News of Florida

Friday, January 28

  • Observances recall Challenger disaster   UPI / 6:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Hundreds of people gathered at a Florida memorial to place flowers in commemoration of the crew killed 25 years ago in the space shuttle Challenger disaster.
  • Settlement in Florida suit affects turtles   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Turtles nesting on Florida beaches will be protected by a settlement in a federal lawsuit, but some landowners say they are unhappy about the agreement.
  • Thursday, January 27

  • Critics: Four Loko still available in Fla.   UPI / 6:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Four Loko, the controversial caffeinated alcoholic drink that is the subject of lawsuits and bans, is still a big seller in Florida, critics say.
  • Cemetery reconsecrated after desecration   UPI / 5:44PM
    SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Florida cemetery was reconsecrated Thursday in a final step of healing after workers misplaced disinterred bodies and tossed bones into the woods.
  • Sandbar piano mystery solved   UPI / 3:35PM
    MIAMI SHORES, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Florida teenager has come forward to solve the mystery of a baby grand piano abandoned on a sandbar near a condominium complex.
  • U.S. OKs return of wayward pelican   UPI / 1:24PM
    DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A windblown and wayward U.S. pelican named for the Canadian strip club where he was found will be Florida-bound after four months in Nova Scotia, rescuers said.
  • Wednesday, January 26

  • Meningitis confirmed in 2 Fla. prisoners   UPI / 7:34PM
    INDIANTOWN, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- At least two prisoners at a South Florida prison have been diagnosed with meningitis, officials said.
  • Man gets five years for fake death scam   UPI / 2:44PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Florida restaurant owner is getting five years in prison for fabricating his own death with his wife's help.
  • Tuesday, January 25

  • County IQ and county crime rates linked   UPI / 10:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- There is an association between county-level IQ and county-level crime rates in the United States, researchers say.
  • Fla. investigates GOP House member   UPI / 7:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A member of the Florida delegation to the U.S. House is being investigated for possible financial irregularities, congressional officials confirmed.
  • Whale shuts down ship traffic   UPI / 12:54PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Maritime authorities in Florida said the Port of Jacksonville was shut down for an entire day due to a right whale spotted at the mouth of the St. Johns River.
  • Sunday, January 23

  • Volunteers go after air potatoes   UPI / 10:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Volunteers spent a day picking up an invasive plant called the air potato at 14 sites in Florida, officials said.
  • Alleged arsonist loses tip of finger   UPI / 10:44AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- An alleged arsonist-for-hire was busted after he left the tip of his finger at the crime scene, police in Florida said.
  • Saturday, January 22

  • Travel company offers dentistry in the sun   UPI / 10:54PM
    NAPLES, Fla., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A Florida travel company's selling point is trips that allow dental patients to save thousands of dollars on dental work while enjoying fun in the sun.
  • Friday, January 21

  • Atlantis tagged for final shuttle mission   UPI / 5:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Atlantis has been officially chosen to fly the year's third and final shuttle mission before the fleet is retired, NASA announced.
  • Chihuahua nearly carried off by hawk   UPI / 3:34PM
    FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Florida man said his 2-pound chihuahua puppy is recovering from injuries sustained when a hawk tried to grab her from the second-floor deck of his home.
  • Thursday, January 20

  • TIger Woods hospital nurse alleges slander   UPI / 6:14PM
    OCOEE, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A nurse on duty when Tiger Woods was wheeled into a Florida hospital after crashing his car into a tree sued the hospital, alleging it defamed his reputation.
  • Show pigs mutilated in a pen with a hoe   UPI / 4:14PM
    BUSHNELL, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Florida sheriff's deputies tried to find out Thursday who mutilated three show pigs, being readied by high school students for a county fair, with a garden hoe.
  • Insurer reviews drywall damage coverage   UPI / 11:05AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Citizens Property Insurance, Florida's insurer of last resort, said it will drop coverage of some homes with extensive damage caused by faulty Chinese drywall.
  • Wednesday, January 19

  • Computer makes 3D images from flat photos   UPI / 6:05PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A three-dimensional image of human faces can be constructed from flat 2-D images, a discovery that can be useful in security applications, U.S. researchers say.
  • More states join suit against health law   UPI / 11:34AM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Six states taken over by Republicans in the November elections have joined Florida's challenge to the national healthcare law.
  • Tuesday, January 18

