Morning Headlines For Wednesday

Tonight the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins play Game 3 in the Eastern Conference Finals. They are currently tied at one game a piece. Tonight’s game is here at home in Tampa at the Amalie Arena and starts at 8 o’clock.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – In a series of tweets, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says he still has no plans to seek re-election. His Senate term expires in January 2017. Rubio made it clear on Twitter he has no plans to run for re-election even though the GOP is worried it may lose his seat here in Florida this fall.

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A man in Polk County is accused of holding a family hostage for three months. 29-year-old Larry Gene Howard faces multiple assault, kidnapping, robbery and firearms charges. Howard showed up at his uncle’s house with a shotgun and forced him to let him move in. He then held his uncle and nieces and nephews, ages 6, 7, 11 and 13 hostage while also stealing his uncle’s disability payments. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call and when they responded to the house they found Howard hiding in a crawl space under the home. Police also found the shotgun. Howard has denied the charges.

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Four companies that sell life insurance in Florida are suing to block a new law that requires them to annually check to see if policy holders have died and then try to find beneficiaries when they have. The companies filed a lawsuit in early May against Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, since Atwater’s agency is responsible for enforcing the new law.

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — An 86-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly shot his wife in the head, saying she was ill and they couldn’t afford medication. William Hager was arrested after he called the St. Lucie County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teen charged as an adult with shooting into a school bus and injuring two girls has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. 17-year-old Edgar Robles was sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of shooting or throwing a deadly missile.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy has died after falling into a pool in Sarasota County. Deputies responded to a call about a young child who was being pulled from a pool Saturday afternoon. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Three new manatees are being rehabilitated at SeaWorld Orlando. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission believe the 10-foot-2-inch (1,255 pound manatee) mother was hit by a watercraft. She has air trapped inside her body cavity and is experiencing problems with buoyancy, which could affect her ability to eat and nurse her calf. SeaWorld veterinarians placed the mother in a wetsuit to help stabilize her, and she was able to release the trapped air.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A SeaWorld supervisor has been charged with stealing $116,000 from the company’s Aquatica waterpark in Orlando. Lisa Olivardia was charged with grand theft and scheme to defraud. An investigative affidavit says Olivardia voided ticket sales and pocketed the money.

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UNDATED (AP) — A cargo ship captain who worked for the company that owned the freighter El Faro, which sank last year in a hurricane, said he was asked to resign or be fired after reporting safety concerns about his ship. He said he got fired. Capt. Jack Hearn, who sailed for Tote Services Inc., testified yesterday before a U.S. Coast Guard panel investigating the El Faro’s sinking last October.

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