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In this photo taken, Aug., 11, 2016, Mickey Munday talks to a reporter in Love Park in North Miami, Fla. When he was one of Miami's notorious "cocaine cowboys" in the 1980s, Mickey Munday made millions of dollars flying loads of drugs for Colombia's Medellin and Cali cartels. He knew infamous Medellin kingpin Pablo Escobar. He liked to fly his illicit cargo to out-of-the-way landing strips in the Everglades using high-tech gadgetry such as night-vision goggles. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

A Miami 'cocaine cowboy' finds redemption with love locks

When he was one of Miami's notorious "cocaine cowboys" in the 1980s, Mickey Munday made millions of dollars flying loads of drugs for Colombia's Medellin and Cali cartels. He knew infamous Medellin kingpin Pablo Escobar. He liked to fly his illicit cargo to out-of-the-way landing strips in the Everglades using ...

Virginia boy drowns while vacationing in Florida with family

Officials say a 14-year-old Virginia boy drowned while vacationing with his family in the Florida Panhandle. Okaloosa County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Ted Pecot told the Northwest Florida Daily News (http://bit.ly/2bRSZ0F ) Joquis Levano of Centreville, Virginia, died Wednesday afternoon off Norriego Point in Destin. The sheriff's office received a 911 ...

Man gets 7 years for killing sister over utility bill

A man accused of killing his pregnant sister during an argument over a utility bill has been sentenced to seven years in prison. The Sun Sentinel (http://goo.gl/cfSiAX ) reports that 26-year-old Willie Ward was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest to manslaughter by culpable negligence and manslaughter of an unborn ...

Hurricane Gaston weakens to tropical storm in the Atlantic

Hurricane Gaston has weakened to a tropical storm in the Atlantic. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm's maximum sustained winds Thursday are near 70 mph (110 kph) with a turn toward the west-northwest and a decrease in forward speed expected on Saturday. The hurricane is centered about 1,160 ...

Auto, technology industries clash over talking cars

Automakers say cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road. The cars hold the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and someday maybe even help solve traffic jams. The government and the auto industry have spent more than a ...

Prison company fights to seal documents about strip searches

Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America wants to seal from public view documents in a lawsuit that claims female visitors to a Tennessee prison were forced to undergo strip searches to prove they were menstruating. Three women have accused the company of violating their rights by forcing them to ...

Ex-Miami Congressman Garcia hopes to make comeback

The Miami-area congressional seat held by Republican Carlos Curbelo is one of the nation's most competitive — it's pingponged between the GOP and the Democrats the last three elections. Now Joe Garcia, who held the seat from 2013 to 2015, and Annette Taddeo, who unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor in ...

Ex-sheriff, state rep, former mayor's son vie for House seat

A former sheriff, a state representative and the son of a former Jacksonville mayor are the top candidates to replace Republican Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a longtime Florida political fixture retiring after eight terms. Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, state Rep. Lake Ray, and Hans Tanzler III, a corporate tax lawyer ...

Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year

Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday. Over one-third of those deaths — 1,155 — were ...

Washington Nationals shortstop Wilmer Difo forces out Atlanta Braves' Jeff Francoeur (18) as he throws to first on a fielder's choice during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Atlanta. Washington won 11-9. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Marlins get OF Jeff Francoeur from Braves in 3-team trade

The Miami Marlins acquired Jeff Francoeur from the Atlanta Braves in a three-team trade Wednesday night, hoping the well-traveled outfielder can provide a boost toward a playoff spot. Francoeur was the only major leaguer included in the deal that also involved Texas. Any big league player traded after Aug. 1 ...

This image made from a video provided by WTHR 13 shows damage to a Starbucks after a tornado in Kokomo, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Multiple tornadoes touched down in central Indiana on Wednesday, tearing the roofs off apartment buildings, sending air conditioners falling onto parked cars and cutting power to thousands of people. (Nicole Misencik/WTHR 13 via AP)

At least 12 tornadoes strike Indiana, Ohio; no bad injuries

A wave of severe storms produced at least a dozen tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio, damaging homes and businesses but causing no serious injuries, authorities said Thursday, as crews worked to restore power and remove fallen trees. The National Weather Service said an EF3 tornado hit the south side of ...

Coast Guard, local agencies look for missing Florida boater

The search is on for a man who apparently fell from a boat in the Florida Panhandle. The U.S. Coast Guard says it received a report late Wednesday that 31-year-old Mitchel Overcash fell off a boat near the Navarre Bridge in the Navarre Sound. The area is east of Pensacola ...

National Park Service creating 'living emblem' in DC

The National Park Service is gathering more than 1,000 people on the National Mall to create a giant, living version of its emblem. The park service says that participants will use brown, green and white umbrellas to create the emblem Thursday. The first 1,000 people to arrive will get a ...

Florida Army vet gets Purple Heart 66 years after injury

It took 66 years, but Joe Hutchinson finally got his Purple Heart. In August 1950, the Army veteran was wounded by shrapnel while serving in Korea. The belated recognition came Wednesday, thanks to the efforts George Nepereny, who lives near Hutchinson in the Florida Panhandle. Nepereny learned that Hutchinson's records ...

Sheriff: Suicidal man shot by Florida sheriff's deputy

Sheriff's officials in Florida say a deputy fatally shot a suicidal man who refused to follow orders during a brief confrontation in a backyard near Orlando. The shooting happened Wednesday night after deputies stopped a man for driving recklessly. Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson said in a news release ...

NTSB: Plane lost fuel pumps before Alabama crash, killing 6

A pilot told air traffic controllers that fuel pumps aboard the plane were failing before it plunged to the ground and caught fire near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing six people from Mississippi, according to a new report from federal aviation investigators. In a preliminary report on the crash released early Thursday, ...

FILE--In this Nov. 1, 2013, file photo, a car stops to allow a moose to cross Westpark Drive in Anchorage, Alaska. Moose killed by cars and truck along the Alaska road system are salvaged and donated to people on the Alaska State Troopers' "charity list" but the Alaska Moose Federation says all or parts of three moose killed recently have been stolen before they could be picked up and delivered for processing. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, file)

Alaska roadkill thieves target moose meant for charity

Thieves coming across dead moose on Alaska roads are stealing the carcasses, making away with hundreds of pounds of meat that normally goes to a program run by state troopers that gives it to the needy and others willing to butcher the carcasses, officials said Wednesday. Two moose killed recently ...

New case of Zika through a local mosquito in Florida county

Officials say a second person in Palm Beach County, Florida, has contracted the Zika virus through a local mosquito. Florida's Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday that a 24-year-old Lake Worth woman has been confirmed to have contracted the virus. Officials say the woman was hospitalized last week ...

Council ousts DeBary mayor over city charter violations

Councilmembers in a small, central Florida city voted to oust their mayor after finding him guilty of eight counts of violating the city's charter. The 4-0 vote to boot Clint Johnson came late Wednesday in DeBary, which is north of Orlando. The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/2bIfLJX ) reports Vice Mayor ...

2 Orlando hospitals won't bill nightclub shooting victims

The Orlando hospitals that treated dozens of people injured in the Pulse nightclub massacre are not billing survivors for out-of-pocket medical expenses. News outlets report Orlando Regional Medical Center, which treated most of the survivors of the June 12 attack, announced Wednesday that it would seek payment from other resources ...

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