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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

November 22, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TRUMP

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump made a Thanksgiving Day threat to close the U.S. border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines that its southern ally has lost “control” on its side. Trump also said he has given the thousands of active-duty troops he sent to the border before the Nov. 6 midterm elections the “OK” to use lethal force against migrants “if they have to.” And he said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom he has faulted for not being tough enough on immigration, is “in there trying.” By Jill Colvin.

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TRUMP-THE LATEST

VEGAS INTERSTATE SAFETY-AI

LAS VEGAS — Artificial intelligence is helping improve safety along a stretch of Las Vegas’ busiest highway. The Nevada Highway Patrol says a yearlong partnership between public safety agencies and a startup technology firm resulted in a 17 percent reduction in crashes along a portion of northbound Interstate 15 just west of the Las Vegas Strip.

MARS LANDING-SIDEKICKS

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A pair of tiny experimental satellites trailing NASA’s InSight spacecraft all the way to Mars face their biggest test yet. Their mission: Broadcast immediate news, good or bad, of InSight’s plunge through the Martian atmosphere on Monday. By Marcia Dunn.

ROMANTIC REVENGE

WEST PALM BEACH — Mega-developer Glenn Straub is a proud, hard-nosed businessman with a reputation as a litigious bulldog quick to pounce with lawsuits over broken deals and delinquent debts. But two former girlfriends say he’s dragging them into court over a more personal breach — a broken heart. By Joe Capozzi. The Palm Beach Post.

PRESERVE FUNDRAISER

NAPLES — Bobbie Lee Davenport recently led 10 people down a dirt trail lined with ferns and palm trees at the Naithoriendun Wildlife Sanctuary in rural Collier County. The land had belonged to the late Bob Gore, a zoologist and conservationist who pieced together the nearly 200 acres surrounding his stilt home in Golden Gate Estates. By Brittany Carloni. Naples Daily News.

IN BRIEF:

INMATE ESCAPE — Authorities say they’ve recaptured a Florida man who escaped from a county jail and stole a sheriff’s office patrol car.

NEW SHIP-MAYPORT — A U.S. Naval station in Florida has received its newest battle ship in time for Thanksgiving.

AMAZON FACILITY — Amazon has opened a new delivery center in South Florida, which company officials say will allow for faster deliveries in the region.

BOMB DOGS-AIRPORT — Security at one of Florida’s largest airports has gone to the dogs, and it’s helping travelers reach their gates faster.

RED TIDE-ALABAMA — The Alabama Department of Health says that red tide has been found in water samples taken near Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

FATAL DRUG DEAL — Four men have been sentenced in the killing of a man during a drug deal-turned-shooting in Florida.

LAW PROFESSOR KILLED — Two defendants charged in the murder-for-hire slaying of a Florida university professor won’t go to trial until next summer.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--UCF-SOUTH FLORIDA PREVIEW

TAMPA — No. 8 UCF isn’t content with having the nation’s longest winning streak. The defending American Athletic Conference champions can complete a second consecutive undefeated regular season by beating intrastate rival South Florida. Next on their list of goals is winning the AAC title game again and remaining in the conversation about who’s deserving of berths in the College Football Playoff. By Fred Goodall. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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