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May 16, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Florida. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Miami bureau at 305-594-5825 or miami@ap.org. Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at imader@ap.org. David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at dfischer@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



FORT LAUDERDALE — A Florida police officer’s actions before he killed a stranded black motorist are “irrelevant” and the shooting was justified because the man pointed a gun at him, the officer’s attorneys argued in court documents released Wednesday as they attempted to get charges against him dismissed under the state’s “stand your ground” law. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 750 words.


NEW YORK — It’s Prime time at Whole Foods: Amazon said it will give its Prime members extra discounts at the grocery chain. The new benefits started Wednesday at Whole Foods stores in Florida and will expand nationwide this summer. Prime members get an additional 10 percent off sale items and exclusive deals on certain items. This week in Florida, for example, Prime members can get $2 off a pound of organic strawberries or save $10 a pound on wild halibut steaks. By Joseph Pisini. SENT: 350 words with AP Photos.


CAPE CANAVERAL — Spacewalking astronauts carried out a high-flying, high-tech version of musical chairs Wednesday, rearranging pumps outside the International Space Station. Popping out early, NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold quickly swapped the positions of two spare ammonia pumps that are part of the space station’s critical cooling system. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 325 words. UPCOMING: 500 words following spacewalk, which is set to wrap up around 2 p.m.


MIDDLE SCHOOL SLAYING — An appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence imposed a second time on a Florida man convicted of killing his middle school classmate when both were just 14 years old.

TEACHER-RACOONS DROWNED — An agriculture teacher at a Florida high school has been removed from the classroom as school officials investigate whether he drowned raccoons in front of students.

KAYAK DEATH — A Florida man has died in a kayak accident on a river in western North Carolina. Buncombe County sheriff’s deputies pulled the body of a pinned kayaker from the park outside Asheville on Tuesday.

JURY-THREAT — A Florida judge delivered what he called a “bombshell” after a jury convicted a man of murder. He said the defendant had called his brother from jail and given him the names of the six jurors and two prosecutors.

POLICE SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Police officers in Florida fatally shot a man who they said pulled a gun on them following a nearby road rage incident.

EVACUATING CHILD KILLED — An 18-year-old Georgia woman has been charged in a September crash that killed three people, including a baby and mother who had evacuated from Hurricane Irma.

EXPLODING VAPE PEN DEATH — An autopsy report says a 38-year-old Florida man was killed by an exploding vape pen. The report released Tuesday confirms the vape pen was responsible for the May 5 death of Tallmadge D’Elia in St. Petersburg.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A Florida sheriff’s deputy who failed to confront a gunman during a Feb. 14 school massacre is receiving a monthly state pension of $8,702.35.

FATAL SHOOTING-ARGUMENT — A Florida man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting another man during an argument.

MANATEE RESCUE — A rescued manatee has been returned to the wild in Florida. News outlets report Vilanzo was released Tuesday by his caretakers from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

CHILD POND DEATH — Authorities say a toddler is dead after being pulled from a Florida pond. A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office news release says the child died Tuesday.



MIAMI — The Dodgers try to snap a five-game losing streak — all versus last-place teams — when Walker Buehler pitches Wednesday against the Marlins’ Caleb Smith. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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