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TALLAHASSEE — At least 120,000 people along the Florida Panhandle were ordered to clear out on Tuesday as Hurricane Michael rapidly picked up steam in the Gulf of Mexico and closed in with winds of 110 mph and a potential storm surge of 12 feet. Beach dwellers rushed to board up their homes and sandbag their properties against the fast-moving hurricane, which was expected to blow ashore around midday Wednesday along a relatively lightly populated stretch of coastline. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 990 words with AP Photos, AP Video.
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TALLAHASSEE — A partisan brushfire blew up Tuesday amid the threat of Hurricane Michael over voter registration deadlines in the battleground state of Florida. The Florida Democratic Party sued in federal court on Tuesday, asking a judge to extend the state’s registration deadline by at least a week. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 428 words.
MIAMI — A Frenchman who was arrested when he arrived in the U.S. for a world beard-growing championship was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for online drug trafficking using the alias “OxyMonster.” The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Robert Scola on 36-year-old Gal Vallerius. He pleaded guilty in June to drug conspiracy and money laundering convictions. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 529 words.
STUDENT SLAIN — Authorities say a University of Miami student was found slain in his off-campus apartment. Miami-Dade police tell news outlets that a roommate found 23-year-old Yasser Talal Ibrahim Abualfaraj dead on Sunday afternoon.
CONSTRUCTION DEATHS — Authorities say two Florida construction workers were electrocuted when the equipment they were operating struck a power line. News outlets report that 37-year-old Richard Hockaday and 39-year-old Gerald Anderson died Monday morning while working at a residential construction site in Palm Coast.
FATAL STABBING — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing a longtime friend who slept with his wife. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that jurors found Oscar Castaneda-Lopez guilty last week of first-degree murder, and a judge sentenced the man immediately after that.
STUDENT BIKE DEATH — Jurors have awarded $25 million to the parents of a University of Florida student who was run over and killed by a garbage truck near campus.
FALLEN POT — Two people caught hauling marijuana through Nebraska have been imprisoned.
GAINESVILLE — Coming off the program’s biggest win in three years and with rival and No. 2 Georgia looming, 14th-ranked Florida is guarding against a letdown at Vanderbilt. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.
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