  • Cold hits pelicans on Florida river   UPI / 2:14PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officials say hundreds of Eastern brown pelicans have been injured or killed on the St. Johns River east of Jacksonville in the past two weeks.
  • Floridians complain most about BoA, Chase   UPI / 11:44AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Bank of America and JP-Morgan Chase topped the list of complaints against banks filed by Floridians in 2010, an analysis of state data indicates.
  • 'Dynasty' movie in the works   UPI / 3:44AM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A big-screen version of the iconic nighttime soap "Dynasty" is in the works, the U.S. show's creators have announced.
  • Monday, January 17

  • Cold-stunned manatee rescued   UPI / 7:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A manatee stressed by unusually cold water has been rescued by Florida wildlife staff and brought to SeaWorld Orlando, a park spokesman said.
  • Sunday, January 16

  • Astronaut hurt in bicycling accident   UPI / 3:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Astronaut Tim Korpa was injured in a bicycle accident that could impact his duties when the space shuttle Discovery takes off from Florida, NASA officials said.
  • No one happy in Fla. Chihuahua case   UPI / 11:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Florida man says he is miffed at a judge's order that he be paid $1,200 for his missing Chihuahua, which was allegedly stolen from outside a bar.
  • A long road to Legendary   AP / 5:34AM
    Jan. 16--This story is the fourth part in an ongoing series profiling local businesses that have captured the American Dream and whose success extends well beyond Northwest Florida.
  • Friday, January 14

  • Extra shuttle mission this year in doubt   UPI / 6:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Delays in the space shuttle Discovery's mission for repairs to its fuel tank raise doubts about an extra shuttle mission this year, U.S. officials say.
  • Thursday, January 13

  • NASA pushes Endeavor launch to April 19   UPI / 6:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- NASA says the date for the last launch of the space shuttle Endeavour will be April 19 to give workers time to test and modify its external fuel tank.
  • Runways change as magnetic north moves   UPI / 2:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A Florida airport runway is set to reopen with new numbers and signage to compensate for a gradual shift in the Earth's magnetic North Pole, officials say.
  • Wednesday, January 12

  • Travolta says baby means renewed purpose   UPI / 2:54PM
    OCALA, Fla., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Film star John Travolta says his baby son Benjamin has brought "renewed spirit and purpose" into his family's Florida home.
  • Monday, January 10

  • Search for cancer 'biomarkers' described   UPI / 7:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Florida State University researchers say they're working to identify a variety of "biomarkers" that might give earlier warnings of certain cancers.
  • Saturday, January 8

  • Florida bank is first to fail in 2011   UPI / 6:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- First Commercial Bank of Florida, a local bank in Orlando, became the first U.S. financial institution to fail in 2011.
  • Friday, January 7

  • First clothing put at 170,000 years ago   UPI / 8:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says his study of the evolution of lice shows modern humans started wearing clothing about 170,000 years ago.
  • Repairs push shuttle launch to late Feb.   UPI / 1:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Ongoing investigations and repair of cracks on the fuel tank of the space shuttle Discovery will push a possible launch to late February, NASA officials said.
  • Florida freeze squeezes produce buyers   UPI / 1:54PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Florida's freeze caused produce prices to shoot up, agriculture officials said.
  • Shuttle contractor announces layoffs   UPI / 1:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The company that is lead contractor in NASA's space shuttle program says it's laying off 143 workers in Florida with the shuttle fleet approaching retirement.
  • Dolphins expected to keep Tony Sparano as coach   AP / 12:34AM
    MIAMI -- Among the last to leave a quiet training facility Thursday evening, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano pulled away in his black Mercedes wondering if he'd keep his job through the end of the week. By the night's end, he could rest easy.
  • Thursday, January 6

  • 600 credit-card numbers stolen at gas pump   UPI / 7:05PM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Six hundred credit-card numbers were stolen at a Florida gasoline station by an operation that used a credit-card skimmer hidden inside a gas pump, police said.
  • Shuttles' successes, failures discussed   UPI / 12:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The space shuttle enabled scientific discovery and expanded human access to space, but failed to make spaceflight routine and inexpensive, space experts say.
  • Wednesday, January 5

  • Fungus threatens Florida palm trees   UPI / 2:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Million of palm trees in southern Florida that appear healthy on the outside may be rotting from the inside and can topple in even modest winds, officials say.
  • Florida rancher gravely hurt in cow attack   UPI / 12:05PM
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A Florida man was critically injured when a cow attacked him at a ranch, authorities said.
  • Tuesday, January 4

