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BC-FL--Florida News Digest 6 pm,1st Ld, FL

December 20, 2014

Hello! 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. David Fischer is on the desk. AP-Florida News Editor Terry Spencer can be reached at 305-594-5825 or 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



MIAMI — Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them. The court said Friday it wouldn’t block the marriages. A federal judge previously declared Florida’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened. SENT: 299 words.


MIAMI — Opposing the Castro brothers has been a passionate mission and a cottage industry for 50 years in South Florida and Washington, funded in part by millions of federal dollars. President Barack Obama’s moves to renew relations will force dozens of media outlets, lobbying organizations and aid groups to adapt to remain relevant in a new era of U.S.-Cuba relations. UPCOMING. By Laura Wides-Munoz. SENT: 1015 words, photos, video.


MIAMI — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance U.S. in decades, with American travelers allowed to return with a few of the stogies in their suitcases. But they won’t be rolling into Florida tobacco stores just yet, and owners say they aren’t worried about any dip in their business. And many customers say they won’t make the pricey trip for the more expensive version. By Rachel La Corte and Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 740 words with photos.




TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott proclaimed Friday he met his key 2010 promise to add 700,000 jobs with news that the state’s jobless rate dropped to 5.8 percent with the addition of nearly 42,000 jobs in November. But Scott actually promised four years ago to create those jobs on top of the 1 million jobs that state economists said would happen by 2017 just through normal growth. By Gary Fineout and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 641 words.


MIAMI — The sixth man to plead guilty in the Major League Baseball performance-enhancing drugs scandal was described in court Friday as a key player recruiter for the now-shuttered South Florida clinic at the center of the case. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 379 word.


UNDATED — The Government Accountability Office says the science the FBI used to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks was flawed. The GAO released a report Friday on its findings. The agency didn’t take a position on the FBI’s conclusion that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins acted alone in making and sending the powdered spores that killed five people and sickened 17 others. By David Dishneau. SENT: 611 words.


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is sharply defending a new Congressional map it drew up during an August special session. Attorneys for the Republican-controlled Legislature on Friday turned in a lengthy legal brief to the Florida Supreme Court. The court is scheduled next year to decide whether congressional districts drawn by legislators meet new standards approved by voters in 2010. By Gary Fineout. UPCOMING: 400 words.


JUDGE-DUI — A veteran Broward County circuit judge has been convicted of DUI and reckless driving.

BAY DOMESTIC SHOOTING — A disabled Florida Panhandle man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for fatally shooting his estranged wife’s boyfriend and wounding her.

COMMISSIONER SHOOTING — A man convicted of fatally shooting his father — a South Miami commissioner — has been sentenced to life in prison.

BUFFALO SHOOTINGS — Authorities say a man sought in connection with a fatal shooting in Buffalo last month has been apprehended in Florida.

PEDESTRIANS KILLED — A former Philadelphia businessman and his companion died after they were hit by a car as they crossed a Florida street.

FATAL FIRE-MIAMI BEACH — Officials say a woman is dead following a fire at her Miami Beach home.

FACEBOOK SPAT — A 27-year-old woman is accused of slapping a 72-year-old woman who denied her friend request on Facebook.

COMPUTERS STOLEN — Authorities say two men stole 26 desktop computers from a storage shed at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach.

MAN SHOT-DEPUTIES — Sheriff’s deputies shot a man while they investigated a domestic battery report at a home in Holiday.

MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL — The Haitian art of machete fencing is being showcased at the Borscht Film Festival in Miami.



MIAMI — Mat Latos, Dee Gordon and Michael Morse will be playing for the home team next year. All are South Florida natives, and all have recently joined the Miami Marlins. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. EST.


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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Florida and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.


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