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Florida News: Statewide Opioid Task Force Bill Passes First Committee Stop

TALLAHASSEE, FL (STL.News) – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody yesterday thanked Chair Gayle Harrell and each member of the Senate Health Policy Committee for passing legislation to create a Statewide Task Force on Opioid Drug Abuse.  Senator Wilton Simpson is sponsoring SB 1658 that would create the statewide task force.  The bill passed the committee … Continue reading Florida News: Statewide Opioid Task Force Bill Passes First Committee Stop

US Coast Guard News: Coast Guard halts third weekend illegal charter in Miami

MIAMI, FL (STL.News) – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 42-foot pleasure craft, Breaking the Habit, with 11 passengers aboard Sunday near Monument Island making this the third illegal charter in the Miami area interdicted in three days. A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew conducted the boarding … Continue reading US Coast Guard News: Coast Guard halts third weekend illegal charter in Miami

FEMA News: Disaster Recovery Center Transitioning to Community Recovery Center

TALLAHASSEE, FL (STL.News) – The State/FEMA disaster recovery center in Panama City will close at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16. At 9 a.m. Monday, March 18, a Community Recovery Center will open in the same location, the Bay County Public Library. The purpose of the Community Recovery Center is to encourage and support a localized, community-based … Continue reading FEMA News: Disaster Recovery Center Transitioning to Community Recovery Center

Coast Guard halts second weekend illegal charter in Miami

MIAMI, FL (STL.News) — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 32-foot pleasure craft with 11 passengers aboard Saturday in the Miami River making this the second illegal charter in the Miami area interdicted in two days. A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat-crew conducted the boarding of the … Continue reading Coast Guard halts second weekend illegal charter in Miami

Florida News: Florida Helps Secure Multimillion Recovery Following Health Care Fraud Investigation

TALLAHASSEE, FL (STL.News) – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office helped secure a multimillion-dollar recovery following an investigation into a multistate health care fraud scheme. Covidien LP, a former global health care products company, allegedly provided free or discounted development and marketing services to Florida health care providers to induce them into purchasing Covidien products.  … Continue reading Florida News: Florida Helps Secure Multimillion Recovery Following Health Care Fraud Investigation

MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said. According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for … Continue reading MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

Another race and another Penske victory with IndyCar win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)  — Team Penske’s hot start to the motorsports season continued Sunday with a Josef Newgarden victory in the IndyCar season opener — the fourth win for a Penske car in seven days spanning three series. Newgarden crossed the finish line on the downtown streets of St. Petersburg at almost the exact … Continue reading Another race and another Penske victory with IndyCar win

AL Cy Young winner Snell receives small raise for 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.(AP) — The budget-minded Tampa Bay Rays have renewed the contract of pitcher Blake Snell, who’s receiving a raise of only $15,500 after winning the AL Cy Young award last season. The 26-year-old left-hander, who’s not yet eligible for salary arbitration, will earn $573,700 this year after making $558,200 in 2018, when he … Continue reading AL Cy Young winner Snell receives small raise for 2019

Bolton: Trump would be ‘pretty disappointed’ at Kim test

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — The top national security adviser says President Donald Trump would be “pretty disappointed” if North Korea were to launch a new rocket or missile test, as some experts believe he could be preparing to do. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” John Bolton would not confirm reports based on commercial … Continue reading Bolton: Trump would be ‘pretty disappointed’ at Kim test

Wickens feted before IndyCar’s season-opening race

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The IndyCar field surprised Robert Wickens with an early 30th birthday celebration before Sunday’s race at St. Petersburg. Wickens is at a track for the first time since he suffered a spinal cord injury in an August race. He turns 30 on Wednesday. Wickens was surprised before the morning warmup … Continue reading Wickens feted before IndyCar’s season-opening race

Wickens determined to get out of wheelchair and race again

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — His psychologist has warned Robert Wickens to consider the worst possible scenarios as he recovers from a spinal cord injury. Wickens prefers to think only about the day when he is no longer in a wheelchair and able to race cars again. “There’s a mental aspect that I’m still having a … Continue reading Wickens determined to get out of wheelchair and race again

Eyes in the sky: Heat-seeking drones used after tornado

Rescue crews didn’t have to stumble through every destroyed building in their search for victims after a tornado ravaged a corner of Alabama this week: They used heat-seeking drones to let them know whether there was anyone beneath the ruins. In so doing, they joined the increasing ranks of public safety agencies across the U.S. … Continue reading Eyes in the sky: Heat-seeking drones used after tornado

Now pitching: Harper lobbies for Trout to join him in Philly

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Now pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, Bryce Harper. The new Phillies slugger has again lobbied for superstar Mike Trout to join the franchise in 2021, a possible violation of Major League Baseball’s tampering rule. Trout, a two-time AL MVP with the Los Angeles Angels, grew up near Philadelphia, attended the Phillies … Continue reading Now pitching: Harper lobbies for Trout to join him in Philly

Jessica Mendoza hired as Mets adviser but keeps ESPN job

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Mendoza was hired as a baseball operations adviser for the New York Mets on Tuesday while remaining a broadcaster for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” part of an increasing number of television commentators who also work for teams. She will be involved in player evaluation, roster construction, technological advancement and health … Continue reading Jessica Mendoza hired as Mets adviser but keeps ESPN job

MIAMI | Immigration documentary’s protagonist faces deportation

MIAMI (AP) — The protagonist of an award-winning documentary chronicling the plight of immigrants held at a for-profit facility was supposed to be celebrating at a film premiere in Miami. Instead, Claudio Rojas is back at another immigration detention facility’s cell, facing deportation. Sandy Pineda, his attorney, said Rojas has been taken into custody again, … Continue reading MIAMI | Immigration documentary’s protagonist faces deportation

