- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

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FLORIDA DOCTOR TIED TO NJ SEN. MENENDEZ REMAINS JAILED

A federal judge has asked for more information on the assets of a Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez before setting his bond. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Hopkins said Monday he needed to know about property and bank accounts held by 61-year-old Salomon Melgen in his native Dominican Republic, as well as the value of artwork he owns in the U.S. Melgen has been behind bars for nearly eight weeks. He is accused of falsely diagnosing patients with eye conditions and performing unnecessary procedures to bilk Medicare out of as much as $105 million.

DMV CHANGES LICENSE INFO TO STOP SEX PREDATOR MISTAKES

The Florida agency that issues driver’s licenses has changed how clerks enter information into the computer system after two people were given licenses that wrongly labeled them sex offenders or predators. An agency spokesman on Monday provided The Associated Press with a memo outlining the changes, which were implemented three weeks ago. Under the changes, the drop-down box checked for sexual offenders has been moved away from other boxes that are checked if the driver wants to donate an organ or is dependent on insulin.

DIVERS PLANT STAGHORN CORAL IN FLORIDA KEYS

Divers have planted 1,600 staghorn corals in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to mark World Oceans Day. About 70 staff and volunteers from Key Largo’s Coral Restoration Foundation sowed corals Monday at six Upper Keys reefs during an event dubbed Plantapalooza. It was the foundation’s most prolific single-day output. Coral fragments grow in a designated nursery about three miles off the Keys.

MAN FATALLY SHOT AFTER PULLING GUN ON MELBOURNE OFFICERS

Melbourne police officers fatally shot a person of interest in a recent string of robberies after they say he pulled a handgun on them. The incident happened late Sunday night in a Burger King parking lot. The officers weren’t injured. Police had 36-year-old Matthew Wayne McDaniel under surveillance for several hours on Sunday afternoon following an armed robbery at a gas station. When he drove into the parking lot around 11:35 p.m. Sunday, officer approached him. Commander Dan Lynch says McDaniel pulled a gun and officers responded with deadly force. McDaniel was still in the car and it wasn’t immediately known whether he fired shots.

9 CATS DIE IN MOBILE HOME FIRE NEAR LAKELAND

Firefighters say nine cats died in a mobile home fire in Lakeland. The home was fully engulfed in flames when crews from the Lakeland Fire Department arrived Sunday afternoon. Two residents were able to get out of the home, but there wasn’t time to save their cats. Crews stopped the flames from spreading to nearby homes. No further details were immediately available.

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