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Florida: 5 things to know for Dec. 31st

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DOCTOR IN LANDMARK ABORTION CASE DIES OF CANCER

Dr. Kenneth Edelin, a Boston physician at the center of a landmark abortion case in the 1970s, has died in southwest Florida. He was 74. Edelin’s wife confirmed that he died Monday morning after suffering from cancer. Edelin made national headlines when he was convicted of manslaughter in 1975 for performing an abortion. The case was later overturned by the state Supreme Court.

MAN CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING OFFICER

A Tampa Bay area man is facing charges after authorities say he used red and blue emergency lights to stop a Tampa police officer. Police say 24-year-old Jonathan Charles Stevens was arrested Sunday and charged with impersonating a police officer, unlawful use of a blue light and carrying a concealed firearm. He was later released on $17,500 bail.

PANHANDLE MEN CHARGED WITH STEALING PUPPIES

Authorities in the Panhandle say they have arrested two 19-year-old men in connection with an armed robbery that included stealing puppies at gunpoint. The men were arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office following a Sunday morning home invasion and robbery.

FIRST FLIGHT FROM KEY WEST TO CUBA TAKES OFF

The first commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years has landed in Havana. The nine-passenger flight departed Monday morning, more than two years after U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave Key West the green light to resume flights to and from the island country. Charter operators have had difficulty getting all of the required approvals from U.S. and Cuban authorities.

BARRY UNIVERSITY PATIENTS HACKED

Barry University is warning patients of its foot and ankle institute that their personal information may have been hacked. The incident took place around May 14 and the university launched an investigation, which was announced Monday. They’re offering those affected a free year of credit monitoring.

Source: Associated Press

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