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Body of missing Florida boater found

ST. PETERSBURG -- A helicopter search crew has found the body of a missing Florida boater in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard said 56-year-old Tommie Lipford of Largo had gone out on his 21-foot Kenner fishing boat Friday and was reported missing by his family around 2 a.m. Sunday. His body was found roughly 4 miles from his boat at about 11 a.m. The boat was anchored with its lights on. It’s unclear how Lipford died.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating.

Broward girl, 2, drown in backyard pool

POMPANO BEACH -- A 2-year-old girl appears to have drowned in her family’s swimming pool in Broward County.

Authorities say the girl’s mother found her in the pool late Sunday morning at their Pompano Beach home. Rescuers took the girl to a north Broward hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Man kills ex-girlfriend, self in central Florida

ST. CLOUD -- Authorities say a central Florida man killed his ex-girlfriend then himself while his mother baby-sat their young son.

St. Cloud police found the pair dead inside a car late Saturday. Police identified them as 23-year-old Jessica Lynn Muller and 25-year-old Theodore Johnson. The woman was reported missing by a co-worker earlier in the day.

Authorities have not disclosed how Muller and Johnson died. Their son, who was born in 2007, was in Orlando with Johnson’s mother at the time.

The investigation is ongoing.

Delta plane engine fails, forces emergency landing

MIAMI -- Authorities say a Delta plane’s engine failed in mid-air over Florida, forcing the flight to make an emergency landing.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Sunday it was a so-called “contained” engine failure, meaning small parts such as fan blades came out the back of the engine. A more dangerous scenario would be if the pieces penetrated the engine’s cover and were uncontained. It was not immediately clear what caused the failure.

Broward County Aviation Department spokesman Greg Meyer says pieces of what appeared to be the damaged engine were recovered near the Fort Lauderdale airport.

No one was hurt.

Meyer says the plane landed safely and the 140 passengers headed for Minneapolis are being rebooked on other flights.

Firefighters: Be diligent in dry weather

ORLANDO -- Orange County firefighters are reminding residents to be diligent as the dry weather increases the risk for fires.

Grills should never be left unattended. Yard trash should not be burned. Smoke materials should be extinguished carefully.

The advice comes after firefighters battled two brush fires Saturday. No injuries have been reported.

Fire breaks out at Tampa funeral home

TAMPA -- A fire broke out at a Tampa funeral home, but authorities say firefighters were able to keep the flames away from bodies inside.

The blaze ignited at about 11 p.m. Friday night at Integrity Funeral Home.

No one was hurt. Authorities say the fire started in an air conditioning unit and caused about $50,000 in damage.

Rare state documents on display in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE -- A collection of several dozen rare papers documenting Britain’s control of Florida and the state’s annexation by the United States is going on display in Jacksonville.

The 37 documents include ones signed by presidents Andrew Jackson, James Madison and James Monroe.

They include papers related to the 1763 Treaty of Paris, which briefly gave control of Florida to the British, and the 1821 annexation by the United States.

The 190th anniversary of the ratification of the annexation is Tuesday.

The papers are on display at Drexel Woods in Jacksonville.

-- Herald wire services

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