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Man who flew gyrocopter to Capitol gets 4 months

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The Latest on sentencing of man who piloted gyrocopter to Washington, D.C., landing in 2015 (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A man who piloted a one-person gyrocopter through some of the most restricted U.S. airspace and landed on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington has been sentenced to 120 days in jail. Florida resident Douglas Hughes was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Washington by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. Hughes has said his April 15, 2015, flight in the bare-bones…

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Amazon to launch Prime Now one, two-hour delivery service in Tampa Bay area

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Local Amazon customers could soon enjoy one- and two-hour delivery service, as the online retailer launches Prime Now in the Tampa Bay area. As first reported by Ashley Gurbal Kritzer of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Amazon is leasing about 30,000 square feet of warehouse space center off Adamo Drive and is currently providing orientation for new part-time associates for the Prime Now service. Since Amazon has opened fulfillment centers in both Lakeland and Ruskin, Prime customers have the option…

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Lawyer: Florida man in gyrocopter flight to Capitol to plead guilty

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Douglas Hughes has said repeatedly in recent months that he objected to doing “significant hard jail time” for landing a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol to call attention to what he considers the influence of big money on politics. Hughes protested that no one got hurt in his “spectacular” act of civil disobedience on April 15, but prosecutors charged him with crimes that carried a potential of 9½ years in prison. On Thursday, his lawyer said in an email to…

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Man who landed gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol rejects deal

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A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America’s most restricted airspace before landing outside the U.S. Capitol said Monday that he’s rejected a plea deal that would have involved several years in prison. Douglas Hughes spoke after a status hearing in federal court in Washington. He declined to give specifics of ongoing negotiations but said that if prosecutors continue to insist on “significant hard jail time,” his case will go to trial. Hughes said spending several years in…

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