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Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:


(two, eight, four, nine)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 3 Evening" game were:


(nine, seven, four)

Florida man gets Arizona prison sentence for sex trafficking

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Florida man has been sentenced in Arizona to 15 years in prison for forcing a woman into prostitution in the Tampa area and in Tucson in 2016.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Travon Jarvel Jackson of Tampa was convicted by a jury earlier of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, and interstate transportation for prostitution.

They say Jackson posted advertisements for the woman on adult websites and kept all the money the woman made from prostitution.

Prosecutors say Jackson controlled the victim by withholding food, money and her property.

They also alleged that he physically assaulted the woman to gain her compliance.

Prosecutors say Jackson made the woman travel to Tucson against her will, where he continued to force her to commits acts of prostitution while he kept the profits.

COLUMN: Talladega could be equalizer for Busch and Harvick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The score is tied 3-3 between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in the race for hottest driver in NASCAR. Each has won three races in a row and has been nearly unbeatable through the first nine races of the season.

Up next, though, is Talladega Superspeedway, a wild-card race track that could even the field.

It means Jimmie Johnson, mired in a 32-race losing streak, has a chance to snap the longest winless streak of his career.

Or Ricky Stenhouse Jr. could defend last year's Talladega victory, the first Cup win of his career.

Austin Dillon won the season-opening Daytona 500, and he's got as good a chance as anyone to win Sunday.

Same goes for Brad Keselowski, considered by most of his peers the best restrictor-plate racer in the field right now.

Busch goes to Alabama as the hottest driver in the series and the Cup Series points leader. He's won the last three races - at Texas, Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond - and has three runner-up finishes through nine races.

"Pretty cool to win three in a row," Busch said after Saturday night's victory at Richmond. "Next week we go to Talladega. I think it's easier to win the Powerball than win at Talladega. We'll give it a go anyway, see what we get."

Talladega should be a crapshoot with zero guarantees. It was the Team Penske trio of Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney that led Speedweeks in Daytona and cemented themselves as the favorites for the 500. But Keselowski was wrecked out of the race, Blaney was lost in traffic after leading a race-high 118 laps and Logano led the Penske charge with a disappointing fourth-place finish.

With the Penske cars out of contention, the closing laps belonged to resurgent Stewart-Haas Racing. Both Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola had a shot to win the Daytona 500 in overtime and both were wrecked - Almirola by Dillon as they raced for the checkered flag.

Dillon led just one lap, the final one, to earn his Daytona 500 victory.

Because Daytona and Talladega are so similar in speed, style and the way the field races in a pack, the dominance shown so far this season by Busch and Harvick may not matter. With 16 spots up for grabs in the playoffs, this is a race where a driver can steal a postseason berth. Only five drivers have qualified for the playoffs through nine races: Harvick and Busch, then Dillon for his Daytona victory, defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. for his win in California and Clint Bowyer for his Martinsville Speedway victory.

Stenhouse, winner at Talladega last spring and Daytona in July, doesn't mind the dominance shown so far by Busch and Harvick because it opens up playoff chances at other circuits.

"(The) less people win and the more opportunity for somebody like us to get in (to the playoffs) on points if we need to," Stenhouse said. "It doesn't really bother me that a couple people are winning most of the races. Those two are definitely by far the fastest cars out there right now."

Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR champion, has not had one of the fastest cars this year and had a disastrous Speedweeks at Daytona. He crashed in every event and has yet to lead a single lap all year. He's a two-time winner at Talladega and has every reason to believe he can be in the mix Sunday.

But like his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, he's working with a new Camaro that has yet to show much muscle on the track. Dillon's victory in the 500 is the only win this season for the new Chevrolet model, and Kyle Larson in 10th is the highest-ranked Chevy driver.

If there's a chance to put an end to Busch and Harvick's mastery so far this season, it comes Sunday with a wide-open opportunity for another driver to get to victory lane.


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If a judge berates you, what are your rights? WFTV legal analyst weighs in

After a Florida woman died three days after being berated by a judge, many are asking what their rights are if they’re caught in the same situation.