  • Public picks name for baby killer whale   UPI / 3:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A baby killer whale at Seaworld Orlando was named Makaio -- Hawaiian for "gift of God" -- in a public vote," Seaworld officials said.
  • Monday, January 3

  • Casey's lawyers in 'willful violation'   UPI / 8:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A Florida judge heard an estimated 22 motions Monday during a hearing for Casey Anthony, accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, documents show.
  • Military technology helps wheelchair use   UPI / 8:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say new technology can enable electric-powered wheelchairs to detect hazardous terrain and adjust control settings to maneuver more safely.
  • U.S. to combat predators in Florida Keys   UPI / 5:05PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Federal officials say they want to remove all non-native predators from four nature reserves in the Florida Keys using live trapping and euthanization.
  • Sunday, January 2

  • Florida swimmers warned of rip currents   UPI / 3:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Strong rip currents continued to make swimming dangerous at some South Florida beaches Sunday, lifeguards said.
  • Carole King's mom, Eugenia Gingold, died   UPI / 12:54PM
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Eugenia Gingold, mother of singer-songwriter Carole King, died in Florida of heart failure at the age of 94, the family announced.
  • Friday, December 31

  • Woman dies from liposuction complications   UPI / 10:24AM
    LAUDERHILL, Fla., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A Florida woman whose resolution for 2011 was to look good died after undergoing liposuction to remove fat from her waist, her husband said.
  • Thursday, December 30

  • Fla. city installs $11K vulture deterrent   UPI / 2:24PM
    DELAND, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Officials in DeLand, Fla., said they spent $11,000 of municipal funds on an electric shock system to keep vultures off the roof of City Hall.
  • Tuesday, December 28

  • Penn State's Paterno coaches on   AP / 10:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Another day, another town, another round of questions about retirement, another opportunity for Joe Paterno to shoot them down, which he did Tuesday in an exchange with reporters that was more witty than grumpy.
  • Fla. school settles Facebook lawsuit   UPI / 2:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A former Florida high school student has won a lawsuit over her suspension for Facebook comments about a teacher, her lawyer said.
  • Triplets, 7, win chess nationals   UPI / 2:24PM
    EAST WINDSOR, Fla., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A set of 7-year-old triplets from New Jersey was dubbed the top team in the first grade section of the National Scholastic K-12 Chess Championship in Florida.
  • Sunday, December 26

  • Tyler Perry promises home to fire victim   UPI / 11:24AM
    ATLANTA, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Actor Tyler Perry got into the Christmas spirit by providing a home for an 88-year-old Georgia woman who lost her home in a fire, officials said.
  • U.S. urged to allow Haitians in faster   UPI / 10:24AM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Leaders of Florida's Haitian community want President Barack Obama to speed up the timetable for immigrants from the island.
  • 19 Santas hit the Florida surf   UPI / 1:04AM
    COCOA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Nineteen surfers dressed in Santa suits rode the waves off Cocoa Beach, Fla., to "spread a little Christmas cheer," one them said.
  • Thursday, December 23

  • Fla. pit miner believed dead after cave-in   UPI / 7:54PM
    WEBSTER, Fla., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A Florida lime pit miner is believed dead inside a mine that collapsed Thursday when the miner tried to inspect a pit after a routine blast, officials said.
  • Tuesday, December 21

  • Listeners feel the musician's passion   UPI / 10:54PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Researchers at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton found listeners' brains react to musicians' passion.
  • Agent: Woods had cortisone shot   AP / 4:34PM
    Tiger Woods had a cortisone shot in his right ankle 10 days
  • Sunday, December 19

  • Fla. rep.-elect probed on dog track funds   UPI / 5:24PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep.-elect David Rivera, R-Fla., is being investigated over alleged secret payments from a dog track, law enforcement sources say.
  • Hallelujah flash mob delights airport   UPI / 2:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The organizers of a seemingly spontaneous outbreak of singing at Orlando (Fla.) International Airport say plenty of planning went into the flash mob event.
  • Part of Florida levee not up to standards   UPI / 12:06PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Engineers say a key flood levee along Florida's Everglades doesn't meet federal safety standards and needs major repairs.
  • Saturday, December 18

