- Associated Press - Friday, May 15, 2015

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2 GIRLS SHOT RIDING SCHOL BUS HOME IN FLORIDA

Two students are recovering from injuries suffered in a shooting on their school bus in Jacksonville. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officials say two males shot into the bus Thursday afternoon as it approached an intersection on the city’s west side. Police say it’s unclear whether those who shot were students. The Florida Times-Union reports that the girls’ injuries weren’t considered life-threatening, though at least one was shot in the face. Police didn’t release their names but said the girls are 14 and 15. No one else was injured. Police say the bus was stopped by two suspects when they apparently tried to fight with someone on board. As the bus drove away, shots were fired.

2 MIAMI INMATES CAPTURED AFTER WALKING AWAY FROM WORK DETAIL

Two inmates from Miami-Dade County’s Boot Camp program are behind bars again after walking away from separate work details. Corrections spokeswoman Janelle Hall says authorities aren’t sure if their escapes were a coordinated effort. She says 20-year-old James Dukes and 20-year-old Manuel Jesus Guzman were cutting grass in separate locations when they walked away just before noon on Thursday. The Miami Herald reports both men were captured within hours.



RARE FLORIDA ORCHIDS TRANSPLANTED FROM LAB ONTO SCHOOL TREES

Rare Florida orchids are being transplanted from a laboratory onto trees on a Miami-area high school campus. Researchers at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden are leading a five-year project that aims to transplant a million orchids back into trees along South Florida streets. Some of those orchids will be planted Friday at Jose Marti MAST Academy in Hialeah. The school has partnered with Fairchild to grow orchid seedlings in classroom labs.

ST. PETE OFFICER INJURED IN CRASH WITH TAXI

Authorities say a St. Petersburg police officer was hospitalized following a crash with a taxi. Police say the officer and the cab driver had been approaching an intersection from opposite directions shortly after midnight Thursday when the taxi made a left turn in front of the officer, leading to a collision. The impact sent the patrol car into a utility box and pole. The officer was taken to a nearby hospital. His injuries weren’t considered life-threatening. The taxi driver was not injured. He was cited with failing to yield while making a left turn.

POLICE: LANDSCAPER RAN OVER FAMILY OF DUCKS

A Florida landscaper has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities say he ran over a mother duck and her 11 ducklings with his riding lawnmower. The Sun Sentinel reports that police arrested 24-year-old Jason Falbo of Royal Palm Beach on Wednesday. He’s charged with nine counts of animal cruelty. Authorities say he mowed down the ducks May 2 at the home of a family caring for them in Wellington. The family says the ducklings were a few days old. Boyd Jentzsch says his family, including his 7-year-old son, watched from inside their home, screaming as the ducks were run over. Police say nine ducklings died. The mother and two ducklings survived.

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