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news editor and can be reached at David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



WILMINGTON, N.C. — Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, splintering buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching. More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing cinderblock motel at the height of the storm. Hundreds more had to be rescued elsewhere from rising waters. And others could only hope someone would come for them. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1189 words with AP Photos, AP Video. UPCOMING: 1000 words developing throughout the afternoon.





ORLANDO — With Hurricane Florence barreling toward their home near Wilmington, North Carolina, Allison Hales Jordan and her husband boarded up their house, packed up their car and headed to Walt Disney World in Florida with their two teenage children. "When we decided where to go, everybody was going west, but we decided we should go as far south as possible, which is weird since Florida gets hurricanes," said Jordan who works as a preschool director in Burgaw, North Carolina. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 511 words with AP Photo. AP Video.


CAPE CANAVERAL — SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan. The big reveal on who it is — and when the flight to the moon will be — will be announced Monday at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 336 words with AP Photos.


GOLDEN SCAM — Two men promised gold instead received copper, and now $300,000 is dust in the wind. Montgomery County police detective Mike Adami tells The Washington Post business partners from Brazil and Florida met a man simply known as "Edward" for a gold transaction Aug. 20.

CONTRACTOR CHARGED — A Florida man who worked for a National Security Agency contractor in Maryland has been charged with submitting fraudulent timesheets that billed the federal government at least $250,000 for work he didn't perform.

COUNTRY STAR-SON-IN-LAW — A Nashville prosecutor who was the son-in-law of country music star Alan Jackson has died in a fall in Florida.

NEWBORN-FIRE STATION — Authorities say a woman left her "hours old" baby in the arms of a firefighter at a South Florida fire station.

MAYOR'S DAUGHTER-RIPPED JEANS — The mayor of West Palm Beach is asking the county's school district to discipline an administrator who removed her daughter from classes for wearing ripped jeans and lectured her to consider male classmates' hormones when choosing her wardrobe.

STOLEN GUN-VIDEO — A Florida sheriff's deputy faces a written reprimand after his AR-15 was stolen from his unlocked car while he worked an off-duty job at a shopping center.

TIMES-UNION NEW OFFICE — The Florida Times-Union will be moving to new offices. The newspaper announced Wednesday its news, advertising and accounting departments will take over 27,000 square feet (2,500 square meters) in the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Jacksonville next year.

FLORIDA-OBESITY RATES — A new report shows Florida has a lower adult obesity rate than many other states.


HKN--Panthers-Remembering Torrey

CORAL SPRINGS — The first day of Florida Panthers training camp is always roughly the same: Plenty of players on the ice, plenty of hope for the new season, a bit of organized chaos. Day 1, this year, was different. This time, Hall of Famer Bill Torrey wasn't there. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.


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