WFTV Facebook users voiced displeasure with the judge's actions.

"I think the judge could have handled this situation in a better way," said Gail Webb on the WFTV Facebook page

Others came to the judge's defense, saying she was just doing her job. 

If someone is caught in that same situation, according to WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer, their rights in that situation are pretty limited. 

“While the bad behavior is happening, there’s not a lot you can do because the judge can hold you in contempt,” he said. “Just be polite, using ma’am and sir a lot, until you’re out of the courtroom.”

Read: Wrong-way driver on I-4 near Sanford not reported prior to deadly crash, officials say

Sheaffer said the appropriate course of action is to file a complaint and start writing letters up the judicial chain of command. 

The first place to turn to is the Judicial Qualifications Commission. They process complaints against judges and, upon a finding of misconduct, recommend sanctions—which can include removing the judge from the bench. 

Here's a link to the form to file a complaint with the JQC.

The next step is to write a letter to the Chief Judge of the circuit court where the defendant’s case is being tried. 

Federal government provides $1 million for Parkland response

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice is awarding $1 million to reimburse Florida agencies for the cost of responding to a school shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people.

The department announced Monday it was awarding the grant. The money can be used for salary and overtime expenses for the law-enforcement agencies that responded to Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Local agencies at the time said they incurred "significant costs" responding to the school shooting.

The money is coming from the largest source of federal funding for state, local, and tribal public safety activities and is one of several programs administered by the Department of Justice that support law enforcement operations and improve officer safety.

76ers aim for 2nd round, Embiid says Philly will be 'lit'

Joel Embiid expects his first playoff game in Philadelphia to be quite a scene.

"It's going to be lit," Embiid said.

And if the 76ers win, there will be more games like it next week.

The 76ers can become the first team into the Eastern Conference semifinals when they host the Miami Heat on Tuesday in Game 5 of the only East series that isn't tied.

Also Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors get their second chance to eliminate San Antonio, and the Celtics and Bucks return to Boston for Game 5 of a series in which the home team has won every game.

Embiid was still sidelined while recovering from a broken orbital bone around his left eye for the first two games in Philadelphia, then returned to help the 76ers win Games 3 and 4 in Miami.

Now the 76ers, who just two years ago lost 72 games in one of the worst seasons ever while the Warriors were winning an NBA-record 73, can join the defending champions in the second round on the same night. The 76ers have advanced to the East semis just twice since reaching the NBA Finals in 2001.

Golden State missed its first chance to move on when San Antonio won 103-90 on Sunday. The Warriors were disappointed, though far from devastated.

"We lost and we got another opportunity to try to close this thing out back at the crib," Kevin Durant said, "so no, we're good."

Ettore Messina will coach the Spurs again in place of Gregg Popovich, who will miss his third straight game following the death of his wife.

Some things to know about Tuesday's matchups:


Series tied 2-2. Game 5, 7 p.m., NBA TV.

NEED TO KNOW: Milwaukee has shot 52 percent or better in the last three games and outscored Boston 433-427 in a series in which the Celtics won the opener in overtime and the Bucks took Game 4 by two points on Giannis Antetokounmpo 's follow shot with 5 seconds remaining.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Jaylen Brown. He's scored 30 or more in two of the last three games, and his 11-point outing in Game 3 was the only game in the series Boston didn't have a chance to win. "I want to just continue to keep helping my team and shooting the ball well," Brown said. "It's something that's on and I want to continue to do that."

INJURY UPDATE: The Celtics are listing guard Marcus Smart, sidelined since mid-March because of right thumb surgery, as questionable. Bucks starting center John Henson has missed the last two games with a sore lower back.

PRESSURE IS ON: Jabari Parker and Thon Maker. Parker's 16.5 points and Maker's 5.0 blocks per game off the bench were huge keys in Milwaukee, but they have to prove they can take their show on the road. They managed all of two points in Boston, where Maker didn't even get in Game 1.


Philadelphia leads 3-1. Game 5, 8 p.m., TNT.

