COPS: 13-YEAR-OLD KILLS BROTHER, 6, WOUNDS ANOTHER SIBLING; TURNS GUN ON HIMSELF
A young teenager shot his two brothers Wednesday during an argument over food, killing one and wounding the other, before fatally shooting himself. The shooting happened shortly after 6 p.m. in Hudson, Florida, a community in suburban Pasco County about an hour north of downtown Tampa, said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. The three boys lived in the home with their mother and an 18-year-old brother. The mom was at work, and the 18-year-old wasn’t home. The three brothers were home alone eating dinner in the family’s mobile home when an argument over food broke out, Nocco told a news conference.
KENYAN’S US TRIAL IN TERROR CASE DELAYED UNTIL LATE JUNE
A Kenyan man’s trial on U.S terrorism support charges has been delayed until late June to allow his lawyer more time to review large amounts of evidence in the case. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro postponed the start of 27-year-old Mohamed Said’s trial from May 4 until June 29. Said has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of conspiracy and attempted terrorism material support to al-Qaida, the Syria-based Nusra Front and Africa’s al-Shabaab organization.
CITRUS GROWERS WANT CHANGE IN FEDERAL TAX LAW FOR WRITE-OFFS
Citrus growers are looking for a change in federal tax law that would allow them immediately to write off the cost of planting new citrus groves. Under a proposed change in the law, growers wouldn’t have to wait four years to claim a tax benefit, but the write-offs would be limited to the first 10 years of the new grove. The change is potentially worth billions of dollars for the Florida citrus industry. It could provide the incentive to growers to increase planting new groves, the first step in recovery from a decade of losses to the fatal disease citrus greening.
MOM HIT, KILLED BY PICKUP WHILE WALKING WITH KIDS
A woman is dead and her two small children are in serious condition after being hit by a car near Panama City. The Florida Highway Patrol says the Ford pickup truck that hit the woman and children on Wednesday night left the scene. Troopers say 33-year-old Jenifer L. Whitehead and the children were walking south along the shoulder of U.S. 231 around 8:27 p.m. Witnesses told troopers the pickup truck had been weaving back and forth in the southbound lanes before hitting the trio.
INJURY-RIDDLED HEAT BEAT CELTICS
Goran Dragic had 22 points and seven assists, and the banged-up Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 93-86 on Wednesday night. Luol Deng scored 15 points for Miami, and Udonis Haslem had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Henry Walker and Tyler Johnson also scored 12 points apiece. Miami played without Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside and Chris Andersen due to injuries, but bounced back quite nicely from Tuesday night’s disappointing 89-88 loss at Milwaukee. The Heat blew a 14-point lead in the final 6 1/2 minutes against the Bucks.