3 Fantasy 5 players win $72,039.66 jackpot
Published 02/11/2014 at 7:07 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Three "Fantasy 5" game players selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot worth $72,039.66 each, the Florida Lottery said Tuesday.
College football: Missouri star Michael Sam says he's gay
Updated 02/09/2014 at 10:39 p.m.
The 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the SEC in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19), and he is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick.
Fla. coach, seamstress' Olympic costumes dazzle
Updated 02/09/2014 at 2:35 p.m.
ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — The talents of a Florida figure skating coach and a seamstress are on display for the world at the Sochi Olympics.
Calif. company recalls 8.7 million pounds of meat from 4 states, including Florida
Published 02/09/2014 at 12:25 p.m. 3 Comments
A Northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, federal officials said Saturday.
U.S. economy: Employers add 113,000 jobs; unemployment rate dips to 6.6%
Published 02/07/2014 at 8:40 a.m. 6 Comments
Hiring was surprisingly weak in January for the second straight month, likely renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year.
Vatican blasts back at UN report on pedophile priests, abortion
Published 02/05/2014 at 5:45 p.m. 1 Comment
The Vatican blasted back at a UN-authored Rights of Children report, saying its criticism of the church's stand on homosexuality is driven by critics of the church's "non-negotiable" teachings.
Remembrance or revision? Brain study shows memory misleads
Published 02/05/2014 at 5:29 p.m.
Memory can be altered by new experience, and isn’t nearly as accurate as courtroom testimony might have us believe, a new study suggests.
CVS pharmacy plans to stop sale of tobacco products
Updated 02/05/2014 at 8:09 a.m. 2 Comments
CVS Caremark, America's second-largest drugstore chain, is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 U.S. drugstores as it focuses more on providing health care.
Senate sends farm bill to Obama
Published 02/04/2014 at 6:45 p.m. 1 Comment
The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast.
Health care law will mean fewer people on the job
Published 02/04/2014 at 5:56 p.m. 50 Comments
Several million American workers will reduce their hours on the job or leave the workforce entirely because of incentives built into President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.
Justin Bieber gets March trial date in Florida case
Published 02/04/2014 at 12:42 p.m.
A trial date has been set for Justin Bieber in Miami for his recent arrest on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an invalid license.
J.K. Rowling says 'Harry Potter' ending may be wrong
Published 02/02/2014 at 12:10 p.m.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is having second thoughts about having ended the series with heroine Hermione Granger paired up romantically with Ron Weasley.
Big-name Republicans defend NJ Gov. Christie
Published 02/02/2014 at 11 a.m.
Big-name Republicans are standing behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie days after a former loyalist said evidence exists that Christie knew about a politically motivated traffic jam last year even as it happened.
Winter storm blamed for sea turtle deaths
Updated 02/01/2014 at 6:07 p.m.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The winter storm that struck the Florida Panhandle is being blamed for the deaths of pelicans, sea turtles and other wildlife.
Gov. Chris Christie critics seize on ex-loyalist's traffic jam claims
Published 02/01/2014 at 8:47 a.m. 1 Comment
Friday, the lawyer for a former Christie loyalist said in a letter that "evidence exists" that Christie knew about the closures as they were happening, although he did not accuse the Republican governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate of knowing ...
Fla. Supreme Court turns down Ryce's killer
Published 01/31/2014 at 4:35 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is rejecting final appeals from the man who kidnapped, raped and murdered 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce on his way home from school almost...
Report: Justin Bieber had pot, Xanax in system at arrest
Published 01/30/2014 at 1:36 p.m.
A preliminary toxicology report shows that Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax after his arrest last week in South Florida.
Ex-Gov. Crist leads Gov. Scott by 8 points in poll
Updated 01/30/2014 at 8:07 a.m. 7 Comments
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Gov. Charlie Crist is leading Republican Gov. Rick Scott by 8 points in a poll released Thursday.
Justin Bieber pleads not guilty in DUI arrest
Published 01/29/2014 at 6:22 p.m.
Justin Bieber has pleaded not guilty in to charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license in Florida.
New airline, familiar name to launch in Miami
Published 01/29/2014 at 6:18 p.m.
An airline with a familiar name is looking to fly out of South Florida again. Eastern Air Lines Group announced Tuesday that it has taken the first step to launching a new airline in Miami.
Text of Obama's State of the Union address
Published 01/29/2014 at 10:57 a.m.
Text of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, as delivered and provided by the White House.
US Coast Guard seizes $37M worth of cocaine
Updated 01/28/2014 at 2:35 p.m.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded 2,500 pounds of cocaine valued at $37 million that was seized in a historic multi-national operation in the Caribbean, officials...
Gov. Scott releases plans for more education funding
Published 01/27/2014 at 6:48 p.m. 2 Comments
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday called for spending more money on the state's public schools, although his latest request is less than half of what he pushed for in 2013.
2014 Grammy Awards: Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win
Updated 01/26/2014 at 11:26 p.m.
A 17-year-old from New Zealand has won the Grammy Award for song of the year.
Fla. Gov. wants to cut corporate filing fees
Published 01/26/2014 at 3:39 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is proposing to cut annual corporate filing fees.
