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FLORIDA GOV. RICK SCOTT RESPONDS TO COFFEE SHOP SHOWDOWN

Instead of ignoring the exchange that had been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube, Scott’s political committee on Friday posted its own video that called activist Cara Jennings a “latte liberal” who once refused to recite the pledge of allegiance at a public meeting. The initial video of the confrontation in a Gainesville Starbucks shows Jennings, 39, calling the governor “an embarrassment to our state.”

MAN DIES AFTER FATAL AX ATTACK

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received a call about the attack Friday afternoon. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.



RUBIO: $1.9 BILLION TO COMBAT ZIKA VIRUS MUST NOT BE WASTED

Speaking Friday at a news conference in Miami, Sen. Marco Rubio says he supports President Barack Obama’s plan to provide emergency funding for the virus but says the money must be “spent the right way on the right things and in the right places.” Zika is rapidly spreading through Latin America.

3 APARTMENTS DAMAGED AFTER HOVERBOARD CATCHES FIRE

Officials say no one was seriously injured from the fire at the apartment building in east Orange County Thursday night. A 12-year-old boy was treated for smoke inhalation after he ran back in the apartment to rescue a dog. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kat Kennedy said the hoverboard was charging when it caught fire.

FAILING GRADE? TRIAL OVER FLORIDA’S SCHOOLS COMES TO CLOSE

The month-long trial was ending Friday with final arguments. Circuit Judge George Reynolds is not expected to rule until May at the earliest. In the lawsuit filed six years ago, education groups and parents from Duval and Pasco counties contend the state has not provided enough money to the state’s schools as required under a constitutional amendment passed in 1998.

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