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SpaceX launches rocket from Cape Canaveral

<p> SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on Sunday night, with the rocket carrying commercial communications satellites.</p><p> [Scroll below for more live coverage ]</p><p> The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 at 10:50 p.m. The launch window extended to 11:33 p.m.</p><p> The Falcon 9 will attempt to launch a pair of commercial communications satellites for Eutelsat and Asia Broadcast Satellite, placing them in orbits more than 22,000 miles above the equator.</p><p> </p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:20:37 GMT

Deputies: 4 shot in Tangelo Park

<p> Orange County Sheriff's Office investigators said four people were shot Sunday night in a drive-by shooting on Steyr Street in Tangelo Park.</p><p> Deputies said around 9 p.m. a man reported being shot in the 4900 block of Steyr Street. According to investigators, he told them an SUV pulled up in front of the home and someone inside shot him.</p><p> When deputies responded to the scene they said they found three other shooting victims. Two were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.</p><p> A man also reported riding his bike by as the gunfire rang out. His bike was pierced by a bullet, but he was not injured.</p><p> Deputies said the shooter or shooters are not in custody, but that may change as they determine if any of the of victims may also be the initial gunmen.</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:38:44 GMT

Woman kidnapped in Publix parking lot

<p> A woman was found safe Sunday after a man sped into a Publix parking lot, grabbed her and pulled her into his car before taking off.</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:05:11 GMT

Girl, 10, one of two dead in Marion County crash on I-75, FHP says

<p> Two people are dead and one other is hurt after a crash Saturday in Marion County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.</p><p> The crash involving two vehicles happened at 2:41 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 75 at NB 363 mile marker.</p><p> Troopers said a 2005 Kia Sorento and a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica were traveling north on I-75. The Sorento was in the center lane and the Pacifica was in the left lane.</p><p> The driver of the Sorento, 35-year-old Pearlie M. Gibbs, began to change into the left lane, which was occupied by the Pacifica. Troopers said this caused the driver of the Pacifica, 21-year-old Kevin Chasteen, to turn to the left and avoid the Sorento.</p><p> Because Chasteen turned to the left, he drove onto the paved shoulder and then attempted to reenter the interstate, but then began rotating in a clockwise direction, FHP said. Both vehicles then collided.</p><p> After the initial collision, the Sorento was redirected to the northeast, where it began to rotate and overturn, troopers said.</p><p> Gibbs was taken to UF Health Gainesville, where she died Sunday morning.</p><p> FHP said the passenger, 10-year-old Jamiya Postell, was in the back seat not wearing her seat belt and was ejected. She was pronounced dead at the scene.</p><p> Jakera Postell, 18, who was another passenger in the Sorento, was taken to UF Health Gainesville and suffered minor injuries, according to FHP.</p><p> Chasteen was not injured, troopers said.</p><p> FHP said charges are pending.</p>

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:32:09 GMT

Teachers protest new FSA testing

<p> If you have a child in the 10th grade they are probably gearing up to take the new version of the FCAT, but it doesn't come without controversy.</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:06:04 GMT

Plane slides off runway with 9 onboard

<p> Officials say a Canadair CL-600 plane slid off the runway after landing at Marco Island Airport around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.</p><p> Nine people were onboard the flight that originated at Florida Keys Marathon Airport.</p><p> The conditions of the passengers is unknown at this time.</p><p> The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 01:24:21 GMT

Celebrities with March birthdays

<p> Is your birthday in March? Take a look at celebrities with March birthdays and see who shares yours.</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Orlando police investigate suspicious death of 1-year-old girl at hotel

<p> Authorities are investigating the death of a 18-month-old girl at an Orlando hotel, police said.</p><p> The investigation was underway Saturday afternoon at Parkwood Inn at 3300 W. Colonial Drive.</p><p> Police said they received a call around 3:50 p.m. Saturday. The baby girl was rushed to Winnie Palmer Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.</p><p> Police executed a search warrant Saturday night at the unit where the baby lived with her mother and mother's boyfriend.</p><p> The baby's death is considered suspicious because the girl had unexplained injuries, Orlando police said.</p><p> The girl's mother and mother's boyfriend were being interviewed, police said. The couple was cooperating with police. No arrests have been made.</p><p> Neighbors told Local 6 the mother and her boyfriend had moved in within the last few days and that they have been seen arguing with each other.</p><p> Neighbors heard that the baby might have fallen, but police could not confirm this information.</p><p> Police said they expect to have more information after a medical examiner performs an autopsy Sunday.</p><p> [STAY ALERT: <a href="" target="_self">Get text alerts</a> | <a href="" target="_self">Download free Local 6 app</a>]</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for updates on this developing story.</p>