  • 250 sea turtles rescued in Florida   UPI / 8:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- More than 250 sea turtles knocked out by unusually cold weather in Florida were rescued and sent to rehab centers to warm up, state officials say.
  • Gold vending machine comes to Fla.   UPI / 4:14AM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A German company specializing in vending machines dispensing gold bars and coins picked Boca Raton, Fla., as its first U.S. test market, a U.S. company says.
  • Artist told to remove nudes from park   UPI / 3:14AM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A Florida artist said she was "offended" at the removal of her two nude sculptures from a community center where they had twice before been displayed.
  • Friday, December 17

  • Freeze spares Fla. farmers   UPI / 5:14PM
    SARASOTA, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- South Florida farmers appear to have escaped disaster after a record-breaking December cold snap that saw nighttime temperatures in the 20s.
  • NASA to test Discovery repairs   UPI / 1:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- NASA says a test at Kennedy Space Center Friday could help clear the way for the planned February launch of space shuttle Discovery's 39th and final mission.
  • Monkeys take up residence near airport   UPI / 4:14AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Floridians near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport said a family of non-native monkeys has moved into the area with their adopted raccoon.
  • Wednesday, December 15

  • At 77, Larry King's long tenure at CNN comes to a close   AP / 10:34PM
    MIAMI -- Five decades and 50,000 interviews after he first jabbed a microphone into a surprised pop singer's face at a Miami Beach diner, Larry King is hanging up his suspenders. His Thursday night show on CNN will be the last of a broadcast career that eternally careened between pinnacles of wild success and pits of utter catastrophe.
  • Hulk Hogan, Jennifer McDaniel wed in Fla.   UPI / 2:14PM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The Florida wedding of former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and Jennifer McDaniel was interrupted when a family employee and paparazzo got into a scuffle.
  • Sunday, December 12

  • Joanna Garcia, Nick Swisher marry in Fla.   UPI / 1:34PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Celebrities from the sports and the entertainment worlds were in Florida for the wedding of actress Joanna Garcia and Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher.
  • Friday, December 10

  • Lee in SeaWorld insemination row   UPI / 2:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Rocker Tommy Lee wrote a second letter to Florida's SeaWorld alleging "sick and twisted" artificial insemination methods are being used for their orcas.
  • Florida foreclosure bargains in doubt   UPI / 12:44PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Some Florida homes sold at foreclosure this week have gone for as little as $200, but the bargain-basement prices may not stick, lawyers say.
  • Rangers boost offer, stay in the Cliff Lee game   AP / 5:34AM
    Dec. 10--LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The end didn't arrive Thursday for the Texas Rangers in their pursuit of free agent Cliff Lee, as some club officials had expected it would.
  • Thursday, December 9

  • U.S. Navy boss: Carrier will move to Fla.   UPI / 8:54PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy still plans to move a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to Florida from Norfolk, Va., U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said.
  • Fla. GOP fundraiser pleads guilty   UPI / 2:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A South Florida ophthalmologist, lobbyist and Republican fundraiser pleaded guilty Thursday to paying off a Democratic legislator by hiring her friend.
  • Urban Meyer calls a surprise play: he resigns again   AP / 3:34AM
    Dec. 09--GAINESVILLE -- A health scare was the impetus for Florida coach Urban Meyer's first resignation last December.
  • Wednesday, December 8

  • NASA sells PCs still containing data   UPI / 7:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- NASA says it has discovered it's been selling computers used in the space shuttle program without ensuring they've been wiped of sensitive data.
  • Commercial rocket in successful launch   UPI / 4:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Commercial U.S. spacecraft company SpaceX had a successful demonstration launch and recovery of its Falcon 9 rocket and Delta capsule Wednesday, NASA said.
  • Three helicopters crash in Florida   UPI / 1:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Three helicopters crashed in Florida Wednesday as they tried to protect crops in western Palm Beach County from freezing temperatures, authorities said.
  • Lawyers try to break tobacco suit glut   UPI / 10:44AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Lawyers for tobacco companies and sick smokers are trying to resolve a glut of Florida cases that could take centuries to litigate.
  • Tuesday, December 7

  • Husband sues GM for wife's death   UPI / 2:24PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida man said he is suing General Motors for the death of his wife, who was killed when her Yukon plunged off a bridge in Jacksonville, Fla., this year.
  • Rockies' Tracy collapses at Florida hotel   AP / 1:34PM
    Denver Rockies manager Jim Tracy was hospitalized for tests Tuesday after he collapsed at a hotel at the Disney World resort in Florida, team officials said.
  • Monday, December 6

