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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

November 14, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s election recount drama is intensifying as lawyers return to court and tallying machines break down ahead of a Thursday deadline to complete reviews of the U.S. Senate and governor races. Amid the turmoil, Republican Gov. Rick Scott agreed to step down from the state panel responsible for certifying the final results. Scott is locked in a tight race with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and has already suggested fraud may be taking place in some counties. Critics have said Scott should have no role in overseeing the election given his close contest. By Gary Fineout and Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 994 words with AP Photos, AP Video. UPCOMING: 950 words with AP Photos, AP Video.




FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida’s election started badly when Hurricane Michael disrupted early voting in some Panhandle counties. Long lines, ballot shortages and other problems followed statewide, both during early voting and on Election Day. Now the state is having recounts in its U.S. Senate and governor races. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 986 words with AP Photos, AP Video.


FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz attacked a detention officer at the county jail and now faces new charges including use of the officer’s electric stun device, authorities said Wednesday. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright confirmed in an email Wednesday that Cruz assaulted Sgt. Raymond Beltran around 6 p.m. Tuesday. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 374 words with AP Photos.




WASHINGTON — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA “edited” are expected to begin selling. It’s a different technology than today’s controversial “genetically modified” foods, more like faster breeding that promises to boost nutrition, spur crop growth, and make farm animals hardier and fruits and vegetables last longer. By Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 1289 words with AP Photos, AP Video.


NEW YORK — The alcohol will flow less freely, and sometimes not at all, at some small business parties this holiday season. Owners concerned about sexual misconduct and the safety of staffers and guests are eliminating or limiting the open bar, making their events alcohol-free or switching from a traditional cocktail party to activities including games and contests. Human resources consultants and employment law attorneys say they’re fielding more questions about alcohol and parties than in the past following the string of high-profile sexual misconduct cases that began a year ago. They’re advising their small business clients to impose limits on how much people drink. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 907 words with AP Photos.


PEDESTRIANS KILLED — Authorities say two Florida women seeking baby supplies were killed when they tried to cross a major street without a crosswalk or stoplight to reach a Walmart Supercenter.

MOTHER OF SATAN BOMB-ARREST — A Florida man is accused of having an explosive chemical that the terrorist group al-Qaida has dubbed the “mother of satan” in his central Florida home.

CHILD BEATEN-DEATH — The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was beaten to death has been sentenced to three years in prison for failing to report previous abuse by the women accused of killing him.

INMATE DEATH — A Florida inmate undergoing treatment for complaints of nausea and stomach cramps has died.

FATAL DUI CRASH — A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed another driver.

CONGRESS THREATS — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to threatening members of the U.S. Congress.

MIGRATING MANATEES — Florida wildlife officials are reminding boaters to slow down and watch out for manatees as they begin their annual trek toward warmer water.

TEEN KILLED-TRAIN CRASH — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy was struck and killed by an Amtrak train while riding his bicycle.



NAPLES — Ariya Jutanugarn is already the LPGA’s player of the year and leading money winner this season. She’ll look to cap the season with a win in the CME Group Tour Championship that begins Thursday. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 550 words, photos


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