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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

January 1, 2019

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. Mike Schneider is on the desk and can be reached at mschneider@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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BEYOND PLUTO

CAPE CANAVERAL _ NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has survived the most distant exploration of another world, a tiny, icy object 4 billion miles away that looks to be shaped like a peanut or bowling pin. Word of success came 10 hours after the middle-of-the-night encounter, once flight controllers in Maryland received word from the spacecraft late Tuesday morning. Cheers erupted at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, home to Mission Control, as mission operations manager Alice Bowman declared: “We have a healthy spacecraft.” By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 636 words with AP Photos. AP Video.

GUN INITIATIVE-AGE LIMIT

SEATTLE _ Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates. The ballot initiative seeks to curb gun violence by toughening background checks for people buying assault rifles, increasing the age limit to buy those firearms and requiring the safe storage of all guns. Only the age-limit portion of the measure goes into effect on Jan. 1; the rest becomes law on July 1. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 622 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

CAR IN LAKE _ Police in South Florida say a car plunged into a lake, killing a 19-year-old and sending a 15-year-old girl to a hospital with critical injuries. Miami-Dade police say the four teens were inside the car when it crashed into a lake in Miami Lakes early Tuesday morning. Two 18-year-olds — driver Jonathan Perez and passenger Kevin Placeres — escaped without injuries.

BROTHERS REUNITED _ Two brothers have reunited after 70 years, thanks to a DNA test. The Palm Beach Post reports the DNA test in November 2017 gave Anthony Granito the answer he’d been searching for: A brother named John DiPietro, who lives in Massachusetts.

NEW YEAR’S RESCUE _ A Florida sheriff’s dive team pulled a woman to safety early on New Year’s Day after another driver cut her off on Interstate 4 and her vehicle wound up upside down in a muddy ravine. Amanda Antonio, 33, called 911 at 3:48 a.m., telling dispatchers the water was rising in the foggy darkness near Tampa, said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokesman Danny Alvarez.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--FIESTA BOWL

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ No. 7 UCF vies for its second straight undefeated season and self-proclaimed national championship when it faces No. 11 LSU in the Fiesta Bowl. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 11:15 a.m.

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