  • U.S. forests under attack by foreign pests   UPI / 10:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Foreign pests are attacking America's national forests, destroying natural treasures and costing taxpayers millions of dollars, a study says.
  • Sunday, December 5

  • Hjorth passes Yang for LPGA Tour title   AP / 6:34PM
    Maria Hjorth overcame windy conditions Sunday to shoot an even-par 72 and claim victory at the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship in Florida.
  • Employers may draw line on healthcare cost   UPI / 2:24AM
    ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- In 2010, for the first time U.S. employers who provide health insurance transferred all premium increases to employees, healthcare analysts say.
  • Saturday, December 4

  • Mom in hazing case charged with assault   UPI / 8:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida man says his wife's arrest on a felony charge is retaliation for their complaints about the alleged hazing of their son by football teammates.
  • Technicality scrubs Fla. porn conviction   UPI / 3:14PM
    LAKELAND, Fla., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida appeals court reversed the child pornography conviction of a former Scott Lake school principal, officials said.
  • Judge issues ruling in SeaWorld death   UPI / 11:34AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida judge has dismissed a negligence claim by a New Hampshire couple whose son witnessed a killer whale drown a trainer at SeaWorld.
  • Friday, December 3

  • Discovery launch pushed to February   UPI / 8:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The launch of Discovery has been pushed to February at the earliest, as more tests and analysis are needed before the mission can proceed, U.S. officials said.
  • History buffs honor Lost Patrol   UPI / 7:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- History buffs will gather at a Florida airport to commemorate the World War II-era disappearance of the Lost Patrol squadron of Navy bombers, organizers said.
  • Poisoned pigeons fall from sky   UPI / 6:05PM
    VENICE, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Frequenters of a Florida fishing pier near a restaurant where an estimated 50 pigeons were killed with poisoned bait said the act was "disgusting."
  • Mercury may be turning Fla. birds gay   UPI / 3:14PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Florida researchers say high mercury levels among wading birds in the Everglades may be hampering breeding efforts by turning some of the birds gay.
  • UConn defeats South Florida for 85th straight win   AP / 1:34AM
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Whether Maya Moore is the greatest player in UConn history is debatable. Arguments can be made on behalf of at least a half dozen others, all accomplished, memorable and iconic.
  • Thursday, December 2

  • School to pay for ousting autistic boy   UPI / 3:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A classroom vote on whether an autistic boy should be allowed to stay could cost a Florida school district and teachers union $350,000, court documents say.
  • Foreclosures still plague housing market   UPI / 3:04PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Almost half of home sales in South Florida in the third quarter involved properties in some stage of foreclosure, hindering the housing market, analysts say.
  • Wednesday, December 1

  • Trump suit against Fla. airport dismissed   UPI / 1:54PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A Florida judge has rebuffed Donald Trump's attempt to shoo airplane flights away from his Palm Beach club.
  • Fla. nudist camp in zoning bind   UPI / 12:54PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A Florida nudist camp could be stripped of some of its home sites after the incorporation of its surrounding community, authorities said.
  • Tuesday, November 30

  • Calif. space company eyes Florida launches   UPI / 8:14PM
    MOJAVE, Calif., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A private rocket company says it has reached a deal with a Florida organization for possible demonstration launches of its reusable suborbital spacecraft.
  • Tycoon killed in Florida boat crash   UPI / 12:24PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The high-speed crash of two boats in Miami's Biscayne Bay has claimed the life of real estate tycoon Steven Posner, Florida authorities said.
  • Monday, November 29

  • Shannon leaves Miami with a strong foundation   AP / 12:34AM
    MIAMI -- There was not a longer-running relationship in South Florida sports. The divorce came suddenly. The words from both sides have been professionally amicable, but don't let the words fool you.
  • Sunday, November 28

  • Douglas family visits Florida theme parks   UPI / 12:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Michael Douglas and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, took their children to Universal Orlando Resort's new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the theme park said.
  • Saturday, November 27

  • Wade recovers to help Heat end three-game losing skid   AP / 12:34AM
    MIAMI -- Here was the Heat, ahead by just two points after three quarters against an inferior team, its two brightest stars each shooting 4 of 11 from the field at that point, and this ballyhooed bunch dangerously close to the embarrassment of a .500 record 16 games into the season.
  • Friday, November 26

