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Police investigating rappers’ ties to shootings around Miami

A weekend of shootings involving rap musicians and their entourages in South Florida for a huge hip-hop festival left two people dead and four wounded, multiple vehicles riddled with bullets …


Florida residents want Trump to see post-hurricane suffering

Residents in parts of the Florida Panhandle devastated by Hurricane Michael seven months ago hope President Donald Trump gets a glimpse of the continued suffering in the region when he …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

Alligator visits Florida hair salon: ‘Girls, get inside and lock the door!’

An alligator gave staff and patrons of a Florida hair salon a scare Tuesday when it showed up on the sidewalk outside the strip-mall business.


Florida lawmakers pass bill allowing more armed teachers

More Florida classroom teachers could carry guns in school under a bill passed Wednesday by state lawmakers, the latest response to last year’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school.


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

Small cat dropped off at Orlando fire station wasn’t a cheetah. What was it?

The men and women at an Orlando Fire Station 7 were tasked with a small “what is it?” when a man dropped off what he called a baby “cheetah” Thursday, …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Storms in South kill girl in Florida, bring tornado threat

A strong storm system barreling through the South on Friday killed an 8-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to large parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia.


Road crew misspells ‘school’ in school crossing

A road crew in Florida should get an “F” for spelling.


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Hurricane Michael gets an upgrade to rare Category 5 status

Weather forecasters have upgraded last fall’s Hurricane Michael from a Category 4 storm to a Category 5.


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019

20 years after Columbine, some polls show parents’ growing fears of dangers at school

Twenty years after the deadly attack at Columbine High School, polls consistently capture growing fears among American parents that their children face imminent danger whenever they go to school.


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019

Florida teenager obsessed with Columbine takes her own life

A young Florida woman who traveled to Colorado and bought a shotgun for what authorities feared would be a Columbine-inspired attack just days ahead of the 20th anniversary was found …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

17-foot, 140-pound python captured in Florida park

Researchers last week captured and killed the largest Burmese python to be removed from Big Cypress National Preserve in the Florida Everglades, according to wildlife officials.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019

Florida Man Googles self to find out which Florida Man he is

A social media challenge is encouraging people to look up what version of Florida Man they are based on their birthdays.


Mother Russia: South Florida sees a boom in ‘birth tourism’

Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship, often in Florida.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019

Murder charge dropped against woman accused in 2016 death of ex-boyfriend in Spokane Valley

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has dismissed a charge of first-degree murder against 39-year-old Cristina Stiles, accused of killing her child’s father Cory Fowler inside his Spokane Valley apartment.


Many ‘still hurting’ nearly 5 months after Hurricane Michael

Life is still a struggle in the Florida county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael in October


Florida officer goes on trial for killing black motorist

For the first time in 26 years, a Florida police officer is standing trial for an on-duty killing – and one of his defenses will be the state’s controversial “stand …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Florida student charged with misdemeanor after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance

A Florida student is facing misdemeanor charges after a confrontation with a teacher that began with his refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and escalated into what officials described …


Families to quietly remember on school massacre anniversary

The communities and families terrorized by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre will spend Thursday’s anniversary visiting graves, packing meals for the needy and contributing to other service projects …


Florida secretary of state steps down after blackface photos surface

Former Seminole County elections chief Michael Ertel resigned as Florida secretary of state Thursday after photos emerged of him wearing blackface as a Hurricane “Katrina victim” at a Halloween party …


Police describe execution-style killings inside Florida bank

A gunman who took over a SunTrust Bank branch in Florida apparently made the five women inside lie down on the lobby floor before shooting them in the backs of …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

5 fatally shot inside Florida bank, suspect arrested

Several people were shot Wednesday afternoon after a gunman barricaded himself inside a SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida, authorities said.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019

Toddler exits truck with hands in the air, walks up to Florida cops, video shows

The Tallahassee Police Department released body camera footage of a traffic stop after a video of a toddler walking up to police with her hands in the air went viral.


New Florida governor suspends sheriff over school massacre

New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

Florida pardons 4 black men accused of 1949 rape

After a dramatic, hourlong meeting that recalled events from nearly seven decades ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s three-member Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday to four African-American men …


Detectives: Burglar in closed police substation left ID

To identify the burglary suspect who broke into a closed Florida police substation and ate an officer’s chicken dinner, detectives didn’t need to lift fingerprints or get DNA from the …


Registering to vote brings out emotions among Florida felons

The normally humdrum bureaucracy of registering to vote brought tears to the eyes of some Floridians on Tuesday when most felons regained their right to vote under a state constitutional …


5 children heading to Disney killed in fiery Florida crash

Five children heading to Disney World in a church van from Louisiana died along with two truck drivers in a fiery crash on Interstate 75 in north Florida, the Florida …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019

Man attacks McDonald’s employee, viral video shows

In the video, the man can be seen leaning across the counter and grabbing the McDonald’s cashier until she lurches forward. For a moment, the employee seems to stumble, then …


Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018

Man yells ‘there’s no Santa’ at Florida holiday event

It wasn’t the Grinch who stole Christmas. It was a man who screamed “there’s no Santa Claus” over and over during a recent holiday festival in Florida.