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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 22, 2019

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SKI RESORT-FRAUD

BURLINGTON, Vt. _ The former owner and former president of a Vermont ski resort accused in a multimillion-dollar fraud case have been indicted on multiple federal charges over a failed plan to build a biotechnology plant using foreign investors’ money. The fraud charges were made public Wednesday against former Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros, of Florida, and former president, William Stenger, of Newport. Also indicted were Quiros’ adviser, Wiliam Kelly, and Jong Weon Choi, a businessman in South Korea. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 426 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

BANK FRAUD _ Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island say a Florida man stole the identities of people, and used the information to apply for ATM cards, which he then used to fraudulently withdraw money from their bank accounts.

PILOT-LASER LIGHT _ Federal Aviation Administration officials say a pilot flying from Canada to Orlando International Airport had his eyes burned by a green laser light.

SANTA POSTCARD THREAT _ Authorities say a Florida teen has been charged with threatening a school shooting in a postcard to Santa and signing a classmate’s name last fall.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE SHOOTING _ Sheriff’s deputies in north Florida fatally shot a man during a domestic-related dispute. Clay County Sheriff’s spokesman Christopher Padgett tells news outlets that deputies responded to a call for help at a home in Orange Park early Wednesday morning.

FATHER STABBED _ Authorities say a 41-year-old fatally stabbed his father during an argument. Orange County Sheriff’s officials say the son was trying to leave the home as deputies arrived late Tuesday night.

PANTHER DEATH _ An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the ninth fatal collision this year, out of 11 total panther deaths.

IN SPORTS:

NFL OWNERS

KEY BISCAYNE _ NFL owners have given the competition committee the go-ahead to decide whether to refine the new rule allowing replay challenges involving pass interference. The proposed tweak would take the decision on whether to review in the final two minutes of each half out of the hands of officials. Reviews in the final two minutes would instead require a coach’s challenge. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words with AP Photos.

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