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Cuban players: We paid thousands for journey to U.S. baseball

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Two Cuban baseball players told a federal jury Tuesday that they paid tens of thousands of dollars from signing bonuses with Major League Baseball teams to a smuggling network that prosecutors say was overseen by a Florida sports agent and his trainer associate. The players, Jorge Padron and Reinier Roibal, described how they were spirited off the communist-run island on speedboats bound for Cancun, Mexico, where they trained while awaiting documents necessary to go to the U.S. to sign lucrative…

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Appeals court: Florida must provide prisoners kosher food

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The state of Florida cannot use the vague threat of potential budget shortfalls to deny thousands of prisoners kosher meals they request for religious reasons, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Justice Department and against the Florida Department of Corrections. The state wanted permission to discontinue the kosher meals if the estimated $12.3 million cost was needed elsewhere. Supporters of the kosher program praised the ruling,…

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Appeals court hears case over kosher food in Florida prisons

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The state of Florida asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to allow it to discontinue a kosher meals program for thousands of religiously observant prison inmates in the event that chronic budget problems worsen and other costs take priority. An attorney representing the Florida Department of Corrections told a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the estimated $12.3 million additional cost of kosher meals could become prohibitive if other budget needs arise. The state is…

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Corrine Brown indicted after fraud investigation

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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and her chief of staff have been charged with multiple fraud and other federal offenses in a grand jury indictment unsealed Friday after a federal investigation into a fraudulent charity with ties to the congresswoman. Brown, a 69-year-old Democrat, was to appear later Friday in Jacksonville federal court on charges of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, obstruction and filing of false tax returns. She has represented a Jacksonville-based congressional district since 1993 – one of the first…

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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on moon, dies in Florida

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Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13’s “successful failure” and later devoted his life to exploring physics, the mind, and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, has died in Florida. He was 85. Mitchell died Thursday night at a West Palm Beach hospice after a short illness, his daughter, Kimberly Mitchell, said. Mitchell’s passing coincides with the 45th anniversary of the Apollo…

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U.S. court won’t extend Florida gay marriage stay

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A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to extend past Jan. 5 a hold on a ruling that declared Florida’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, possibly bringing same-sex weddings one step closer to reality. The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said Wednesday it will consider the substance of the state’s appeal on an expedited basis. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants the court to reverse a Tallahassee federal judge’s decision in August that would strike down the same-sex…

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Former associate of ex-Rep. David Rivera pleads guilty

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A onetime close associate of former U.S. Rep. David Rivera has pleaded guilty to four charges in a long-running campaign finance investigation that also implicates Rivera. Attorneys for Ana Alliegro announced in a surprise Tuesday that she would plead guilty rather than go to trial next week. Prosecutor Thomas Mulvihill said there was no plea agreement. Rivera has not been charged and denies wrongdoing. Alliegro was accused of funneling about $80,000 to an unknown Democratic candidate in the 2012 primary…

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