  • Coyotes at Florida airport to be killed   UPI / 1:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Florida authorities say wild coyotes roaming a Martin County airport pose a safety threat to aircraft landing or taking off and will be trapped and killed.
  • Florida looking at possible cholera case   UPI / 1:14PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Florida health officials say they are investigating the possibility that a passenger with cholera arrived at Miami International Airport on a flight from Haiti.
  • Diabetes to cost U.S. $3.35 trillion   UPI / 1:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A report says half of Americans will have diabetes or show early symptoms by 2020 and the disease will cost the country $3.35 trillion in the next decade.
  • Douglas and family head to Epcot   UPI / 12:04AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Actor Michael Douglas, who recently was treated for throat cancer, took his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and their children to Florida's Epcot Center this week.
  • Thursday, November 25

  • Fla. homeowners association sued   UPI / 2:44PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A Florida homeowners association is being sued in federal court, accused of discriminating against a homeowner who is an Orthodox Jew, officials said.
  • Otter bites third victim in Florida   UPI / 1:14PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Another person in Florida has been bitten by a possibly rabid otter, the third such incident in four days, health authorities said.
  • Wednesday, November 24

  • Snipes may take case to Supreme Court   UPI / 3:54PM
    OCALA, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Wesley Snipes have asked a federal judge to extend his bail while they consider petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court about his prison sentence.
  • Kelly Preston gives birth to a son   UPI / 12:34PM
    OCALA, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Kelly Preston's publicist says the 48-year-old U.S. actress and wife of actor John Travolta has given birth to a son in a Florida hospital.
  • Tuesday, November 23

  • Officer arrested for luring kids for sex   UPI / 8:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A retired Florida police officer was arrested on charges of using the Internet to lure children into sex, the state Attorney General's Office said.
  • Otter attacks dog, people in Florida   UPI / 1:24PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Florida authorities say they are hunting for a wild and possibly rabid otter that attacked two people and a dog in a housing tract near Boca Raton.
  • Condo eviction leaves 1 dead, 3 hurt   UPI / 10:24AM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A father's attempt to evict his son from a Miami Beach condominium resulted in a shootout that killed one man and injured three others, Miami-Dade police said.
  • Wednesday, November 17

  • Doctors: No risk of cholera in Florida   UPI / 11:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A Florida woman infected with cholera during a trip to Haiti to visit relatives is recovering, health officials said Wednesday.
  • Drug test company settles in kickback case   UPI / 1:14PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. drug testing company will pay $16.3 million to settle a lawsuit charging it paid kickbacks to doctors to win their business, federal prosecutors said.
  • Monday, November 15

  • Snipes's lawyers ask for new trial   UPI / 9:44PM
    OCALA, Fla., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Wesley Snipes's attorneys appeared at a federal courthouse in Florida Monday to request that the film star be given a new trial in his tax case.
  • Another crack found in shuttle Discovery   UPI / 7:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Engineers repairing the shuttle Discovery found another crack in the spacecraft's external fuel tank Monday, jeopardizing its launch date, U.S. officials said.
  • Sunday, November 14

  • Ship named after Medal of Honor recipient   UPI / 12:34PM
    PORT EVERGLADES, Fla., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The mother of a U.S. Marine awarded the Medal of Honor after being killed in Iraq has dedicated a new Navy missile destroyer named for her son, officials said.
  • Friday, November 12

  • Suit: Woman fired for harassment complaint   UPI / 5:35PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A Florida woman's lawsuit against her former employer claims she was fired in retaliation for accusing mangers of commenting on her breasts.
  • Leaking seal may have scrubbed shuttle   UPI / 3:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A misaligned seal may have caused a hydrogen gas leak that canceled space shuttle Discovery's launch attempt Nov. 5, officials said.
  • Fla. officials confirm dengue fever case   UPI / 2:05PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Florida health officials say they have confirmed the first locally acquired case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County in more than 50 years.
  • Thursday, November 11

  • For-profit Keiser U. drops lawsuit   UPI / 12:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A for-profit university dropped a lawsuit against a Florida state college it had accused of smear tactics after meeting with college officials, both sides said.
  • Wednesday, November 10

