Tag: Florida

Stung by Florida Midterm Losses, Democrats See a Swing State Drifting Away

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — After a painful midterm election for Florida Democrats that showed this crucial swing state drifting away from them, a group of party activists gathered at a Cuban restaurant last month to receive some bitter medicine — and a sober warning — to go with their croquettes […]

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Almost 70 Years After Being Falsely Accused of Rape, the Groveland Four Have Finally Been Pardoned 

In this undated image released by the State Library and Archives of Florida, Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall, far left, and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee, from left, in Florida. The three men along with a fourth were charged with rape in […]

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Inquiry Into Migrant Shelters Poses Dilemma: What Happens to the Children?

A difficult situation for migrant children in government custody could grow more challenging if the largest provider in the overburdened shelter system were to lose its grants. The provider, Southwest Key Programs, faces mounting pressure after a video of staff members abusing children surfaced last month and the Justice Department […]

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6 People Killed in Fiery Crash on Florida Highway, Authorities Say

At least six people were killed and several injured on Thursday afternoon in a fiery crash in northern Florida in which two tractor-trailers, a van and a car collided, the authorities said. The crash occurred on I-75 near Gainesville, Fla., at about 3:40 p.m., according to a news release from […]

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Actress Ellen Barkin Hopes Louis C.K. ‘Gets Raped,’ ‘Shot At’

Hollywood actress and film producer Ellen Barkin lashed out at comedian Louis C.K. after audio of the embattled funnyman’s recent standup set mocked victims of the Parkland shooting leaked over the weekend. In a series on tweets posted Monday, Barkin said she hopes Louis C.K., whose real name is Louis Székely, is raped and subsequently “shot at.” i […]

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Homeowner’s Son Shoots Suspect Allegedly Stealing on Christmas Eve

A Jacksonville, Florida, homeowner’s son shot a suspect who was allegedly stealing a TV and an XBox game system on Christmas Eve. News4Jax reports that the incident occurred “in the Woodstock area of Jacksonville’s Westside” on Christmas Eve. ActionNews Jax reports that the homeowner’s 22-year-old son caught the suspect outside and fired the shots, resulting […]

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Report: Russians Fuel South Florida ‘Baby Boom’ for Birthright Citizenship

Russian nationals are “driving a baby boom in south Florida” as they seek to earn their U.S.-born children automatic, birthright citizenship, a new report reveals. A report by Bloomberg chronicles the stories of a handful of Russian women who have arrived in the U.S. to deliver their babies — like so many others — in […]

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When Report Cards Go Out on Fridays, Child Abuse Increases on Saturdays, Study Finds

Report card day can provoke anxiety and dread among students. It may also lead some of them to fear for their physical well-being. A new study found a nearly fourfold increase in confirmed reports of child abuse on the Saturdays immediately after the distribution of report cards at Florida public […]

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Put Down the Golf Clubs, Visit the Troops

President Trump is happy to send the military to the border as a political prop before the midterm elections, to order up a grand parade down Pennsylvania Avenue for his review and to berate athletes who kneel during the national anthem as disrespectful of the military. But visiting the troops […]

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State Supreme Court Rules That Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Applies to Police Too

Image: iStock In a landmark decision, Florida’s State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that its police officers can use the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law. In doing so, officers will be able to shield themselves from prosecution in instances involving disputed shootings. In its ruling, the court determined that police […]

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Scientists discover new species of giant salamander in Florida, and it looks like an alien

You’ll find plenty of interesting creatures if you march through a Florida swamp. There’s alligators and crocodiles of course, as well as various species of snakes and other creepy-crawlies, but one animal in particular has eluded scientists for a while. It’s a species of giant salamander that can grow up to two feet in length, […]

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Man arrested for rape after his Playstation mic allegedly broadcast audio from the crime to other players

Last June, 18-year-old Daniel Fabian of Pasco County, Florida was playing Grand Theft Auto Online, when he informed the other players in his team chat that he was going to take a break to “smash” (have sex with) a 15-year-old girl. An unnamed player in that chat says he later heard a woman’s […]

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Rebuffing C.I.A., Trump Says It Only Has ‘Feelings’ About Khashoggi Killing

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump on Thursday rebuffed the C.I.A. over its conclusion that the Saudi crown prince was responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, saying the agency merely had “feelings” on the matter, and he threatened to close the entire southern border if a caravan that […]

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Donald Trump Golfs with Jack Nicklaus During Thanksgiving Vacation

President Donald Trump spent the first day of his Thanksgiving vacation golfing with golf legend Jack Nicklaus on Wednesday. The White House said that Trump and Nicklaus were joined by his son Gary, and his grandson G.T. The group spent about six hours at the Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Florida, which was […]

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Brenda Snipes, Broward County’s Embattled Elections Chief, to Resign

MIAMI — Brenda C. Snipes, the elections supervisor of Broward County, Fla., turned in a letter of resignation on Sunday, hours after the conclusion of a vote recount that exposed a series of failures in her office, including a poorly designed ballot that may have contributed to a weak showing […]

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Brenda Snipes Resigns: ‘I Have Served the Purpose I Came Here For’

Brenda Snipes submitted her resignation as the elections supervisor of Broward County, Florida. Her decision came one day after Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum offered his second concession to Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) in the Sunshine State’s gubernatorial election. “I think I have served the purpose that I came here for, which was to provide a […]

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Vote-Stealing Battle in Florida Portends More Distrust in System for 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The chaotic images out of Florida’s election recount last week — the brigade of Washington lawyers, the déjà vu meltdown of the tallying in Broward County, the vitriolic charges and countercharges — have prompted flashbacks among the electorate of the 2000 presidential election. Yet to the combatants […]

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Florida: Rick Scott Wins Senate Seat After Bill Nelson Concedes

(UPI) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott will be changing jobs — U.S. senator — as incumbent Bill Nelson conceded hours after a hand recount showed a 10,000-vote difference. Scott, a Republican governor for eight years, announced the concession in a statement, saying, “I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked […]

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Florida Recount Nears an End as Counties Finish Manual Tally

MIAMI — Florida’s turbulent midterm election appeared to near its long-delayed end on Sunday, as county officials concluded unprecedented statewide manual recounts to finally settle the race for the United States Senate. Rick Scott, the sitting Republican governor, was poised on Sunday to narrowly defeat Bill Nelson, the incumbent Democratic […]

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