AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
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TALLAHASSEE — Voters were deciding Tuesday whether to keep Florida under Republican control with a close Trump ally or elect its first Democratic governor since 1994 — and the first African-American — after a campaign marked by a deadly hurricane and gun violence. Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis hoped to ride President Donald Trump’s backing to victory in the governor’s race Tuesday, while Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum sought to energize his party’s voters as an unabashed liberal. By Brendan Farrington and Gary Fineout. SENT: 1000 words with AP Photos. Will be updated throughout the night.
TALLAHASSEE — After a bruising and bitter U.S. Senate campaign that saw both sides unleash a torrent of negative TV ads, Florida voters are now choosing whether to keep three-term incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson or replace him with Republican Gov. Rick Scott. The choice could help decide whether the Senate stays in Republican control. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 826 words with AP Photos. UPCOMING: 900 words with AP Photos. Will be updated throughout the night.
MIAMI — After a bruising and bitter U.S. Senate campaign that saw both sides unleash a torrent of negative TV ads, Florida voters are now choosing whether to keep three-term incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson or replace him with Republican Gov. Rick Scott. The choice could help decide whether the Senate stays in Republican control. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 692 words with AP Photos. UPCOMING: 800 words with AP Photos. Will be updated throughout the night.
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NEW YORK — The man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump was ordered held without bail after his first court appearance in New York on Tuesday. Cesar Sayoc, who was transferred from federal custody in Florida, hugged his lawyer after a hearing in which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Kim called him “a serious risk of danger to the public and a flight risk.” Sayoc has been accused of sending improvised explosive devices to numerous Democrats, Trump critics and media outlets in a scare that heightened tensions before the crucial midterm elections Tuesday. None of the devices exploded, and no one was injured in the pipe bomb scare. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 323 words with AP Photos. UPCOMING: 500 words with AP Photos.
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CAPE CANAVERAL — A NASA spacecraft has made its first close approach to the sun, just 2 1/2 months after liftoff. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 140 words.
HALLOWEEN ABDUCTION — Authorities say a Tennessee girl was found in Florida less than 24 hours after she went missing on Halloween. Bruceton Police Chief Ronnie Stewart tells the Jackson Sun that the 13-year-old’s mother called police Oct. 31 when her daughter failed to meet her after trick-or-treating.
TODDLER LEFT IN CAR — Authorities say a Florida woman left her 2-year-old son alone in her car while she went to a bar. The SunSentinel reports deputies found the child early Monday after receiving an anonymous complaint.
DISTRACTED BY GOD-WRECK — A Florida driver who said God had distracted her when she ran over and killed a woman in 2015 has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.
FATAL WRONG-WAY CRASH — Authorities say a 23-year-old woman is dead after driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 in South Florida and crashing into a pickup truck.
ALASKA-KEY WEST RUNNER — An ultramarathon runner has finished a nearly 5,400-mile (8,690-kilometer) diagonal, cross-continental run that began in Alaska and ended in Florida. Pete Kostelnick jogged up to a Key West marker designating the continental United States’ southernmost point on Monday.
CASINO ROBBERY — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to an armed robbery at Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Federal court records say that 25-year-old Dirk Davis pleaded guilty Monday to robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. He faces up to life in prison at his Feb. 6 sentencing.
DNA-MURDER ARREST — Detectives in Florida have arrested a suspect in a 17-year-old murder after using DNA to trace him through his family tree.
TALLAHASSEE — No. 17 Florida State hosts Florida in the men’s basketball season-opener for the instate rivals. The Seminoles, who will be without injured forward Phil Cofer, have won four straight in the series, including an 83-66 victory in Gainesville last season. By Bob Ferrante. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. EST
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