2 convicted killers taken into custody in Florida
Published 10/20/2013 at 1:32 p.m.
With two convicted killers back in police custody, authorities have shifted attention to finding out who made the phony court documents that led to the mistaken inmate releases that rocked Florida's judicial system.
Republicans making `Obamacare' their next target
Published 10/20/2013 at 1:20 p.m. 12 Comments
"Obamacare" escaped unharmed from the government shutdown Republicans hoped would stop it, but just as quickly they have opened a new line of attack - one handed to them by the administration itself. While Congress was arguing, President Barack Obama's ...
Federal shutdown affected U.S. in ways unseen
Published 10/18/2013 at 9:25 a.m. 5 Comments
Our food was a little less safe, our workplaces a little more dangerous. The risk of getting sick was a bit higher, our kids' homework tougher to complete.
Budget crisis exposes deepening rift in GOP
Published 10/18/2013 at 7:17 a.m. 2 Comments
Lawmakers and strategists from the Republican Party's establishment are lashing out at tea partyers and congressional conservatives whose unflinching demands triggered the 16-day partial government shutdown and sent the GOP's popularity plunging to record lows.
Gov. Scott: Capture prisoners then see what went wrong
Published 10/17/2013 at 6:01 p.m.
Gov. Rick Scott says law enforcement needs to first capture two murderers who escaped from a Franklin County prison and then find out what went wrong.
Forged docs led to release of 2 killers in Florida
Updated 10/17/2013 at 8:28 p.m. 6 Comments
Two men convicted on murder charges were mistakenly released from a Florida prison with forged documents, authorities said. At first glance, the paperwork ordering the release of two convicted murderers serving life sentences in a Florida prison looked legitimate. So ...
Shutdown over, Obama surveys damage and blames GOP
Updated 10/17/2013 at 3:20 p.m. 25 Comments
The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, with President Barack Obama saluting the resolution of Congress' bitter standoff but lambasting Republicans for the partial shutdown that he said had damaged the U.S. economy and America's credibility around the ...
Deal reached to avoid default and open government
Updated 10/16/2013 at 2:49 p.m.
Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.
Caroline Manzo leaving 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey'
Published 10/14/2013 at 10:52 p.m.
One of the original members of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" has announced she's leaving the show after five seasons.
The untold story: $30,000 went missing amid rescue of Capt. Phillips
Published 10/13/2013 at 10 a.m.
Dramatic accounts of the Navy SEALs rescuing the captain of an American cargo ship made headlines around the world in 2009. It was an unbelievable story, with a new retelling that hits the big screen Friday with Tom Hanks playing ...
Florida House member admits to violating financial disclosure law
Published 10/11/2013 at 8:39 a.m. 1 Comment
A top Florida House Republican is admitting he failed to properly disclose his finances.
District board OKs contract for Everglades water quality improvement project
Published 10/11/2013 at 8:32 a.m.
The state agency overseeing Everglades restoration has approved a contract to start construction on a water quality improvement project south of Lake Okeechobee.
Universal Fla. roller coaster reopens after glitch
Published 10/10/2013 at 12:29 p.m.
A roller coaster that malfunctioned and left a dozen people stuck for more than two hours at Universal Studios Florida is back in business.
Sweetbay supermarkets in Florida to be renamed
Published 10/10/2013 at 11:47 a.m.
Sweetbay supermarkets in Florida will soon have a new name: Winn-Dixie.
Fla: Computer switch won't hurt those seeking aid
Published 10/09/2013 at 12:53 p.m.
State officials say that unemployed Floridians are responding to news that the state is shutting down the computer used to process jobless claims.
Record-breaker Nyad in midst of 48-hour NYC swim
Published 10/09/2013 at 11:50 a.m.
The 64-year-old woman who swam from Havana to Key West has passed the halfway mark in her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.
FWC names boating safety educator of the year
Published 10/09/2013 at 11:44 a.m.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has named its boating safety educator of the year.
Health secretary Sebelius to visit Florida today amid Obamacare web delays
Updated 10/08/2013 at 2:51 p.m. 4 Comments
The Obama administration promised "significant improvements" in accessing the federal health overhaul website this week, after taking down the system for maintenance over the weekend. But many in Florida were still unable to enroll at the start of week two.
Health law glitches: fatal or fleeting?
Published 10/07/2013 at 8:37 p.m.
After emergency repairs over the weekend, consumers in different parts of the country Monday continued to report delays on healthcare.gov, as well as problems setting up security questions for their accounts. The administration says the site's crowded electronic "waiting room" ...
Debt limit overtaking shutdown as U.S. crisis focus
Published 10/07/2013 at 8:26 p.m.
A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats.
Government shutdown enters second week with no end in sight
Published 10/07/2013 at 6:18 a.m. 32 Comments
The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation's history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure to boost borrowing ...
Florida Lotto jackpot rises to $14 million
Published 10/06/2013 at 2:35 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. Scott will skip GOP meeting in Orlando because of Gulf storm
Published 10/04/2013 at 11:19 a.m.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is cancelling plans to attend a Republican Party event in central Florida because of Tropical Storm Karen.
Review: 'Gravity,' 90 minutes of terrifying beauty
Published 10/03/2013 at 1 p.m.
In an age when we're able to consume content so many different ways let's declare right now that there's only one truly correct way to experience "Gravity," Alfonso Cuaron's thrilling new space film. In a theater. On a huge screen. ...
Tom Clancy, author of ‘Hunt for Red October’ and ‘Patriot Games,’ dead at 66
Updated 10/02/2013 at 12:26 p.m.
