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AP-FL--Florida News Coverage 830 am, FL

January 4, 2018

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 A reminder this informaton is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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HUMAN TRAFFICKING

MIAMI — U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein joins members of a Florida task force on human trafficking to discuss the scope of the problem in the Miami area and ways to combat it. By Curt Anderson. 400 words after 3 p.m. event.

MENENDEZ PROBE-DOCTOR 

WEST PALM BEACH - Final arguments are expected in the sentencing hearing of a politically prominent Florida eye doctor convicted of Medicare fraud. Prosecutors say Dr. Salomon Melgen deserves 30 years in prison while his attorneys want a short sentence. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 350 words.

IN BRIEF :

US ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT — Maria Chapa Lopez has been named Interim U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

BEACH HOUSE COLLAPSES — An unoccupied beachfront house in Florida has partially collapsed due to beach erosion.

FRIGID FLORIDA — The Arctic blast sweeping much of the country brought wind-chill warnings and the threat of frost as far south as Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where homeless shelters opened their doors for people hoping to escape the cold.

AMTRAK TRAIN-DERAILMENT — Three cars on an Amtrak train carrying more than 300 passengers on a route from Miami to New York derailed in snow-covered Savannah after a fierce winter storm, but no injuries were reported.

FATAL HOME INVASION — Police in Florida say a 70-year-old man fatally shot an intruder during a home invasion.

FATAL SHOOTING — Two men are dead following a late night shooting at a tobacco shop in Florida.

TODDLER DROWNS —A toddler’s drowning death in Florida has been ruled an accident.

BOAT DEATH — A Florida man who hit his head on a low bridge and fell into a canal has died.

LAW PROFESSOR KILLED — The family of a slain law professor is speaking out the delay of the trial of a woman charged in the killing.

DEAD DOGS — Animal control officials say they rescued 35 animals from a Florida home and recovered two burned dog carcasses.

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