- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Florida. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Miami bureau at 305-594-5825 or [email protected] Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at [email protected] Freida Frisaro is on the desk and can be reached at [email protected] A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

ROADWAY ASHES MYSTERY

ATLANTA - Police in a southern Alabama town say news stories about a box of human ashes found on the roadside near a framed American flag led a man from Crestview, Florida, to claim the items. Police said “no real explanation was given” about how the items were abandoned on the roadside.

ALIBABA-ANTI-COUNTERFEIT GROUP

NEW YORK - Jack Ma, the head of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is withdrawing from an anti-counterfeiting convention in Florida just two days before he was scheduled to give the keynote speech. Alibaba announced the move Tuesday following last week’s suspension of the company’s membership in the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, a small but influential group that lobbies U.S. officials and testifies before Congress. SENT: 509 words.

IN BRIEF:

ROBBERY-HIV THREAT - Police in Florida say a man got into an Uber driver’s car, pulled out a syringe and threatened to inject him with HIV if he didn’t drive away.

FLORIDA BEACH DEATHS - Two New York men who drowned after getting caught in strong currents off a South Florida beach were members of an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish sect with an enclave in upstate New York.

POLICE CRUISER-CRASH - A Jacksonville Sheriff’s officer suffered minor injuries when her cruiser was hit by another vehicle while responding to an emergency call.

VERO BEACH FLOODING - Record rainfall has hit Vero Beach and has flooded many parts of the city. Local news outlets report that more than 9 inches of rain fell in Vero Beach Tuesday, making it the wettest day in the city’s history.

BOY DROWNS - A 2-year-old boy has died after falling into a pool in Sarasota County. (backslash)

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM-DIRECTOR -The director of a museum in Florida has been hired as the new director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. (backslash)

MANATEES REHAB - Three new manatees are being rehabilitated at SeaWorld Orlando. The theme park company said Tuesday that its Orlando park had received earlier this month a 1,255-pound manatee mother, her young calf and another manatee from Satellite Beach.

The AP, Miami.


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