5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 13

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

FLORIDA APPEALS COURT REHEARS EX-FBI AGENT’S MURDER CASE

The attorney for a former FBI agent convicted in a decades-old South Florida slaying linked to Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger says the agent should be freed from prison because he was improperly found guilty and wrongly sentenced. Attorney Manuel Alvarez made the argument for John Connolly on Thursday in Miami before the 3rd District Court of Appeal. A three-judge panel previously tossed Connolly’s second-degree murder conviction and 40-year sentence, but prosecutors persuaded the full court to reconsider.

FUGITIVE TREASURE HUNTER TO RETURN TO OHIO

A deep-sea treasure hunter who spent years as a fugitive agreed Thursday to return to Ohio to face the investors he’s accused of bilking out of millions of dollars in gold. Appearing in federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida, Tommy Thompson, 62, waived hearings to confirm his identity and discuss his extradition. A judge in Ohio will handle the criminal contempt charge filed against Thompson after he went missing in the midst of demands he appear in court.

AMBASSADORS TO CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES DISCUSS ENERGY, SECURITY

Five ambassadors to the Caribbean are reinforcing the U.S. government’s commitment to helping the cash-strapped region reduce its dependence on Venezuelan oil while addressing multiple security issues. The U.S. ambassadors to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Suriname and Barbados and the eastern Caribbean participated in the panel Thursday at Florida International University.

JETBLUE ANNOUNCED ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS TO CUBA

JetBlue Airways has announced more flights to Cuba and Haiti. The New York-based airline said Thursday that it would add a new charter flight to Cuba this summer. The Friday flights from Tampa to Havana will begin June 5. Travelers have to make arrangements directly with JetBlue partner ABC Charters.

10 ENDANGERED SEA TURTLES RELEASED BACK INTO FLORIDA WATERS

Ten endangered sea turtles rescued from chilly Massachusetts waters late last year have been released back into the ocean off Florida. The SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team released the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles into the waters off the Canaveral National Seashore on Wednesday. They were among 72 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles rescued by the New England Aquarium in November after a mass cold stranding off the Massachusetts coast. They were transferred to SeaWorld Orlando, where most were treated with antibiotics and fluids for pneumonia.

 

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