- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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ALL EYES ON SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION IN FLORIDA

The replacement to fill the late Bill Young’s seat in Congress will be chosen after a special election in Pinellas County. Polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m. The race for the 13th congressional district seat has garnered national attention and nearly $9 million in outside money. The district is considered a tossup, and ads for Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly have inundated mailboxes and airwaves in recent weeks.

BIEBER GETS NEW TRIAL DATE IN FLORIDA CASE


A May 5 trial date was set Tuesday for Justin Bieber in the Florida case charging him with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver’s license. Prosecutor Daniel Diaz-Balart also said at a brief hearing that no plea offer has been made for the 20-year-old pop singer, who has pleaded not guilty. Bieber’s attorney, Roy Black, also said there was no plea deal on the table and none had been rejected, even though first offenders in most similar cases are offered a plea to avoid potential jail time.

3 MEMBERS OF DADE CITY FAMILY DIE IN CRASH

A husband, wife and child died and three other children were injured - two critically - when the family’s car drove through a stop sign as they returned home from a shopping trip to an outlet mall in Orlando. The crash happened early Tuesday morning in Polk City. The dead child was 5, his 7-and 2-year-old sisters are in critical condition. A 3-month-old sister escaped serious injury.

3 DEAD, 1 INJURED IN APARTMENT COMPLEX FIRE

Officials say three people are dead and another is being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at the Misty Oaks apartments near Orlando. The fire was reported early Tuesday. The victims were found inside an apartment in the two story building. Firefighter investigators say they haven’t determined what caused the fire.

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSES TUITION BREAK FOR VETERANS

The Florida Legislature on Tuesday passed the “Florida GI” bill that supporters say will help the state become the most “military friendly” in the nation. A key part of the bill would offer a tuition break to honorably discharged veterans regardless of when they moved to the state.