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 Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



ORLANDO — The family of a Florida man who was fatally shot by another man he had pushed to the ground is demanding that prosecutors file charges against the gunman, but some legal experts the case is a classic example of Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law, which allows people to use force without retreating if they feel threatened. By Mike Schneider. 450 words.


CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Delaney Tarr says Valentine's Day was supposed to be a time to celebrate beauty and love but instead turned into a day of fear when a gunman attacked her Florida school. But now she's finding inspiration among others who overcame heartbreak half a world away. The 18-year-old senior is one of 28 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who are visiting New Zealand this week. By Nick Perry. SENT: 546 words with AP Photos.


SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will no longer have to use see-through backpacks, but they will have to pass through metal detectors when they return to class in a few weeks.


HOMELESS MAN-SHAVE — In a random act of kindness that's gone viral, a Florida police officer was captured on video helping a homeless man shave his thick beard before a job interview.

CLIFF DIVER DEATH — Authorities have recovered the body of a Fort Carson soldier who went missing while cliff jumping at Lake Pueblo State Park. Divers found the body of 31-year-old Matthew Riggs of Orlando, Florida on Sunday in Cottonwood Creek Cove.

BOY STARTS FIRE — A 3-year-old Florida boy was playing with a cigarette lighter when he accidentally set his family's house on fire. Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan says the boy told investigators he lit a paper on fire and it fell onto a bed on Monday.

BODY RECOVERED — Authorities say a body recovered from the Upper Iowa River in northeast Iowa was that of a Florida woman. The Iowa Natural Resources Department says kayakers found the body Sunday near the shoreline, northwest of Decorah. Attempts to resuscitate her failed.

FATAL SHOOTING-ARGUMENT — A Florida man has been convicted of fatally shooting one man and wounding another following an earlier argument.

PANTHER DEATH — An endangered Florida panther has been struck and killed by a vehicle. It's the 16th fatal collision this year, out of 18 total panther deaths.

SUMMER MEALS-THEFT — A Tennessee woman has been convicted of stealing $162,000 from a government program that provides funding for summer meals for poor children.


SWM--Lochte Suspended-Future

FORT LAUDERDALE — Ryan Lochte won't be swimming in any major meets until at least July 2019, which means his future is a bit uncertain. Racing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is still in his plans, but there is a concern that a second extended stint without competition could lead to some rustiness — even for a 12-time Olympic medalist. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 600 words, photos.


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