- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

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CANADIAN DIPLOMAT’S TEENAGE SON PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN MURDER CASE

The 15-year-old son of a Canadian diplomat pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and other charges in a drug-related shootout that killed his older brother and another teenager. Curt Obront, attorney for Marc Wabafiyebazu, entered the plea Monday on his behalf to felony first-degree murder, attempted murder and other charges. The teen is charged as an adult. Wabafiyebazu waived his appearance at the hearing, although he briefly showed up in court to meet with Obront.

FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICTS HALT TESTING AMID NEW PROBLEMS

Florida school districts are suspending testing amid a new round of problems with the state’s online tests. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart blamed the problems on the outside company the state hired to put together the state’s new standardized test. Stewart said during a Monday conference call with school superintendents that the company made unapproved changes to the testing system over the weekend. She called the actions by American Institutes for Research “unacceptable.”

INTERNET COMPANIES OPPOSE FLORIDA PROPOSALS TO REGULATE WEB

Some Florida lawmakers want to impose state-level regulations on the free-wheeling online world, and are drawing opposition from some of the nation’s biggest Internet companies including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Ebay. The conflict is over two proposed laws. One would affect who controls a person’s email and social media accounts and the secrets they may contain when the owner dies or becomes incapacitated. The other would make the state a combatant against Internet piracy of music and movies. The bills’ proponents say they simply extend current laws to cover new kinds of information and assets that didn’t exist when those laws were written.

FBI RECOVERS GOLD BAR FROM NORTH CAROLINA ROBBERY IN FLORIDA

A gold bar stolen in a $5 million armored truck robbery in North Carolina has been recovered by the FBI in South Florida, and authorities suspect a strong Miami-area connection. The FBI on Monday released a photo of the 26-pound gold bar, worth up to $500,000. The FBI is seeking the public’s help to find other gold bars from the March 1 robbery along Interstate 95 in North Carolina. The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and charges.

BOY’S BODY RECOVERED AFTER BEING KNOCKED FROM BOAT

Sheriff’s officials say they’ve recovered the body of a 9-year-old north Florida boy who went missing after being knocked from a boat during a fishing trip. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports that Jonathan “Tate” Ricks was found dead early Monday morning. Ricks and a 50-year-old family friend were tossed into the St. Johns River on Saturday evening when a larger boat hit their 14-foot vessel. The crash occurred near the U.S. 17 Memorial Bridge in East Palatka.

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