Crist defends President Obama, blasts Scott
Updated 03/09/2014 at 1:07 p.m. 12 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on Sunday stuck to his support of President Barack's health care overhaul, saying "it's been great" for the state despite a difficult...
Aftershock earthquake in Cuba felt in Florida Keys
Updated 03/09/2014 at 4:48 p.m.
A fourth aftershock from an earthquake that occurred in Cuba two months ago was felt in parts of the Florida Keys.
Tampa Bay family hospitalized after eating steak contaminated with LSD
Updated 03/08/2014 at 3:49 p.m. 2 Comments
Authorities say a Tampa Bay area family was hospitalized after eating meat tainted with LSD.
Economy: A look at U.S. job market on eve of February data
Published 03/07/2014 at 7:45 a.m.
In advance of the February jobs report being released Friday, the U.S. economy has been skating on an icy patch.
Hubble Telescope captures shattering asteroid
Published 03/06/2014 at 4:23 p.m.
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first pictures of a disintegrating asteroid.
'Fish strike' stops jet's takeoff at Florida base
Published 03/05/2014 at 10:36 p.m.
"Bird strikes" are a familiar hazard for aircraft. Now authorities at a Tampa Bay-area military base say they've recorded something new: a "fish strike."
Florida GOP senator pushes for Medicaid expansion
Published 03/05/2014 at 6:35 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Medicaid expansion seems like a dead issue this Legislative session in Florida, but many lawmakers aren't giving up.
'How We Die' author Sherwin Nuland dies in Conn. at age 83
Published 03/04/2014 at 10:59 p.m.
Dr. Sherwin Nuland, the author of an award-winning book about death called "How We Die," has died at age 83.
Florida seeks triple sentence in Marissa Alexander warning-shot case
Published 03/03/2014 at 10:32 p.m.
A Florida woman could end up in prison for 60 years when she's retried for firing a shot in the direction of her estranged husband and two of his children.
Former championship boxer Antonio Tarver arrested in Florida
Published 03/03/2014 at 7 p.m.
A former world champion boxer was arrested in Florida on a felony theft and bad check warrant stemming from unpaid IOUs at a Las Vegas Strip casino.
List of 2014 Oscar winners
Updated 03/03/2014 at 12:05 a.m.
List of winners at Sunday's 86th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Disney ends funding to Boy Scouts over gay policy
Published 03/02/2014 at 8:24 p.m.
The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.
PHOTOS: Wide range of wintry conditions affects half of US
Published 03/02/2014 at 10:28 a.m.
Another round of wintry precipitation is taking aim at a wide swath of the nation.
Florida students drinking less soda, watching less TV
Published 03/01/2014 at 11:08 a.m. 1 Comment
Florida high schoolers are getting healthier. State health officials surveyed 6,089 students in 73 high schools and found the number of students who drank soda one or more times daily dropped from 31 percent in 2007 to 22 percent in ...
South Beach can deliver on hole-in-the-wall dining
Published 03/01/2014 at 10 a.m.
From the beaches (and beachwear) and architecture, to the art and the attitudes, Miami’s South Beach is all about big and bodacious. And the restaurant scene is no exception.
For Scott, it's about tax cuts and budget in 2014
Updated 02/26/2014 at 3:35 p.m. 2 Comments
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott, weighed down by lackluster poll numbers and a Republican Legislature intent on pursuing its own contentious reforms, appears content to keep it simple...
Sheriff: Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez involved in prison altercation
Published 02/25/2014 at 11:23 p.m.
A Massachusetts sheriff says former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been involved in a prison altercation.
Speed may be cause of Salma Hayek brother's deadly crash
Published 02/25/2014 at 8:45 p.m.
Los Angeles police say speed may be a factor in a deadly crash involving Salma Hayek's brother.
Groups file papers backing Florida gay marriage ban
Published 02/25/2014 at 5:35 p.m. 5 Comments
MIAMI (AP) — Several groups that back Florida's constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage have filed court papers opposing a lawsuit that challenges that ban.
US government dismisses reptile keepers' claims
Updated 02/25/2014 at 2:35 p.m.
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. government has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a nationwide ban on four giant snake species.
Fla. consumer confidence holding steady
Updated 02/25/2014 at 12:07 p.m.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's consumer confidence is holding steady.
No players match all numbers in Fantasy 5 drawing
Published 02/25/2014 at 10:35 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — No "Fantasy 5" game players selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot, the Florida Lottery said Tuesday.
No easy bailout plan apparent for struggling Ukraine
Published 02/25/2014 at 7:39 a.m. 1 Comment
Ukraine needs money, and fast — in weeks, not months. But bailing out the country of 46 million people will not be a matter of simply writing a big check.
Rep. Garcia asks to stop deportations to Venezuela
Updated 02/25/2014 at 4:07 p.m. 1 Comment
MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida congressman is asking President Barack Obama to review political asylum applications from Venezuela and to stop deporting people there.
Michelle Obama visits Miami to promote fitness
Updated 02/25/2014 at 6:39 p.m. 21 Comments
MIAMI (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama stopped at a Miami rec center Tuesday to continue her fight against childhood obesity by ensuring that children are staying healthy throughout their...
Judge sets deadline for Justin Bieber video objections
Published 02/24/2014 at 7:58 p.m.
