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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 2, 2019

Good morning! 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. Freida Frisaro is on the desk and can be reached at ffrisaro@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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CUBA-LAWSUITS

MIAMI _ In 1958, José Ramón López’s father owned Cuba’s main airport, its national airline and three small hotels. All were taken in Cuba’s socialist revolution. Conchita Beltrán’s family had about 2,160 acres (874 hectares) of sugar and tobacco fields. They were taken, too. Both moved to the United States and abandoned hope of compensation for their properties as Cuba and the U.S. severed relations and fought decades of the Cold War. Both hope that, starting Thursday, they will be able to file lawsuits against European and American companies. By Gisela Salomon and Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 766 words.

CAR SHARING-REGULATION BATTLES

PHOENIX _ When Chris Williamson was in the market for a new family car, a timely ad and conversations with a co-worker convinced him to try something out of the ordinary. He bought a BMW 3 Series convertible and covers the payments by renting it to strangers on a peer-to-peer car sharing app called Turo. It allows his family of seven to have a nicer car, essentially for free. California, Oregon and Washington passed legislation on car-sharing years before the industry took off, and Maryland did so last year. Bills governing the practice have been introduced in more than 30 other states, with the fight especially contentious in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico and Ohio. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 1223 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

MOM ARRESTED-SCHOOL THREAT _ A Florida mother is accused of threatening to shoot up an elementary school after her son was suspended from riding the bus for fighting.

POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED _ Sheriff’s officials in Florida have arrested two current Philadelphia police officers and one retired officer following a dispute outside a restaurant.

SEX TRAFFICKING-SENTENCE _ A Florida judge sentenced a 42-year-old convicted sex trafficker to five life prison sentences, adding that some of his victims spent “years living in terror.”

FATAL CAR THEFT _ A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing another man and stealing his car.

DUI CRASH-NAVY SERVICEMEN _ A Florida man has been sentenced to five years in prison for crashing into a group of pedestrians while driving under the influence.

TURTLE SMUGGLING _ A Florida man has been sentenced to a year in prison for his part in a reptile smuggling ring that stretched from South Carolina to Hong Kong.

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