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Coinbase, a San Francisco startup that allows people to buy and sell digital currency, became the first major cryptocurrency company to go public when it made its stock market debut on Wednesday.

Trading began around $381 a share, pushing the company's valuation close to $100 billion. That's about what Facebook was worth when it had its initial public offering in 2012.

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday it will not pursue charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer who fatally shot a protester inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6. Officials determined there wasn't enough evidence to support a criminal prosecution.

Sugar Factory To Open At Site Of Closed Brio In The Markets At Town Center

Apr 14, 2021
A view of the Sugar Factory in Miami.
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Las Vegas-based Sugar Factory American Brasserie, known for couture lollipops, celebrity sightings and $43 tropical cocktails, intends to take over the closed Brio Tuscan Grille site in The Markets at Town Center.

Fla. House Backs Gambling Bills But Changes Are Likely

Apr 14, 2021
In this file photo, a poker dealer is works a game at the Magic City Casino in Miami.
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With the chairman cautioning that the proposals likely would change, a House committee Wednesday approved bills that would revamp laws about pari-mutuel facilities and create a state gaming commission.

Four police officers in Muncie have been indicted on more federal charges for using excessive force on arrestees and covering up the 2018 incidents.  They now face federal trials.

In March of last year, Officers Chase Winkle and Jeremy Gibson and Sergeant Joseph Krejsa were indicted on 12 total federal counts.  On Wednesday, 17 additional federal counts were added and another officer was charged – Corey Posey.

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A new exhibit at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is celebrating the work of South African artist Zanele Muholi. The exhibit, a series of more than 80 self-portraits, explore themes like race, identity, human rights and social justice. 

Chef Steve Stallone is pictured working in his garden.
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Wednesday, April 14, would be a good time to pick up a shovel and some seeds, and start your homegrown bounty since it’s National Gardening Day.

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Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians that use the Independent Drive ramp to the Main Street Bridge will have to find another route starting Thursday.

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The CDC and the FDA recommended “a pause” in the usage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to reports of rare blood clotting. However, public officials are still urging citizens to continue getting vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Of all the disruptions unleashed by the Trump White House on how the federal government typically works, the saga of one small project, called the Open Technology Fund, stands out.

The fantastical tale incorporates the spiritual movement Falun Gong, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, the daughter of a late liberal Congressman, and a zealous appointee of former President Donald Trump.

Madini and Lash are the proud parents of a baby western lowland gorilla born Friday at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Flooding in Flagler County.
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With less than three weeks left in the legislative session, a key Senate panel Wednesday supported providing a tax break to property owners who elevate homes to address potential flooding, part of a House plan to combat rising sea levels.

Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron smiles during a press conference at Atlanta Stadium, Ga., after the game in which he hit his 715th career home, in this April 8, 1974, file photo.
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The Jacksonville City Council Tuesday approved a bill renaming the baseball field at J.P. Small Memorial Park Stadium in honor of baseball great Henry L. “Hank” Aaron.

Bernie Madoff, the financier who orchestrated one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history, has died. He was 82.

He died on Wednesday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed, where he had been serving out a 150-year sentence.

As a money manager, Madoff defrauded thousands of investors out of tens of billions of dollars. The former NASDAQ chairman pleaded guilty to 11 criminal counts in 2009, at the age of 71.

The United States will withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, President Biden will announce on Wednesday, turning the page on a conflict that has cost trillions of dollars and the lives of more than 2,300 American troops.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's defense attorney is expected to continue presenting their case on Wednesday.

Chauvin is charged with the murder of George Floyd, who died after Chauvin held his knee on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds on Memorial Day last year.

U.S. Capitol Police officers were hindered by leadership decisions and equipment deficiencies that left the force ill-prepared to respond to the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to a new watchdog report, which found that some advance intelligence offered a "more alarming" warning ahead of the day's events.

The Biden administration is moving to reverse a Trump-era family planning policy that critics describe as a domestic "gag rule" for reproductive healthcare providers.

Transit Drive-In offering vaccine today and Thursday

Apr 14, 2021

The Niagara County Department of Health has announced it will be holding a COVID-19 Point of Dispensing vaccine clinic this week at the Transit Drive-In on Transit Road in the Town of Lockport.

People who incurred funeral expenses after losing a loved one to COVID-19 may have some of their expenses recovered.

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The Local Media Association has announced 22 news outlets from across the country, including Jacksonville’s own WJCT News 89.9 and WJCT News partner News4Jax, that will be participating in its new Covering Climate Collaborative. WJCT produces ADAPT, a digital magazine focused on how climate change is impacting Northeast Florida and what’s being done about it, and the ADAPT Newsletter. 

In the next several days, the Biden administration is expected to announce plans across the economy to reduce America's greenhouse gas emissions dramatically by 2030.

Saxophonist Sonny Simmons left an indelible impression on fellow alto player Steve Lehman, who vividly remembers the first time he heard Simmons live: It was 1997, Lehman was assisting drummer Pheeroan akLaff – on the faculty at Wesleyan University at the time, where Lehman was a student – who had a gig with Simmons that Lehman attended. The impact was immediate.

TV+KPCC: 'Free Solo'

Apr 13, 2021

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Nat Geo Channel celebrates the success of their documentary "Free Solo" with an in-person conversation with climber Alex Honnold. Join us at the rock climbing gym Hollywood Boulders to hear his most memorable moments of this journey to share his story with the world.

Updated April 13, 2021 at 2:11 PM ET

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday they are recommending a "pause" in the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an "abundance of caution" while a review of reports of rare, potentially dangerous blood clots is conducted.

The United States Coast Guard and multiple Good Samaritan vessels are assisting in rescue efforts after a 265-foot commercial lift boat capsized just south Grand Isle, La., in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jonathan Lally told NPR there are conflicting reports that additional vessels may also be in distress but that the initial call came in at 4:30 p.m. local time. That triggered an Urgent Marine Information, which launched the emergency rescue effort.

1st Century Roman Statue, Looted A Decade Ago, Found In Belgium By Off-Duty Police

Apr 13, 2021

Italian art police recovered a 1st century Roman statue that had been looted from an archaeological site nearly a decade ago after off-duty officers spotted it in an antique shop in Belgium, Italian authorities said this week.

In a historic move, President Biden is naming Robert Santos, one of the country's leading statisticians and the American Statistical Association's president, as his intended nominee to head the U.S. Census Bureau.

If confirmed by the Senate, Santos, who is Latinx, would be the first permanent director of color for the federal government's largest statistical agency, which is in charge of major surveys and the once-a-decade head count used for distributing political representation and funding around the United States.

The defense called on Officer Peter Chang of the Minneapolis Park Police to testify in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is on trial on murder charges in the death of George Floyd.

Chang was stationed at a park nearby on May 25, 2020, when he heard a dispatch on his radio asking for assistance. He was one of the closer officers to Cup Foods, so he went to the scene.

It's common for park police to assist Minneapolis city police, Chang said, and explained that officers in both forces attend the same police academy.

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