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FLORIDA GOVERNOR-PRIMARY

Crist wins Florida Democratic primary for governor

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist has won the Democratic nomination to seek his old job with his new party.

The victory Tuesday is another step in Crist's attempt at a political comeback. He will now face Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Early returns showed Crist with 75 percent of the vote, with 35 percent of precincts reporting.

Crist beat Nan Rich, the former Senate Democratic leader who has been campaigning for governor longer than Crist has been a Democrat.

Crist left the GOP in 2010 when he ran as an independent for the Senate seat won by Republican Marco Rubio.

Crist used to call himself a Ronald Reagan Republican, but he increasingly aligned himself with Democrats after the Senate campaign.

He campaigned for President Barack Obama in 2012 and registered as a Democrat after the election.

FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL

Sheldon wins Democratic primary for Florida AG

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - George Sheldon is the winner of the Democratic primary for attorney general.

Sheldon is a former deputy attorney general who once worked in the Obama administration. With 43 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, he led state Rep. Perry Thurston by a margin of 62 to 38 percent.

Sheldon will face Republican incumbent Pam Bondi and Libertarian candidate Bill Wohlsifer in November.

The Democratic primary was a low-profile campaign where the two rivals largely refrained from criticizing each other directly. Instead, they were united in their unfailing criticism of Bondi and the job she has done since taking office in 2011.

They sharply criticized her for opposing a medical marijuana amendment on the November ballot, as well as her fight to retain the state's ban on same sex marriage.

WHEELCHAIR SHOOTING

Man in wheelchair begging for money fatally shot

MIAMI (AP) - A man in a wheelchair begging for money at a busy Miami intersection was fatally shot and police were questioning a suspect who led them on a high-speed interstate chase before crashing his car.

Miami-Dade police said Tuesday the man in custody matched the description given by shooting witnesses, although no charges were immediately filed. Neither the suspect's name nor the victim's were immediately released.

Police say the man in the wheelchair was shot along an Interstate 95 exit ramp north of downtown Miami where people regularly beg motorists for money near a stoplight. The Miami Herald reported four shots were fired by a man who got out of a gray Chevrolet Impala.

Officers chased the Impala along residential streets, then onto I-95 at high speeds before the suspect's car crashed.

VENEZUELA-OIL-SALE

Garcia: Block Venezuela's sale of Citgo

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia is calling on the Obama administration to block Venezuela's sale of U.S.-based Citgo Petroleum Corp.

A Venezuelan official said earlier this month the country would sell its oil refining and distribution network in the U.S. for the right price.

Analysts say the proposal reflects the social government's urgent cash shortage.

Garcia is expected to make his announcement alongside Venezuelan leaders in Miami on Wednesday. He says Venezuela's oil assets belong to the Venezuelan people and should not be misspent.

JAMAICA-DEATH IN CUSTODY

NYC protest planned for Jamaica custody death

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - An attorney for relatives of a Jamaican man who died after a beating in a lockup earlier this month will lead a protest outside the Jamaican consulate in New York.

Michael Lorne represents the family of Mario Deane, a 31-year-old Jamaican who died on Aug. 6 after he was beaten in a police lockup in Montego Bay.

Police have charged two inmates with the beating of Deane, who was arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana. But Lorne asserts his death resulted from police brutality or misconduct.

Lorne is organizing a Wednesday protest in front of the Caribbean island's consulate in New York.

In a Tuesday statement, Lorne also said an American attorney who represented the parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin has joined Deane's legal team.

WET-N-WILD-WORKER TRAPPED

Wet-N-Wild trapped underwater while cleaning pool

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An employee at the Orlando water park Wet-n-Wild has been seriously injured after he was trapped underwater while cleaning one of the pools.

Orlando police say the employee was cleaning the pool Tuesday morning when he was caught underwater. Another employee was able to pull him from the water. Authorities did not say how long he was underwater. Emergency officials performed CPR. The unidentified employee is hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission is investigating.

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