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Debate Takeaways: Civil court discussion gives way to brawl
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saturday's Republican presidential debate was the perfect spot for GOP candidates to try and project legal gravitas after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia....

Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three Republicans leading in national polls don't appear to be listening....

Police in Florida say armed suspect was shot after a chase
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- An armed suspect fleeing the scene of a shooting in Florida was injured after an officer shot him in the leg during a chase early Saturday, police said....

Jacksonville man shot by off-duty federal officer dies
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A man who was shot by an off-duty federal law enforcement officer during an attempted robbery has died from his injuries....

Man who threatened mosque pleads guilty to hate crime
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida man accused of threatening to firebomb a mosque last fall has pleaded guilty to a hate crime in federal court....

102 pythons caught as state snake hunt enters final weekend
MIAMI (AP) -- A state-sanctioned hunt on public lands for invasive Burmese pythons is about to end....

Sen. Harry Reid calls on Grayson to drop out of Senate race
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Friday called for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson to drop out of the race for a Senate seat in Florida, but Grayson angrily denounced the move and said he has no plans to follow Reid's suggestion....

Trump rips into former Gov. Jeb Bush at Tampa campaign rally
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Donald Trump is regaling Florida voters with insults directed at their former governor, Jeb Bush, whom he calls "a total stiff" and "a gutless guy" who is "asleep at the wheel."...

Hospital where woman in custody died cited for deficiencies
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The hospital where a black woman died after she was forcibly removed from the emergency room by a white police officer was cited for 10 "deficiencies," including failing to properly examine the woman when she complained of difficulty breathing, state health officials said....

Man, woman from Texas killed in plane crash off Florida
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) -- A man and woman from Texas were killed when a small plane they were in crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle, officials said Friday....

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