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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 …


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.


Florida man, irritated by people illegally parking in handicapped spot, sentenced to prison for fatally shooting unarmed man

A white Florida man who told detectives he was irritated by people who illegally park in handicapped spots was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison for the fatal …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 8:44 p.m.

‘Flash drought’ brings dust and dread to Southern farmers

A furnace-like “flash drought” is intensifying as it blasts away the little moisture left across a vast swath of the South, shriveling up crops and backyard gardens and raising alarm …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

A year after Hurricane Michael, Florida community still in crisis

A year after Hurricane Michael, the Florida county hardest hit by the Category 5 storm is still in crisis.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Cuban foreign minister: Warming with US is irreversible

Cuba’s foreign minister said Tuesday that he believes improvements in relations with the United States are irreversible despite the Trump administration’s hardening of the embargo on the island.


Captive beauty: Florida island formed by hurricane remains aware of vulnerability to ocean

Our Thursday started with a car, then a plane, then a couple moving sidewalks during a layover, and then another plane. That got us to Fort Myers, Florida, two months …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 12:38 p.m.

Amid terrorism talk, bail denied in aircraft sabotage case

A federal judge cited new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies Wednesday in denying bail for a longtime mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner that prosecutors say could have …


Deputies: Couple had sex in patrol car after arrest

Authorities say a man and a woman who were stopped for drunken bicycling in a Florida beach town had sex in a deputy’s patrol car before one of them fled …


Epstein accusers denied compensation in victims’ rights case

A group of women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein suffered a setback Monday in their decade-long legal fight over a plea deal that allowed the financier …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Bullied boy who designed homemade University of Tennessee T-shirt given free tuition

A fourth-grader who was bullied because of his handmade University of Tennessee T-shirt was just given a four-year scholarship to the college, the university said Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 6:01 p.m.

Police in Tallahassee say a suspect is in custody after multiple stabbings

A man got into an argument with his co-workers and stabbed five people at a construction-supply business, authorities said.


Miami’s Bahamian ties inspire relief effort after Dorian

Spared from the wrath of Hurricane Dorian, people in South Florida are donating water, food and household supplies in a relief effort spearheaded by descendants of some of Miami’s earliest …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian gains fury but might skirt Florida coast

Hurricane Dorian has strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane as it menaces Florida’s eastern coast with a potentially devastating direct hit


Florida waits: Hurricane Dorian is looking increasingly dire

Unsure of where Hurricane Dorian might strike, Florida residents watched the increasingly dire forecast with a sense of helplessness Friday and braced for what could be the most powerful storm …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 11:14 a.m.

Hurricane on track for Florida after strike in Caribbean

Hurricane Dorian posed an increasing menace to Florida as it pushed over open waters Thursday after leaving limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

It’s no joke, mom: Florida teen arrested in school threat

Authorities have posted a video of their arrest of a 15-year-old Florida boy who allegedly posted an online threat to kill at least seven people at a high school.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 12:50 p.m.

Authorities: Florida woman pulls gator from yoga pants during stop

Officials say a Florida woman who pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop and illegally possessed numerous other wild animals has been sentenced to probation …


Florida woman bites intruder who forced his way into home

A nearly toothless South Florida woman says she bit a man who forced his way into her apartment.


Florida woman says toilet explodes after lightning strike

A Florida woman says lightning destroyed her septic tank and caused a toilet in her house to explode.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

Florida boy calls 911 to order pizza, gets lesson and a pie

A Florida boy who called 911 to report he was hungry and wanted a pizza got a lesson in proper emergency call etiquette, but he also got a pie.


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 11:13 a.m.

Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case

A judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges Thursday, saying the danger to the community that would result if the jet-setting defendant was free formed …


City hopes ‘Baby Shark’ song will drive homeless away

Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping a continuous loop of children’s songs played throughout the night will keep homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental …


Nonprofit pulls out of strip-club-sponsored golf tournament at Trump resort

President Donald Trump’s company has canceled a golf tournament that a Miami-area strip club planned to hold at his Doral, Florida, resort this weekend.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 4:36 p.m.

Financier in sex case went from math whiz to titan

Jeffrey Epstein has long been an enigma, his rags-to-riches ascent shrouded in mystery


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Wealthy financier charged with molesting dozens of girls

In a startling reversal of fortune, billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was charged Monday with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls in a case brought more than a decade after he …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

W.Va. coal billionaire Chris Cline killed in helicopter crash

Coal tycoon Chris Cline, who worked his way out of West Virginia’s underground mines to amass a fortune and become a major Republican donor, has died in a helicopter crash …


Florida woman who took husband’s guns faces misdemeanor

A Florida woman who took her estranged husband’s guns after his arrest and turned them over to the police will be charged with misdemeanor trespassing instead of theft and burglary, …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Orange fireball lighting Florida sky was Chinese space junk

Conspiracy theorists, stand down: That mysterious orange fireball streaking across the Florida sky was space junk from a Chinese satellite launch.