Deputies: Florida man smothered crying son over video game
Updated 04/18/2014 at 7:26 p.m.
A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff's deputies said Friday.
Rick Scott and Jeb Bush want in-state tuition bill passed
Updated 04/18/2014 at 1:35 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, along with former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez, made an urgent last-minute plea for legislators to pass a tuition break to...
Florida woman doesn't blame bear for her attack
Published 04/17/2014 at 10:53 p.m.
A Florida woman who was attacked by a bear last weekend says she doesn't want bears to be killed by wildlife officials for doing what wild animals do.
Did a German Shepherd get called to jury duty?
Published 04/16/2014 at 6:35 p.m.
Could this prospective juror take a bite out of crime? Cumberland County, N.J., has summoned IV Griner to jury duty. The only problem is that IV is a 5-year-old German shepherd.
Internet retailer Amazon to start collecting taxes in Florida
Updated 04/16/2014 at 6:07 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians who rely on Internet giant Amazon.com will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases.
Mega Money jackpot rolls overs to $550,000
Published 04/16/2014 at 7:07 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — No tickets matched all four numbers plus the Mega Ball, meaning the jackpot rolls over to $550,000, Florida Lottery officials said Wednesday.
2 Fantasy 5 players win $108,682.90 jackpots
Published 04/16/2014 at 7:07 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two "Fantasy 5" game players selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot worth $108,682.90 each, the Florida Lottery said Wednesday.
2014 Pulitzer winners in journalism and arts
Published 04/14/2014 at 6:14 p.m.
The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, and the judges' comments.
Bail set for man accused in Florida daycare crash
Published 04/14/2014 at 2:39 p.m.
A judge has set bail at $100,000 for a man accused in a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 14 people at a central Florida daycare center.
3 dead after shootings at Jewish center, retirement community in Kansas City
Updated 04/13/2014 at 6:19 p.m.
Three people died Sunday after shootings at a Jewish community center campus and retirement community in suburban Kansas City, and a 15-year-old boy is in critical condition.
Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'
Published 04/13/2014 at 2:46 p.m.
Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."
Florida woman recovering after bear attack
Published 04/13/2014 at 2:18 p.m.
Wildlife officials are warning residents to watch out for bears on the move, particularly after a central Florida woman was attacked by a bear outside her home.
Jeb Bush immigration remark could be 2016 problem
Published 04/11/2014 at 9:29 a.m. 166 Comments
With a single phrase of compassion for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, Jeb Bush has prompted questions about his viability as a potential presidential contender and underscored how divisive the immigration issue remains for the Republican Party.
Fla. House: No testing for students using vouchers
Published 04/09/2014 at 4:35 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House is rejecting a proposal to require students who use private school vouchers to take the same tests given to students in public schools.
1 ticket wins $1 million Mega Money jackpot
Published 04/09/2014 at 6:35 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — One ticket matched all four numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $1 million jackpot, Florida Lottery officials said Wednesday.
1 Fantasy 5 player wins $220,408.45 jackpot
Published 04/09/2014 at 6:07 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — One "Fantasy 5" game player selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot worth $220,408.45, the Florida Lottery said Wednesday.
Marine guard shot to death by colleague at NC base
Published 04/08/2014 at 10:26 p.m.
Authorities say the victim in a North Carolina base shooting died of a single wound to the chest after efforts to revive him.
Lawsuit: Male stripper did show at NY nursing home
Published 04/08/2014 at 4:20 p.m. 1 Comment
A lawsuit claims an elderly woman was subjected to an unwanted performance by a male stripper when she was living at a New York nursing home.
Florida legislators push for end to greyhound racing
Updated 04/08/2014 at 7:35 p.m. 2 Comments
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Some Florida legislators are making a push again this year to end a requirement that greyhound dog-tracks have on-site races if they want to keep card...
Connecticut wins NCAA title, 60-54 over Kentucky
Updated 04/08/2014 at 12:33 a.m.
Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years
Florida pastor on trial in NYC fake Hirst art case
Published 04/07/2014 at 5:59 p.m.
A Miami pastor is on trial in New York on charges of knowingly offering faked works of British art star Damien Hirst to a buyer who was actually an undercover officer.
Small but promising step in restoring Everglades
Updated 04/06/2014 at 4:35 p.m.
MIAMI (AP) — Engineers say initial success on a tiny urban section of the massive Everglades restoration plan could provide important lessons for the larger project.
Navy rescues family with sick baby from sailboat
Updated 04/06/2014 at 2:23 p.m.
U.S. sailors rescued a family with an ill 1-year-old baby from a sailboat that broke down hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast — boarding them Sunday onto a San Diego-bound Navy ship so the girl could get medical treatment.
Republicans like campaign donations ruling, Democrats don't
Published 04/03/2014 at 8:04 a.m. 3 Comments
Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy.
'Today' show's Willard Scott weds girlfriend in Fort Myers
Published 04/02/2014 at 10 p.m.
NBC says 80-year-old Willard Scott has tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend.
Aristocrats on welfare caught at Port Everglades
Updated 04/01/2014 at 9 p.m. 6 Comments
A Minnesota couple who allegedly lived in expensive homes and owned a yacht while taking more than $160,000 in state welfare benefits has been arrested.
