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PLANE DIVERTED-SEAT RECLINER

Flight diverted due to dispute over reclining seat

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Delta Air Lines flight from New York to West Palm Beach, Florida, was diverted to Jacksonville because of a dispute between passengers over a reclining seat.

Jacksonville station News 4 Jax reports that Delta says the flight was diverted Monday night.

Passenger Aaron Klipin told the station a woman sitting next to him got into an argument with a passenger behind her. The woman was trying to recline her seat while the other passenger was trying to sleep on the tray table.

Klipin says the woman who was trying to sleep started screaming. A flight attendant came over and the woman who was screaming demanded that the flight be diverted.

The plane landed in Jacksonville and continued on to West Palm Beach. Delta says local law enforcement removed the unruly woman from the plane.

HALLIBURTON-SPILL SETTLEMENT

Halliburton reaches $1.1B oil spill settlement

HOUSTON (AP) - Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The settlement, which is subject to court approval, will be paid into a trust until appeals are resolved over the next two years.

Halliburton was BP PLC's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The deal will settle claims assigned to Halliburton as a result of BP's settlement in 2012 and punitive damages from the loss of property or commercial fishing activity resulting from the oil spill.

GULF-DROWNING

Louisiana man drowns during Florida vacation

NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a 65-year-old Louisiana man drowned in the Gulf of Mexico on Labor Day.

The Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office says Roderick M. Maybee of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was pulled unconscious from the water Monday afternoon off the Florida Panhandle beach where he'd been vacationing with his family.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports red flags were flying on the beach alerting swimmers to dangerous rip currents.

Maybee was airlifted to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Later Monday, firefighters on Okaloosa Island were called to a scene where a toddle had been pulled from the water. Bystanders were performing CPR when rescue crews arrived.

Officials say the 2-year-old child was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in nearby Pensacola. The child was reported to be in critical condition.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE-PRESTIGE-ACQUISITION

Norwegian to buy luxury cruise operator Prestige

NEW YORK (AP) - Norwegian Cruise Line is getting into the luxury cruise business by acquiring Prestige Cruises International in a deal worth about $3 billion.

Prestige operates high-end cruise lines Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., based in Miami, values the deal at $3.025 billion, when debt is included. Its shares jumped 14 percent before the opening bell Tuesday.

Prestige is owned by the private equity firm Apollo Global management LLC, which also owns a large stake in Norwegian.

The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

BAR SHOOTING

2 men shot multiple times outside Dade City bar

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say two men were shot multiple times outside a Dade City bar.

The shooting occurred around 10:40 p.m. Monday at Cooper's Bar. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports the men were taken by helicopter to area hospitals.

There was no word on their conditions and few details about the shooting were immediately available.

MOM SLAIN

Florida teen, 15, accused of killing his mother

(Information in the following story is from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com)

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A 15-year-old southwest Florida boy is charged with killing his mother.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office investigators found the body 42-year-old Tamara Jean Davis on Sunday after neighbors reported a horrible odor coming from her North Fort Myers house. She had been reported missing on Aug. 24.

Neighbors told the News-Press of Fort Myers that the smell had been getting worse over the past two weeks.

Investigators arrested the son, who is not being identified by The Associated Press because of his age. He is being held in a juvenile detention facility pending a hearing on Sept. 18.

Sheriff's officials spent much of Monday at the home gathering evidence.

No further details were immediately available.

BOY DROWNS

Deltona toddler drowns in backyard swimming pool

(Information in the following story is from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com)

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) - A 20-month-old boy is dead after being pulled from a backyard swimming pool in Deltona.

Volusia County Sheriff's deputies say adults at the scene performed CPR on the boy after he was taken from the pool on Monday night. The child did not respond and wasn't breathing when he was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City.

Few details about the drowning were immediately available.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the boy was the fourth backyard pool fatality in Volusia County this year. In August, a 2-year-old and 3-year-old drowned in separate incidents in Edgewater and Ormond Beach. And a 4-year-old from Deltona drowned in January

TROPICAL WEATHER

Tropical Storm Dolly forms off Mexico's coast

MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Dolly has formed off Mexico's coast over the Bay of Campeche.

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 45 mph (75 kph) with additional strengthening forecast until it makes landfall. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dolly will approach Mexico's coast by Tuesday night and move inland by Wednesday morning.

A tropical storm warning for Mexico's coast has been extended and now covers an area from Tuxpan to Barra el Mezquital.

Dolly is centered about 200 miles (320 kilometers) east of Tampico, Mexico, and is moving northwest near 13 mph (20 kph).

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