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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

December 21, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Top Stories:


HIALEAH, Fla. _ When Toys R Us closed, Toys for Tots felt the loss. The toy giant’s decision to close its stores this year left some huge holes for the annual charity drive to fill. By Terry Spencer and Joshua Replogle.


NEW YORK _ Children torn from their parents, refugees turned away, tear gas fired on asylum-seekers, and a president who says he’s willing to shut down the government to make good on his promise for a border wall. In a breathless 2018, they were just a handful of headlines on immigration, one of the year’s most dominant issues. Combined with a relentless stream of administrative memos and changes in regulation and enforcement, it represented a government bombardment on virtually every type of immigration — a bold follow-up to the opening salvo of President Donald Trump’s first year in office. By Matt Sedensky and Julie Watson.


The company that has failed to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is suing to challenge a Coast Guard official’s order to design and install a new containment system to capture and remove the crude before it forms slicks that often stretch for miles. The federal lawsuit that Taylor Energy Co. filed Thursday in New Orleans asks the court to throw out Coast Guard Capt. Kristi Luttrell’s Oct. 23 administrative order. The company faces daily civil penalties of up to $40,000 if it fails to comply with the order. By Michael Kunzelman.


EDMONTON, Alberta _ A Canadian judge on Friday denied former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr’s request for relaxed bail conditions and a Canadian passport. Justice June Ross ruled there’s no evidence of hardship or conditions that are needlessly onerous.

In Brief:

MISSING WOMAN-COSTA RICA _ Relatives of a Florida woman slain in Costa Rica are suing Airbnb and the resort where she was vacationing when she died.

FLORIDA UNEMPLOYMENT _ Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.3 percent in November, the lowest level it’s been in 12 years.

CARIBOU COFFEE HACKED _ The parent company of Caribou Coffee and Bruegger’s Bagels says hackers gained access to customer information at 265 of its stores, mostly in Minnesota.

NUDE CO-WORKER PHOTOS _ A paramedic in Florida has resigned from her job after allegations that she acquired nude photos of co-workers and planned to use them as insurance if she ever needed to “blackmail” someone to get out of trouble.

In Sports:


CHICAGO _ Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic take on the banged-up Chicago Bulls, owners of an NBA-worst 7-25 record. The Bulls have dropped 12 of 14 and expect to be without forward Bobby Portis for two to four weeks after he sprained his right ankle against Brooklyn on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


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