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Florida Rep. Radel pleads guilty to cocaine charge

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Florida Republican Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and received a year’s probation, is taking a leave of …


Massive explosions rock central Fla. gas plant

TAVARES, Fla. — A series of explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant and sent “boom after boom after boom” through the neighborhood around it. Eight people were injured, …


US sues Fla. over disabled kids in nursing homes

MIAMI — The U.S. Justice Department is suing Florida, accusing the state of unnecessarily keeping children with disabilities in nursing homes.


Young Wolverines advance to Final Four

ARLINGTON, Texas – Trey Burke and Michigan had the perfect response for everyone who said they were too young or not tough enough to make it all the way to …


Free attractions in Florida can help offset hotel, food costs

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The gleaming white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Florida’s Panhandle draw millions of visitors each year, but this area isn’t known for glitz, glamour and high-end …


Best bet on the Tube

No. 7 Florida has mostly dominated the Southeastern Conference this season, winning 9 of 10 men’s basketball games by double figures and most of those by lopsided margins. But Florida …


It’s hard to beat Florida when it comes to dog-friendly destinations

FORT DE SOTO PARK, Fla. — Picture this: You’re sitting on a white sand beach, warm sun on your skin. Coconut-scented sunscreen wafts through the air. A splashing noise comes …


Man dies after winning roach-eating contest

Broward County authorities say the winner of a roach eating contest died shortly after eating dozens of roaches and worms.


Isaac aims at north Gulf Coast after raking Fla.

KEY WEST, Fla. — Tropical Storm Isaac rolled over the open Gulf of Mexico today, where it was expected to grow into a hurricane before hitting land somewhere between Louisiana …


Q&A on shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin

Editor’s note: This article contains explicit language. SANFORD, Fla. – The fatal shooting of a black teenager by a neighborhood watch captain who then went free has led to nationwide …


Florida, South Carolina meet in CWS final series

Florida and South Carolina don’t immediately come to mind when you’re talking about Southeastern Conference rivalries – unless it’s baseball. The Gators (53-17) and defending national champion Gamecocks (53-14) play …


Butler a win away from returning to Final Four

NEW ORLEANS – Florida coach Billy Donovan looks at the Butler Bulldogs and sees a team built to succeed in the NCAA tournament. And that’s just what Butler has done …


Spokane organized crime fugitive arrested in Florida

A Spokane fugitive accused of orchestrating an elaborate identity theft scheme was arrested Wednesday at a state park in Florida.


Spill now hitting all Gulf states

TEXAS CITY, Texas – Tar balls from the Gulf oil spill found on a Texas beach were the first evidence that gushing crude from the Deepwater Horizon well has reached …


Hints of success in Gulf cleanup

MIAMI – The first hint of a nearing end to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was voiced Friday by the Coast Guard admiral in charge there. …


BP’s failures create image problem likely to last

NEW YORK — BP is probably sturdy enough to survive the worst oil spill in U.S. history. But investors are shaving billions of dollars off its value with every day …


Buffett will open hotel despite spill

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. – The timing might be a bit off for tourists hoping to waste away in Margaritaville. But that doesn’t bother Jimmy Buffett. The singer – whose tunes …


Oil nearing Florida beaches

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The BP oil slick drifted perilously close to the Florida Panhandle’s famous sugar-white beaches Wednesday as a risky gambit to contain the leak by shearing off the …


Search for players off Florida coast called off

The Coast Guard says it is suspending the search for two NFL players and another man whose boat capsized off Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Coast Guard said Tuesday it doesn’t …


Two NFL players remain missing; one man rescued

The Coast Guard on Monday narrowed the search area for two NFL players and a third man missing since a weekend fishing trip off the Florida Gulf Coast after crews …


Coast Guard searches for NFL players

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Coast Guard searched off Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sunday for a fishing boat carrying NFL players Corey Smith and Marquis Cooper and two other men missing …


Nation in brief: Four more bodies found in desert

Four more bodies have been uncovered from the mesa west of Albuquerque, including a fetus found inside its mother’s skeleton, bringing the total remains found in the area to 10. …


Crime flourishes in the Sunbelt

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Oh, it’s another sun-blessed, balmy day in Palm Beach County. Were it not for the foreclosures, collapse in tourism and Madoff scandal, all would seem perfect. …


Florida orange crop dodges icy bullet

ORLANDO, Fla. – Citrus growers and vegetable growers appeared Thursday to have weathered the statewide freeze better than expected, but tomato growers took a hit as temperatures stayed below freezing …


In brief: Eight hospitalized after prison fight

A fight broke out at a federal prison northwest of Orlando on Sunday afternoon, and eight inmates have been hospitalized, including one with a gunshot wound, a spokeswoman for the …


Missing pilot faked plane crash, police suspect

MILTON, Fla. – A businessman whose financial management companies were under investigation apparently bailed out of his small plane and then let it crash in a Florida swamp. However, a …


Jeb Bush won’t run for Senate in 2010

WASHINGTON – Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and brother of President George W. Bush, has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate, ending weeks of speculation that he …


Spokane man suspect in child porn ring

A Spokane man is one of a dozen suspects arrested as part of a “highly sophisticated and well-organized” nationwide ring that distributed child pornography on the Internet using encrypted files, …