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Flight diverted to Boston due to unruly passenger

BOSTON (AP) - Police in Massachusetts say a man from France has been arrested after causing a disturbance on a Miami-to-Paris flight.

A spokesman for the state police says American Airlines Flight 62 was diverted to Boston's Logan International Airport on Wednesday night after a passenger became unruly.

The passenger was subdued by a federal air marshal while the plane was in the air and arrested by state police once the plane landed at about 10 p.m.

Police say 50-year-old Edmund Alexandre, of Paris, was charged with interfering with a flight crew.

He was brought to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation and treatment of a pre-existing medical condition.

Whenever doctors deem him able, he will be arraigned in East Boston District Court.

It could not be determined if he has a lawyer.


Daytona police chief caught with gun in luggage

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood says he mistakenly put his .38-caliber revolver in the wrong bag while on his way to Orlando International Airport and was stopped by TSA officers who spotted it in his carry-on.

Chitwood told the Daytona Beach News-Journal on Wednesday that he'd "never felt so embarrassed and stupid" as he did last week when he saw two Orlando police officers waiting for him as he walked through the metal detectors last Thursday.

Chitwood explained that he'd been in a hurry after work and placed the gun in the wrong bag as he headed to the airport. An officer walked Chitwood to his car, where he stored the gun in his trunk.

He says he called the city manager to inform him of the mistake.


Hurricane Cristobal to move toward north Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) - Hurricane Cristobal is expected to move rapidly toward the north Atlantic, staying away from Bermuda and passing south of Nova Scotia.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Thursday are near 75 mph (120 kph) with no significant change in strength forecast over the next two days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Cristobal is centered about 285 miles (460 kilometers) northwest of Bermuda and is moving northeast near 29 mph (46 kph).

Swells generated by Cristobal are affecting Bermuda and parts of the U.S. East Coast from North Carolina to Long Island in New York. The swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.


Lee County school board opts out of Common Core

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Lee County school district has opted out of all statewide, standardized testing.

With a 3-2 vote on Wednesday night, the district became the first in Florida to opt out of Common Core testing. But many questions are swirling around their decision. The meeting adjourned without discussion regarding whether any testing will replace the state tests.

It was also unclear whether the action will affect charter schools.

The News-Press of Fort Myers reports red-clad supporters in the audience cheered the decision. But Superintendent Nancy Graham said she's deeply concerned, adding it will "hurt children."

School board attorney Keith Martin says he's not sure there are any "immediate, clear" consequences to the decision. He said it's possible the governor could remove the school board members.


Man struck by SUV and car, dragged a block

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Police say a man was struck by a sports utility vehicle and then dragged about a block by another vehicle in Jacksonville.

The SUV driver told police he didn't see the pedestrian while driving south on Riverside Avenue early Friday.

The Florida Times-Union reports the pedestrian was knocked into the northbound lane, where a woman hit him. She told police she thought she'd hit a box and pulled over at the first opportunity she had. That's when she realized she had hit a person.

Sgt. Donald Washington says it wasn't clear where the pedestrian came from and that it was dark in the area at the time.

He says no charges are expected. The name of the man was not released.


Woman struck by train, loses arm

BELLEVIEW, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a young woman lost her right arm after being struck by a train in north Florida.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office reports that woman was apparently drunk and upset about a recent breakup when she was lying next to a train track in Belleview early Wednesday morning.

A conductor told deputies that they began blowing the train's horn when they saw the woman, but they couldn't stop the 6,000-foot CSX freight train before hitting her. Once the train finally did stop, two conductors found the woman, pulled her from under the train and used a belt to make a tourniquet for her arm.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that friends of the woman later told the deputy about her recent breakup.


Panhandle woman looks for owner of lost dentures

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A Panama City woman is on a mission to find the owner of a partial set of dentures that were wrapped in a paper towel and left on a camp chair.

Gail Turner says her nephew is a street sweeper for the city. He spotted the chair on Aug. 2 while cleaning the street following the Friday Fest in downtown Panama City.

Turner says her nephew folded up the chair and didn't notice the dentures until the next day.

She told the News Herald of Panama City she hopes to find the owner of the missing dentures. She ran an ad in the newspaper for 10 days and another on Craigslist.

So far, she's only had one response. She got a humorous email from the Craigslist listing asking if it would be possible to swing by to "try them on for size."

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