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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 ...

Man pleads guilty in $1M plot to scam elderly people

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to a charge that he defrauded more than two dozen elderly people out of nearly $1 million. David Green, 25, of Miami Gardens, duped victims into believing that a relative, usually a grandchild, needed money for bail, legal fees or other ...

Man guilty in scheme to ship military boats to China

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Chinese man has been convicted in Florida in a scheme to buy and ship inflatable military boats from the United States to China. Ge Songtao, 50, pleaded guilty Monday in Jacksonville federal court to conspiring to submit false export information to fraudulently ...

Evidence deadline looms in case of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend

. By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers are clashing days before a deadline for evidence to be turned over in the prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein's one-time girlfriend on charges that she recruited girls for him to sexually abuse. The trial of ...

The Latest: Trump, Biden fight for Florida

By Associated Press The Latest on the 2020 general election (all times local): 9:22 a.m. Florida voter Mervat Harry said she's planning to vote for President Trump because she believes he's in best position to lead the nation for the next four years. The 57-year-old Tarpon Springs resident, ...

Hurricane Eta inches closer to Nicaragua as Category 4 storm

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Hurricane Eta inched closer to Nicaragua's Caribbean coast with potentially devastating winds Tuesday, while heavy rains thrown off by the Category 4 storm's bands already were causing rivers to overflow across Central America. The hurricane had sustained winds of ...

Woman accused of killing autistic son faces death penalty

MIAMI (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Florida woman for first-degree murder in the drowning death of her autistic 9-year-old son, and prosecutors said they will pursue the death penalty. Patricia Ripley is accused of the May 21 death of Alejandro Ripley, and a host of other crimes. She ...

Two Florida men accused of stealing mail, ballots from dropbox

By Associated Press LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. (AP) — Two Miami men are accused of stealing mail, including two mail-in ballots, from a dropbox at a post office in Broward County. A police officer on patrol noticed the men lingering next to a mailbox in Lighthouse Point, which is north of Fort ...