AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
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FORT LAUDERDALE — More than 50 teachers chanted “bring them back” outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Tuesday morning, demanding the return of four administrators who were reassigned after a state commission’s investigation of the shooting that killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day. The suspect, former student Nikolas Cruz, 20, is due in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom later Tuesday for issues dealing with procedural motions. Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted of the massacre. Cruz’s lawyers say he would plead guilty to murder and attempted murder charges in exchange for a life prison sentence, but prosecutors have rejected that. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 532 words. Will be updated following 1 p.m. court hearing. With AP Photos.
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BABY KILLED-ARREST — Investigators in Florida say a 29-year-old man punched a 7-week-old baby and then squeezed her until she lost consciousness.
VENEZUELA-CORRUPTION — A former Venezuelan official has been sentenced by a U.S. judge to a decade in federal prison for taking part in a $1 billion bribery scheme.
UNDERCOOKED POTATO STABBING — Police say a 36-year-old Florida man is accused of stabbing a woman with a fork over an undercooked potato.
DOLPHIN DEATHS — Officials in Florida say dolphins seem to be red tide’s latest victims as more than 20 have washed up dead since last week along the state’s southwest coast. News outlets report 22 dead dolphins appeared on beaches since Wednesday.
ABRAMS-GILLUM-JUDICIAL NOMINATION — After losing close governor’s races in Georgia and Florida, Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum are joining other black leaders to oppose one of President Donald Trump’s picks for a lifetime federal judgeship.
DECOMPOSING BODIES-FLORIDA — Sheriff’s deputies found two decomposing bodies inside a Florida home along with a handwritten note warning of hazardous chemicals.
TODDLER-DRIVEWAY DEATH — Authorities in Florida say a toddler died when the family’s van rolled over him in the driveway of their home in Fort Myers.
ATTEMPTED OFFICER SLAYING — Kentucky police have arrested a carload of people after the vehicle pinned two officers to a concrete column.
DEAD BABY-OCEAN — Authorities say the death of a newborn baby found floating off the coast of Boynton Beach has been ruled a homicide.
FATAL CRASH-DEER — Authorities say a Florida teen died after his truck hit two deer and then crashed into a tree. News outlets report that the crash occurred early Saturday morning near Interlachen in Putnam County.
JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville Jaguars czar Tom Coughlin defended the team’s run-first philosophy and keeping much of the team intact in 2018 because they were “a whistle” away from the Super Bowl. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
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