NEED TO KNOW: Philadelphia is averaging 116.8 points in the series, tops among postseason teams, and the 76ers have outscored the Heat 127-85 in the fourth quarter of the four games.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Dwyane Wade, because it might be the last time to watch him play. The Heat star hasn't committed to playing next season, so this could be the final game of his career if Miami loses.

INJURY UPDATE: Forward Josh Richardson is questionable with a left shoulder sprain, and the Heat are also dealing with injuries to fellow starters Tyler Johnson (left thumb) and Goran Dragic (sore right knee). If Johnson is limited, the Heat could insert Rodney McGruder for defense or give Wayne Ellington more minutes in hopes of getting his shot going.

PRESSURE IS ON: Miami's starters. In what should be a raucous atmosphere in Philadelphia, the Heat have to make sure they aren't run off the floor before Wade even gets off the bench.


Golden State leads 3-1. Game 5, 10:30 p.m., TNT.

NEED TO KNOW: Another loss would give the Warriors more in this postseason then they had all last year. Golden State was 16-1 (an NBA-record .941 winning percentage) in storming to its second championship in three years.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Manu Ginobili. The 40-year-old Argentine may have extended not only the series but also his career when he scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of Game 4, so there's at least one more chance to enjoy his brilliant style of play.

INJURY UPDATE: Ginobili was kneed in the thigh late in Game 4 and will be hoping to be pain-free after a day off. Also, the Spurs have ruled Kawhi Leonard out for Game 5.

PRESSURE IS ON: The Warriors, if only to avoid the aggravation of the old reminders about their big lead blown in the 2016 NBA Finals if they lose again and the series is prolonged while New Orleans, who they would play in the second round, continues to rest.


AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami and AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower in Boston contributed to this report.


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New NASA boss gets 'hearty congratulations' from space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's new boss is already getting cheers from space.

Immediately after being sworn into office Monday by Vice President Mike Pence, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine took a call from the three U.S. astronauts at the International Space Station who offered "hearty congratulations." The Oklahoma congressman became the 13th administrator of NASA, filling a position that had been vacant for more than a year.

"America loves what you guys are doing," Bridenstine, a former naval aviator, told the astronauts. He promised to do his best "as we reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind."

This is the 60th anniversary year for NASA .

Bridenstine is the first elected official to lead NASA, something that had bogged down his nomination last year by President Donald Trump. The Senate approved his nomination last week by a narrow vote of 50-49. Monday's swearing-in ceremony took place at NASA headquarters in Washington.

Pence noted that the space agency, under Bridenstine's direction, will work to get astronauts back to the moon and then, with help from commercial space and international partners, on to Mars.

"NASA will lead the way," said Pence, who heads the newly resurrected National Space Council.

Charles Bolden Jr., a former space shuttle commander and major general in the Marines, was NASA's last official administrator. The space agency was led by Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot in the interim. Lightfoot retires from NASA at the end of this month.


The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

Gunfire after arena football game leads to player's arrest

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A National Arena League football player is accused of firing a gun in an arena parking lot as players confronted each other after a game in Columbus, Georgia.

Florida's Jacksonville Sharks said in a statement there was an "altercation" between Sharks and Columbus Lions players outside the Columbus Civic Center Saturday night.

Muscogee County Jail records show that Sharks defensive end Leon Mackey faces charges of discharging a gun near a highway; and reckless conduct causing harm/endangering safety.

Columbus police didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.

The team said the league has suspended Mackey pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Mackey, who played at Texas Tech, participated in the Minnesota Vikings training camp in 2015. The Sharks say he went to high school in Wilmington, Delaware.

30 cars receive flattened tires after truck drops metal bars

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the truck driver who lost a load of metal bars that flattened the tires of 30 cars.

The FHP says the load was dumped Monday morning on a seven-mile stretch of Interstate 95 near in Palm Beach County.

Lt. Alvaro Feola says no witnesses have reported seeing the truck. He said if this is the truck driver's first conviction for failing to secure a load, state law calls for a minimum fine of $200.

A second violation within five years calls for a driver's license suspension for at least a year.

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