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AAA  Jul. 20, 2015 1:22 PM ET
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Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Florida. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Miami bureau at 305-594-5825 or miami@ap.org. David Fischer is on the desk. AP-Florida News Editor Terry Spencer can be reached at 305-594-5825 or tspencer@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



TALLAHASSEE — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Monday vowed to rein in federal spending and combat the "arrogance," ''sheer incompetence" and size of government if he's elected. In a speech aimed at President Barack Obama's administration as well as his rivals for the GOP nomination, Bush called for limiting new hires in government and extending the ban on former members of Congress from lobbying their colleagues from two years to six years. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 612 words with AP Photos. UPCOMING: 750 words.


GOP-2016-RUBIO — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has canceled a two-day campaign swing in New Hampshire due to illness.


ST. PETERSBURG — Florida Congressman David Jolly announced Monday that he's running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio, who is running for president. Jolly, a Republican who was elected to Congress in the spring of 2014, made the announcement to the media Monday morning. He was scheduled to hold a campaign rally later in the day. Jolly's announcement led former Gov. Charlie Crist to say that he will likely run for Jolly's congressional seat. By Tamara Lush. SENT: 365 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.


WASHINGTON — Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country's embassy in Washington in a symbolic move signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.-Cuba relations. By Matthew Lee and Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 951 words. WITH AP Photos, AP Video.




FIRED TOLL OPERATOR — A 77-year-old Florida man has been fired from his job as a toll booth operator after reportedly using his own money to pay a toll for a tractor trailer whom he had undercharged.

NEIL ARMSTRONG SPACESUIT-KICKSTARTER — The National Air and Space Museum is launching a crowdfunding campaign to conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon.

DEAD ZONE LAWSUIT — It will be at least spring before there's a new ruling by the federal judge who ordered the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 to act to regulate farm runoff and other pollution blamed for the Gulf of Mexico's annual oxygen-depleted "dead zone."

JET SKI CRASH — Police say a woman suffered head injuries when she was thrown from a jet ski she was riding on in the Hillsborough River.

MAN JUMPS FROM BALCONY — The Orange County Sheriff's Office says a man is suffering from paralysis after jumping from a third-floor balcony into a tree.

BEACH EVACUATED — An Air Force bomb squad has safely detonated a barnacle-encrusted bomb that washed ashore on St. Pete Beach.

WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL — Key Largo residents are recognizing the 72nd anniversary of a World War II U-boat skirmish off their coast.

BOYFRIEND SHOT — Police say a 16-year-old boy was shot and suffered a non-life-threatening injury upon arriving at his girlfriend's Apopka home.



PHILADELPHIA — David Buchanan (0-5) tries to pitch the Phillies to their fourth straight win to start the second half in the opener of an interleague series against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 2008 World Series rematch. Matt Moore (0-1) pitches for the Rays. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Florida and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.


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