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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

December 27, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TOP STORIES-FLORIDA

ST. PETERSBURG _Florida in 2018 saw a horrific school shooting, a devastating hurricane that ravaged parts of the state’s Panhandle region, and a contentious election that dragged on for weeks. The shooting sent reverberations through the nation, in schools across the country and in the halls of power. By Tamara Lush. SENT: 904 words.

DISNEY-SEX DISCRIMINATION

ORLANDO _ A middle-aged male former labor analyst at Disney Cruise Line claims his younger female manager created a hostile work environment by bullying him about his age, bragging about sleeping with married men in the office and passing him over for promotions, according to a federal lawsuit. Anthony McHugh claims in the lawsuit filed last month that his former female manager discriminated against him because of his sex and age, a scenario that legal experts say is rare given the genders of the employee and supervisor. By Michael Schneider. SENT: 751 words with AP Photos.

BEYOND PLUTO

CAPE CANAVERAL _ The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the scrawny, icy object nicknamed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) soon after the stroke of midnight. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 831 words with AP Photos, AP Video.

IN BRIEF:

BRIGHTLINE-TRAIN _ A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to private passenger train service between South Florida and Orlando brought by a county along Florida’s Treasure Coast.

CHILD SHOT _ Investigators say a 7-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot by another child inside a Florida home. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said in an email that the shooting happened Wednesday night in Pahokee, which is west of West Palm Beach on Lake Okeechobee. She says investigators learned two children were playing with a loaded gun inside the home.

DOCTOR DEATH-FLORIDA _ Authorities in the British Virgin Islands are investigating the death of a South Florida cardiologist whose body was found in the waters near Tortolo. Jason Horgan told the SunSentinel his 65-year-old father Joseph Horgan had traveled to Tortolo earlier this month to check on the repairs to his 46-foot (14-meter) catamaran. The boat was damaged in 2017 by Hurricane Irma.

NO-NOSE DOG _ Sniffles may have no nose but he has a big heart, and an animal rescue organization is looking to find the 12-year-old Florida pooch a permanent home. Those efforts have gotten the former stray dog in Orlando, Florida, national news media attention.

POLICE SHOOTING-FLORIDA _ Police in Florida have released surveillance footage showing a teen accelerate in a stolen Camaro toward an officer moments before police fatally shot him.

POLICE DOG KILLED _ A Florida mall has created a memorial for a police K-9 killed there in the line of duty during a Christmas Eve shooting.

FLORIDA MURDER-SUICIDE _ Authorities in Florida say an 82-year-old man fatally shot himself twice in the head after killing his wife. News outlets report Henry Stanecki and his wife, 79-year-old Nancy Stanecki, were found dead Saturday. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responding to the scene found Nancy Stanecki shot once in the head, and her husband shot twice in the head.

MISSING MAN-KILLING _ A Florida woman convicted of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago is appealing a jury’s decision.

IN SPORTS:

AP MALE ATHELETE OF THE YEAR

LeBron James was announced Thursday as the AP’s male athlete of the year for a third time, even though 2018 was a year where he did not win a championship or an MVP award. He points to this year as perhaps his most significant, when combining his basketball excellence with off-court efforts such as opening a school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds.

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