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Miami Beach prepares for extreme high tides

Miami Beach officials say some of the new storm water pumps under construction across the city will be working by the time extreme high tides emerge later this fall.

Officials will give an update Wednesday on the construction. Upgrades to the city's storm water system to improve drainage and reduce neighborhood flooding are expected to cost up to $400 million.

The annual king tides are expected to be almost three inches higher than last year. The flooding can swamp South Beach's streets and intersections and stall traffic even on sunny days, and heavy rainfall makes the problems worse.

Miami Beach is a barrier island that sits just a few feet above sea level. City commissioners voted earlier this year to consider higher tides and rising sea levels when planning projects.


Polemical Cuban pop group to take stage in Miami

A controversial Cuban pop group will perform in Miami, despite the objections of some exile groups.

Several exile organizations have protested Buena Fe's upcoming performance. The band participated in a birthday celebration for Fidel Castro earlier this year. They also took part in funeral services for the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

El Nuevo Herald reports that Miami-Dade County will not cancel the concert.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he does not support Buena Fe or condone the group's provocative remarks. But following guidance from the county attorney, the event can't be canceled because of the existing contract and free speech guarantees of the First Amendment.

The concert is slated to take place Thursday at the county auditorium.


Officials euthanize black bear found near condos

A black bear that was tranquilized after climbing a fence at an ocean-front condominium complex in Jacksonville has been euthanized.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported Tuesday that it found the bear behaving strangely in Green Cove Springs after officials had treated and released it.

Commission biologists believe the bear had a neurological issue, and determined the humane thing to do was to euthanize it.

The 300-pound bear was found on Sept. 9 after it fell asleep at the complex after climbing a 7-foot fence.

Officials at the time said they thought the bear may have been hit by a car and sent it to Camp Blanding for treatment.


Man sought over missing Florida woman kills self

Authorities say a man sought for questioning in the disappearance of a South Florida woman killed himself when approached by deputies in the Florida Keys.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said 33-year-old Roy Blanco died Tuesday of a self-inflicted stab wound to the abdomen. A woman believed to be Blanco's mother who was with him on Big Coppitt Key was rushed to a local hospital after apparently taking an unknown number of pills. The mother's condition was not immediately available.

Blanco was being sought by Miami police in the disappearance of 28-year-old Tonya Gonzalez, who has been missing for a week. A body was found in her abandoned car Tuesday, but police would not immediately confirm the body was hers.

Police described Blanco as Gonzalez's ex-boyfriend.


Atlas V rocket launches, taking satellite aloft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A communications satellite has been launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carried aloft aboard an Atlas 5 rocket.

The Atlas V lifted off at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday through a dark and cloudy sky after several weather-related delays. Liftoff came near the end of a nearly 2 and ½ hour window.

United Launch Alliance, which is behind the Atlas V, oversaw the mission launching the so-called CLIO satellite built by Lockheed-Martin. Officials released no information about the satellite's mission nor for which government agency it was sent into space.

Space officials have said the satellite was built using commercial technology found in hundreds of other private and government satellites currently in orbit.


McIlroy wins PGA player of the year award

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Rory McIlroy is the Vardon Trophy winner and the PGA of America's player of the year for the second time.

McIlroy won the points-based player of the year award on the strength of his two majors at the British Open and PGA Championship. Winning two majors comes with a 50-point bonus. McIlroy also won the Bridgestone Invitational.

McIlroy had an adjusted scoring average of 68.62 to win the Vardon Trophy over Sergio Garcia (68.95).

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland also won the PGA's player of the year and the Vardon Trophy in 2012.

The PGA Tour awards a separate award for player of the year based on a vote of the players. Voting for that ends Sept. 25.


Dolphins center Mike Pouncey returns to practice

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Miami Dolphins starting center Mike Pouncey practiced Tuesday for the first time since undergoing hip surgery back in July.

Pouncey, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season, confirmed that he participated in every drill. But he is leaving it up to the team doctors to determine his status for Sunday's home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The fourth-year pro had rehabbed all through training camp, the preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season. His progress was such that the team opted to keep him on the 53-man roster after the final cuts rather than place him on the Physically Unable to Perform list in hopes that he could return sooner.

It appears that was a good decision.


Stanton posts pictures of facial injuries online

NEW YORK (AP) - Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton posted online side-by-side graphic photos of his face, showing healing in the five days since he was struck by a pitch.

Stanton had tests in Miami on Tuesday to determine whether he can play again this season. He posted the pictures on the photo-sharing site Instagram earlier in the day.

The first shot was taken shortly after he was hit Thursday by an 88 mph pitch from Milwaukee's Mike Fiers, and it shows him with two black eyes, swelling, several cuts and stitches in his lip. Stanton sustained facial fractures and dental damage.

The second photo shows some swelling on the left side, two black eyes and the stitches. But he looks considerably improved.

Manager Mike Redmond said before the Marlins played the Mets that Stanton is feeling much better.

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