- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

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EX-BANKER FACING PRISON TERM IN $1.2 BILLION FLORIDA PONZI SCAM

A Miami federal judge is scheduled Friday to sentence Frank Spinosa, a former executive at TD Bank. Spinosa is the last remaining defendant currently charged in the Rothstein scam, which collapsed six years ago.

MENTAL COMPETENCY HEARING SET FOR BACKPACK BOMB SUSPECT

The Jan. 27 hearing was scheduled after Harlem Suarez’s lawyer said in court papers that mental problems prevent him from understanding court proceedings and assisting in his defense. A judge ordered that a written psychological report on Suarez be completed by Jan. 25.

ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAS BUSIEST YEAR EVER

Airport officials said Thursday that 33 million domestic passengers and 5 million international passengers passed through the airport from October 2014 to October 2015.

EX-PRO ATHLETE DIES AFTER AGILITY TESTS AT SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Officials say 37-year-old Dondre Williams fell ill Tuesday after passing a series of physical tests that included running, push-ups and sit-ups. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports that Williams died Wednesday at the hospital.

OLIVE GARDEN SALES EDGE UP

The Italian restaurant chain’s sales rose 1 percent at established locations from a year ago for the fiscal quarter ending Nov. 29, according to parent company Darden Restaurants Inc. The uptick was driven by higher prices and a more favorable “menu-mix” of more expensive items. Customer traffic edged down 0.6 percent.

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