AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
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TALLAHASSEE — A hand recount began Friday in Florida’s acrimonious U.S. Senate contest after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by fewer than 13,000 votes out of more than 8 million cast. Under state law, a hand review is required when the victory margin is 0.25 percentage points or less. A state website’s unofficial results show Scott ahead of Nelson by 0.15 percentage points. By Gary Fineout and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 853 words with AP Photos, AP Video.
ORLANDO — Sometimes voters put a check next to a candidate’s name instead of filling in an oval that a voting machine can read. Other times, voters don’t understand that the governor and lieutenant governor candidates are running mates and they’ll vote twice for the same race. Some voters are just ornery and cast blank ballots. Either way, workers in elections offices across Florida will try to figure out what voters intended as they spend the next two days examining ballots where voters either picked more than once in a race or skipped a race. “Voters do strange things,” says one Florida elections supervisor. By Mike Schneider and Tamara Lush. 500 words. AP Photos.
SUNRISE — The commission investigating the Florida school massacre begins debating its recommendations and findings. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission must file a report by Jan. 1 detailing what the members believe caused the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead and recommendations for preventing future school massacres. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
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CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA has accepted delivery of a key European part needed to power the world’s next-generation moonship. U.S. and European leaders gathered at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Friday to mark the occasion. By Marcia Dunn. UPCOMING: 400 words with AP Photos.
FLORIDA UNEMPLOYMENT — Florida’s unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, which is the lowest level since January 2007.
BOYFRIEND ARRESTED — Police in Florida say the boyfriend of a woman whose 2017 death was reported as a suicide is now being accused of killing her.
BRAZIL-CUBAN DOCTORS — Brazil’s government says it will soon start selecting local doctors to replace the more than 8,000 Cuban physicians working in areas where medical services are scarce.
ADOPTION DECEPTION — A Florida woman is accused of defrauding two sets of would-be parents, telling both that they would adopt her baby. Now 33-year-old Christina Bay is awaiting trial, along with childbirth.
WHITE SUPREMACIST GANGS-ARRESTS — Authorities say 39 white supremacist gang members have been arrested in a gun and drug-trafficking operation.
FATAL BUS CRASH — Authorities say a bus driver is dead following a crash with another bus in Orlando. News outlets report the Lynx bus crashed into the other bus early Friday morning.
POT DOCTOR ARRESTED — Police in South Florida say a 66-year-old doctor is accused of giving patients medical marijuana cards without meeting them in person, conducting physical exams or requiring a debilitating medical condition.
COCAINE SEIZED — The United States Coast Guard seized cocaine with an estimated street value of around $500 million during a series of interdictions in international waters.
SCHOOL BUS CRASH — Authorities say 13 adults suffered minor injuries when a school bus crashed on Florida’s Turnpike.
KEYS MANATEES RELEASED — Rare twin manatees Millennium and Falcon have been released back to their home in the Florida Keys.
FRONTIER AIRLINES — Frontier Airlines has started offering a nonstop flight from Louisville, Kentucky to Orlando, Florida. A statement from Louisville International Airport on Thursday says the flights to Orlando International Airport will be offered three times a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
ORLANDO — UCF and Cincinnati are Top 25 teams eager to show college football fans what they and the American Athletic Conference are all about. The 11th-ranked Knights and No. 19 Bearcats get a chance in a nationally televised matchup with league championship implications. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.
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