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UPDATED: Fri., April 3, 2020

2 cruise ships arrive in Florida after days of negotiations

A cruise ship that’s been floating at sea with coronavirus patients aboard for two weeks after being turned away from South American ports has finally been allowed to dock in …

Coast Guard: Cruise ships must stay at sea with sick onboard

The U.S. Coast Guard has directed cruise ships to prepare to treat any sick passengers and crew on board while being sequestered “indefinitely” offshore during the coronavirus pandemic.

Florida docking plan in the works for ill-fated cruise ships

Passengers from an ill-fated South American cruise are anxious to disembark once they reach Florida, but Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state’s health care resources are already stretched too thin …

Florida sheriff renews search for missing millionaire featured in ‘Tiger King’

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Florida hopes the wild success of Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary will help out with a cold case.

UPDATED: Mon., March 30, 2020

Pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak

Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit …

FBI: Soldiers set up deadly robbery to fund foreign fighting

The two former U.S. Army soldiers met in Ukraine, where they joined the same far-right paramilitary group. After getting deported, they planned to take a boat from Miami to South …

Florida governor’s coronavirus dilemma: health vs. economy

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been walking a tightrope for weeks during the coronavirus crisis, trying to protect both residents vulnerable to the virus and the cratering economy in a …

UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

With 3 more victories, Biden pulls further ahead of Sanders

Joe Biden has swept to easy victories in Florida, Illinois and Arizona, increasingly pulling away with the Democratic presidential primary race and building pressure on Bernie Sanders to abandon his …

Hair Club for Men founder — and client – Sy Sperling dies

Hair Club for Men founder Sy Sperling, famous for the TV commercials where he proclaimed “I’m not only the Hair Club president but I’m also a client,” died in Florida. …

Florida 6-year-old sent from school to mental health facility; officers say she was ‘fine’

In body camera footage, Nadia King, 6, emerges from Love Grove Elementary School on Feb. 4, holding the hand of a Jacksonville sheriff’s deputy. The officers were told Nadia was …

Elderly, halfhearted Florida bank robber won’t be jailed

A 74-year-old Florida man whose halfhearted attempt at bank robbery was caused by depression after his wife’s death will not spend any time in jail, it was announced Friday.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

After residents cry fowl: Miami to relocate pack of peacocks

A pack of peacocks that has wreaked havoc on a Miami neighborhood will be relocated after city commissioners voted Thursday night to side with residents and agreed to have the …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Florida ‘red flag’ gun law used 3,500 times since Parkland

Florida residents have had their guns taken away by judges under a “red flag” law the state passed three weeks after authorities say a mentally disturbed man killed 17 people …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Package labeled ‘Bag Full of Drugs’ leads to Florida arrests

Authorities say two men caught speeding down Interstate 10 in Florida’s Panhandle were carrying a package marked “Bag Full of Drugs.”

Police: 2 dead, 2 wounded in shooting after Florida funeral

Authorities say gunfire erupted after a funeral in Florida, killing a teenager and a man and leaving two other people wounded

SUV breaches Mar-a-lago security; 2 in custody after chase

Officers fired shots at an SUV that barreled past a security checkpoint at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort Friday, leading to a car and helicopter chase before officers were able …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

Florida man mistakenly pumps gas onto the deck of his boat

Mistakenly inserting a fuel nozzle into a fishing pole slot, a Florida man pumped $60 worth of gasoline onto the deck of his boat and the ground of a gas …

Tacos, anyone? Iguanas fell from trees, and people were selling the meat online

Mango season may be months away, but if you live in South Florida, your trees may have recently been ripe for the picking – of iguanas.

US sending home nearly two dozen Saudi cadets after shooting

The United States is removing nearly two dozen Saudi military students from a training program and sending them back to Saudi Arabia following after an investigation into a deadly shooting …

2 more Chinese nationals arrested at Florida Navy base

Two more Chinese nationals have been arrested for illegally taking photographs at a Florida Navy base, court records show.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

Disney characters say tourists inappropriately touched them

Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists.

Sheriff blasts Amazon for not helping with probe into driver

A sheriff’s office in Florida said it caught an Amazon driver stealing a customer’s package but got no help from the company during its investigation.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

Surfing Santas ride waves along Florida’s Space Coast

Who needs a sleigh when you’ve got a surfboard? Some 600 surfers dressed as Santa chose surfboards instead of sleighs on Tuesday during an annual Christmas Eve surfing fundraiser in …

Man found eaten by alligator actually died of meth overdose

Florida officials say a man who was found partially eaten by an alligator in June actually died of a meth overdose.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Couple who bought $120k banana art sense it will be iconic

A Miami couple who bought a headline-grabbing banana duct-taped to a wall have acknowledged the absurdity of the artwork, but say they believe it will become an icon and plan …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Saudi student opens fire at Florida Naval base, killing 3

The government of Saudi Arabia has condemned a fatal shooting by a Saudi aviation student at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Orangutan granted human status settles into new Florida home

A 33-year-old orangutan granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina is settling into her new surroundings at the Center for Great Apes in central Florida.

Trump laments G-7 move from Doral after bipartisan pushback

President Donald Trump is lamenting that he was forced to move next year’s Group of Seven summit from his private golf club in Florida after bipartisan criticism that he was …

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 …

Trapper plays with ‘gator until it tires, pulls it from pool

A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool.