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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 …

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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 reports Vice Mayor Lita Handy-Peters will …

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Despite Abuse Claims, Grayson Staying In Florida Senate Race

Democratic leaders want Rep. Alan Grayson to go away. His ex-wife says he's abusive. Ethics questions dog him. Yet the liberal lawmaker is refusing to drop his bid for the U.S. Senate, potentially upending party hopes that moderate Rep. Patrick Murphy will emerge as the nominee against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

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Zika Tourism Effects Could Take Time To Play Out

With Florida battling a Zika virus outbreak in Miami, the full impacts of federal and international travel advisories on the state's tourism industry won't be known for months. The state's tourism-marketing arm Visit Florida, following Gov. Rick Scott and other officials, has maintained a message that Florida is safe and open for business.

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Nightclub Shooting Police Reports: Hysteria, Blood, Bodies

FILE - In this Sunday, June 12, 2016 file photo, law enforcement officials work at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. More police departments are exploring technology that would allow 911 emergency dispatchers to receive text messages from people who need help. When gunshots rang out at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June, patrons hid from the gunman and frantically texted relatives to call 911 because Orlando doesn't have 911 texting. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Dozens of narratives in supplemental police reports released Tuesday give greater details about the Orlando police response to last month's massacre of 49 patrons at the Pulse gay nightclub, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The officers who recount their role in the reports were the initial responders to a call from a fellow officer who was working security when gunman Omar Mateen began firing in the club.

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Frustrated Police, Black Leaders Seek Answers After Shootings

In the aftermath of fatal attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., black leaders say Florida — which has a long and ugly history of racism — has reached a race-relations crossroads. Meanwhile, one sheriff says the African-American community needs to "mature" as law enforcement officials seek to keep a lid on the violence that has erupted in other states.

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