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:29:22 GMT

Florida legislative session to take up tax cuts, budget beer, guns, pot, potties and more

<p> Conservation land purchases, beer growlers, tax cuts, guns on state university campuses, medical marijuana and even where transgender people can go to the bathroom will all be issues that will come up during Florida's 2015 legislative session.</p><p> The only requirement lawmakers have under Florida law is to approve the state budget, but there's always so much more when the 120 representatives and 40 senators come to the Capitol for 60 days each year. The session starts Tuesday with Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State address and ends May 1.</p><p> With Republicans firmly in control, they'll drive the agenda and the two new leaders — House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner — are in sync on a number of issues. And they, like Scott, like the idea of cutting taxes and making government more efficient.</p><p> Exactly how and to whom they'll give money back is to be determined. Scott is proposing to reduce taxes on cellphones and cable and satellite television, called the communication services tax, or CST. He also wants to eliminate the sales tax on college text books and increase a corporate income tax exemption.</p><p> "The benefit of the CST is it impacts pretty much everybody in the state. It's broad based. I think for the average person that spends about $100 a month on their cellphones and TV it gives them about $40 a year in tax savings," Scott told reporters recently at a meeting organized by The Associated Press. "We all have a cellphone and TV."</p><p> Lawmakers are also looking at eliminating the commercial lease tax, and Crisafulli said he's interested in sales tax breaks that would help farmers. "I'm a proponent of reducing business taxes because I think it does ultimately lead to potentially more hiring," he said.</p><p> Lawmakers will consider varying ideas on how to implement a constitutional amendment voters passed last fall that sets aside a portion of real estate taxes for the purchase of conservation land.</p><p> Gardiner said one idea could be to use the money to create ways to let the public enjoy conservation land the state already owns.</p><p> "Instead of just buying a piece of property and putting up a fence — property of the government, keep off — why don't we start talking about access. Parks and trails and different things like that on those pieces of property. That's how I would look at Amendment 1," he said.</p><p> While Democrats don't have much power in Tallahassee, they will look to help shape legislation being steered by Republicans. That will include medical marijuana, an issue Democrats have pushed for years and one Republicans are considering after nearly 58 percent of Floridians supported a ballot measure last fall to broaden its use. The measure needed 60 percent support to pass.</p><p> "We should look at allowing more people to have an improved quality of life, especially people who have chronic illnesses like Parkinson's," House Democratic leader Mark Pafford said.</p><p> Democrats will also look to kill bills they think go too far, including proposals to ban all abortions, make it illegal for transgender people to use a single-sex public restroom, and allow concealed weapons permit holders to bring their guns on state university campuses.</p><p> Pafford remarked that the Republican administration refused to allow voting on campus, yet they want to let students carry guns.</p><p> "That's just the most bizarre type of thinking, coming where I come from," Pafford said. "I grew up in Miami and I've seen people shot and it's not a nice thing."</p><p> In all, lawmakers have filed nearly 1,100 bills. The first one the Senate plans to pass is a measure that requires greyhound tracks to report dog injuries to the state.</p><p> Other bills would:</p><p> — Legalize 64-ounce beer containers known as growlers. Florida is the only state that bans them.</p><p> — Provide financial education and job training for people with developmental disabilities.</p><p> — Allow grocery and drug stores to sell hard liquor.</p><p> — Allow secret recordings made by children to be used as evidence against rapists and molesters.</p>