A Florida judge has set a Wednesday afternoon deadline for Justin Bieber's lawyers to file objections to the release of police video taken after the singer's Jan. 23 arrest in Miami Beach.
Florida Senate proposes new casinos, slot machines
Published 02/24/2014 at 7:55 p.m.
The Florida Senate is rolling out a sweeping gambling proposal that would allow the creation of two new casinos in South Florida and expand the use of slot machines across the state.
Fla. releases performance scores for teachers
Updated 02/24/2014 at 6:35 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida parents may get a chance for the first time to see how more than 100,000 teachers across the state performed under a complex formula designed...
Daytona 500 delays now common in NASCAR's opener
Updated 02/23/2014 at 5:15 p.m.
Daytona could use a dome. From rain, potholes, soap and fire, the Daytona 500 has had all sorts of delays the last five years.
Florida Lotto jackpot rises to $14 million
Published 02/23/2014 at 12:23 p.m.
The jackpot in the Florida Lotto game has grown to $14 million after no one matched the six winning numbers in the latest drawing, lottery officials said Sunday.
Gov. Rick Scott to press President Obama over flood insurance
Published 02/23/2014 at 11:07 a.m. 2 Comments
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is planning to use a scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama to urge him to halt flood insurance hikes.
Florida lawmakers propose bill to help homeless
Published 02/23/2014 at 9:11 a.m.
Two Florida lawmakers have filed a bill to expand programs for homeless people around the state.
Maria von Trapp, whose family inspired "Sound of Music,' dies
Published 02/22/2014 at 9:33 p.m.
Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member and second-eldest daughter of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 99.
Government shutdown hurt 37,000 immigrant cases
Published 02/22/2014 at 3:29 p.m. 3 Comments
The federal government shutdown last year delayed more than 37,000 immigration hearings by months or years for immigrants already waiting in lengthy lines to plead for asylum or green cards.
No top winners in Fantasy 5 jackpot
Updated 02/23/2014 at 10:35 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — No "Fantasy 5" game players selected all five winning numbers, the Florida Lottery said Sunday.
Florida Legislative session to be a mix of priorities
Updated 02/22/2014 at 11:35 a.m. 3 Comments
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Tax cuts, stiffer sex offender laws, expanding school vouchers and, as always, the state budget will be among the issues Florida legislators will consider over their...
Veteran TV newsman Garrick Utley dies at 74
Published 02/21/2014 at 9:51 a.m.
NBC News says veteran reporter Garrick Utley has died of cancer. He was 74.
Skeletal remains found in Key West identified as Naples man
Updated 02/20/2014 at 4:49 p.m.
The Monroe County Medical Examiner has identified skeletal remains found in a wooded area on Key West.
Minimum wage report puts Democrats on defensive
Published 02/19/2014 at 8:34 a.m. 21 Comments
A report by Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts seems to have thrown Democrats onto the defensive after it concluded that the party's drive to boost the federal minimum wage could cost a half-million jobs by 2016.
Nestle recalls some of its Hot Pockets
Published 02/18/2014 at 6:32 p.m.
Nestle is voluntarily recalling two of its Hot Pockets products as part of a larger meat recall.
Snow in upper Midwest disrupts air travel
Published 02/17/2014 at 9:43 p.m.
Travelers suffered through another difficult day Monday as winter's icy grip caused airlines to delay and cancel more flights.
Florida led world with 23 shark attacks in 2013
Published 02/17/2014 at 5:36 p.m.
Florida was the world leader in unprovoked shark attacks last year with 23, easily most in the United States and more than twice the number as any other country, according to a report released Monday.
Police: Tampa man fatally beaten over chicken foot
Published 02/17/2014 at 5:24 p.m.
Police in Tampa say a man is facing manslaughter charges after he beat his roommate to death in a dispute over a chicken foot.
Scott wants $213.5M Orlando airport transport hub
Updated 02/17/2014 at 7:07 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott on Monday proposed spending more than $213 million for a transportation hub including a rail line at Orlando International Airport.
John Henson, son of Muppets creator, dies in NY
Published 02/16/2014 at 2:30 p.m.
Puppeteer John Henson, the son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died in New York. He was 48.
Florida now requires dog tracks to report greyhound deaths
Published 02/16/2014 at 11:07 a.m. 5 Comments
A greyhound died on race track property every three days over a seven-month period last year, according to reports the state now requires track operators to file for each dog's death.
Victims of Fla. investment scam get $10M returned
Published 02/16/2014 at 3:07 a.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of victims of a Florida investment scam will receive more than $10 million to make up for losses through assets forfeited by the fraud's organizers.
SW Florida weather: Morning showers then cloudy, windy and cool
Published 02/13/2014 at 5:44 a.m.
A cold front is pushing its way through Southwest Florida on Thursday morning. After some early morning showers, we'll be left with mostly cloudy skies and windy conditions today.
Health law sign-ups growing but goal still elusive
Published 02/12/2014 at 4:57 p.m. 1 Comment
Wide disparities are emerging among states in health insurance sign-ups, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal enrollment statistics released Wednesday.
Attorney General Eric Holder urges restoring voting rights to ex-inmates
Published 02/11/2014 at 3:51 p.m.
Attorney General Eric Holder called on a group of states Tuesday to restore voting rights to ex-felons, part of a push to fix what he sees as flaws in the criminal justice system that have a disparate impact on racial ...