- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

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SPACEX CLOSER TO UNDERSTANDING ROCKET EXPLOSION AT PAD

The company already had targeted the rocket’s helium system as being breached. On Friday, SpaceX said the investigation has been further narrowed to one of the pressurized helium containers, located in the second-stage oxygen tank. SpaceX says it has managed to recreate a system failure in testing and that it can happen entirely through helium-loading conditions. More tests are planned to identify the precise cause.

2 TEEN SIBLINGS KILLED IN CRASH ON WAY TO FLORIDA SCHOOL

In a news release, Polk County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Horstman said 18-year-old Jorge Lara was turning onto a U.S. highway in Frostproof on Friday morning when a pickup truck struck his Jeep Liberty. Lara and his 15-year-old sister Melanie died. Both were students at Frostproof High School.

FLORIDA MOM JAILED AFTER PRETENDING TO SUFFOCATE BABY

Samantha Nicole Salinas was sentenced Wednesday. She pleaded no contest in September to felony child abuse charges, and could have faced up to five years in prison. The father received the video last year, along with a note that said, “Good luck finding your son’s body.”

2 WOMEN ACCUSED OF ELECTION FRAUD IN MIAMI

Authorities say 74-year-old Gladys Coego was arrested Friday after co-workers say she illegally marked ballots resulting in two fraudulent votes being cast for Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado. In the second case, 33-year-old Tomika Curgil was arrested Friday. Investigators say she unlawfully filled out voter-registration forms on behalf of a campaign to legalize medical marijuana.

FSU GIVES ANOTHER BIG RAISE AND BONUS TO PRESIDENT THRASHER

FSU trustees on Friday voted to boost Thrasher’s annual salary by 10 percent to $521,210. Trustees also agreed to give him a $100,000 bonus for his performance. Last year, Thrasher was given a $90,000 bonus. Trustees said they were giving him a raise because they have given good marks on the work he’s done since becoming president in 2014.

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