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25 years in prison for ex-Florida policeman who shot black motorist

Apr 26, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Nouman Raja is the first police officer to be convicted in Florida for the on-duty shooting death of a black man in 3 decades

JUSTICE FOR COREY JONES. People attend a rally as they seek answers to why Corey Jones was shot and killed by an off duty police officer on October 22, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida. File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Michael strengthens, Florida panhandle braces

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:00 AM

(UPDATED) Hurricane Michael is now packing winds of 120 miles per hour as it aims for the Florida panhandle, the finger-shaped strip of land on the Gulf of Mexico

GAS UP. Drivers line up for gasoline as Hurricane Michael bears down on the northern Gulf coast of Florida on October 8, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Videogamer shoots 2 dead, kills self at 'Madden NFL 19' tournament

Aug 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

The suspect of the shooting has been identified as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland

US SHOOTING. Jacksonville Sheriff's officers investigate the shooting at Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/AFP

Florida school shooter heard voices telling him to kill

Aug 07, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Nikolas Cruz tells the detective that demons in his head – which had started tormenting him years earlier – told him to 'buy weapons, kill animals and destroy everything.'

NIKOLAS CRUZ. Hector Romero Assistant Public Defender (L) and Melisa McNeill, Public Defender (R) are seen on screen at the first appearance in court for high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz (C) on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Court House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. File Photo by Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/AFP

Trump seeks answers on 'disturbed' Florida school shooter

Feb 15, 2018 - 11:22 PM

Nikolas Cruz, 19, kills 17 people in a hail of gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida

NIKOLAS CRUZ. This video screen grab image shows shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Jail in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Photo by Miguel Guttierez/AFP TV/AFP

China's Xi and Trump tee up Mar-a-Lago summit

Mar 30, 2017 - 5:28 PM

The visit follows a rocky start to US China relations under the billionaire politician who has repeatedly blasted Beijing for its trade policies and reluctance to bring pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs

TRUMP AT MAR-A-LAGO. US President-elect Donald Trump answers questions from the media after a day of meetings on December 28, 2016 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Alleged Florida airport gunman formally charged

Jan 27, 2017 - 11:19 AM

The charges carry a maximum penalty of death or life in prison

ESTEBAN SANTIAGO. This handout photo provided by the Broward Sheriff's Office shows the mugshot of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect Esteban Santiago on January 7, 2017. Photo by Broward Sheriff's Office / AFP

George Zimmerman arrested in aggravated assault row

Jan 10, 2015 - 11:07 PM

Zimmerman is taken in on suspicion of aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon according to local authorities

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN. This image provided November 19, 2013 by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office in Florida, shows George Zimmerman. AFP PHOTO / Seminole County Sheriff's Office

US man decapitates mother with ax on New Year's Eve

Jan 02, 2015 - 9:19 AM

Police tell media that that Gomez had killed his mother because he was upset she had been asking him to put some boxes in the attic

Bermuda-bound man rescued from inflatable bubble

Oct 05, 2014 - 10:23 PM

The man according to the US Coast Guard is disoriented and asking directions to Bermuda