- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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APPEALS COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS OVER LICENSE FOR ORCA ‘LOLITA’

Animal rights advocates are challenging a federal judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit against Miami Seaquarium and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The case concerns a captive killer whale named Lolita that has lived at the Seaquarium since 1970. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and other groups sued in 2012, saying the tank that holds Lolita violates USDA standards to renew the Seaquarium’s license to operate under the Animal Welfare Act.

HAZING ARREST AFTER STUDENT STREAKS ACROSS FLA. SCHOOL STAGE

A Florida teen has been arrested for allegedly hazing another student during an initiation to a high school technology club. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 16-year-old Jensen Beach High School student was arrested Friday and charged with promoting sexual performance of a child and possessing child pornography.

ST. PETE POLICE TO HAND OUT RAYS TICKETS FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR

Police have a new tool in their crime-fighting arsenal: Tampa Bay Rays tickets. St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway announced Monday the Park, Walk, and Cheer program, which will allow cops to reward positive behavior with four tickets to a Rays game. The tickets will be awarded through a small cardboard voucher that looks like a baseball card for Rays’ pitcher Chris Archer.

JUDGE: SIBLINGS OF DEAD BOY TO REMAIN WITH RELATIVE

A judge has ruled that two siblings of a 3-year-old South Florida boy who was found dead inside his home will remain with a relative. Ahizya Osceola’s body was found in an “obscure” place Thursday, hours after he was reporting missing from his Hollywood home. Broward Circuit Judge Hope Tieman Bristol on Monday suspended visitation rights for the boy’s father Nelson Osceola and step-mother Analiz Rodezno Osceola until an investigator talks with 5-year-old Cameron Rodezno. The couple has an 8-month-old daughter.

3 INJURED WHEN CAR CRASHES INTO PRISONER VAN

Authorities say a woman lost control of her car on a wet road and crashed into a transport van carrying prisoners in Clearwater. Three people were taken to the hospital after the crash on Monday. The injured included the car’s driver, the driver of the van and a handcuffed prisoner who was being transported. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says none of the injuries were life-threatening.


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