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:42:49 GMT

Hyundai recalls 200,000 vehicles for power steering defect

<p> Hyundai is recalling more than 200,000 vehicles that could have a power steering defect that increases the risk of a crash, according to documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Saturday. </p><p> The recall will affect Elantra sedans produced between 2008 and 2010, as well as 2009 to 2010 Elantra Touring hatchbacks. The company estimates that about 3% of those vehicles exhibit the defect. </p><p> The problem is a flaw in the vehicles' electronic power steering system, the technology that makes moving the steering wheel easier. In some cases, a control unit component senses an error in the system and disables that assistance. </p><p> "Steering control can be maintained; however, the vehicle will revert to a manual steering mode, requiring greater driver effort, particularly at low speeds," Hyundai said in a recent report filed with NHTSA. </p><p> The malfunction triggers a warning light on the dashboard, and can often be resolved by restarting the vehicle. </p><p> According to documents filed by the company, Hyundai initially determined that the problem, which first became apparent in 2010, would not require a safety recall. </p><p> The level of force necessary to steer the vehicle without power steering was within compliance standards, and the flaw has not historically been considered a safety defect in the U.S., the company said. </p><p> But automakers and the NHTSA have come under scrutiny recently for failing to issue safety recalls for defective vehicles, and companies have been issuing voluntary recalls in record numbers. </p><p> "The industry has increasingly handled similar issues through safety recalls due to the greater driver effort at low vehicle speeds," said Hyundai. "To remain consistent with that industry trend, Hyundai has decided to conduct this campaign as a safety recall." </p><p> The company will notify owners if their vehicles need to be tested for the defect, and will reimburse owners for the repair. Hyundai did not mention any incidents caused by the defect, and did not immediately respond to calls for comment. </p>

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:30:41 GMT

Orlando City Soccer players taking part in fashion show to benefit charitable foundation

<p> Orlando City Soccer is hosting a special fashion event to unveil its away uniforms and raise money for its charitable foundation.</p><p> The event Tuesday will feature players from the Lions taking part in a runway fashion show at Church Street Exchange.</p><p> In addition to unveiling the away jerseys, Orlando City players will also model other clothes.</p>

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:40:14 GMT

Williams helps Charlotte hold off Orlando 98-83

<p> Mo Williams had 23 points and 11 assists, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Orlando Magic 98-83 on Sunday night.</p><p> Cody Zeller, Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson had 16 points apiece for the Hornets, who had dropped six of seven.</p><p> It was the fifth straight double-digit scoring game for Williams and his second time with double-digit assists since being dealt to Charlotte at the trade deadline.</p><p> The Hornets carried an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter, but had to fight off a Magic surge that got them as close as four in the final period.</p><p> Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 21 points. Tobias Harris added 13 points and nine rebounds.</p><p> Orlando has lost three straight since a season-high three-game win streak.</p><p> A jumper by Ben Gordon trimmed what had been a 15-point Hornets advantage to 74-70 in the fourth quarter.</p><p> But the Hornets quickly responded, using an 8-0 spurt to stretch their lead back to a dozen with just over five minutes to play.</p><p> The momentum stayed with Charlotte over the next several minutes, with its advantage increasing to as many as 17.</p><p> The Hornets had nine first-half turnovers, but took a one-point lead into halftime thanks to a poor shooting performance by the Magic.</p><p> Orlando was 16 for 45 (35 percent) in the opening 24 minutes and finished just 31 for 85 for the game (36 percent).</p><p> TIP-INS</p><p> Hornets: Charlotte outscored Orlando 18-7 on fast-break points. ... Sunday's matchup with the Magic started a stretch of 17 games over the next 30 days for Charlotte.</p><p> Magic: Orlando has held its last nine opponents to fewer than 100 points. It's the third longest such streak in NBA this season. The longest streak is 10 games by Charlotte and Cleveland. ... Aaron Gordon (right ankle) and Evan Fournier (hip) were inactive.</p><p> UP NEXT</p><p> Hornets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.</p><p> Magic: Host Phoenix on Wednesday.</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:26:04 GMT

On this day: March 2

<p> Dr. Seuss is born, "King Kong" premieres, Elmer Fudd makes his debut, Wilt Chamberlain scores 100, and compact discs hit the American market for the first time, all on this day.</p>

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Photos: Recent Fla. mugshots

<p> Here's a look at some of the individuals who have been arrested recently in the Sunshine State.</p>

Published: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:20:19 GMT