Common Core backlash in Florida prompts changes, only in name
Published 04/01/2014 at 1:35 p.m.
Fueled by parents angry over contentious new national education standards called Common Core, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature is pushing through a series of sweeping changes.
Report: Fla. economy recovering; problems remain
Published 03/31/2014 at 1:35 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's economy is showing signs of continued recovery, but a new analysis prepared by state economists also points to some problems.
Former 'Dynasty' star Kate O'Mara dies at age 74
Published 03/30/2014 at 11:42 a.m.
British actress Kate O'Mara, best known for her role in the 1980s soap opera "Dynasty," died Sunday at the age of 74, her agent said. Phil Belfield said O'Mara died in a nursing home in southern England after a short ...
Bill could raise Florida speed limit to 75 mph
Published 03/30/2014 at 10:35 a.m. 2 Comments
Highway safety advocates say that if the Florida Legislature passes a bill that would allow the state to raise the speed limit to 75 mph there could be more crashes, injuries and deaths. The bill's supporters say people are already ...
Lockheed adds 200 jobs in Orlando
Published 03/30/2014 at 5:07 a.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Lockheed Martin is adding 200 jobs to its Orlando operations.
Magnitude-5.1 earthquake shakes Los Angeles
Updated 03/29/2014 at 4:45 p.m. 1 Comment
More than 100 aftershocks have rattled Orange County south of Los Angeles where a magnitude-5.1 earthquake struck Friday.
Mega Money jackpot rolls overs to $550,000
Published 03/29/2014 at 1:07 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — No tickets matched all four numbers plus the Mega Ball, meaning the jackpot rolls over to $550,000 million, Florida Lottery officials said Saturday.
Obama tells Pope Francis he is a 'great admirer'
Updated 03/27/2014 at 8:13 a.m. 37 Comments
President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic nearly hourlong first meeting comes as ...
PHOTOS: Popes meetings with US presidents
Published 03/26/2014 at 10:01 p.m. 2 Comments
President Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, the first meeting between the 44th president and the head of the Catholic Church. Obama plans to express to the pope his appreciation for his leadership and his ...
Fla. Senate passes student data privacy bill
Published 03/26/2014 at 12:07 p.m. 1 Comment
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — School districts will no longer be able to collect certain types of student data under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.
Docs, nurses push lawmakers for Medicaid expansion
Published 03/26/2014 at 11:07 a.m. 1 Comment
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Roughly 100 nurses, doctors and consumers are flying to Tallahassee to lobby legislators about affordable health care.
1 ticket wins $550,000 Mega Money jackpot
Published 03/26/2014 at 7:35 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — One ticket matched all four numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $550,000 million jackpot, Florida Lottery officials said Wednesday.
Florida may ban minors under 16 from getting married
Published 03/25/2014 at 1:07 p.m. 16 Comments
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida may make it illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to get married.
Fla. consumer confidence rising
Published 03/25/2014 at 12:35 p.m. 1 Comment
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's consumer confidence is rising.
China demands Malaysian satellite data on plane
Updated 03/25/2014 at 5:40 a.m.
China is demanding that Malaysia turn over satellite data used to conclude that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was lost in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors.
Florida Legislature ready to pay former pig farmer $1M
Published 03/21/2014 at 6:07 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature is proposing to give $1.15 million to settle a case with a former Panhandle pig farmer who sued the state.
Hurricane 'cone of uncertainty' shrinks a little
Published 03/21/2014 at 6:07 p.m. 8 Comments
MIAMI (AP) — The National Hurricane Center says its storm track forecasts keep improving, helping to shrink the so-called "cone of uncertainty" a bit in forecasts this year.
Agreement reached over prehistoric Miami site
Published 03/21/2014 at 1:35 p.m.
MIAMI (AP) — Some remnants of a prehistoric Native American village could be preserved and displayed at the site of a long-planned hotel and entertainment complex in downtown Miami.
Starbucks to roll out beer, wine to more cafes
Published 03/20/2014 at 1:21 p.m.
Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for get beer and wine in the evenings.
Plan to restore section of 7 Mile Bridge in Keys
Updated 03/19/2014 at 4:35 p.m. 3 Comments
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A portion of the historic Seven Mile Bridge, a Florida Keys icon, is to be saved for future generations after officials on Wednesday approved a $77...
Florida researchers learn pythons have good homing skills
Published 03/18/2014 at 8:07 p.m. 4 Comments
MIAMI (AP) — Aside from being scarily large and voracious, Burmese pythons also are really good at finding their way home, according to new research conducted in Florida's Everglades.
Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. in care facility
Published 03/16/2014 at 5:51 p.m.
The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is in a care facility, according to a church spokesman.
New unemployment numbers for Florida due out
Published 03/16/2014 at 5:45 p.m.
Florida's latest unemployment numbers are coming out and could signal whether the state's economic recovery is continuing.
Sunshine Week: Tensions rise over access to local government
Published 03/16/2014 at 3 a.m. 2 Comments
Derrick Thompson called 911 in the coastal Maine city of Biddeford to report that he was being threatened. Police checked out the complaint, decided it was a civil matter and left the scene. Three minutes later, the teenager and his ...