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UCF student dies while cave diving

CHASSAHOWITZKA — A college student diving in an underwater cave has been found dead.

Joseph Michael Kelly, 21, of Vero Beach, was diving with two friends Saturday night near the Chassahowitzka River Campground. He never surfaced.

His body was found later Saturday night. An autopsy will be performed.

Kelly was a student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Casey Anthony defense wants state to pay bills

ORLANDO — Lawyers for an Orlando woman accused in her young daughter’s death says the state should pay the cost of defending her.

The team representing 23-year-old Casey Anthony says the financial assistance is the only way to ensure they’ll have the resources to fight a conviction and possible death sentence in the first-degree murder case.

The defense wants the state to pay the cost of travel, serving supoenas, hiring experts, deposing witnesses and investigating the case.

Neurosurgeon dies in plane crash off Miramar Beach

MIRAMAR BEACH — A Birmingham neurosurgeon has died after the plane he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle. His passenger also was killed in the incident.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office told The Birmingham News said the man killed in the plane crash had been positively identified as identified as Birmingham neurosurgeon Dr. Evan Zeiger.

Zeiger was flying his World War II-era AT-6-Texan in a formation with other airplanes on Saturday when it went down in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle.

Dozens gather for 50th reunion of Pedro Pan

ORLANDO — Dozens of Cuban-Americans who as children came to the U.S. through Operation Pedro Pan have reunited.

About 55 Pedro Pan alumni gathered Saturday at Heathrow Country Club in central Florida.

600 line up for “Biggest Loser” audition

TAMPA — Hundreds of Tampa Bay residents are hoping for a spot on “The Biggest Loser.”

About 600 people lined up Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino to appear before casting directors. Some showed up as early as 3 a.m.

One Sarasota woman showed up with a fake dynamite on her back and a sign declaring she’s a ticking time bomb.

It was the first day of casting for the NBC show. Auditions will also be held in Washington, Boston and Chicago.

— Herald wire reports

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