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The Latest: Colorado 'red flag' gun bill gets 1st hearing - Miami Herald The prosecutor of the Aurora theater shooter has testified against a "red flag" bill being debated by Colorado lawmakers. George Brauchler is the Arapahoe County district attorney. Last year, he supported unsuccessful legislation to allow the seizure of firearms from people deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.

Fendi honors Lagerfeld and fashion's 'longest love story' - Miami Herald Fendi paid understated tribute Thursday to Karl Lagerfeld, who died this week and was the Rome-based fashion house's creative director for 54 years.

GOP lawmaker, once unemployed, seeks to reduce benefits - Miami Herald People in Kentucky average close to five months of unemployment benefits before they find another job, which is among the longest duration in the region, according to Katie Houghlin, director of the Kentucky Division of Unemployment Insurance.

Sullivan: 90-day comment period for mine review inadequate - Miami Herald Dan Sullivan said a 90-day comment period is inadequate for a draft environmental review of a large copper-and-gold mine near the headwaters of a major Alaska fishery.

Supreme Court decision may choke cash flow for some Florida police departments Supreme Court ruling Wednesday has police chiefs and sheriffs across Florida asking their lawyers whether they need to change how they seize people's cars, homes and cash. The 9-0 ruling struck at the heart of a practice derisively known as "policing for profit," where police can seize someone's assets if they suspect it was involved in a crime.

Snowman pops up in Vegas as city sees rare winter weather - Miami Herald Winter storms in the U.S. Southwest brought rare snowfall Thursday to the Las Vegas Strip, dusting casino marquees and prompting revelers to erect a snowman near the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.

Electronic voting machines clear hurdles in Georgia House - Miami Herald Georgia voters could soon get new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot under fast-moving legislation approved Thursday by a House subcommittee and then by the full committee. The full committee vote split 13 to 6 along party lines, with Republicans in support.

Forecaster wanted his ashes released into a hurricane. His family found the perfect storm. National Weather Service Hurricane Research Division meteorologist Michael Black wanted his ashes released into a hurricane. His family and colleagues dropped his flag-wrapped ashes into Hurricane Michael.

Keys marina fire investigation could take months, cops say Two other men were seen with the man before and after the Double Agent, a 34-foot, triple outboard engine, Glacier catamaran, went up in flames. The fire spread to two neighboring vessels - a 50-foot Sea Ray Express Cruiser and a 45-foot pontoon boat.

Plans for new city pavilion harks back to Epcot's roots - Epcot is returning to its city roots. Officials at Walt Disney World said Thursday that new additions to Epcot include a pavilion featuring an interactive city with hands-on activities. Epcot was originally conceived by Walt Disney in the 1960s as an experimental city.

Bald Eagle nest spotted in Pembroke Pines - A bald eagle's nest has been spotted in Pembroke Pines. Pembroke Pines Police posted pictures of the nest on Twitter, Thursday afternoon. To ensure the bald eagle's safety, police are asking residents to keep their distance, keep the noise to a minimum and to keep their pets at home.

2019 SoBe Wine and Food Festival kicks off in Miami Beach - It's that time of year when the three things we love all come together: wine, food and festivals. The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is on! Deco's Franklin White is live at the party and drunk on excitement and carbohydrates.

After firing former board members, DeSantis names four to water management district Ron DeSantis appointed four more members to the South Florida Water Management District, including a Miami investor and a Treasure Coast former mayor who helped draw national attention to toxic algae blooms.

NW Miami-Dade carjacker allegedly impersonates police officer, steals SUV - A carjacker has been accused of impersonating a police officer in Northwest Miami-Dade. The theft happened on Northwest 33rd Street and 32nd Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. Surveillance video showed the man talking on his phone and walking up to a Ford SUV parked outside a store.

Surveillance video captures attempted burglary of Cooper City home - Newly-released surveillance video captured some crooks trying to burglarize a Cooper City home. A Ring Doorbell Camera captured two men looking through the windows. The homeowner, who saw the duo peering in through the camera, activated the alarm, and the two ran away.

Broward judge eyes ‘tentative’ 2020 start for trial in Parkland massacre Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer asked attorneys to consider January 2020 as a start date for the trial in the Parkland shooting that killed 17 students and faculty. Nikolas Cruz faces the death penalty.

Venezuela's Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entry - Miami Herald Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the vast border with Brazil to be closed, just days before opposition leaders plan to bring in foreign humanitarian aid he has refused to accept.

Honduran Immigrant Reina Gomez, who has a rare blood disorder, can stay for one more year in the US - Miami Herald Attorney Maya Ibars speaks to the media after immigrant Reina Gomez checks in with ICE at their field office in Miramar. Gomez has been fighting to stop her deportation because she can't receive life-saving medical treatment in Honduras.

Southwest Airlines flight out of FLL makes emergency landing in Orlando ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla. - A Southwest Airlines flight that departed from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport had to make an emergency landing at Orlando International Airport because of an issue with the plane's front landing gear.

Florida bill would allow buses to equip cameras to catch drivers who pass by illegally - Drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses may find that they will have a harder time avoiding getting caught if a Florida bill passes. State Rep.

Judge: US Violated Victim Rights In Epstein Sex Abuse Case FORT LAUDERDALE - A federal judge is saying that prosecutors broke the law and violated the rights of victims when they signed a plea agreement with billionaire convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. District Judge Kenneth Marra said in a 33-page decision that victims of Epstein should have been consulted under federal law about the deal.

'I'm Looking for Justice': Hearing Postponed in I-95 DUI Manslaughter Case Several South Florida families will have to wait longer to bring their loved ones to justice after they were killed by an alleged drunk driver last year on Interstate 95 in Miami. Lionel Orrego faces charges of DUI manslaughter in the August 2018 crash that killed Alina Ghani, Eugene Benjamin, John Brady Garzon and Meryl Diaz.

SunPass Customers With Transponders Will Have Bills Adjusted Down SunPass customers who have transponders will have their bill adjusted down, after many drivers reported that they were being overcharged. A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation confirmed Thursday that bills for those with transponders will be adjusted down.

Crews respond to gas leak in Doral - Officials believe a gas line was cut in a Doral neighborhood, which then led to a leak. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along Northwest 83rd Avenue and 47th Street, Thursday afternoon. Crews responded to the area to repair the break.

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