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FIRST TIME IN 7 YEARS: NO CUBAN MIGRANTS TO US CAUGHT AT SEA

Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft says no vessels were seized in April. That’s a sea change from 2016, when 5,000 Cubans were apprehended in the water, the highest number the agency had seen in a decade. The agency credits the end of a policy granting residency to any Cuban who steps on American soil.

LEAVE SYRIA, VISIT FLORIDA? TOURISM AGENCY MAKES ERROR

Florida’s tourism marketing agency was forced to sign a new contract after a newspaper pointed out Visit Florida hired a firm to advertise to potential Syrian tourists. Visit Florida officials said Friday a “clerical error” caused them to include Syria on a list of countries the agency planned to advertise in.

FLORIDA MAN CHARGED WITH PLOTTING TO BOMB TARGET STORES

A grand jury indictment filed Wednesday in federal court in Ocala charges 49-year-old Mark Barnett with five counts of attempted arson, possession of a destructive device and unlawful possession of a weapon. A criminal complaint says the convicted felon offered a friend $10,000 to place packages of food filled with explosives at Target stores along the East Coast in February. The friend instead went to authorities.

2 MORE CHARGES IN SHOOTING OF AUTISTIC MAN’S CARETAKER

Prosecutors charged 30-year-old Officer Jonathan Aledda on Friday with additional attempted manslaughter and culpable negligence charges for the 2016 shooting of Charles Kinsey. He now faces four charges in the case tentatively scheduled for trial Oct. 9. Officials say Kinsey was trying to coax Arnaldo Rios back to a group home when the officer fired at Rios but hit Kinsey.

FPL INVESTIGATING THEFTS OF TIRES, WHEELS, TRUCK BATTERIES

Company spokesman Dave McDermitt says thieves have taken more than $10,000 in property - including 68 tires and 16 batteries - from trucks in four Florida cities. McDermitt says thieves have cut through fencings to gain access to the company’s service centers and power substations. The thefts were first noticed in January in Port St. Lucie. They’ve also stolen from trucks in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Jupiter.

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