Belief Death Penalty Is Applied Unfairly Shows Capital Punishment’s Growing Isolation in US

[ad_1] HOUSTON (AP) — More Americans now believe the death penalty, which is undergoing a yearslong decline of use and support, is being administered unfairly, a finding that is adding to its growing isolation in the U.S., according to an annual report on capital punishment. But whether the public’s waning support for the death penalty … Read more

Florida’s GOP Chairman Is a Subject in a Rape Investigation

[ad_1] TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The chairman of Florida‘s Republican Party is the subject of a rape investigation, though no charges have been filed and his lawyer said he will be exonerated. Still, the investigation into Christian Ziegler comes at a critical time for the Republican Party of Florida: Two Florida Republicans — former President … Read more

Law Enforcement Isn’t Required to Withhold Victims’ Names

[ad_1] TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida law enforcement agencies began refusing to publicly release crime victims’ names after voters passed a victims’ rights constitutional amendment, but the state Supreme Court ruled on Thursday they weren’t required to do so. Legally, the name of a crime victim doesn’t have to be withheld from the public, the … Read more

DeSantis and Newsom Will Face off in a Fox News Event Featuring Two Governors With White House Hopes

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis are meeting in a nationally televised event on Thursday night that will feature two young, high-profile leaders with presidential aspirations who may have to wait for future cycles to realize them. DeSantis is betting big on Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses … Read more

Haley and DeSantis Are Relying More on Outside Campaign Groups With Time Running Out to Stop Trump

[ad_1] Struggling to energize his campaign, DeSantis this week privately encouraged his donor network to support a newly formed super PAC that’s taking over advertising responsibilities. That’s after a leadership shakeup at the pro-DeSantis super PAC that for months has been handling the bulk of both his advertising and his get-out-the-vote operation. At the same … Read more

‘Mr. Big Stuff’ Singer Jean Knight Dies at 80

[ad_1] BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Jean Knight, a New Orleans born soul singer known for her 1971 hit “Mr. Big Stuff,” has died at 80. Family, friends, fans and veterans of the music world mourned the loss of the Grammy-nominated singer who was considered a musical powerhouse and an integral part of New Orleans’ … Read more

Man Suspected of Dismembering Body in Florida Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

[ad_1] INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) — A 75-year-old man suspected in the dismembering death of a man at a home in north Florida has died, sheriff’s officials said. Someone called deputies about a possible murder at a home in Inverness, which is 75 miles (121 kilometers) north of Tampa, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said in … Read more

3-Year-Old Shot and Killed at South Florida Extended Stay Hotel

[ad_1] TAMARAC, Fla. (AP) — A 3-year-old was shot and killed Saturday at an extended stay hotel in South Florida, authorities said. Deputies and first responders from Tamarac Fire Rescue responded to a call about a shooting just after 8 a.m., the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Officials said the injured child … Read more

Florida Sheriff’s Deputies Shoot Driver Who Pointed Rifle at Them After High Speed Chase

[ad_1] HERNANDO, Fla. (AP) — A high speed chase that went through two counties in north Florida ended with the driver pointing a rifle at sheriff’s deputies who then shot him, officials said. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment on Friday evening, according to statements from sheriff’s investigators in Citrus and Marion … Read more

Sea Turtle Nests Break Records on US Beaches, but Global Warming Threatens Their Survival

[ad_1] INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Just as they have for millions of years, sea turtles by the thousands made their labored crawl from the ocean to U.S. beaches to lay their eggs over the past several months. This year, record nesting was found in Florida and elsewhere despite growing concern about threats from … Read more