5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 7

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST, FORMER PROFESSOR DEPORTED TO TURKEY

Palestinian activist and former college professor who was targeted by the Justice Department for more than a decade has been deported from the U.S. to Turkey, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. Sami Al-Arian was teaching computer science at the University of South Florida in 2003 when he when he was arrested as part of a federal terrorism investigation and accused of playing a leadership role in the terrorist group Palestinian Jihad. He was acquitted of most charges after a six-month trial in 2005 and later agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges of conspiracy to provide, make or receive funds, goods or services for the benefit of a terrorist organization.

MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING MOTHER, NIECE IN PASCO COUNTY

Authorities say a mentally ill Tampa Bay area man killed his mother and 9-year-old niece and seriously injured another at their New Port Richey home. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reports that a SWAT team took 23-year-old Jason Rios into custody Thursday after a three-hour standoff at an unoccupied neighboring house. Emergency workers found 55-year-old Angela Rios dead. Jenica Randazzo died Friday at a hospital, where the other girl is recovering.

NORTH MIAMI BEACH POLICE OFFICER SHOT WHILE SERVING WARRANT

Authorities say a North Miami Beach police officer was shot while serving a warrant. Police say Officer Lino Diaz was shot in the arm and in the leg Friday morning and was scheduled for surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The injuries were not considered life-threatening. Authorities say Diaz had been serving a search warrant as part of a joint federal investigation into unemployment fraud when he came under fire. Police say a man and a woman were taken into custody after a standoff at the home.

MAN GETS LIFE SENTENCE FOR FATAL SHOOTING

A South Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting another man during a bar fight. A Palm Beach County judge sentenced Luis Rios on Friday. He was convicted last month of first-degree murder. A previous conviction and life sentence for the same crime was overturned because of faulty jury instructions.

SENTENCING DELAYED FOR EX-VENEZUELA JUDGE IN US DRUG CASE

Sentencing has been postponed for a former Venezuelan judge in a U.S. cocaine trafficking case linked to the government of former President Hugo Chavez. A sentencing hearing was moved from Friday until Monday for Benny Palmeri-Bacchi, who pleaded guilty in November to charges of extortion, conspiracy to obstruct justice and money laundering conspiracy. Each charge carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

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