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Is the ever-weird Florida man becoming Florida politician?

Aug. 17, 2018 6:45 PM EDT

Florida's penchant for the weird and strange — often manifested in new ways of criminal behavior (think chasing people through a store with a live alligator) — is so prevalent it's created a cottage industry of chroniclers and followers. But like a contagion that has escaped a hermetically-sealed...

Florida urges vaccinations after 3 measles cases reported

Aug. 16, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated against measles after three cases of the disease were reported in a Florida county, among more than 100 cases throughout the U.S. this year. Federal officials declared the contagious virus had been eliminated in the...

The Latest: Florida to launch new school safety app

Aug. 15, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the start of a new school year at a Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 students and faculty (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Florida will soon launch a new app that will allow people to anonymously report suspicious activity in the state's schools. Damien Kelly,...

Florida candidate accused of faking diploma drops out

Aug. 14, 2018 3:08 PM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Florida Legislature who falsely claimed she had a college degree and posted a purported copy of her diploma online dropped out of her race on Tuesday. Melissa Howard told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune it was the right decision to drop out of the race for...

Fake diploma? Florida candidate apologizes, stays in race

Aug. 13, 2018 8:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Florida Legislature apologized Monday for saying she had a college degree that she didn't complete, but said she will stay in the race "and lead by example from now on." Melissa Howard last week posted a photo of herself with what looked like a Miami...

Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

Aug. 13, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants. A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water. "I've never seen it this bad," said...

The Latest: State of emergency as Florida battles algae

Aug. 13, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Red Ride 5:15 p.m. Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency across parts of Florida that have been overrun by a toxic algae bloom that is killing fish and emptying beaches and restaurants. Scott is ordering $100,000 for additional scientists to help with...

Candidate accused of lying about graduating, faking diploma

Aug. 12, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A candidate for the Florida Legislature is being accused of lying about graduating from college and then producing a fake diploma after a website questioned her about it. Miami University in Ohio told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that Florida House candidate Melissa Howard attended the...

Florida Gov. wants proof from Sen. Nelson over hacking claim

Aug. 10, 2018 6:57 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, calling the allegations sensational, demanded on Friday that U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson provide proof to back up his statement that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems ahead of this year's crucial election. Scott, a...

Florida Supreme Court delays execution scheduled for Tuesday

Aug. 10, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court has indefinitely delayed the execution of a death row inmate who was scheduled to die next week for fatally stabbing a 63-year-old woman. The court ruled unanimously Friday to stay the execution of Jose Antonio Jimenez, which was scheduled for Tuesday. His...