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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

November 23, 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. Terry Spencer is on the desk and can be reached at tspencer@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TRUMP

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump used a Thanksgiving Day call to troops deployed overseas to pat himself on the back and air grievances about the courts, trade and migrants heading to the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump’s call, made Thursday from his opulent private Mar-a-Lago club, struck an unusually political tone as he spoke with members of all five branches of the military to wish them happy holidays. By Jill Colvin.

TRUMP-FLORIDA

WEST PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump was back at his West Palm Beach golf course on another sunny Florida day. Trump began his Friday on Twitter, saying Democrats and Republicans “MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package, which will include funding for the Wall.”

MARINE STADIUM

MIAMI — Miami Marine Stadium is a shell of its former self. What was once home to world-class speedboat races, sold-out rock concerts and boxing matches now sits abandoned behind a fenced-off section of Virginia Key, a slice of land south of downtown Miami. By Ellis Rua.

MARS-VISITORS

CAPE CANAVERAL — Mars has a nasty habit of living up to its mythological name and besting Earth when it comes to accepting visitors. NASA’s InSight is the latest spacecraft to come calling, with every intent of landing and digging deeper into the planet than anything that’s come before. The lander arrives at Mars on Monday following a six-month journey. By Marcia Dunn.

EXCHANGE-MIAMI OFFICER-DRUG CHARGES

MIAMI — In her portrayal by federal agents, Miami Police Officer Schonton Harris sounds like a character right out of the Denzel Washington cop thriller “Training Day” — a foul-mouthed badass who would do anything, even kill, to keep the drug dealers she protected happy. Yet to many who know her, Harris was just a normal street cop — and one who displayed a soft spot for people in need. She trained in crisis intervention to deal with the mentally ill and was a former member of the Miami Police Department’s Honor Guard, a sought-after post that honors fallen officers. By Charles Rabin. The Miami Herald.

EXCHANGE-TRANS STUDENT

SARASOTA — In life, seemingly inconsequential moments can often go on to hold great importance. For Vanessa Nichols, one of those fleeting moments came in an unlikely venue: the checkout line of a grocery store. By Elizabeth Djinis. Herald-Tribune.

IN BRIEF:

RABIES-SOUTH FLORIDA — Public health officials say an otter that bit a person tested positive for rabies in one Miami-Dade County neighborhood.

TRAIN DEATH — Authorities say a man was struck and killed by a freight train in Florida.

MACHETE ATTACK — Authorities say a Florida man has been arrested three years after he attacked another driver with a machete during a road-rage incident.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--49ERS-BUCCANEERS PREVIEW

TAMPA — With six games remaining in mostly disappointing seasons for Tampa Bay and San Francisco, the Buccaneers and 49ers are seeking answers that will help the struggling teams beyond this year. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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