- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

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GOP SEES IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AS A CHANCE TO GAIN JEWISH VOTERS

Republicans are trying to seize on President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran and strained ties with Israel’s leader to cultivate Jewish voters, particularly in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Democrats dismiss the effort as demagoguery from the right, saying that most Jewish voters will remain loyal to the left. The front-runner for their party’s presidential nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, is among those supporting the Iran agreement. Congress will have a 60-day window to review the Iran deal and could pass legislation stopping Obama from lifting its sanctions on Iran.

NFL ALUMNI, DEVELOPER START $1.1 BILLION RETIREE CENTER

The NFL Alumni Association and a Florida-based developer have begun construction on a new retirement center that will provide assisted living and memory care services for former professional football players. The $1.1 billion project is led by Validus Senior Living. It is building 33 facilities nationwide over the next five years. Construction began Thursday at a facility in Ocoee, which will have capacity for 158 residents.

CONFEDERATE FLAG REMOED FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BUILDING

A Confederate flag hanging in Hillsborough County’s government center is being relocated to the Tampa Bay History Center. The Tampa Bay Times reports (http://bit.ly/1LngfiE) that the flag came down Wednesday night with no fanfare or ceremony, hours after the county commission voted for its removal following an emotional debate. The flag had hung in the lobby of the Frederick B. Karl County Center for two decades.

3 WORKERS DANGLING FROM SAFETY HARNESSES ALONGSIDE JACKSONVILLE JAIL RESCUED SAFELY

Three men were rescued after dangling precariously on the side of a Jacksonville jail after a thunderstorm tipped their scaffolding. Fire-rescue officials said the three men were saved by their safety harnesses as they dangled outside the Duval County jail on Thursday. The motor broke in the scaffolding, sending it three stories higher. The men had been working on a weather-stripping project at the jail.

FLORIDA ISLAND, MANSION SOLD FOR $14.5 MILLION

A 104-acre southwest Florida island, complete with a mansion, has sold for $14.5 million. Mark Pentecost, the founder of a nutrition and beauty aid marketing company, purchased Little Bokeelia Island. The barrier island is halfway between Sarasota and Naples and includes a desalination plant and a bungalow village for guests. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/ooz4ts2) reports the island had been on the market for three years.

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