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For fans, Harry Potter charms on two continents

My 10-year-old daughter, Chloe, squared her feet, raised her arm toward the dark, diamond-paned windows and waved her wand in a triangle pattern as she shouted an incantation into the night air. “Incendio!”

Brother of Honduran president convicted in drug conspiracy

The brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was convicted Friday in a massive drug conspiracy case in New York City after prosecutors said he relied on “state sponsored drug trafficking” enabled by his brother.

Feeling better, Magic guard Markelle Fultz has high hopes

It was time for the last jump shot of Markelle Fultz’s workout on the Orlando Magic practice court on Wednesday. He let a 3-pointer fly from the left corner, and spun around in celebration even before the ball swished through the net. After two years of problems, he’s feeling good again.

NFL Pro Bowl returns to Orlando for 4th straight year

The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando for the fourth straight year and be held one week before the Super Bowl. The NFL’s all-star game will be an afternoon match at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. A week later, the league’s championship game will be played a few hours south in the Miami area. Fans, players and coaches will vote for the 88 Pro Bowlers. The game will match the AFC against the NFC.

Universal says doubling Orlando resort size with 4th park

Universal Orlando officials said Thursday that the resort is doubling in size with plans for an “epic” fourth theme park, but they offered almost no information on when the new park will open, what it will hold or how much they are spending.

Four-run fourth inning lifts Milwaukee Brewers over Mariners

Minutes after giving up his first run on a bases-loaded squeeze bunt by Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson, Mariners starter Mike Leake left a first-pitch cutter over the middle of the plate that Orlando Arcia was able to sneak over the wall in short right field for a three-run homer. The four-run fourth inning was all the Brewers would need in Thursday’s 4-2 win over the Mariners at Miller Park.

Somber memorials on anniversary of Florida nightclub rampage

Three years after a gunman massacred 49 people and wounded many others at a gay nightclub in central Florida, the anniversary was being observed Wednesday with somber memorial gatherings and proclamations, including one that had to be issued twice.

Magic made big strides in Steve Clifford’s first year

A 42-40 record and quick ousting by Toronto from the first round of the playoffs is hardly defined as a great season, but it’s a major step forward for the Orlando Magic. Over the previous six seasons, no NBA team – not even the ones that were actively tanking, which Orlando was not – lost more times than the 335 defeats the Magic endured. But they hired coach Steve Clifford last May, and the turnaround was on. And now Orlando will head into the summer waiting to see what Nikola Vucevic decides.

TSA officer jumps to his death at Orlando airport

An officer from the Transportation Security Administration jumped to his death from a balcony inside Florida’s busiest airport Saturday, creating panic that brought some security checkpoints to a halt for hours, grounded flights and caused serious delays.

Gonzaga returning to Bahamas for 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis

Gonzaga has essentially adhered to a tournament rotation schedule for more than a decade, often visiting the top holiday basketball events once every four years. That rotation will continue in the 2019-20 season, with the Zags venturing to the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

Orlando Magic hire Steve Clifford as head coach

Steve Clifford was announced Wednesday as the new coach of the Magic, a team that has missed the playoffs in each of the last six years. Clifford – who spent the last five seasons as coach of the Charlotte Hornets – was an assistant coach on Stan Van Gundy’s Magic staff during the team’s most recent playoff run in 2012.

Magic fire coach Frank Vogel after 2 seasons

The Orlando Magic have fired coach Frank Vogel, one day after the team wrapped up its sixth consecutive losing season. Vogel was with the Magic for two years, going 54-110. He had six successful seasons in Indiana. But with the Magic, he went 29-53 and 25-57. Vogel had one year left on his contract with the Magic.

Widow of Pulse nightclub gunman who killed 49 acquitted

The widow of the gunman who slaughtered 49 people at a gay Orlando nightclub was acquitted Friday of helping her husband plot the attack and lying to the FBI afterward, ending the government’s nearly two-year effort to hold someone accountable.

Prisoner mistakenly released early sues over rearrest

A man who was released early from a Washington state prison due to a software glitch is suing the Department of Corrections, saying his re-arrest three years later to serve the remaining time was illegal and upended the life he had painstakingly rebuilt.