Lakeland police chief resigns following scandals
Published 01/24/2014 at 7:07 p.m. 2 Comments
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Lakeland's police chief is resigning after a no-confidence vote from police officers and employees.
Health insurance overhaul: Poll finds drop in uninsured rate
Published 01/23/2014 at 7:47 a.m.
The nation's uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday.
Scott pledges $130M to Everglades restoration
Updated 01/22/2014 at 2:35 p.m.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday pledged $130 million to Everglades restoration in the upcoming budget.
Calif. transit officer fatally shot by colleague
Updated 01/21/2014 at 11:06 p.m.
A Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer accidentally shot and killed a fellow officer Tuesday in the first on-duty fatality in the department's 42-year history, authorities said.
Gov. Scott will vote against medical marijuana
Updated 01/21/2014 at 4:35 p.m. 9 Comments
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he will vote against a proposed constitutional amendment to allow the medical use of marijuana if it makes the 2014...
Fla. Board of Ed weighs changes to Common Core
Updated 01/21/2014 at 12:36 p.m. 2 Comments
MIAMI (AP) — Education Commissioner Pam Stewart defended proposed changes to the Common Core on Tuesday, saying they will set Florida apart and strengthen the state's academic standards.
Jerry Sandusky's son takes part in film on Penn St. case
Published 01/20/2014 at 8:48 p.m.
The son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky participated in a documentary about his father's sexual-abuse case and hopes to become an advocate for child victims.
Parades, marches and service projects to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Published 01/20/2014 at 10:42 a.m.
The nation paused to remember Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with parades, marches and service projects. King was born Jan. 15, 1929, and the federal holiday is the third Monday in January.
U.S. lawmakers raise safety concerns about Olympics in Russia
Published 01/19/2014 at 1:41 p.m.
Members of Congress expressed serious concerns Sunday about the safety of Americans at next month's Olympics in Russia and said Moscow needs to cooperate more on security.
Air Force wants to train in Panhandle state forest
Published 01/19/2014 at 12:35 p.m. 1 Comment
CARRABELLE, Fla. (AP) — The Air Force is planning to ask the Florida Forest Service to allow special operation troops to train in a Panhandle forest.
California slaying suspect surrenders in Florida
Published 01/19/2014 at 11:36 a.m.
A man has surrendered to federal authorities in Florida in connection with the slaying of his wife in California, authorities said Sunday.
George Zimmerman prosecutor says she doesn't read news
Published 01/18/2014 at 11:51 a.m.
The state attorney who oversaw the prosecution of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin says she doesn't read newspapers and doesn't think the public should know any details about a criminal case until it goes to a ...
Wal-Mart joins penny-a-pound initiative on Immokalee farmworkers pay
Published 01/17/2014 at 11:08 a.m.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Thursday joined an initiative that will require its Florida tomato suppliers to increase farmworker pay and protect workers from forced labor and sexual assault, among other things.
'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Ruth Robinson Duccini dies
Published 01/16/2014 at 11:39 p.m.
Ruth Robinson Duccini, the last of the original female Munchkins from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz," has died. She was 95.
Potentially deadly dog virus closes shelter
Published 01/16/2014 at 3:07 a.m.
PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — An outbreak of parvovirus has closed one of Manatee County's animal shelters.
Medical marijuana supporters claim victory
Updated 01/15/2014 at 9:35 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Backers of a medical marijuana constitutional amendment in Florida announced Wednesday evening that they have collected enough signatures to make the 2014 ballot.
Obama says he’ll bypass Congress to boost economy
Published 01/15/2014 at 6:06 p.m. 13 Comments
President Barack Obama is embracing a do-it-yourself approach to reviving the nation’s economy, saying Wednesday at North Carolina State University that he will bypass Congress where he can to help accelerate the recovery.
Velveeta shortage looms just as 'peak season' arrives
Published 01/14/2014 at 7:30 p.m.
With Super Bowl on deck and dip season fires up, there's apparently a shortage of Velveeta cheese, the main ingredient of chile con queso.
Retired cop who fatally shot man in movie theater says 'he was in fear of being attacked'
Updated 01/14/2014 at 10:32 p.m. 2 Comments
The 71-year-old retired police officer accused of shooting a man in a Florida movie theater is scheduled for his first appearance in court.
Gov. Rick Scott picks Carlos Lopez-Cantera as lieutenant governor
Updated 01/14/2014 at 9:46 a.m.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has selected Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera as lieutenant governor.
Health care insurance: More older Americans sign up so far
Published 01/14/2014 at 8:52 a.m.
Younger people went for President Barack Obama at election time, but will they buy his health insurance?
Fla. Gov: Boost spending to prevent child abuse
Updated 01/13/2014 at 7:35 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Reeling from a string of child abuse-related deaths in the last year, Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend millions in order to hire more than 400...
Final list of 2014 Golden Globe winners
Updated 01/12/2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Final list of winners for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Tyson Foods recalls 33K pounds of chicken product
Published 01/12/2014 at 10 p.m.
Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 34,000 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of salmonella.
Wounded vets swim with dolphins in Florida Keys
Updated 01/11/2014 at 4:35 p.m.
Dozens of wounded military veterans got some dolphin therapy in the Florida Keys this week when they got to swim with the mammals.