AP-FL--Florida News Digest 130 pm, FL
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FORT LAUDERDALE — A just-released video interview with a campus security monitor at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School provides new details that may prompt another round of what-if questions about the Valentine’s Day shooting that killed 17 people. The video released by Broward County prosecutors Tuesday was recorded shortly after the shooting. In it, Andrew Medina told detectives he saw Nikolas Cruz get out of an Uber with a large bag and make “a beeline” toward the freshman building, moments before it became a killing scene. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 823 words with AP Photos, AP Video.
FORT LAUDERDALE — A Florida appeals court has reversed the murder conviction of Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello in the purportedly mob-connected slaying in 2001 of businessman Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words.
WASHINGTON — A new study finds that tropical cyclones around the world are moving slightly slower over land and water, dumping more rain as they stall, just as Hurricane Harvey did last year. This isn’t about how powerful a storm’s winds are, just how fast it chugs along. Looking at data since 1949, a government climate scientist calculates that storms in the last few years are moving about 10 percent slower globally than they were 60 years ago. And that was before slowpoke Harvey hit last year. By Seth Borenstein. UPCOMING: 500 words with AP Photos.
NEW YORK — Civil rights lawyers sued the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday to try to stop plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, calling it an unconstitutional attempt to discriminate against immigrants. The Manhattan federal court lawsuit on behalf of immigrants’ rights groups blames racial animus for the recent announcement that the census will include a citizenship question for the first time since 1950. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and others, claims the question intentionally discriminates against immigrants and will increase fear in their communities. It alleges census participation will be depressed, diluting the economic and political power of residents in places like New York City; Prince Georges’ County, Maryland; Houston; San Antonio, Texas; and the Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Orange. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 453 words.
WASHINGTON — On college campuses in virtually every state across the U.S., the Chinese government supports more than 100 institutes that teach language and culture. For university students like Moe Lewis, they offer a chance to learn about Chinese art and pick up a few phrases in Mandarin. For critics, like Sen. Marco Rubio, they present a threat to academic freedom and a spy risk. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 1064 words with AP Photos.
ZOO ANIMALS FOUND — Officials say seven of the 11 animals reported missing from a teaching zoo at a Florida college have been found. But two gopher tortoises and two box turtles are still missing.
BABY KILLED-GEORGIA — A 28-year-old man accused of killing a baby in Georgia has been arrested after being shot while trying to flee a SWAT team in Florida. Authorities say Carlton James Mathis will be charged with aggravated assault in Florida in addition to charges in Georgia and Alabama once he’s released from the hospital.
DEFENDANT FLEES-STUN GUN — A Florida man has been subdued with a stun gun after running out of a courtroom when he was found incompetent to stand trial.
TIRE-FATAL CRASH — The Florida Highway Patrol says a 25-year-old New York man was killed by a tire that flew off a box truck, bounced over a dividing wall on Interstate 95 and crashed onto the roof of his sports utility vehicle. The incident happened near Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday evening.
FATAL SHOOTING — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting the mother of his young son. News outlets reports that 44-year-old Gavin Guy was sentenced Tuesday after a Palm Beach County jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.
HOMEMADE EXPLOSIVES — Authorities say two men prompted a standoff with a Florida SWAT team after setting off homemade explosives. (backslash)
FATAL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Police in northeast Florida say they are investigating after four people were found shot in car off a parkway. Three of the victims have died from their injuries.
GAINESVILLE — Jonah Girand was the surprising MVP of the Gainesville Regional. A 23-year-old catcher who attended two junior colleges around a year away from baseball started just one game all year before filling in for injured team captain JJ Schwarz. After three home runs in four games, Girand looks like he’s has earned a spot in the lineup the rest of the postseason. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m. EDT
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