  • More cracks found in shuttle external tank   UPI / 10:35PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Two cracks discovered in space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank could jeopardize the orbiter's planned final launch set for Nov. 30, officials said.
  • Man seeks Obama, Jesus restraining orders   UPI / 1:35PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A Florida court refused a man's request for restraining orders against President Barack Obama, former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and Jesus Christ.
  • Feds probe Wexler campaign mortgage deal   UPI / 11:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The FBI is investigating former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler about his campaign's unusual $150,000 investment in a real estate deal, an online publication reported.
  • Heat falls Jazz in overtime despite triple-double from James, 39 from Wade   AP / 12:44AM
    MIAMI -- Tuesday night's 116-114 overtime loss to the Utah Jazz was the Miami Heat's Big Three with all their wonder and warts on display. Ditto for the Heat as a team.
  • Tuesday, November 9

  • Auburn coach calls latest Newton allegations 'pure garbage'   AP / 7:34PM
    AUBURN, Ala. -- As it set about preparing for Georgia with a chance to clinch an SEC title game berth, Auburn had to come to the defense of its Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback for the second time in five days following reports he committed academic misconduct during his two years at Florida.
  • NASA begins examination of Discovery   UPI / 6:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- NASA says its engineers are investigating the fuel leak that delayed and then canceled last week's launch of the U.S. space shuttle Discovery.
  • NHL GMs dismiss coach challenge option   AP / 6:34PM
    NHL general managers have rejected the idea of instituting a coach's challenge option on disputed goals, Florida GM Dale Tallon said Tuesday.
  • Nancy Grace settles suit over suicide   UPI / 2:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- CNN host Nancy Grace settled a wrongful-death suit over the suicide of a Virginia woman following a Grace interview about her missing daughter, officials said.
  • Tobacco companies object to case filing   UPI / 1:54PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Lawyers for U.S. tobacco companies say they object to a plan by attorneys for 499 Florida smokers suing the companies to dismiss their cases in federal court.
  • Man seeks to undo 2-year-old foreclosure   UPI / 11:54AM
    DUNEDIN, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A Florida man said faulty foreclosure proceedings unfairly cost him his home, which was sold to new owners.
  • Monday, November 8

  • No cause found for Florida cancer cluster   UPI / 2:54PM
    THE ACREAGE, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Florida's investigation of a cancer cluster in Palm Beach County has not found a cause, a state official said.
  • Investigators: 'Veterans' group phony   UPI / 11:34AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A tax-exempt non-profit called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association is really a front for illegal campaign cash, investigators say.
  • Saturday, November 6

  • Terrier survives alligator attack   UPI / 4:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A Jack Russell terrier may have survived an encounter with an alligator in a Florida river because her quick-thinking owner performed CPR.
  • GOP: Both parties to blame for U.S. debt   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Both Democrats and Republicans are to blame for the country's debt, Republican Senator-elect Marco Rubio of Florida said in the party's Saturday radio address.
  • Friday, November 5

  • Space shuttle launch pushed back   UPI / 6:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Discovery's six astronauts are returning to Houston after Friday's Florida liftoff was scrubbed because of a hydrogen leak, NASA said.
  • Publicist: David Cassidy wasn't drunk   UPI / 11:44AM
    MIAMI, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- David Cassidy's publicist says the former teen idol wasn't drunk when he was arrested this week in Florida and charged with driving under the influence.
  • Launch of Discovery delayed until Friday   UPI / 7:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Forecasters are predicting a 60 percent chance of "go" conditions for a Friday launch of shuttle Discovery after storms canceled its scheduled Thursday launch.
  • Thursday, November 4

  • Bysiewicz: Malloy winner of governor's race; AP now shows Foley ahead   AP / 2:34PM
    Nov. 04--Democrat Dannel Malloy was declared the winner of the dead-heat governor's race Wednesday by the state's top elections official, but the Florida-style election is not over: Republican Tom Foley not only refused to concede Wednesday, he claimed victory.
  • David Cassidy charged with DUI   UPI / 1:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Former teen idol David Cassidy has been released on $350 bail after he was arrested for driving under the influence, police in Florida said.
  • Florida woman critical after wasp stings   UPI / 11:05AM
    LAKELAND, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- An elderly Florida woman stung hundreds of times by a horde of yellow jacket wasps was unconscious and in critical condition, her husband said.
  • Florida officials concerned about cholera   UPI / 10:24AM
    PALMBEACH, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Florida health department officials have asked doctors to be on the lookout for cases of cholera, which could be carried in by visitors from Haiti.
  • Wednesday, November 3

