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Florida sues Walgreens, CVS over opioid sales

Florida is suing the nation’s two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging they added to the state and national opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to …


Florida high school massacre panel considers recommendations

The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre began discussions Friday on what recommendations it will make regarding student safety, mental health and steps to prevent future school shootings.


Florida starts painstaking hand recount in U.S. Senate race

Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida’s acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 5:04 p.m.

Bitter battle for Florida Senate seat goes to hand recount

Florida’s acrimonious battle for the U.S. Senate headed Thursday to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 3:09 p.m.

Recounts ordered in Florida Senate, governor races

The Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races on Saturday, an unprecedented review of two major contests in the state that took five weeks …


Florida battle for U.S. Senate still too close to call

A bitter and expensive clash between Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson remains too close to call, despite Scott’s declaration of victory.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Florida passes initiative to restore felons’ voting rights

Potentially altering the election landscape in a key swing state, Florida voters Tuesday approved a ballot measure that will enable more than 1 million ex-felons to regain their voting rights.


Man fought back during yoga studio shooting with a broom

A yoga student is being lauded as a hero for wrestling with a gunman who posed as a customer to get into a yoga studio in Florida and started firing.


Parkland survivors vote for 1st time, months after massacre

Nine months after 17 classmates and teachers were gunned down at their Florida school, Parkland students are finally facing the moment they’ve been leading up to with marches, school walkouts …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

Man with groping history opens fire on Florida yoga class, killing two, police say

A man who has been repeatedly accused of groping women walked into a yoga class and opened fire on Friday evening, according to Tallahassee police – shooting six people and …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Former KREM reporter, Democratic strategist says she warned Twitter about Florida bomb suspect

A former KREM reporter-turned-Democratic strategist says she warned Twitter two weeks ago about Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man now accused of mailing pipe bombs to more than a dozen prominent …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

Idaho neo-Nazi targets Florida candidate Andrew Gillum in new racist robocall

A white supremacist who has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho, has sent a new round of racist robocalls targeting Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum that appear to be directed at …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Post-Michael Florida: Fear, frustration and life on the edge

Missing relatives and worries that looters are just outside the door. Dirty clothes. Hours-long lines for gasoline, insurance adjusters, food and water. No power, no air conditioning, no schools, no …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Mexico Beach residents return home 1 week after Michael

Residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach began returning home for the first time Wednesday since Hurricane Michael to see homes devastated by wind and water and pieces of their lives scattered …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

Hurricane is blamed for 16 deaths in Florida alone

Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That’s …


Trump to visit Florida, Georgia; search ongoing for missing

Upon touring the damage in several towns along Florida’s Panhandle, Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long called the destruction left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he’s ever …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Searches intensify after body is found in Michael’s wake

Rescuers intensified efforts Saturday to find survivors who might be trapped amid the ruins of a small Florida Panhandle community nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, where one body has already …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

Official: Searchers find body in hurricane-stricken town

Search and rescue teams have found a body in the Florida Panhandle town nearly wiped out by Hurricane Michael, and authorities said there is little doubt the death toll will …


Storm offers exposure, risk to Democrat in governor’s race

Days before it came ashore, Hurricane Michael whirled into the Florida governor’s race, and one of the beneficiaries could be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee who spent days …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

Hurricane Michael slams Florida, charges into Southeast; 1 death reported

Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods before continuing its destructive charge inland across the Southeast. It was …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Fast-moving Hurricane Michael menaces Florida Panhandle

A fast and furious Hurricane Michael sped toward the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday with 110 mph winds and a potential storm surge of 12 feet, giving tens of thousands of …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

Michael strengthens into a hurricane, menaces Florida

A tropical weather system that rapidly strengthened into Hurricane Michael on Monday is likely to keep growing stronger ahead of an expected strike on Florida’s Panhandle by midweek, forecasters said.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018, 2:58 p.m.

Forecasters: Depression becomes Tropical Storm Michael

Newly named Tropical Storm Michael could strengthen to a hurricane as it heads to the Florida Panhandle, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday.


Kangaroo is on the loose in Florida

After Storm breached the confines of his south Florida sanctuary on Monday, he likely had one thought: time to run for it – or, at least, time to hop for …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

Toxic red tide algae moves north near Tampa Bay, killing hundreds of thousands of fish

The toxic algae bloom that has carved a trail of dead animals and triggered a putrid stench along western Florida’s coastline has drifted further north, killing hundreds of thousands of …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 5:59 p.m.

Hurricane Florence could cause dangerous surf along U.S. coast

Florence could cause dangerous surf and rip currents along parts of the U.S. East Coast this weekend as the storm swirls across the Atlantic, according to forecasters at the National …


Parkland victim’s father seeks handshake with Kavanaugh

A man whose teenage daughter was killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting tried to shake the hand of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a break in Tuesday’s confirmation …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 12:06 a.m.

Tropical Storm Gordon strengthens, expected to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane

Tropical Storm Gordon is continuing to strengthen and is expected to become a hurricane late Tuesday when it hits the central U.S. Gulf Coast, including coastal Mississippi. From there, it …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Racist calls linked to Sandpoint podcast mock Florida’s black Democratic candidate

Racist phone calls mocking Florida’s black Democratic gubernatorial nominee appear to be from a white supremacist podcast that has also taken credit for inflammatory robocalls in Iowa and California.


Racism quickly becomes an issue in Florida governor’s race

Racism immediately became an issue in the Florida governor’s race Wednesday as both nominees made predictions: The Democrat said voters aren’t looking for a misogynist, racist or bigot, while the …