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Black farmers feel left out of medical marijuana system

Aug. 07, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Nearly six years ago, the Florida Legislature set aside a medical marijuana license for a Black farmer like John Allen to join the burgeoning industry. But the license still has not been issued by the Florida Department of Health, which regulates the...

Afghan refugees find stability in senior communities

Aug. 06, 2022 03:16 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Noman Raoufi came home from work to find every window shattered, doors unhinged, light bulbs popped. In northern Kabul, on the street where his family lived, a bomb had sent a police car flying 30 feet before it landed in a flaming heap. It knocked men off chairs...

Former Georgia star, NFL RB Lars Tate dies of cancer at 56

Aug. 02, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Lars Tate, part of a long line of Georgia running back greats who went on to play three seasons in the NFL with Tampa Bay and Chicago, has died, the school announced Tuesday. He was 56. Tate died late Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida, about a month after being...

Dogs stranded abroad as families face changing rabies rules

Jul. 30, 2022 03:16 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — She thought she had done everything necessary to bring their dog from Kenya to their new home. She’d had the rabies shots updated in Nairobi. She’d had a vet there check the spotted spaniel for worms and sent photos of Toffee’s teeth to prove she was at...

Florida man pleads guilty in fatal "nitrous oxide" crash

Jul. 28, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man suspected of inhaling nitrous oxide from a whipped cream dispenser before causing a fatal crash has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. Tucker Hoopengarner, 29, also admitted Wednesday to a charge of unlawful distribution of nitrous oxide, the...

Nazi protesters show up outside young conservatives meeting

Jul. 24, 2022 12:39 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Holocaust center in Florida and others condemned the presence of protesters holding Nazi flags and posters with antisemitic imagery outside a convention of young conservative activists that drew as speakers President Donald Trump, Florida Gov, Ron DeSantis and several...

Hotel rises as Mexico Beach recovers from Hurricane Michael

Jul. 24, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Standing on the deck of the new Driftwood Inn, 3½ years after Hurricane Michael obliterated the old one, Tom Wood spoke of the months after the storm. One of his daughters had urged him and his wife, Peggy, to pocket the insurance money and leave the...

Can ‘brain painting’ help ADHD patients? USF seeks answers

Jul. 23, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It was like a scene in “Stranger Things.” A student at the University of South Florida put on a cap covered with tiny sensors that record electrical signals in the brain. Then he began to stare at a computer screen. The student, Tyree Lewis,...

Fried, Crist face off in debate as DeSantis looms large

Jul. 21, 2022 22:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist held their only debate Thursday before next month's Democratic gubernatorial primary, bashing Gov. Ron DeSantis and casting themselves as their party's best chance at beating the surging Republican. ...

'The mouth of a bear': Ukrainian refugees sent to Russia

Jul. 20, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

NARVA, Estonia (AP) — For weeks Natalya Zadoyanova had lost contact with her younger brother Dmitriy, who was trapped in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. Russian forces had bombed the orphanage where he worked, and he was huddling with dozens of others in the freezing...