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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

September 7, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TROPICAL WEATHER

MIAMI — Florence could cause dangerous surf and rip currents along parts of the U.S. East Coast this weekend as the storm swirls across the Atlantic, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. Though weakened to a tropical storm, Florence was expected to regain hurricane strength as it neared Bermuda. Large swells were likely to start hitting the British island territory in the north Atlantic Ocean on Friday. Forecasters said it was too soon to tell where the storm would go. Some forecast models showed Florence slamming into land by late next week, while others indicated the storm would curve away from shore. By Jennifer Kay. SENT: 301 words.

SAMARITAN KILLED

DAYTONA BEACH — Last Veterans’ Day, a 60-year-old U.S. Army veteran stopped near his home in central Florida to help what he thought was a stranded motorist. Instead, the driver was a hitman who’d been hired in a plot to keep him from testifying in a road rage incident that happened six months earlier, investigators said. Carlos Cruz-Echevarria was multiple times along a Daytona Beach road that night and his truck was found burned miles away in Apopka. SENT: 560 words with AP photos.

IN BRIEF:

TOMMY LASORDA’S BROTHER KILLED — Authorities in Florida say the brother of legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda has been killed in a car crash involving a police officer.

MISSING TODDLER — Five months before a Florida toddler was found dead, his court-appointed child advocate told a magistrate that the boy should not be returned to his mother. The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday that her objection was overruled.

SUNKEN CAR-BODY — Divers from a South Florida sheriff’s office have recovered the body of woman from a car that was submerged in a lake in a retirement community.

RICHARD DEVOS-SERVICES — A private funeral service has been scheduled for billionaire Richard DeVos , the co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

TRAFFIC STOP-PROPOSAL — A woman was in for a huge surprise when Miami Beach police pulled her over. She and her boyfriend got out of the car. An officer asked the boyfriend if he had anything to say.

FATAL BEATING — Another man has been sentenced in the fatal 2016 beating of a Florida man. The Ledger reports 25-year-old Brian Johnson Jr. was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

DIVER DEATH — Authorities say a man who was diving off the east coast of Florida has been found dead. The Palm Beach Post reports authorities were called to a report of an unresponsive diver in the waters off Jupiter late Thursday.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-KENTUCKY-FLORIDA   

GAINESVILLE — No. 25 Florida is seeking its 32nd consecutive victory against Kentucky when the teams open Southeastern Conference play in the Swamp on Saturday. It’s the longest active streak in an uninterrupted series and the fourth-longest in NCAA history. By Mark Long. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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