Tom Clancy, whose high-tech, Cold War thrillers such as "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games" made him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time, has died. He was 66.
Man in custody after device found at Florida airport
Published 10/02/2013 at 9:32 a.m.
Authorities arrested a suspect after finding two suspicious packages — including one they described as destructive — at the Jacksonville International Airport.
Lawmakers feeling heat from government shutdown
Published 10/02/2013 at 7:08 a.m. 11 Comments
Lawmakers locked in a political stare-down Wednesday were buffeted by rising anger from across the nation about a partial government shutdown that ruined vacations, sapped businesses and closed military cemeteries as far away as France.
Lady Gaga to perform at 1st YouTube Music Awards
Published 10/01/2013 at 1:42 p.m.
YouTube is launching its own music awards and Lady Gaga will perform at the first-time event.
Budget battle: Congress plunges nation into government shutdown
Updated 10/01/2013 at 8:25 a.m. 2 Comments
Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill.
'Obamacare' exchanges start up as government shuts down
Published 10/01/2013 at 6:27 a.m. 4 Comments
For three years, the Obama administration has been preparing for this moment: the launch of new insurance exchanges, intended to expand health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. But this is far from the grand opening that President Barack Obama ...
Tropical Storm Jerry moving over central Atlantic far from land
Published 09/30/2013 at 11:05 p.m.
Tropical Storm Jerry is moving over the Atlantic Ocean about 1,300 miles (2,095 kilometers) east of Bermuda and poses no immediate threat to land.
Texting while driving ban among new Fla. laws
Published 09/30/2013 at 3:20 p.m. 1 Comment
It's becoming illegal to text and drive in the state of Florida. State legislators this spring passed the texting while driving ban but it does not take effect until Tuesday.
Cubs fire manager Dale Sveum after 2 seasons
Published 09/30/2013 at 12:43 p.m.
The Chicago Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum on Monday after finishing last in the NL Central for the first time in seven years, ending a two-year run that produced more losses than any other in the team's cursed history.
Florida Lotto jackpot rises to $11 million
Published 09/29/2013 at 11:39 a.m.
The jackpot in the Florida Lotto game has grown to $11 million after no one matched the six winning numbers in the latest drawing, lottery officials said Sunday.
House bill delays 'Obamacare' 1 year, pays troops
Published 09/29/2013 at 9:34 a.m.
The Associated Press has learned that House Republicans will unveil a new bill for preventing a government shutdown on Tuesday that would also delay implementing the rest of President Barack Obama's health care law for one year.
Shutdown nearing, GOP seeks health care delay
Published 09/29/2013 at 1:14 a.m.
Locked in a deepening struggle with President Barack Obama, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation early Sunday imposing a one-year delay in key parts of the nation's health care law and repealing a tax on medical devices as the price for ...
Florida pet owners told to beware of Bufo toad activity after heavy rains
Published 09/27/2013 at 9:13 a.m.
A Tampa dog was being treated for poisoning by a Bufo toad, a species known for its hallucinogenic toxins and increased activity during periods of unusually heavy rains.
USDA to test new trap to catch Everglades pythons
Published 09/26/2013 at 9:35 a.m. 2 Comments
The USDA received a patent in August for a trap that resembles a long, thin cage with a net at one end for the live capture of large, heavy snakes.
House GOP considers options on possible shutdown
Published 09/26/2013 at 7:40 a.m. 1 Comment
Pressure is building on fractious House Republicans over legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, as the Democratic-led Senate is expected to strip a tea party-backed plan to defund Obamacare from the bill.
Sailing: Oracle beats New Zealand to keep America's Cup
Published 09/25/2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA have won the America's Cup with one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.
Health Management Associates says new board is reviewing sale
Published 09/25/2013 at 10:59 a.m.
Hospital operator Health Management Associates said Wednesday its new board of directors is reviewing its planned $3.9 billion sale to Community Health Systems.
Fla. consumer confidence drops again
Published 09/24/2013 at 11:56 a.m.
Consumer confidence in Florida is dropping again. The monthly University of Florida survey released Tuesday shows the state's consumer confidence was 76 in the month of September. That's on a scale of 2 to 150 benchmarked to 1966 at a ...
Bryan Cranston, Cher offer custom phone recordings
Published 09/24/2013 at 10 a.m.
It may be one of the most boring lines ever — "Leave a message after the beep." But what if you managed to jazz up your phone's outgoing message with a celebrity?
Panther killed on Collier road to be archived at Florida Museum of Natural History
Published 09/23/2013 at 3:28 p.m.
Wildlife officials say the remains of a young male panther fatally injured in a collision with a vehicle will be archived at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Florida unemployment rate drops to 7 percent
Updated 09/20/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 1 Comment
Florida released new numbers on Friday showing that the state's unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percent in August.
Fla. Supreme Court asked to overturn FPL rate hike
Published 09/19/2013 at 1:06 p.m.
The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to overturn a rate hike approved for the state's largest utility.
FWC urges safety while tubing
Published 09/19/2013 at 11:32 a.m.
Tubing can be dangerous, so boaters should be careful on Florida's waters. That's the message in a release Thursday from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
New Florida education commissioner to be picked today
Published 09/17/2013 at 7:31 a.m. 1 Comment
The Florida State Board of Education is ready to pick a permanent successor to Education Commissioner Tony Bennett.
5 things to know in Florida for Sept. 17
Published 09/17/2013 at 6 a.m.
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
Fox prompts elementary school lockdown in South Florida
Published 09/16/2013 at 8:41 p.m.
A fox mistaken for a bobcat caused a South Florida elementary school to be temporarily locked down.