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Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart, tossing passengers; 1 dead, 7 hurt
A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball that broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, killing one man and injuring seven other people, passed its inspections, officials said at a late-night news conference. Director of Agriculture David Daniels...
Senate rejects health bill, but GOP momentum grows for 'skinny repeal' of Obamacare
The Senate rejected a proposal Wednesday that would have repealed major parts of the Affordable Care Act, but Republican leaders were growing more confident about their chances of passing a more modest overhaul of the health care law later this week. Republicans appeared to be coalescing around...
Jury: Michael Jackson estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million
A jury on Wednesday found that Michael Jackson's estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from "Billie Jean," "Thriller" and more of the superstar's biggest hits. The award from a Los Angeles Superior Court jury fell short of the $30 million the legendary producer...
Wildlife officials ID men behind viral shark-dragging video, reports say
The smiling men seen in a viral video dragging a tethered shark behind a high-speed boat have been identified by Florida wildlife officials, reports say. Officials said it wasn’t clear if the shark was alive when it was dragged or if the men broke any laws, according to the Associated Press. But...
Wilton Manors rejects lower tax rate
Wilton Manors property owners might not be getting a slight break in the property tax rate, after all. Commissioners on Wednesday night rejected the city manager’s proposed small reduction, agreeing tentatively to maintain the same property tax rate as last year. When coupled with high property...
Better drinking water on tap for five Palm Beach County cities, utility says
If people in southern Palm Beach County have yearned for a better-tasting glass of water, now they have it. Higher-quality H2O is on tap for five communities, thanks to an upgrade by their utility. Those benefiting are 113,000 water customers in Boynton Beach, Ocean Ridge, Briny Breezes and parts...
Man, 25, had sex with boy, 14, in Coral Springs library, cops say
After meeting the 14-year-old boy for a sexual tryst in a Coral Springs library last spring, the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea man was eager to do it again, police said. A follow-up rendezvous was planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, said Detective Ernesto Bruna, a spokesman for the Coral Springs Police Department....
Wasserman Schultz hit with criticism over aide arrested while trying to leave U.S.
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is once again at the vortex of controversy, this time over a suddenly fired staffer who was arrested while at an airport preparing to leave the country. The latest imbroglio is unfolding exactly a year after the biggest crisis of Wasserman Schultz’s political...
Wellington polo club founder John Goodman loses appeal of DUI manslaughter conviction
It was the news Scott Wilson’s parents have been waiting to hear: Wellington polo club founder John Goodman has struck out on a bid for a third trial in his 2010 DUI manslaughter case. The state’s Fourth District Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected Goodman’s appeal of his 2014 conviction in the...
Ex-FBI agent gets 2039 prison release date in mob slaying
MIAMI — A disgraced former FBI agent serving time for a 1982 murder linked to imprisoned New England mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger has a new prison release date — if he lives that long. The Florida Commission on Offender Review on Wednesday set a June 22, 2039 release date for ex-agent John Connolly,...
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