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Curry, Williams Sworn Into Office As Jacksonville’s New Mayor, Sheriff

Lenny Curry and Mike Williams are officially Jacksonville’s mayor and sheriff after being sworn in Wednesday morning. After Curry took the oath of office, he addressed an audience of community members at the Times-Union Center downtown. Curry says the safety of Jacksonville’s children is one of his top priorities. “I met a 10-year-old kid months ago that after he told me a story about baseball, told me he saw his friend get shot in the chest,” Curry said. “That should not happen to our kids...
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Investigators continue looking into what caused a SpaceX rocket to explode after takeoff from Cape Canaveral on Sunday. In Jacksonville Wednesday, Florida Senator Bill Nelson said he’s confident in the investigation.

On Monday, Nelson called for a thorough review of the incident and warned the gravity of the investigation should not be underestimated. He then met with officials from NASA and SpaceX.

At his Jacksonville office, Nelson said he’s sure the results will improve space travel.

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Lenny Curry and Mike Williams are officially Jacksonville’s mayor and sheriff after being sworn in Wednesday morning.

After Curry took the oath of office, he addressed an audience of community members at the Times-Union Center downtown. Curry says the safety of Jacksonville’s children is one of his top priorities.

“I met a 10-year-old kid months ago that after he told me a story about baseball, told me he saw his friend get shot in the chest,” Curry said. “That should not happen to our kids in this city.“

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Florida has joined a multi-state lawsuit against a new federal water-pollution rule.

Industry groups support the suit — which refers to the rule as a “significant overreach” by the Environmental Protection Agency.


The FBI is investigating a string of recent physical attacks on Internet cables in the San Francisco Bay Area.

President Obama on Wednesday announced the formal resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba after more than half a century of hostilities. The two countries have agreed to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana.

Standing in the White House Rose Garden, Obama called it "a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people."

Obama said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana this summer to "proudly raise the flag over our embassy once more."

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The day before a new Florida law would have begun requiring women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion, a Leon County judge placed the law on hold while a constitutional challenge goes forward. But the state quickly filed an appeal, a move that could prevent Francis' ruling from taking effect.

Leon County Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis issued a temporary injunction Tuesday that would have prevented the law (HB 633) from taking effect on Wednesday.

Gyms at seven local schools open in a few weeks, and a program at Edward Waters College provides education and encouragement to young men, both in an effort to keep teens deemed at-risk off the streets and find success. A report from the City of Jacksonville’s General Counsel finds that Jacksonville has the largest percentage of LGBT citizens of any city in Florida, but has nothing in law protecting them from discrimination.

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In a battle between a fantastic attack and a fantastic defense, the latter prevailed, as two penalty kicks — one made, one whiffed — and a late insurance goal gave the U.S. a 2-0 win over Germany and a berth in the Women's World Cup soccer final.

After American forward Alex Morgan tumbled over a German defender — a foul that appeared to occur outside of the box — forward Carli Lloyd got a penalty shot past Germany's Nadine Angerer, whom the U.S. had kept busy all night.

Business groups and labor unions sharply disagreed today over the potential impact of a proposed change to the federal rule governing overtime pay.

In coming months, the two sides will submit comments in writing to the Labor Department to try to shape the rule's final wording, but the verbal sparring already has begun.

Business leaders say hiking overtime pay would reduce hiring, while unions say the change would stimulate the economy by raising incomes for about 5 million Americans.

Before laying out the different reactions, we'll look at what happened today:

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