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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 24, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

DISNEYLAND-STAR WARS-GALAXY’S EDGE

UNDATED _ Disneyland’s new Galaxy’s Edge attraction promises to transport visitors to a new locale in the Star Wars universe, but any who overstay their visit might not catch their ride on the Millennium Falcon. The theme park is expecting massive crowds when Galaxy’s Edge opens May 31, and has detailed plans on how to accommodate guests or help them “move along” with the aid of Stormtroopers. Even before Galaxy’s Edge opens, Disneyland was the second most popular theme park in the world last year with 18.6 million visitors. It is second only to Disney World in Florida, where a version of Galaxy’s Edge is scheduled to open Aug. 29. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 641 words with AP Photos.

SPACEX LAUNCH

CAPE CANAVERAL _ SpaceX has launched 60 little satellites, the first of thousands that founder Elon Musk plans to put in orbit for global internet coverage. The recycled Falcon rocket blasted off late Thursday night. The first-stage booster landed on an ocean platform following liftoff, as the tightly packed cluster of satellites continued upward. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 360 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

PRISONERS CAPTURED _ Authorities say three prisoners who escaped from a transport van at a Georgia truck stop have been recaptured.

FLORIDA ZOO-LIONS _ A Florida zoo is celebrating the birth of three African lion cubs. The Naples Daily News reports this is the first time in 30 years that the Naples Zoo has had lion cubs. The zoo announced the birth of the cubs Thursday; one was born May 13 and two were born May 14.

BUS STOP DEATH-FLORIDA _ Investigators say they’ve arrested a 19-year-old man who they say drove away after his pickup truck struck and killed an 8-year-old girl at a school bus stop in southwest Florida.

CHURCH-PONZI SCHEME _ The pastor of a Florida church is refusing to turn over $1.7 million that financial regulators claim belongs to people who were caught up in a $30 million Ponzi scheme.

TEEN SHOT-FLORIDA _ Authorities say a teen connected to a Florida high school football game shooting has been arrested in Georgia.

POOL DEATHS-BROTHERS _ Authorities say two young brothers found in a Florida pool have died.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--JAGUARS-FOURNETTE

JACKSONVILLE _ Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette talks publicly for the first time in nearly six months, answering questions about his recent arrest, his workouts in Wyoming and his desire to stay healthy and show more this season. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

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