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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

January 29, 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 dfischer@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



MIAMI _ A family dispute delayed sentencing Tuesday for a man whose newlywed wife vanished at sea as the couple sailed a catamaran off the Bahamas. U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno said he needs more information about visitation rights and creation of a trust fund for the couple’s young child. Sentencing was reset for May 28. By Curt Anderson.


WASHINGTON _ Roger Stone, a longtime adviser and confidant of President Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges in the Russia investigation after a publicity-filled few days spent slamming the probe as politically motivated. The political operative and self-described dirty trickster faces charges that he lied to lawmakers, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day.




SANFORD _ A Florida man killed his parents and brother after he was kicked out of his home and accused of stealing $210,000 from his family to send to a woman he had met on a porn website, according to a sheriff’s office. Grant Amato, 29, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his parents, Chad and Margaret Ann Amato, and brother Cody. From the Orlando Sentinel.


RICHMOND, Va. _ An ex-convict who served a lengthy prison term for stabbing his estranged wife more than 40 times in front of their daughter is now accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 46-year-old Michael E. Moore is accused of abducting the woman this month, tying her up and stealing her car. He was arrested Saturday in Florida during a traffic stop and resisted authorities, triggering a three-hour stand-off that ended with his surrender. From the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


MIAMI _ A new element has joined the flood of migrants clamoring to get into the United States — Nicaraguans fleeing their homeland’s political unrest and violence. In recent years, Nicaraguans had been only a small drop in the wave of Central Americans trying to migrate to the U.S., mostly from the poor and crime-wracked nations of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. By Gisela Salomon and Claudia Torrens.


CARACAS, Venezuela _ Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday asked the country’s top court to ban opposition leader Juan Guaido from leaving the country, launching a criminal probe into his anti-government activities while international pressure builds against President Nicolas Maduro. Attorney General Tarek William Saab made his request to the government-stacked Supreme Court, and also asked it to block Guaido’s financial accounts. By Scott Smith.




ALBANY, N.Y. _ The Democrat-controlled New York Legislature is set to pass several bills Tuesday aimed at making the state’s already tough gun laws even stricter. At least eight measures are expected to pass the Assembly and Senate, including legislation to prohibit schools from allowing teachers and other school employees to carry guns in schools. By Chris Carola.




MINION ATTACKED _ A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for attacking another man who was dressed as one of the short yellow characters from the “Minions” film.

ZOO VANDALISM-CROCODILE _ A man who jumped into a Florida zoo’s crocodile enclosure has been sentenced to a year in jail.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR-GILLUM _ Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum is joining CNN as a political commentator.

FREEZER DEATHS-CHILDREN _ No charges will be filed in the deaths of three Florida children who became trapped in an unplugged chest-style freezer in their yard.

SCHOOL SHOOTING THREAT _ Authorities say two Florida teens have been charged with threatening to shoot up their school. A

TRUCK DEATH _ Authorities say a man was run over and killed by his pickup truck in front of a Florida home.



ORLANDO _ The Oklahoma City Thunder try to extend their winning streak to six games when they visit the Orlando Magic, who’ve lost three in a row. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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