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Regional News: Alabama signee's father is fugitive; Florida wants 12 month daylight saving time?

By: AP
By: AP
No - it's not that time yet...but does Florida want it year-round?

No - it's not that time yet...but does Florida want it year-round?

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say a man who was arrested after spending 16 years on the run for allegedly shooting his estranged wife while she was holding their 18-month-old boy is the father of University of Alabama football signee Reuben Foster.
U.S. Marshals spokesman Scott Sides says 41-year-old Danny Foster was captured Friday in Miami.
Danny Foster was originally arrested in Randolph County, Ala. after the shooting, which the woman survived. A young Reuben was wounded in the back.
Danny Foster was indicted by a grand jury in 1996 but fled the state before being arrested in California. Sides says he was extradited to Randolph County but escaped from jail in December 1996.
Reuben Foster signed with Alabama this week.
Sides says Danny Foster took on a new identity in Miami and will again be extradited to Randolph County.

ISLAMADORA, Fla. (AP) -- A loggerhead sea turtle that swallowed a fisherman's baited hook has been returned to the ocean off the Florida Keys following successful surgery.
About 100 spectators cheered as the 145-pound turtle nicknamed Sandy slipped out of a fiberglass washtub and into the water Saturday.
The loggerhead sea turtle is classified by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service as a threatened species.
The turtle was hooked by an angler fishing from a bridge last Sunday. Instead of breaking the line and letting the turtle swim away with the hook deep inside its mouth, the fisherman brought the reptile to shore and contacted The Turtle Hospital in Marathon.
The hospital's veterinarian removed the hook and, following antibiotic therapy, the turtle was deemed healthy for release.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his young granddaughter.
As part of a deal with Pinellas County prosecutors, 58-year-old Sylvester David Carew pleaded guilty to murder Friday in order to avoid a possible death sentence.
Authorities say Carew and his girlfriend, Nikki Tyler Gardner-Bradley, brought 4-year-old Zineah Taylor Johnson's lifeless body into a hospital in August 2008. Court records show the girl had sustained more than 100 injuries to her head, neck, torso and legs. Authorities later found several objects covered with duct tape in the Largo apartment where the three had lived.
Carew and Gardner-Bradley blamed each other for the girl's death.
The Tampa Tribune reports that Gardner-Bradley was also charged with murder but was later found mentally incompetent to stand trial. She remains in custody.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida state legislator doesn't want to "fall back" in November.
Sen. Darren Soto on Friday filed a bill that would mandate that Florida keep its clock in daylight-saving time year-round.
The Orlando Democrat said he sponsored the bill (SB 734) because he gets frustrated that it gets dark earlier during the winter. The bill is called the "Sunshine Protection Act."
Florida, like most other states in the country, follows the pattern of moving clocks ahead one hour in March then reverting to standard time in November.
Soto has little hope his bill will get passed this year but said he wants to start a discussion about daylight-saving time.
Soto also said there is a question whether it's legal under federal law for Florida to keep itself on daylight-saving time.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta police say they investigating whether an officer followed correct protocol when he used a Taser to stop a fight between two girls at a middle school.
WXIA-TV reports the officer was working at Inman Park Middle School on Friday when he used the Taser to jolt the girls, ages 12 and 13, to break up a fight outside the school.
Both girls were charged with fighting in public. Their identities were not released because both are minors.
Atlanta police say they are reviewing video footage and audio recorded by the Taser to determine of the officer's response was warranted.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Add New Orleans R&B legend Dr. John and Bob Marley's former backup band, The Wailers, to the lineup of concerts for next month's Savannah Music Festival.
Tickets for those and three other shows that are late additions to the festival's schedule went on sale Friday. Rounding out the new shows are folk-rock ensemble Old Crow Medicine Show, Los Angeles-based pop-rock band Sea Wolf and the bluesy Tedeschi Trucks Band.
The Savannah Music Festival opens March 20 and runs through April 6.
The 2013 festival features more than 80 concerts in that styles that range from classical and jazz to rock and bluegrass at venues throughout Savannah's downtown historic district.


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