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Republican Curt Clawson wins special GOP primary

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Curt Clawson has won a Republican primary in a special election that was called after the district's congressman resigned in January after being arrested for buying cocaine.

With 96 percent of precincts counted, Clawson had 38 percent of the vote in Tuesday's four-way race, ahead of Lizbeth Benacquisto, who had 26 percent. Paige Kreegel had 25 percent and Michael Dreikorn had 11 percent.

The 54-year-old former CEO of an aluminum wheel company will face Democrat April Freeman in the June 24 general election in the heavily Republican district, which includes parts of Lee and Collier counties. The winner will fill the seat left vacant by Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty to cocaine charges.

A total of $2.1 million was spent on the race by outside groups, largely on attack ads.


3 more charged in $80M heist in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Federal authorities have charged three more Florida men in the theft of about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut.

The 2010 heist is believed to be the largest theft in Connecticut history, and included thousands of boxes of Zyprexa, Cymbalta, Prozac, Gemzar and other drugs.

The U.S. attorney's office says Yosmany Nunez of Southwest Ranches, Alexander Marquez of Hialeah and Rafael Lopez of Miami were indicted on conspiracy and theft charges for their alleged participation in the theft at a warehouse in Enfield.

An attorney for Lopez says the evidence will show he's innocent. An attorney for Nunez declined comment. A message was left for Marquez's lawyer.

Two other men were previously charged in the case.


Man guilty of killing wife for insurance money

MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida man has been convicted of killing his wife to collect a $1 million life insurance policy.

A Miami-Dade County jury found 42-year-old Michel Escoto guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder. He faces a mandatory life sentence at a May 7 hearing.

Prosecutors say Escoto was married to 21-year-old Wendy Trapaga for only four days when he strangled and beat her to death with a tire iron in October 2002. The beating followed two unsuccessful attempts to fake Trapaga's accidental drowning.

The Miami Herald reports that the lead witness against Escoto was his ex-girlfriend, Yolanda Cerrillo. Granted immunity from prosecution, she told jurors she helped Escoto plan the murder. She also admitted to driving him away from the crime scene and taking him to dispose of the tire iron in Biscayne Bay.


Fla. Gov. Scott backs growler legalization

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott supports the legalization of the refillable half-gallon beer containers known as growlers among craft beer lovers.

But Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said Tuesday whether he signs a bill to allow 64-ounce growler sales at Florida craft breweries is still to be determined.

Breweries can now sell unlimited gallon and quart growlers, but Florida's odd container laws prohibit the half-gallon size that's the industry standard in 47 states. Legalizing the half-gallon size is the top priority this legislative session for the booming craft beer industry.

But a Senate bill ties the growler size to more regulation that would hurt the craft beer industry and slow its growth. A House bill would allow 64-ounce growlers with no strings attached.

Scott has repeatedly said he opposes regulations that cost jobs.


Lawmakers seek change in MLB Cuban player policy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Two Florida lawmakers motivated by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's escape from Cuba are trying to change the way Major League Baseball treats Cuban players and are willing to tie state money for stadiums to the issue.

Reps. Jose Felix Diaz and Matt Gaetz are seeking language in a bill that would require the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays demand Major League Baseball change its Cuban player policy if they want state money for stadium construction or renovations.

Other foreign players can negotiate with all 30 baseball teams as free agents. But Cuban players can't unless they first go to another country.

It was reported last week that human smugglers that helped Puig get to Mexico are making death threats against him and others involved in the case.


Jose Fernandez Ks 14, Marlins shut out Braves 1-0

ATLANTA (AP) - Jose Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek on a three-hitter as the Miami Marlins shut out the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Fernandez (3-1) outpitched Atlanta's Alex Wood (2-3), who also was dominant. Wood allowed four hits and one run with no walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts in eight innings.

The Marlins gave Fernandez the only run he would need in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton hit a one-out double to left field and scored on Casey McGehee's single up the middle.

Fernandez struck out the side in the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed three hits with no walks.

Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

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