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Diner leaves $10,000 tip for workers at Florida restaurant

GAINESVILLE (AP) — A diner at a north Florida restaurant gathered the staff of 10 together to thank them for their hard work before leaving them a $10,000 tip to share. It happened last Tuesday night as the man, his wife and son finished their dinner at the Wahoo Seafood Grill, the ...

FACT FOCUS: Florida doctors did not walk off the job

By JUDE JOFFE-BLOCK and ALI SWENSON Associated Press A news conference held by doctors in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, to urge the public to get vaccinated amid a statewide surge of COVID-19 was undermined online as false reports claimed the physicians had walked off the job. Doctors who ...

Candidate pleads guilty in alleged Florida vote scam

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A sham candidate for the Florida Legislature pleaded guilty Tuesday to being part of a vote siphoning scheme in last year's election and will testify against a former Republican state senator who prosecutors say ran it. Alex ...

Disney reaches vaccination agreement with union workers

By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Florida's Walt Disney World will now require union employees as well as non-union and salaried workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to keep their jobs at the theme park. The company also said Wednesday it would soon require ...

Florida mask debate split-screen: courtroom vs. classrooms

By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG  (AP) — The coronavirus is disrupting more classrooms in Florida while lawyers for Gov. Ron DeSantis argue against school mask mandates in a Tallahassee courtroom. Three more school districts announced hearings Tuesday to discuss stricter ...

Judge: School officer who hid during shooting facing charges

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The former school resource officer accused of hiding during a South Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead will have to convince a jury that he wasn't criminally negligent, a judge ruled Thursday. Broward Circuit Judge Martin Fein declined to dismiss ...

Miami-Dade school board fires officer over drunken incident

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami-Dade school board has fired a 34-year-old sergeant with district's police agency following a fight with police officers while she was off duty earlier this year. Dubraska Guevara asked board members on Wednesday to spare the job she's held since 2014, but they approved ...

Michigan inmate charged in Florida teen’s 1985 death

JACKSONVILLE (AP) — DNA evidence helped investigators match the 1985 kidnapping, sexual assault and death of a 17-year-old Florida girl to a man already serving two life sentences in Michigan on sexual assault charges, police said. David Nelson Austin, 59, has been charged with first-degree ...

Democrats face new hurdles in legal fight over redistricting

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press The fight over redrawing political maps is just ramping up in state legislatures and nonpartisan commissions around the country. But both Republicans and Democrats already are planning for major showdowns in the courts. For months, Democrats and ...

Parents jailed after infant son drowns in Everglades wreck

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The parents of a 1-year-old boy who was thrown into the Florida Everglades and drowned when his family's pickup truck blew a tire last year have been charged in his death. Marc Dorizar faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child, while he and his ...