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AP-FL--Florida News Digest 130 pm, FL

December 4, 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. Terry Spencer is on the desk and can be reached at tspencer@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

FINANCIER-TEENAGE GIRLS

WEST PALM BEACH — A last-minute settlement was reached Tuesday in a long-running Florida lawsuit involving a politically connected financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls, clearing the way for the victims’ lawyers to try to unravel a once-secret agreement that prevented federal criminal prosecution of the financier. The non-prosecution agreement protecting Jeffrey Epstein was negotiated a decade ago by prosecutors in the South Florida U.S. attorney’s office, which was then run by current Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. It is the subject of a separate federal lawsuit in Florida filed by victims who say the deal trampled their rights to be heard. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 357 words. UPCOMING: 500 words with AP Photos.

ASTEROID CHASE

CAPE CANAVERAL — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the diamond-shaped space rock. It will get even closer in the days ahead and go into orbit around Bennu on Dec. 31. No spacecraft has ever orbited such a small cosmic body. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 616 with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

STATE TROOPER CRASH — A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was hit by a car while pushing another man out of danger along Interstate 95 near West Palm Beach. He is recovering in a hospital.

HURRICANE MICHAEL-HOSPITAL — A large number of layoffs are in the works at a Florida Panhandle hospital that was badly damaged by Hurricane Michael.

ALLIGATOR ATTACK — A nearly 10-foot (3-meter) alligator that attacked a man in Florida still had his sneaker in its mouth when it was roped ashore.

MISSING WOMAN-COSTA RICA — Costa Rican authorities say they’ve found a body behind an AirBnB villa where a missing South Florida woman was staying during a vacation to celebrate her 36th birthday.

GIRL KILLED-FLORIDA — A man accused of dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a Tampa Bay bridge told doctors that voices urged him to kill the child.

GIRL-RARE BLOOD — A worldwide search is on to find blood donors with a rare genetic variation to help save a 2-year-old South Florida girl battling cancer.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--MAGIC-HEAT

MIAMI — Orlando has been in control of the state rivalry with Miami over the past couple of seasons, and the Heat will aim to change that trend when the clubs meet Tuesday night. Game begins 7:40 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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