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the news editor and can be reached at David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



RALEIGH, N.C. — Hurricane Florence churned Tuesday toward an Eastern Seaboard landfall as a million people were ordered to leave the coast and millions more prepared for what could be one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the region in decades. This hurricane's size is "staggering," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned -- so wide that 12-foot seas are being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye and entire states will be deluged for days. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1088 words. Will be updated throughout the day. With AP Photos, AP Video.




WASHINGTON — Four presidential campaigns. Eight congressional elections. The longest war in U.S. history. The Sept. 11 attacks have shaped U.S. politics, sometimes over the objections of victims' families. The attacks that crashed four airliners and killed nearly 3,000 also tested U.S. presidents, starting with that indelible image of still-new President George W. Bush hearing his chief of staff whisper news of the attacks that would define his presidency. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1203 words with AP photos.


CHICAGO — Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows. Researchers examined FBI data on nearly 250 active shooter incidents in the United States since 2000. Almost 900 people were wounded and 718 were killed. One in four of these attacks involved semi-automatic rifles. These weapons automatically load each bullet after firing although firing requires pulling the trigger for each round. Recent attacks involving semi-automatics include the shootings at Parkland High School, Orlando's Pulse night club and Sandy Hook Elementary School. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 511 words with AP Photos.


TIGER SHARK KILLED — Florida wildlife officials want to know who left a tiger shark dangling with a hook in its mouth from a pier in Panama City Beach.

FATAL CRASH-FLORIDA TURNPIKE — Troopers say three people died and three others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Florida's Turnpike.

BOY BURNED — A Florida mother faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading no contest to aggravated child abuse. A judge revoked bail for 23-year-old Sheretta M. Harris on Monday and ordered her held in jail. A sentencing hearing hasn't been set.

STOLEN AMBULANCE — A Florida man needed a ride home when he was released from the hospital. So police say he stole an ambulance.

ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTIONS — A Florida doctor has been sentenced to 19 years and seven months in federal prison for distributing prescription painkillers.

IRMA-RESORT REOPENING — A year after Hurricane Irma passed through the Florida Keys, the island chain's largest recreational vehicle resort has formally reopened to visitors.


FBN--Jaguars-The Play

JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack was "just starting to forget" about New England's third-and-18 conversion in the fourth quarter of the AFC championship game in January. It's sure to be a topic of conversation as the Patriots and Jaguars prepare to play again Sunday in Jacksonville. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 900 words. photos by 3 p.m.


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