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Crist is sued over use of Talking Heads song

Gov. Charlie Crist is being sued for $1 million for using a Talking Heads song in a campaign ad without the band's permission.

The rock band's ex-lead singer, David Byrne, sued him Monday in Tampa.

The song Road to Nowhere was featured in an online attack ad against Marco Rubio. He's the likely Republican nominee in the race for Florida's open Senate seat. Crist is running as an independent. Crist's campaign spokeswoman didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

Byrne issued a statement saying he never allows his songs to be used in ads, otherwise his fans "might not respect me as much."

Sen. John McCain was sued in 2008 for using Jackson Browne's song Running on Empty during his presidential campaign without obtaining the proper licensing.


Army sergeant, 26, killed in attack on unit in Iraqi town

Army Staff Sgt. Amilcar H. Gonzalez, 26, of Miami died Friday in Ash Shura, Iraq, when his unit was attacked with small-arms fire, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division.


Assistant state attorney fired over speaking engagements

A North Florida woman who refused to stop speaking at political gatherings has been fired from her job as an assistant state attorney.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Kris­Anne Hall and her attorney now plan to sue State Attorney Skip Jarvis over the firing.

Jarvis says he learned that Hall was speaking on a local radio station and at tea party meetings from a constituent. He said he told her that she was free to say and do what she wanted, but she "could not do so while assistant counsel for the state."

Hall said she viewed her speaking engagements as teaching opportunities. She said she was not taking a political stance.


2 members of Congress sue to toss amendment from ballot

Two members of Congress want a court to remove a citizen initiative on congressional redistricting from Florida's Nov. 2 ballot.

U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, announced Tuesday that they had filed the case in state Circuit Court in Tallahassee.

They argue the ballot summary for Amendment 6 is deceptive, although it already has been cleared by the Florida Supreme Court.

It is one of two initiatives designed to curtail gerrymandering in favor of incumbents and political parties. Amendment 5 covers legislative redistricting.


Construction sign on highway reset with anti-Latino message

A digital construction sign on a major Miami expressway was reprogrammed to flash "No Latinos" and "No tacos."

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Annunziato said the sign on the Palmetto Expressway was programmed on the spot. That means someone had to go out there early Tuesday. The sign has been fixed.

Annunziato also said the sign is password-protected.

Associated Press

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