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News Minute: Here is the latest Florida news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her parents has avoided the death penalty. The Tampa Bay Times reports that 11 of 12 jurors voted Tuesday for 32-year-old Adam Matos to be executed _ but without unanimous agreement, Matos automatically received a life sentence. The same jury convicted him last week of four counts of first-degree murder.

MIAMI (AP) - People who live and work in Miami's Little Haiti are both relieved and upset over the Trump administration's decision to extend Haitians' special immigration status. They welcome news that the government has extended the status for 18 months, but are troubled that this time it comes with a clear expiration date. Advocates for Haitians living in the U.S. following their country's 2010 quake say the Caribbean native nation is still not ready to absorb them.

NEW YORK (AP) - David Cassidy of "The Partridge Family" fame has died at age 67. Publicist JoAnn Geffen released a statement Tuesday evening saying Cassidy had died "surrounded by those he loved." No further details have been released, but Geffen said on Saturday that Cassidy was in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital suffering from organ failure. The teen and pre-teen idol starred in the 1970s sitcom and sold millions of records as the musical group's lead singer.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Officials say an 8-foot (2.4-meter) crocodile that came ashore on a Florida beach has been released unharmed, far from swimming and sunbathing tourists. The Sun Sentinel reports that Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Katie Purcell says the large, female reptile was let go Monday evening in a "suitable habitat" somewhere in Broward County.

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