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Steve Spurrier throws Usain Bolt’s ‘To The World’ pose after honor

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After having Florida Field named after him and then leading 90,000 rain-soaked fans in a pregame cheer, Steve Spurrier did something no one could have seen coming. …


Hermine becomes a hurricane; storm surge expected in Florida

The storm bearing down on Florida’s northwest coast strengthened into Hurricane Hermine on Thursday afternoon and is on its way to becoming the first hurricane to strike Florida in 11 …


Mosquitoes test positive for Zika in South Beach

For the first time in the U.S., mosquitoes trapped in a zone where Zika virus is being actively transmitted have tested positive for the virus.


Accused face-biting killer regains consciousness, sheriff says

Investigators say a Florida college student accused of randomly killing a couple and biting the dead husband’s face has regained consciousness.


Man robbed, killed after bowling date set up online, police say

A man who took a woman bowling after meeting through an online dating site was fatally shot the next night when she returned with three other men and a gun, …


Four new Zika cases in Miami, Florida governor announces

Florida’s governor has announced four new cases of Zika virus infection that health officials believe were spread by mosquitoes in a Miami neighborhood.


Deadly weather system strengthens, now Tropical Storm Earl

A weather system that already has caused at least six deaths in the Dominican Republic has been designated as Tropical Storm Earl.


Zika in part of Miami prompts CDC warning for pregnant women

Government health officials warned pregnant women Monday to avoid a Zika-stricken section of Miami and get tested for the virus if they’ve visited the neighborhood since mid-June, after the number …


Mom of slain Florida teen warned son of nightclub shootings

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Gunfire erupted at a nightclub hosting a swimsuit-themed party for teens in Florida, leaving two dead and at least 17 wounded, officials said Monday. It was …


Authorities: $1B Medicare fraud nursing home scam, 3 charged

Three people have been charged in an unprecedented $1 billion health care fraud scam, accused of using dozens of Miami nursing homes to bilk the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, …


CDC, Florida probing possible Zika case from Miami mosquito

MIAMI – Health officials in Florida were investigating Wednesday what could be the first Zika infection from a mosquito bite in the continental United States. Lab tests confirmed that a …


Clinton expected to reveal VP choice in Florida

Hillary Clinton will likely announce her running mate in Florida on Friday, the same day she is scheduled to visit Orlando and Tampa. When asked if the choice would be …


Sexy and secret: Pitbull drops video paid by Florida

The new video from rapper Pitbull looks like a four-minute advertisement for Florida because that’s exactly what it is.


Four arrested in accused killer’s courtroom escape

Four people are under arrest for allegedly helping a murder suspect escape from a Florida courtroom but the suspect remains at large.


Orlando’s Pulse nightclub has intruders for 2nd night in a row

Orlando police say the Pulse nightclub had intruders on its property for a second night in a row.


Cubans land at southernmost landmark in Key West, police say

Police in Key West say Cuban migrants landed early Wednesday at a tourist attraction marking the southernmost point in the continental United States.


Feds seek Autopilot data from Tesla in crash probe

DETROIT – Federal safety investigators are asking electric car maker Tesla Motors for details on how its Autopilot system works and why it failed to detect a tractor trailer that …


Jon Bon Jovi joins wedding band for ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’

MIAMI – Jon Bon Jovi was a reluctant singer at a Florida wedding last weekend. Videos show the rocker sheepishly taking the microphone after a wedding band led by singer …


Authorities revise death toll in Florida crash to 4 killed

Florida Highway Patrol officials on Sunday revised the number people killed when a bus carrying Haitian farmworkers and a tractor-trailer collided in the Panhandle, putting the latest death toll at …


Florida authorities say 5 dead, 25 injured in Florida crash

The Florida Highway Patrol says four people were killed and 24 were injured when a bus and tractor trailer collided on a highway in the Panhandle.


Islamic group: Muslim man beaten outside Omar Mateen’s mosque

An Islamic group says a Muslim man was beaten outside the Fort Pierce Islamic Center that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had attended.


Tesla driver killed in crash while using car’s ‘Autopilot’

The first U.S. self-driving car fatality took place in May when the driver of a Tesla S sports car using the vehicle’s “autopilot” automated driving system died in a collision …


Florida congressional candidate announces AR-15 giveaway

A candidate running for Congress in the Florida Panhandle has announced a Facebook contest to give away a semi-automatic rifle.


Woman charged with threatening to bomb South Florida mosque

A woman is facing charges after authorities say she threatened to bomb a South Florida mosque.


911 transcript: Orlando gunman said he was Islamic soldier

Orlando gunman Omar Mateen spoke in Arabic to a 911 dispatcher, identified himself an Islamic soldier and demanded to a crisis negotiator that the U.S. “stop bombing Syria and Iraq,” …


Orlando gunman raged against ‘filthy ways of the west’

Investigators Wednesday worked to piece together a picture of nightclub gunman Omar Mateen and his crime and zeroed in on how much his Palestinian-American wife may have known about the …


Searchers find body of boy snatched by gator

Walt Disney World closed beaches at its Florida resorts Wednesday while dozens of rescuers searched a lagoon for the body of 2-year-old boy who was snatched off the shore and …


Terrorist watch list no obstacle to buying weapons, data show

More than 90 percent of known or suspected terrorists who’ve attempted to buy weapons since 2004 have passed a background check and been approved for the purchase, new government statistics …


UPDATED: Tue., June 14, 2016

Obama dismisses Trump comments as more details emerge about Orlando killer

As federal authorities weigh whether to charge the wife of Orlando mass killer Omar Mateen, a stern President Barack Obama dismissed Donald Trump’s charge that Democrats have failed to clamp …


As young man, gunman worked ordinary jobs and got married

He was a body builder and a security guard, a religious man who attended the local mosque and wanted to become a police officer. Early Sunday, 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened …