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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

July 6, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Beryl is expected to hit the eastern Caribbean as a hurricane instead of dissipating, threatening islands still trying to recover from last year’s storms, forecasters said Friday. The hurricane gained strength Friday morning and was a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of nearly 80 mph (130 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to pass near Dominica and the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique late Sunday or Monday. By Danica Coto. SENT: 352 words. Will be update with updates from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.


ST. PETERSBURG — Singer Chris Brown walked off stage after his concert in Florida and into the hands of waiting deputies, who arrested him on a felony battery charge involving a nightclub photographer last year. Tampa Police released more details about the battery warrant on Friday after Brown posted $2,000 bond to be released from the Palm Beach County Jail. By Tamara Lush. SENT: 371 words.


FIREWORKS DEATH-FLORIDA — A Florida teenager has died in a fireworks explosion, while several other people have blown off their fingers or injured their eyes.

HURRICANE IRMA FALLOUT — As Hurricane Irma approached Florida last year, not everyone was scrambling to get ready. An internal affairs report shows some members of the “Landfall Team” in North Bay Village remained at city hall, drinking beer and talking football.

WRONG-WAY DRIVER-I-95 — The Florida Highway Patrol says one man was killed in a five-vehicle collision caused by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 95 in Miami.

BOATER RESCUE — Officials say a good Samaritan and the U.S. Coast Guard saved two boaters after their 25-foot (8-meter) boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

SUNBATHERS-CAR — Authorities say a car ran over two sunbathers at a Florida beach. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the injuries occurred Thursday on New Smyrna Beach.

MISSING MAN-BODY — A Florida man reported missing from a Fourth of July beach party has been found dead.

ROBBERY-ASSAULT — Authorities say a man kidnapped and robbed two women in central Florida before making his way down the state and robbing another.



NEW YORK — With fan voting finishing up, it’s a good time to take a hard look at All-Star Game selections. Which players are worthy of participating July 17 in Washington, and who gets left out? Online voting for the starters at each position ended at midnight, and the teams will be revealed Sunday night. Disregarding fan and player balloting, here are our picks. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,200 words, photos


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