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Published:   |   Updated: July 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

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AP ANALYSIS: SOME SEAWORLD MAMMALS SURVIVE LONGER IN CAPTIVITY THAN THOSE IN WILD

Since the release of a highly-critical documentary last year, SeaWorld Entertainment has been condemned by animal rights activists distressed over the condition of its killer whales. But annual survival rates for some of the most common marine mammals including killer whales at SeaWorld's three parks are near the top of all U.S. parks and aquariums, an analysis of five decades of federal data by The Associated Press showed.

NEW TRIAL FOR FLORIDA MAN CHARGED IN MALL SHOOTING

A South Florida man who was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a fatal Christmas Eve shooting inside the Boynton Beach mall has won his appeal for a new trial. The appellate court reversed an earlier ruling this week and granted Wilson Pierre Jr. a new trial for killing 24-year-old Berno Charlemond in 2006 while the mall was crowded with thousands of holiday shoppers.

SOUTH FLORIDA MOM ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER OF CHILD

A South Florida woman is being jailed without bail, accused of trying to kill her 3-month old son. Miramar police say 33-year-old Inakesha Armour told police she's suffering from postpartum depression and "has thought about doing harm to the victim on a daily basis." The Department of Children and Families will ask a judge on Thursday to shelter the infant for his protection.

SEA TURTLE SEASON OFF TO SLOW START

Sea turtle season has gotten off to a slow start in northeast Florida, especially among green turtles. Wildlife officials say only 195 nests have been located so far this year, compared to 367 that were spotted by early July 2013. In addition, only two green turtle nests have been discovered this year, compared to 11 at the same time last year.

2 SARASOTA POLICE OFFICERS SAVE CHOKING BABY

An 11-month old baby is safe thanks to the quick actions of two Sarasota police officers. Officers Dominic Harris and Steven Fergus were on patrol Wednesday when they noticed several women holding a baby upside down. They stopped and were told the baby was choking on chicken bone. One performed the Heimlich maneuver while the other called for help. The baby is recovering.

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