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Family found shot to death

A couple and their 12-year-old son were found dead Monday, shot in the head in their home in Palm Bay, near Melbourne, police said. Police went to the house after 39-year-old Joan Selles failed to report to work at the city building department. Officers found Selles and her 36-year-old husband, Rodrigo Selles, in their bedroom. The body of their son, Dylan, was found in another bedroom. Palm Bay police spokesman John Sherbert said the family had been dead several days. "We definitely haven't ruled out murder-suicide," Sherbert said. "But because we have three bodies all sustaining gunshot wounds, we're treating it like a homicide situation."

NAACP mailed bomb threat

JACKSONVILLE _ FBI officials said Monday it was investigating a bomb threat mailed to the NAACP office. Willye Dennis, president of the Jacksonville branch, turned the letter over to federal authorities. Adorned with a swastika, it was postmarked Pensacola and had a rubber-stamped return address with the initial and last name of a person in Valparaiso, north of Fort Walton Beach. "Just think this letter could have been a bomb," the letter reads. "I think I might send you one."

Assessment for HRS gloomy

TALLAHASSEE _ Getting the troubled state welfare department computer working right will take years, more than the $173.1-million already spent and at least one more outside expert to oversee operations. That bleak assessment came Monday from Jim Zingale, a top Revenue Department official brought in as a troubleshooter by Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay, the temporary head of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. "The truth of the matter is, this is a nightmare," Zingale said. "In the short term, HRS can't win. They can't do all these things." The computer has been plagued by multimillion-dollar errors in welfare programs and is the focus of a grand jury probe into allegations that IBM was improperly favored in awarding of contracts.

Swamp fire burns wide swath

Firefighters flew above the blaze in the Okefenokee Swamp on the Florida-Georgia border and snapped pictures using an infrared camera to locate the "hot spots." Authorities said the fire covered an estimated 5,700 acres Monday, no change from the previous day. The fire, started by lightning June 7, was 6 to 7 miles southwest of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge visitor center.

Roadblock dropped for now

AMERICAN BEACH _ A roadblock at the main entrance of American Beach, a resort mainly used by blacks, was lifted over the weekend as officials mull over the constitutionality of the procedure. Since a shooting in May, the Nassau County Sheriff's Office has set up a roadblock each Sunday. Motorists had to show their driver's license and car registration and let their cars be searched before they could enter the area. Capt. Romy Dover of the Sheriff's Office said his department was told to lift the roadblock until prosecutors can research its legality.

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