- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

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3 DEAD, 8 INJURED AFTER VEHICLE HITS BEAR

Three people died and eight were injured in a crash that happened after a motorist hit a 300-pound black bear along a two-lane road in the Florida Everglades. Authorities say a sport-utility vehicle hit the bear Sunday evening and people in a second vehicle had stopped to help when a car plowed into them. The bear also died.

LAWYER: SCOTT BROKE LAW WITH PRIVATE EMAILS

A judge is letting a lawyer argue that Gov. Rick Scott intentionally broke the state’s public records law with the use of a private email account. Chief Judge Charles Francis on Monday agreed to let Tallahassee lawyer Steve Andrews amend his existing public records lawsuit against the governor. Andrews can now use Scott’s release of nearly 200 pages of emails late last month as proof the governor violated the law.

EX-MUSIC PROMOTER EXTRADITED FROM BRAZIL IN $300M FRAUD CASE

A former music promoter who produced events for top-name acts such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Aerosmith has been extradited from Brazil to face U.S. charges in a $300 million fraud case. Prosecutors say 72-year-old Jack Utsick fled to Brazil in 2006 amid investigations by the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission. After a lengthy court battle, Brazil ordered his extradition in August and he was flown to Miami on Saturday.

CENTRAL FLORIDA STUDENT RAPE SUSPECTS RELEASED FROM JAIL

Five male high school students accused of sexually battering a female student were ordered released from jail after their arraignment was postponed until next month. No charges have been filed against the five Winter Springs High School, while a sixth student remains jailed in $35,000 bail.

REPORT: MAN KILLED WIFE WHILE CHILD IN HOME

Authorities have arrested a man on three counts of second degree murder in the slayings of his wife, his neighbor and a church pastor. Authorities in Bradenton said Monday that Andy Avalos hung his wife from a cord, beat and shot her and shot the two other victims. A report said the 4-year-old son of Andy and Amber Avalos was at home when the slayings occurred.


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