- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES IN FLORIDA FOR ECONOMIC SUMMIT

The race for the White House in 2016 is between the old and the new. So says Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. His message to a Republican economic gathering in Florida is that “outdated leaders” are clinging to “outdated ideas” in a nation that is transforming and needs new policies and people in charge. He’s the first of seven Republican presidential prospects featured at the Disney World event hosted by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Rubio was a late scratch to the live program because of a Senate conflict in Washington. But in a video message, he offered a heavy helping of indirect criticism at longtime political leaders like Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush. Bush is set to address the gathering later in the day.

4TH NAVY SUB SAILOR GETS PRISON IN SHOWER RECORDINGS CASE

A fourth Navy sailor has been sentenced by a court-martial to prison in the recording and sharing of videos that showed female officers and trainees undressing for showers aboard the submarine USS Wyoming. A military judge sentenced Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Shoemaker to 18 months in prison and a bad conduct discharge Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping female trainees from a tight crawl space with a view into the sub’s shower area.

SOME FLORIDA HEALTH INSURERS REQUEST BIG 2016 RATE INCREASES

Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing double-digit rate hikes for 2016 Florida plans sold on the health insurance exchanges created under President Barack Obama’s law. According to preliminary rate data released Monday by the federal government, one of Aetna’s plans requested a 21 percent hike, while plans for United and Coventry were looking for increases of 18 percent. United requested a 31 percent bump in one of its plans sold off the exchange. But the state’s largest health insurer, Florida Blue, has not requested a rate hike of more than 10 percent.

COAST GUARD BOAT AND HELICOPTER HIT WITH LASERS ON SAME DAY

The U.S. Coast Guard reported three incidents of lasers being pointed at two of their boats and a Dolphin rescue helicopter within the last three weeks, none of which resulted in any injuries. An 87-foot patrol boat was hit Tuesday by a green laser reportedly coming from inland while patrolling near Sanibel Island. On the same day, a Dolphin rescue helicopter crew was struck by a green laser originating from land about a mile south of Punta Salina, Puerto Rico. Another vessel reported a laser strike last month while it inspected a recreational boat around the Venetian Causeway in Miami.

OCALA’S VANGUARD HIGH PRODUCES 27 VALEDICTORIANS

Vanguard High School in Ocala could be called Valedictorian High. On Friday, Vanguar will have 27 valedictorians at its 2015 graduation ceremony. Since 2012, Vanguard has named 99 valedictorians. About 7.3 percent of the 370 seniors at Vanguard will receive the top honor on Friday. Last year, there were 28 valedictorians. It’s not that the school is being lax in choosing top students. All 28 students last year earned straight As in 24 college-level courses and had perfect, 5.0 weighted grade point averages. This year, students had to clear greater hurdles. That included at least a 29 on the ACT or a 1,200 on the SAT. They also had to complete 100 community service hours. They also had to pass state-mandated Algebra 1, geometry and U.S. history exams.

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