Students Arrested After Brawl
(Melbourne, FL) -- About a dozen students are facing charges after a brawl at a Brevard County school. It happened yesterday in Melbourne at Palm Bay Magnet High School. Police say the fight started with two girls before ten others, including an adult, joined in. No injuries were reported.
SpaceX Launch Could Come Next Week
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- Another rocket launch could come as early as next week. SpaceX issued a warning yesterday to boaters and pilots that a Falcon 9 rocket launch could take place as soon as Monday night. No official launch window has been announced. Florida Today reports the mission from Launch Complex 40 will send a commercial communications satellite into space for Asia and the Pacific.
St. Johns Superintendent Discusses Recent Illnesses
(St. Augustine, FL) -- The leader of St. Johns schools is blaming social media for causing a health scare. Superintendent Tim Forson addressed the school board yesterday to discuss a recent illness at Creekside High School. Nineteen students were sent home last week for the illness, and more than 17-hundred students stayed home Friday to avoid getting sick. Forson blames that, in part, on fears that spread on social media sites, but he says attendance figures are back to normal.
Parkland Shooting Hearing Over
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- A Broward County judge has set a December 19th hearing to consider a defense request to delay the start of the trial for confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz. Judge Elizabeth Scherer wants jury selection to begin on January 27th, but Cruz's public defenders say they need more time to prepare.
Amazon Driver Seen Dumping Packages In Trash
(Tampa, FL) -- A Tampa man credits his security camera with catching a rogue delivery driver. Paul Streicher [[ striker ]] says the camera at his home in Citrus Park shows an Amazon delivery driver dumping two packages in the trash this week. Streicher delivered the packages to the rightful owners, but they found the gifts inside were gone. Amazon says the driver is no longer delivering packages, but Streicher tells 10News he won't let one bad egg ruin his opinion of Amazon.
Deployed Dad Surprises Kids For Christmas
(Tampa, FL) -- It's not even Christmas yet, but two Tampa Bay kids already have everything they wanted. Seven-year-old Jaxon Taylor and his five-year-old brother asked Santa to bring their dad home from his Coast Guard mission in the Middle East, and that wish was granted recently at the Westfield Citrus Park mall. Dad Caleb surprised his sons by jumping out of a gift-wrapped box while the kids were visiting Santa. Caleb's wife says it was sweet to see how much the kids missed Caleb, and Jaxon tells ABC Action News it was the best day ever.
Merriam-Webster Announces Nonbinary Pronoun "They" as Word of the Year
(Undated) -- Merriam-Webster is naming the nonbinary pronoun "they" as 2019 Word of the Year. The American English dictionary says the term has been searched more than three-hundred times more than last year. Senior Editor Emily Brewster says searches for the word were so "significant and sustained" that it stood apart from other popular entries. Merriam-Webster officially added the nonbinary pronoun as an entry in September.
Overpowering Axe Spray Leads To Florida School Bus Evacuation
(Palmetto, FL) -- A powerful deodorant is the reason for a school bus evacuation in Florida. This week, a bus driver opted to have the students evacuate the vehicle after some began to complain of an overpowering smell. As it turns out, the aroma emanated from one of the Buffalo Creek Middle School students on the bus who had gone overboard putting on some Axe spray.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2000, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments from lawyers representing George W. Bush and Al Gore concerning the Florida presidential vote recount.
1961, the first American military forces arrived in Saigon to support South Vietnam's fight against Communist guerrillas.
1941, Italy and Germany declared war on the United States. In turn, the U.S. declared war on both.
1816, Indiana became the 19th state.