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Convicted killer of 11-year-old Florida girl dies in prison

SARASOTA (AP) — A man who was convicted of abducting, raping and killing an 11-year-old Florida girl as she walked home in 2004 died in prison on Monday, the state Attorney General's Office said. Joseph Smith was on Florida's death row for killing Carlie Brucia in Sarasota. The cause of ...

Death from 1985 shaken baby case leads to murder charge

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Babysitter Terry McKirchy got a light sentence 36 years ago after pleading no contest to attempted murder for shaking 5-month-old Benjamin Dowling so severely that he suffered permanent brain damage — weekends in jail for ...

Free money for all? Mayors hope local tests bring big change

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press By triggering $1,400 stimulus checks for millions of people and expanding the child tax credit for many families, the pandemic offered a clear takeaway for some officials: That putting tax dollars in people's pockets is achievable and can be a lifeline to ...

Lawn worker hailed as hero for saving driver who had seizure

WEST PALM BEACH (AP) — A Florida lawn worker saved a driver who was having a seizure in his still-moving car, despite the indifference of other bystanders, authorities said. On Monday, the man — who was identified only as Tony by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office — saw the driver was ...

Small flotilla leaves Miami to show support for Cuban people

By WILFREDO LEE and GISELA SALOMON Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A small group of Cuban Americans launched motorboats from Miami early Friday, planning to approach Cuba in a show of support for people experiencing hardships on the island. Five boats left from Miami's Bayside marina just ...

Arrest of Florida man made in southwest Missouri killing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Florida truck driver has been arrested in the February shooting death of a man in downtown Springfield, police there said. Thomas Haynes, 45, was arrested Thursday in Springfield on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the killing of ...

Red tide uptick spurs respiratory warning at Florida beaches

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — People may experience respiratory problems because of a persistent bloom of toxic red tide off Florida's Gulf Coast, the National Weather Service said Friday. The service issued a "beach hazards statement" affecting the oceanfront and bayside shores in Pinellas ...

Firefighters end recovery efforts at Surfside condo collapse

By DAVID FISCHER SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters have ended their mission in clearing debris from the collapsed Surfside condo building Friday, officials said, while police and forensic specialists continue their work to identify human remains in the disaster. Miami Dade Assistant Fire ...

88 people say they were framed by corrupt former Chicago cop

By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of people are asking a court to throw out their drug convictions, alleging they were framed by the same former Chicago Police sergeant who judges have determined shook down other residents of one of the city's poorest ...

Officials: Man seriously injured in Florida alligator attack

STUART, Fla. (AP) — An alligator attacked and seriously injured a man at a Florida park Monday, officials said. The attack occurred shortly before noon at Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart, according to a Martin County Sheriff's Office Facebook post. The man was riding a bike when he lost ...