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Biden’s $15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers?

By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour could provide a welcome opportunity for someone like Cristian Cardona, a 21-year-old fast food worker. Cardona would love to earn enough to afford to move out ...

Ex-FBI agent linked to Whitey Bulger to be freed from prison

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — A former FBI agent convicted of second-degree murder for leaking information to Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger that led to the shooting death of a gambling executive will be released from prison on medical grounds, officials ...

Man accused of killing grandmother, great-grandmother, uncle

  ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — A 31-year-old man is accused of killing his grandmother, great-grandmother and an uncle in their home in St. Petersburg, police said. The shooting led to a SWAT team response that ended with Cornelius "Cornbread" Whitfield, 31, being taken into custody by St. ...

Florida official on vaccines: Biden ‘inherited a mess’

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's program for vaccinating residents and staff at long-term care facilities against the coronavirus is complete, the state's director of emergency management told lawmakers Thursday, saying that would free up resources ...

Republicans condemned Trump. Now they’re seeking his help.

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press Just two weeks ago, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy declared Donald Trump culpable in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. By Thursday, he was seeking his political support. A private meeting between the two men at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort signaled a ...

Man sentenced in $400,000 nationwide postal stamp scam

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man has been sentenced in Florida to six years and six months in federal prison for a $400,000 nationwide postal stamp scam, officials said. Edward Morgan, 49, was sentenced Wednesday in Tampa federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in September ...

Florida inmate dies a week after altercation with jail staff

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A mentally ill South Florida man has died a week after an altercation with jail officers as he awaited trail on criminal mischief and marijuana possession charges, officials said. The family of Kevin Lavira Desir, 43, removed him from life-support and he died ...

Condo board suing Florida woman over feeding of stray cat

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A condominium association in Florida is suing a 78-year-old woman over the feeding of a stray cat. A lawsuit filed earlier this month in Tampa accuses Joan P. Hussey of breaking the rules by attracting and feeding "stray cats/animals" in and around the common areas of the ...

Trump returns to a business empire ravaged by pandemic

By BERNARD CONDON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is returning to a family business ravaged by pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, with revenue plunging more than 40% at his Doral golf property, his Washington hotel and both his Scottish resorts over the past year. Trump's ...

Key West wants to ban people from feeding roaming chickens

KEY WEST(AP) — Feral chickens run free in Key West, just one of those things that keep the Southernmost City charmingly weird. But what's delightful here and there becomes a nuisance when they're everywhere. With the population getting out of hand, city commissioners are taking action — ...