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Report: Pilot reported engine trouble before fatal crash

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — The pilot of a small experimental plane reported engine trouble before the aircraft crashed in eastern Kentucky killing him, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board. Pilot Timothy Michael Pankiewicz, 62, had flown out of Green Cove ...

Teen wounded in shootout with Florida deputies ordered held

DELAND (AP) — A 14-year-old girl wounded in a shootout with Florida deputies last week after she and a 12-year-old boy escaped a juvenile facility and broke into a home with a cache of weapons was ordered on Tuesday to be held in detention for 21 days until she has another hearing. The teen ...

Experts predict busy Atlantic storm season but not like 2020

By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer The Atlantic hurricane season will be busier than normal, but it's unlikely to be as crazy as 2020's record-shattering year, meteorologists said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasted that the hurricane season, which runs ...

U.S. jobless claims fall again as some states end federal aid

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week — the latest encouraging sign for the rebounding U.S. economy — just as Republican-led states are moving to cut off a federal benefit for the jobless. Twenty-two states, ...

GOP lawmaker asks Whitmer for info on Florida flight

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican chairman of Michigan's House Oversight Committee on Thursday sent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer 43 questions about a trip to visit her ailing father in Florida, saying further investigations may occur if she does not answer ...

United Arab Emirates awards grants for Keys reef restoration

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida Keys-based coral restoration organizations have been awarded shares of a United Arab Emirates grant. Coral Restoration Foundation is to get more than $1.9 million for work at Carysfort Reef off North Key Largo, and Reef Renewal USA is to receive more than ...

Florida couple pleads guilty to attacking bears with dogs

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A married couple has pleaded guilty to using doughnuts and pastries to lure black bears in rural Florida, allowing packs of dogs to attack them and then posting the gruesome videos on social media. Charles Scarbrough entered guilty pleas of conspiracy to commit ...

Girl fights off, flees attacker who tried to snatch her

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The young girl, kneeling on a grassy traffic island as she awaits her school bus, looks up as a white van goes past — the driver had approached her two weeks before, making her so uncomfortable that she told her parents and ...

Medicare for 60-year-olds not guaranteed to be a better deal

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and progressive Democrats have proposed to lower Medicare's eligibility age to 60, to help older adults get affordable coverage. But a new study finds that Medicare can be more expensive than other options, ...

Florida OKs sports betting operated by Seminole Tribe

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Seminole Tribe would be able to operate sports betting and add roulette and craps to its casinos and Florida would potentially receive $20 billion over the next 30 years under an agreement the Legislature ...