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Tampa revamps police program alerting landlords to arrests

TAMPA (AP) — The mayor of Tampa says officials will revamp a program that allowed police officers to notify landlords when their tenants had been arrested, even in cases where charges were later dropped. The decision to reform Tampa's Crime-Free housing program was announced by Mayor Jane ...

Bodies of boy, adult man recovered from Florida beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH (AP) — Sheriff's deputies on Sunday recovered the body of a 9-year-old boy who went missing along with an adult man while swimming off a beach in the Florida Panhandle. Deputies found the boy in the surf off Panama City Beach. The boy and the 28-year-old man were last seen ...

FBI searches Florida home of Gabby Petito’s boyfriend

By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press NORTH PORT  (AP) — FBI agents and police Monday swarmed the home of the boyfriend wanted for questioning in the disappearance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, whose body was apparently discovered over the weekend at a Wyoming national park months after the ...

Bodycam: Gabby Petito argued with boyfriend before vanishing

By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — Police video shows a Florida woman who disappeared during a cross-country journey in a converted camper van had an emotional fight with her boyfriend in a Utah tourist town before she vanished. The video released by the Moab Police ...

Florida deputies cleared in shootout with 2 runaway children

DAYTONA BEACH (AP) — Eight central Florida sheriff's deputies have been cleared of any wrongdoing in a shootout with two children, officials said. The state attorney's office said in a letter dated Wednesday officials had reviewed the reports about the June 1 shootout. "Based on a review of ...

Surfside land swap for Florida condo collapse site rejected

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Commissioners in Surfside, Florida, have rejected a proposal to trade public beachfront to the eventual buyer of the condominium collapse site so that a memorial to the 98 victims could be built there. The decision followed an emotional meeting Tuesday as family members ...

Woman accuses fertility doctor of secretly using own sperm

By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press A woman is suing a New York fertility doctor, claiming he used his own sperm to secretly impregnate multiple patients — something she said she discovered when DNA genealogy tests revealed she had at least nine half-siblings. The lawsuit was filed ...

DeSantis defends the right to choose whether to vaccinate

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE (AP) —  Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that people who decide not to get a COVID-19 vaccine might be making the wrong choice, but defended their right to make that choice. Speaking a day after holding a news conference to condemn vaccine ...

Equipment explodes in South Florida casino; 26 injured

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Fire suppression equipment exploded in a South Florida casino Monday morning as crews performed maintenance work, causing six people to be hospitalized and 20 others to be treated at the scene, officials said. None of the injuries at Seminole Classic Casino Hollywood ...

DeSantis threatens cities with fines for vaccine mandates

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday threatened local governments with $5,000 fines per violation for requiring their employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus that has overrun hospitals and killed tens of thousands across the ...