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Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 12:00 PM

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SINKHOLE SWALLOWS MAN: Early version moved, will be updated as news develops.

POLAROID STORES: Expected by 4 p.m.


SEFFNER — A huge sinkhole opened up under a man's bedroom and swallowed him as he screamed for help. He was missing and feared dead Friday. Officials lowered equipment into the sinkhole but didn't see any sign of life. Jeremy Bush, who was at the home near Tampa, said it took him only seconds to get to his brother's room about 11 p.m. Thursday. He jumped into the hole and dirt was quickly up to his neck. "The floor was still giving in and the dirt was still going down, but I didn't care. I wanted to save my brother," he said. "But I just couldn't do nothing." Jeremy Bush had to be helped out of the sinkhole by a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy. Jeremy Bush stood in a neighbor's yard across the street from the house Friday and recounted the harrowing collapse. "He was screaming my name. I could swear I heard him hollering my name to help him," he said of his brother. Engineers worked to determine the size of the sinkhole. At the surface, officials estimated it was about 30 feet across. Below the surface, officials believed it was 100 feet across. By Chris O'Meara and Tamara Lush. With AP Photos. AP Video.


TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Rick Scott may have gotten ahead of himself when he recently dropped the bombshell that he now supports expanding Medicaid by an estimated 900,000 residents under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Minutes after Scott's announcement, House Speaker Will Weatherford pointed out that Medicaid expansion required legislative approval. That battle between the Republican governor and the Republican-dominated Legislature could dominate the annual 60-day legislative session, which begins Tuesday. By Kelli Kennedy. MOVED.


DELRAY BEACH — The first Polaroid Fotobar opens here Friday, hoping to reinvigorate the digital world's interest in print photographs. The 2,000-square-foot store is a bid to coax consumers to move images off of their cell phones and unto paper, canvas, metal, bamboo or other materials. By Matt Sednesky. With AP Photos. AP Video.


CAPE CANAVERAL — A commercial vessel carrying a ton of supplies for the International Space Station ran into trouble shortly after liftoff Friday. SpaceX's billionaire founder Elon Musk reported a problem with the thrusters on the unmanned spacecraft, named Dragon. Three of the four sets of thrusters did not kick in, he said via Twitter, and flight controllers for the company were trying to override the system. Musk said from SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, Calif., that he wants at least two thruster pods active before the twin solar panels that provide power are deployed. NASA flight controllers in Houston offered help as they monitored space station operations. By Marcia Dunn. With AP Photos. MOVED.


TALIBAN-TERROR CHARGES — Jurors want to leave early on their fourth day of deliberations in the South Florida trial of a Muslim cleric accused of supporting the Pakistani Taliban.

WORKER KILLED — A maintenance worker from Florida has been crushed by a plane he was repairing at the main international airport in the Bahamas.

FATAL FIRE — Authorities say one person is dead after fire destroyed a mobile home in Tampa.

BEACH DRIVING-VOTE — The Volusia County Council has decided to ban driving on the beach in front of Andy Romano Beachfront Park.

INVESTMENT FRAUD — The Volusia County Council has decided to ban driving on the beach in front of Andy Romano Beachfront Park.

TRAFFIC DEATH — The wife of a Flagler County School Board member has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a deadly November 2011 crash.

FLOURIDE IN WATER — One of the largest counties in Florida will add fluoride back into its water after a debate over whether the chemical is beneficial for fighting tooth decay or toxic and an affront to personal liberty.



JUPITER — Mike Lowell grew up in Miami, helped the Marlins win a World Series and knows all too well about the franchise's roller-coaster history. He says the team can win again and can win back fans, but it will take time. By Steven Wine.


The AP, Miami