Milestone: Capsule with dummy aboard docks at space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A sleek American-built capsule with just a test dummy aboard docked smoothly with the International Space Station on Sunday in a big step toward putting the U.S. back in the business of launching astronauts. The white Dragon capsule, developed by Elon Musk‘s SpaceX company under contract to NASA, closed in … Continue reading Milestone: Capsule with dummy aboard docks at space station

SpaceX’s new crew capsule aces space station docking

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s new crew capsule has arrived at the International Space Station, acing its second milestone in just over a day. No one was aboard the Dragon capsule launched Saturday on its first test flight, only an instrumented dummy. But the three station astronauts had front-row seats as the Dragon neatly … Continue reading SpaceX’s new crew capsule aces space station docking

America’s newest crew capsule rockets toward space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America’s newest capsule for astronauts rocketed Saturday toward the International Space Station on a high-stakes test flight by SpaceX. The only passenger was a life-size test dummy, named Ripley after the lead character in the “Alien” movies. SpaceX needs to nail the debut of its crew Dragon capsule before putting … Continue reading America’s newest crew capsule rockets toward space station

Florida News: Florida Attorney General’s Opioid Working Group Releases Final Report

TALLAHASSEE, FL (STL.News) – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Opioid Abuse Working Group today released its final report, highlighting recommendations and best practices for fighting the opioid crisis in Florida.  Attorney General Moody launched the working group her first week in office and selected Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma to chair the team of experts … Continue reading Florida News: Florida Attorney General’s Opioid Working Group Releases Final Report

Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli on cooking with her 11-yr-old

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Alex Guarnaschelli might be a revered judge on TV’s Chopped, one of the few female iron chefs and the author of two best-selling cookbooks, but in her 11-year-old daughter’s eyes Chef Gordon Ramsay is still the ultimate authority on food. “She only has one cookbook — Gordon Ramsay’s last cookbook. … Continue reading Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli on cooking with her 11-yr-old

WASHINGTON | House passage of gun safety bills reflects political shift

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House put on a display of Democratic priorities this week with two bills to bolster background checks on firearms purchases, showing just how quickly the politics of gun control have turned. Just a few years ago, says Kris Brown, the president of one of the nation’s leading gun violence prevention groups, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House passage of gun safety bills reflects political shift

Wade banks in straightaway 3 to lift Heat past Warriors

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade banked in a straightaway 3-pointer as time expired and the Miami Heat wasted a 24-point lead before rallying to beat the Golden State Warriors 126-125 on Wednesday night. Wade scored 25 points to help Miami snap a six-game home losing streak. He took a victory lap, waving a towel as … Continue reading Wade banks in straightaway 3 to lift Heat past Warriors

Wade called game: 3-pointer gets Heat past Warriors, 126-125

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer off the glass as time expired, and the Miami Heat wasted a 24-point lead before rallying to beat the Golden State Warriors 126-125 on Wednesday night. Wade scored 25 points for Miami, which snapped a six-game home losing streak. Wade took a victory lap afterward, waving … Continue reading Wade called game: 3-pointer gets Heat past Warriors, 126-125

The Latest: Former lawyer casts Trump as ‘racist,’ ‘con man’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is casting the president as a racist and a con man who used his inner circle to cover up politically damaging allegations about sex. Cohen also says Trump lied throughout … Continue reading The Latest: Former lawyer casts Trump as ‘racist,’ ‘con man’

Honda Classic gets only 3 of the world’s top 20 players

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are among the golfers who live in the vicinity of PGA National and may very well be home this weekend. They just won’t be playing at the Honda Classic. The condensing of the PGA Tour schedule is forcing players to make some tough … Continue reading Honda Classic gets only 3 of the world’s top 20 players

Sharapova pulls out of Miami Open after shoulder procedure

MIAMI — Maria Sharapova says she has undergone a “small procedure” on her right shoulder that will need a few weeks to heal, requiring her to pull out of next month’s Miami Open. Sharapova said she’s struggled since last summer with shoulder pain caused by a fraying tendon and small labrum tear. She tried unsuccessfully to … Continue reading Sharapova pulls out of Miami Open after shoulder procedure

Warriors host some kids from Stoneman Douglas for practice

MIAMI — Stephen Curry would ordinarily be getting off his feet as fast as possible after a morning shootaround practice, saving his legs for the looming game that night. Wednesday, however, wasn’t ordinary. Golden State coach Steve Kerr invited some students — including ones from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the school in Parkland where 17 students … Continue reading Warriors host some kids from Stoneman Douglas for practice

High court’s cross case could affect monuments nationally

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) A 40-foot-tall, concrete cross on public land in a Maryland suburb of Washington is at the center of a case before the Supreme Court. But similar monuments elsewhere in the country could be affected by the high court ruling, states have told the justices. The District of Columbia-based American Humanist … Continue reading High court’s cross case could affect monuments nationally

Marlins take leadership role in teaching players Spanish

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — New Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro showed up for the team’s first full-squad spring training workout wearing a T-shirt that read, “I talk (trash) about you in Spanish,” with a word more pungent and less publishable than “trash.” The Marlins’ English speakers are onto him. At the behest of CEO Derek … Continue reading Marlins take leadership role in teaching players Spanish

Suns snap 17-game slide, top reeling Heat 124-121

MIAMI (AP) — Devin Booker scored 20 points to lead seven Phoenix players in double figures, and the Suns snapped a club-record 17-game losing streak by beating the reeling Miami Heat 124-121 on Monday night. Former Heat guard Tyler Johnson scored 18 points for Phoenix. Jamal Crawford and Kelly Oubre Jr. each had 16 and … Continue reading Suns snap 17-game slide, top reeling Heat 124-121