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Michigan school shooting suspect’s parents found hiding in building; plead not guilty

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 08:57

The parents of the Michigan teen charged with killing four students at Oxford High School pleaded not guilty Saturday to involuntary manslaughter charges, hours after police said they were caught hiding in a commercial building.

After Broward schools’ data breach, some helpful tips for the 50,000 whose personal info could be exposed

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 08:00

Broward school officials say they've received no reports of anyone who’s been the target of identity theft as a result of a ransomware attack, but experts say they may not know yet.

As Florida Venezuelan community becomes increasingly important politically, new organizing effort launches

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 08:00

“Florida is our focus.” A year after a brutal Florida election for Florida Democrats — in which the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and the concerns of Venezuelans in the U.S. were used as a political weapon — activists who supported Joe Biden are mobilizing in an attempt to avoid a repeat of 2020.

All-day alligator hunting proposed in Florida. The price? Rotting carcasses, irritated tour operators

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 07:30

Hunters support the plan for round-the-clock alligator hunting. But alligator processors are concerned, and operators of airboard tours say it could prevent tourists from seeing their favorite reptile.

Court denies Seminole Tribe’s request to halt gambling ruling as it pursues appeal

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 17:48

A divided appeals court rejected the Seminole Tribe’s request to put on hold a federal judge’s ruling that scrapped a deal giving the tribe control over online sports betting throughout the state.

Tom Petty awarded posthumous Ph.D. for music from UF

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 17:20

Rock icon Tom Petty has been awarded a posthumous honorary Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Ghislaine Maxwell jury shown massage table and video from Jeffrey Epstein’s notorious Palm Beach home

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 17:03

Videotape shot during a 2005 raid of Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach estate was shown Friday at the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. Prosecutors say Maxwell and Epstein exploited underage victims at the home, which was decorated with nude photos and paintings of young women.

Florida reports 10,892 new COVID-19 cases; testing positivity remains low

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 16:42

New COVID cases in Florida picked up slightly from last week as the state continues to contend with delta.

The Florida State Guard was a World War II-era defense force. Here’s why Gov. DeSantis wants to revive it.

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 16:19

The defunct Florida State Defense Force was established during the World War II-era administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was deactivated in 1947. In recent years, various groups have sought its revival, and got their wish when Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he is seeking $3.5 million from the Legislature to bring it back.

DNA takes center stage and escape takes a back seat in Dayonte Resiles murder trial

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 15:57

Dayonte Resiles, 27, is accused of stabbing Jill Halliburton Su to death in her Davie home seven years ago. A jury is deliberating the charges in the murder case.

Gambling amendment backers say their petition-gathering efforts are getting sabotaged

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 15:08

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that could allow casinos in North Florida filed an emergency motion seeking an injunction against what they describe as efforts to “sabotage” petition gathering.

Florida’s first responders see new funds to help cope with trauma and prevent suicides

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 14:11

Florida’s first responders will be better-equipped to deal with the emotional toll that comes from the job, thanks to millions of dollars going toward mental health programs.

Judge stands firm, rejects Florida’s request to hold off on healthcare worker vaccine mandate

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 11:17

Disagreeing with two judges in other parts of the country, a Pensacola-based federal judge is standing behind her decision to reject Florida’s request for an injunction against a Biden administration rule that would require healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Complaint: UF wants to ax ‘critical race’ from study title

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 05:35

University of Florida administrators told faculty members they couldn’t used the words “critical” and “race” together in describing a new concentration of study, out of fear that it would antagonize state lawmakers who are contemplating a bill to ban critical race theory in state government, according to a grievance filed by the faculty union.

Alec Baldwin doesn’t feel guilt over ‘Rust’ shooting: ‘If I felt I was responsible, I might have killed myself’

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 20:01

“And I don't say that lightly,” Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview aired Thursday night.

State Senator Lauren Book targeted in stalking and extortion scheme

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 17:22

A Plantation man tried to get State Senator Lauren Book to give him $5,000, threatening to release semi-nude and sexually explicit photos of her if she didn’t pay up, according to an arrest report.

Driver hospitalized with gunshot wound after road rage incident on Florida’s Turnpike, troopers say

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:45

A 26-year-old man was driving south on Florida's Turnpike in the left lane near Griffin Road when he was shot at by another motorist driving in the center lane, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The man was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his back.

A misleading COVID-19 map from the CDC left out data for Florida. Just like that, it changed overnight.

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:24

Overnight, a federal map shifted from showing Florida as having low levels of COVID transmission to having moderate or even substantial levels in some counties.

SpaceX launches Starlink mission along with 2 Earth observation satellites

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:18

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday evening, lighting up the sky just after sunset.

At Ghislaine Maxwell trial, ex-Epstein staffer testifies underage girls visited mansion

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:04

A former housekeeper testified Thursday that two women who have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing them as underage teens were repeated visitors to his Palm Beach mansion, summoned by the financier or his associate Ghislaine Maxwell.

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