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FATAL SHOOTING-HEAT CHEF
MIAMI BEACH — A private chef employed by Miami Heat guard Norris Cole was shot and killed inside a popular South Beach nightclub early Tuesday, police said. Police say 42-year-old Antaun Teasley was found unresponsive inside Club Mansion and that he had been in a fight with a man in the VIP area shortly before he was found. He was taken to a Miami hospital, where he died.
MIAMI — Closing arguments are set in the trial of Jason Mitchell, one of five Fort Myers-area men accused in the fatal shooting of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary. Prosecutors have said Mitchell hatched the plan to steal cash from Taylor's home after seeing large amounts of it there during a party months earlier. The alleged shooter was convicted last year of second-degree murder and two other men are awaiting trial. By Curt Anderson. 450 words.
FORT LAUDERDALE — It's long been a point of some annoyance and confusion for South Floridians when a television series set in their region — such as "CSI: Miami" or "Dexter" — is actually filmed in California. But the USA Network series "Graceland" seems like a chance for South Florida to take some revenge. The show follows a group of six undercover agents from various federal law enforcement agencies living in a confiscated Southern California beach house known as Graceland. But the show is actually filmed in the Fort Lauderdale area. And after a successful first season, it's returning Wednesday. By David Fischer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
CUMBERLAND, Md. — A woman who was allegedly molested by a western Maryland physician is considering a civil lawsuit stemming from the state's decision to grant him a medical license despite his 1987 Florida rape conviction. Cumberland attorney Edward Delaney said Tuesday he has notified Dr. William Dando and Dando's former employer of his client's pending or threatened claim. Delaney says he also plans to notify the state. The Associated Press generally doesn't identify victims of sexual assaults. By David Dishneau. UPCOMING: 400 words.
BRENTWOOD, N. H. — Prosecutors say a man accused of severely beating and burning his girlfriend's 3-year-old son treated the toddler like an unwanted pet, but his lawyer says the state's case relies entirely on the word of a liar. Twenty-eight-year-old Roland Dow faces a dozen charges alleging he assaulted the boy, failed to get him medical care and instructed him to lie to child welfare workers in 2012. During opening statements Tuesday, prosecutor Kirsten Wilson showed jurors a photo of the boy as a happy, energetic toddler and another showing his injuries: head-to-toe bruising, a burned hand and a brain injury that left him nearly blind. By Holly Ramer. UPCOMING: 400 words.
WELLINGTON — B/E Aerospace, which makes products for commercial aircraft and business jets, is planning to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. One of the businesses will concentrate on aircraft cabin interior equipment. This includes design, development, manufacturing, certification and direct sales worldwide. The business is currently known as Manufacturing Co. The other business, which is being called Services Co., will focus on distribution, logistics and technical services for the aerospace and energy services markets. It will distribute aerospace fasteners, consumables and logistics services to the airline and aerospace industries. SENT: 250 words.
LAKELAND OFFICER SHOT — A Lakeland police officer is in critical condition after being shot during a confrontation with a possible wanted suspect.
MANDATORY MINIMUMS-WARNING SHOT — A Florida judge is postponing a decision on whether to hold an unprecedented second stand your ground hearing for a woman who received a lengthy prison sentence for firing a gun before the conviction was overturned.
SMALL PLANE CRASH — A small plane crashed into a field after taking off from Daytona Beach International Airport, killing a flight instructor and student.
TAMPA BOMB PLOT — Jurors in the trial of a Pinellas County man accused of plotting a terrorist attack in the Tampa Bay area are expected to begin deliberations.
MIAMI BEACH SHOOTING — Authorities say one person is dead following a fight that broke out at a South Beach nightclub.
BOAT FIRE — Officials say fire destroyed a 30-foot Bertram fishing boat in Fort Lauderdale.
FIRE-FORMER TENNIS STAR — An Arizona woman is seeking to obtain the estate of her son, who authorities say shot his wife and children before killing himself in a Tampa-area mansion that belonged to a former tennis star.
CAB DRIVER STABBED — Police say two men repeatedly stabbed a cab driver near downtown Jacksonville.
FLORIDA-FATAL PLANE CRASH — Two people are dead after their small plane crashed into a central Florida neighborhood.
EVERGLADES BRUSH FIRE — A brush fire in the Everglades burned some 20,000 acres and sent smoke wafting over a large section of South Florida.
WAKULLA INMATE DEATH — Authorities say an inmate at a Florida Panhandle jail hanged himself in his cell over the weekend.
VETERANS HOSPITALS — The C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center is one of eight facilities in the region requiring further review as the result of a nationwide audit of Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.
MIAMI — The NBA Finals return to Miami for the fourth straight year, with the Heat trying to extend an 11-game home winning streak in the postseason when they host the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of a series that is tied at one game apiece. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. Game starts 9 p.m. UCPOMING: 800 words, photos.
— With: Hometown lead. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds
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