ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman against NBC. The judge said in an order made public today that Zimmerman had failed to show that the news network acted with malice. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (AP) — Officials predict a continuing rebound in St. Joseph Bay's scallop population. The scallop harvesting season began over the weekend and runs through Sept. 24.
Researchers studying St. Joseph Bay in Florida's Panhandle indicate that after a lean year in 2012, the scallop population started rebounding in 2013.
CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after being hit by a boat while wading in the water with his father near Camp Timpoochee in the Florida Panhandle.
The crash happened Saturday night.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside the courtroom has issued a public apology as he prepares to return to the bench after a leave of absence. A court spokeswoman says Brevard County Judge John Murphy will now handle civil cases. He'll work mainly in his chambers at the Titusville Courthouse unless there's a trial or hearing involving multiple parties.