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Police arrest man reportedly seen sparking blaze in Florida
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 10:15 p.m.
PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man who police said sparked a small blaze early Wednesday in a town where wildfires have gutted homes and scorched thousands of acres.

Officials: Navy jet drops bomb, misses target, sparks fire
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 10:00 p.m.
OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Officials are investigating how a Navy fighter jet dropped a 500-pound laser-guided bomb a mile off target and sparked a wildfire in the Ocala National Forest.

DeLand pastor threatened after flag's removal
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 8:45 p.m.
DELAND, Fla. (AP) - DeLand police say they are investigating threatening notes sent a local pastor after the 33-year-old removed a U.S. flag from a Baptist church's sanctuary.

Fla. teachers union will challenge voucher amendments
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 8:15 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's statewide teachers union will sue to keep off the ballot two proposals designed to expand vouchers that let students attend private schools at public expense, the group's spokesman said Wednesday.

News briefs from around Florida
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 7:30 p.m.
Man arrested in cemetery sexual assault of girl

Officials: Man charged in Lutz triple murder
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 6:30 p.m.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A man found hiding at the scene of a gruesome triple homicide was charged Wednesday with the slayings, the Hillsborough County Sheriff Office said.

8 in Fla. getting shots after rabid bobcat attacked them, dog
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 6:15 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Eight people are getting rabies shots after a bobcat attacked three of them and a dog at a Tallahassee park.

South Fla. man sues DreamWorks for copyright infringement
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 6:00 p.m.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man is suing DreamWorks Animation SKG, claiming the studio stole his ideas to create the 2005 movie "Madagascar."

Colombian paramilitaries make first US court appearances
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 6:00 p.m.
MIAMI (AP) - The 14 Colombian paramilitary warlords extradited to the U.S. began appearing Wednesday in federal courts around the country to face drug trafficking and other charges that could land them lengthy prison sentences.

Man gets more than 6 years for posting police threat video
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 4:15 p.m.
MIAMI (AP) - In a case only possible in the digital age, a reputed street gang leader was sentenced Wednesday to more than six years in prison after posting an Internet video threatening police with guns and taunting them to arrest him.

1 Mega Money player wins $500,000 top prize
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 3:30 p.m.
TALLLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - One ticket matched the four winning numbers plus the Mega Ball number to collect $500,000 in the Mega Money game, the Florida Lottery said Wednesday.

UF Trustees approve $47 million in budget cuts
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 3:30 p.m.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The University of Florida's governing body unanimously approved $47 million in budget cuts Wednesday that will result in reducing enrollment and laying off some faculty.

2 Colombian warlords held without bail
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 3:00 p.m.
MIAMI (AP) - Two of the 14 Colombian warlords extradited to the U.S. will be held without bail while they await trial on drug trafficking charges.

5th suspect charged in Sean Taylor slaying
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 3:00 p.m.
MIAMI (AP) - A fifth person has been charged in the slaying of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor.

Police arrest man in connection in Florida wildfires
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 2:15 p.m.
PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities arrested a man seen sparking a small blaze early Wednesday in a town where wildfires have gutted of homes and scorched thousands of acres.

O.J.'s girlfriend suffered broken legs in Miami car accident
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 2:00 p.m.
MIAMI (AP) - A highway patrol official says O.J. Simpson's girlfriend has been seriously injured in a car accident in Miami.

Man arrested in cemetery sexual assault of girl
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 1:30 p.m.
CITRA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a 63-year-old central Florida man forced his granddaughter to have sex with him in a cemetery.

South Fla. man faces 100 more child porn charges
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 12:45 p.m.
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida man accused of videotaping himself abusing a young girl now faces more than 100 more child pornography charges.

Nearly 4 years after Hurricane Charley, some central Fla. residents fight insurer, leaky roofs
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 12:15 p.m.
ARCADIA, Fla. (AP) - The days of entertaining guests at Deborah and Clinton Wiley's house ended when Hurricane Charley struck four years ago.

Appeals court: State can bar Allstate
Web-posted: 5/14/08 - 10:15 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An appeals court says the state can prevent Allstate Companies from selling new property insurance policies in Florida.

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