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    Armored car driver dies after robbery at school

    MIAMI -- An armored-car driver died after being robbed and shot in the head by two teenage boys during a pickup at an elementary school.

    The boys shot Dunbar Armored employee Guillermo Cardin, 32, and grabbed $300 in cash he was carrying as he walked back to his van following a routine pickup at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday from Norland Elementary School, police said. Cardin died Wednesday at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

    The youths fled on foot and were being sought by Miami-Dade police. The FBI was assisting in the investigation.

    The robbery occurred after the school had let out for the day. Police didn't know whether any children witnessed the shooting.

    Parents sue FAA over crash that killed daughter

    MANATEE -- The parents of a flying instructor killed in a crash at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport have sued the Federal Aviation Administration for $23.7-million.

    Carol and Douglas Bahrenburg said in the lawsuit filed Monday that they believe the FAA is responsible for the March 9 collision that killed their daughter, Lori Bahrenburg, and three others.

    A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board suggests that an air traffic controller apparently mistook the position of a Cessna 172 when clearing its pilot to move onto a runway.

    That action placed Julius Taubman, 81, and David Mouckley, 74, directly in the path of a Cessna 152 that had just been cleared for takeoff and was racing down the runway. It was carrying pilot Charles Heffner, 80, and Bahrenburg, 26.

    "The FAA caused the accident," said David Siegal, an attorney for the Bahrenburgs. "The FAA operates the tower and the tower told Lori to get on the runway when there was already another airplane there."

    The FAA doesn't comment on lawsuits, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the agency.

    Girl's claim of improper search gets officer fired

    JACKSONVILLE -- A police officer has been fired after a 16-year-old girl accused him of forcing her, while wearing only a bikini, to expose herself during a search in his patrol car.

    Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover dismissed Bruce Van Nelson on Tuesday, although an internal review board recommended only a suspension.

    Van Nelson, 32, was accused of improperly conducting a search for weapons and drugs July 25 after stopping the Jacksonville girl as she was driving from a community pool.

    Van Nelson is innocent and will appeal, his lawyer said.

    "The whole thing has been handled inappropriately," Van Nelson said. "They are using me to build public confidence."

    He said he was fired because the department is trying to restore public faith after four men, including a current and former police officer, were arrested on federal charges that they kidnapped, robbed and killed a businessman.

    "The only way I can go back there and hold my head high is for her to come back and say she lied," Van Nelson said.

    He said he pulled the girl over after nearly being hit by her car. The teen, who was not cited, had no license and was driving without her mother's permission, he said. An internal investigation found no witnesses.

    Arsenal in home includes 15 homemade bombs

    KEY WEST -- Monroe County authorities disarmed and seized several pipe bombs, cannonballs and firearms Wednesday from a home of a man who is being held pending psychiatric evaluation.

    The bomb squad found 15 homemade explosive devices hidden in the home of a man Key West police took into custody the previous day after responding to a disturbance. He is being held under the Baker Act pending a psychiatric exam, said sheriff's spokesman Greg Artman.

    Wednesday morning, the man's wife asked police to remove firearms she said belonged to her husband. A sheriff's deputy spotted what appeared to be pipe bombs and called a bomb squad.

    The bomb squad evacuated the neighborhood for about seven hours while disarming the devices, Artman said.

    Police did not release the man's identity and he was not charged as of Wednesday.

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