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Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 8:00 AM


Among the stories for Saturday from the Florida AP:

SEFFNER — A man was missing early Friday after a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of a house near Tampa and his brother says the man screamed for help before he disappeared. The 36-year-old man's brother told rescue crews he heard a loud crash around 11 p.m. Thursday, then heard his brother screaming for help. "When he got there, there was no bedroom left," Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jessica Damico said. "There was no furniture. All he saw was a piece of the mattress sticking up."

MIAMI — Jurors will be back for a fourth day of deliberations in the South Florida trial of a Muslim cleric accused of supporting the Pakistani Taliban. The panel spent a full day Thursday behind closed doors but did not reach a verdict for 77-year-old Hafiz Khan. Unlike previous days, the 12 jurors asked no questions and sent out no notes. They resume discussions Friday.

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.

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.

CAPE CANAVERAL — A private rocket is poised to blast off Friday on a supply run to the International Space Station. The unmanned Falcon rocket is owned by the SpaceX company. The Dragon capsule on board is filled with more than a ton of space station supplies and experiments. Good weather is forecast for the 10:10 a.m. liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla. It's a one-second launch window. NASA is paying SpaceX to deliver cargo to the space station, and bring back science samples and other goods. This will be the company's third delivery mission.


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.


— Tallahassee, Brendan Farrington, 850-224-1211 (office), 850-224-2099 (fax)

— Pensacola, Melissa Nelson, 850-438-4951 (office), 850-438-0720 (fax).

— Tampa, Tamara Lush, 727-823-4721 (office), 727-821-2931(fax).

— Orlando, Mike Schneider, 407-425-4547 (office), 407-648-8011 (fax).

— West Palm Beach, Matt Sedensky, 561-832-3466 (office).

The AP, Miami