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Palm Beach County jail to ignore ICE detainers

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Palm Beach County is joining the growing list of counties refusing to follow federal demands that it detain people for an extended period who have questionable immigration status.

The sheriff's office announced Tuesday that it would immediately stop holding people solely based on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer, absent any other judicial order. The detainer requires local authorities keep people locked up as long as 48 hours after initial charges against them are resolved.

In recent years, there has been significant confusion over whether such detainers were mandatory.

The sheriff's office cited new federal directives and court cases that led the agency to believe it was no longer obligated to honor the detainers.

The office said the decision would not affect its commitment to securing the borders nor fighting human trafficking.


Fla. sues for $20M from failed Digital Domain

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - The state of Florida has filed a lawsuit seeking to recoup millions of taxpayer dollars provided to the failed Digital Domain film visual effects company.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the Department of Economic Opportunity in St. Lucie County Circuit Court against Digital Domain Media Group and a number of other entities. Digital Domain had promised to create about 500 jobs at a Port St. Lucie animation studio and a West Palm Beach film school, but it filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

The lawsuit contends Digital Domain defrauded the state out of $20 million in seed money by misrepresenting its debt problems and other allegedly fraudulent acts. The company also got $62 million in funding from St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties.

Its shutdown resulted in 280 layoffs.


Police say Florida St professor was shot in head

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Tallahassee police say a Florida State University professor was shot in the head before dying at the hospital last week.

Spokesman David Northway says there are no suspects, and the department continues to ask for tips from the public.

Officers found College of Law professor Dan Markel on Friday morning and believe he was the intended target.

Northway said the department has received many calls to the tip line but would not provide other details of the case. He declined comment when asked if there was evidence of more than one gunshot and if there were signs of forced entry.

CrimeStoppers has increased the reward for information leading to an arrest from $1,000 to $3,000.


Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) - A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic and is expected to degenerate over the next few days.

The depression's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday were 35 mph. Little change is strength is expected Tuesday, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says some weakening is expected by Wednesday night. The depression is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure in two to three days.

The depression is centered about 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west at about 18 mph.


2 killed in head-on car crash

Authorities say two people died in a head-on car crash in the Florida Panhandle.

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Highway Patrol reports that that 30-year-old Daniel Alford and 46-year-old Glen Devuyst died in the crash early Tuesday.

FHP says Alford was driving a BMW south on State 77 in Washington County at about 2:30 a.m. when he crossed the center line and hit Devuyst's Toyota Scion head-on.

The Panama City News Herald reports that Alford was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Devuyst, who was buckled up, died at the scene.


Restriction on sex offender housing loosened

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Palm Beach County officials have loosened restrictions on where sex offenders can live.

The county commission unanimously passed a measure Tuesday to reduce the minimum distance sex offenders must live from schools, day-care centers and other places children gather. The 2,500-foot restriction put in place eight years ago has been reduced to 1,000 feet, in line with state law.

The change comes after a convicted sex offender sued the county earlier this year, claiming he was left homeless by the strict residency restrictions.

The Palm Beach Post reports no one spoke at the final public hearing on the rules change, and the measure was passed without comment.


Dan Borislow, magicJack inventor, dies at 52

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The man who invented the popular magicJack device has died in Florida. He was 52.

MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd. says in a statement that Dan Borislow died Monday.

MagicJack pioneered voice-over-Internet calling that was advertised as a means of "eliminating your monthly phone bill forever" and became available in thousands of stores.

More than 10 million have been sold.

Borislow was also well known for his ties to horse racing and women's professional soccer.

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