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Sen. Nelson: "Foolish" to deny Russian election penetration

Aug. 14, 2018 9:09 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson isn't backing down from comments that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems ahead of this year's crucial election. Nelson on Monday evening said that it would be "foolish to think" the Russians are not continuing their efforts...

Reports of election site hacking rankle Florida officials

Aug. 13, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Child's play or a signs of a serious security problem in one of the nation's swing states? That's the question confronting Florida election officials who are pushing back against reports that an 11-year-old hacked a replica of the state's election website. Multiple media outlets...

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...

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...

Facebook fight between 'keyboard gangsters' ends in shooting

Aug. 10, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It started on Facebook, as many political arguments do these days. A Florida man responded to a friend's post about President Donald Trump. His response wasn't about Trump, it was about felon voting rights. And that's when the squabble between the two fortysomething men exploded into a...

Florida officials want info about election hacking claims

Aug. 9, 2018 7:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida officials want more information from the U.S. Senate supporting claims made by Sen. Bill Nelson that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a letter requesting the information Thursday to Sen. Richard...

Correction: School Shooting-Florida-Guardians story

Aug. 9, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — In a story Aug. 7 about Florida's school guardian program, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jim Norton is the school superintendent of Bay County. He is the superintendent of Gulf County. A corrected version of the story is below: APNewsBreak: Florida schools...

GOP grumbles as Donald Trump reshapes midterm campaigns

Aug. 4, 2018 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's strategy of becoming aggressively involved in the midterm elections is prompting concern among some Republicans who worry he's complicating the political calculus for GOP candidates trying to outrun his popularity. Those Republicans worry their statewide...