...