  • Freeman, Judd to appear in 'Dolphin Tale'   UPI / 9:44PM
    BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- "Kiss the Girls" co-stars Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd have reunited for "Dolphin Tale," a film being shot in Florida, Warner Bros. said Wednesday.
  • Glitch, weather threaten Shuttle launch   UPI / 4:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A computer glitch and a forecast a bad weather are threatening Thursday's planned launch of space shuttle Discovery for its final mission, NASA said.
  • Florida manatee may still be in Baltimore   UPI / 3:05PM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A wandering manatee, or sea cow, from Florida may still be in Baltimore's harbor but could be in jeopardy as water temperatures drop, wildlife experts say.
  • Rubio wins, Scott takes gov's race   UPI / 11:44AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Republican Marco Rubio won an easy victory in Florida's U.S. Senate race and Republican Rick Scott defeated Democrat Alex Sink to win the governor's race.
  • Tuesday, November 2

  • Gator caught in Fla. sets state record   UPI / 6:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- An alligator measuring 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches set a Florida state record when it was captured by a man boating on a lake.
  • Engineers looking at shuttle glitch   UPI / 5:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Engineers are hoping to solve an engine controller glitch in a backup system on the shuttle Discovery in time for Wednesday's scheduled launch, NASA says.
  • Monday, November 1

  • Ex-Yankee's manslaughter trial under way   AP / 1:34PM
    A jury was chosen in the DUI manslaughter trial of former
  • Florida going after wild pigs   UPI / 10:24AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Florida is home to about 500,000 feral pigs, which are an expensive nuisance to agriculture, property and humans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
  • Sunday, October 31

  • Musharraf drums up support in Florida   UPI / 5:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military dictator, is bringing his political comeback campaign to the United States.
  • Saturday, October 30

  • Snub to Meek may hurt Florida Democrats   UPI / 2:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The turmoil in Florida's U.S. Senate race could hurt Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, party leaders, observers and pollsters say.
  • Friday, October 29

  • Discovery crew ready for Monday launch   UPI / 4:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The crew for space shuttle Discovery's final mission has arrived at Florida's Kennedy Space Center as NASA prepares the countdown to Monday's planned launch.
  • Dion names twins Eddy and Nelson   UPI / 12:05PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Celine Dion has named her newborn fraternal twin sons Eddy and Nelson, the Canadian pop star's publicist confirmed.
  • Meek denies Clinton asked him to bow out   UPI / 12:04AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Florida Democrat Kendrick Meek denied Thursday night former President Bill Clinton tried to get him to quit the U.S. Senate race.
  • Wednesday, October 27

  • Woman struck by golf ball in yard   UPI / 6:05PM
    NICEVILLE, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A Florida woman called police to report a golf ball struck her in the head while she was bouncing on a trampoline in her back yard, which borders a golf course.
  • Hole found in Florida nuclear plant liner   UPI / 3:14PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Workers at a Florida nuclear power plant have discovered corrosion and a rusty hole in the steel liner of a reactor containment building, authorities said.
  • Widower sues over bungled emergency call   UPI / 10:34AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A Florida man whose wife bled to death while she was preparing Thanksgiving dinner has sued Comcast and local agencies for a bungled emergency call.
  • Tuesday, October 26

  • Man sold patients' records, gets 11 years   UPI / 8:05PM
    MIAMI-DADE, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A handicapped Florida man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for buying stolen patients' hospital records, creating hefty kickbacks for himself.
  • Monday, October 25

  • 'Brooklynized' water subject of lawsuits   UPI / 3:54PM
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Two Florida restaurants are suing each other over a water filtration process purported to make water taste like it came from New York.
  • Sunday, October 24

  • Florida rivals debate taxes and economy   UPI / 12:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Florida's three Senate candidates differed Sunday on how to lift the Sunshine State out of its dire economic situation.
  • Celine Dion gives birth to twin boys   UPI / 9:24AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Canadian singer Celine Dion has given birth to twin boys at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., doctors said.
  • Friday, October 22

  • Reid: Angle trying to reshape GOP   UPI / 7:44PM
    LAS VEGAS, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says his Republican opponent would be bad for Nevada and for the Republican Party there if she wins.
  • Big banks deep in foreclosure risks   UPI / 12:44PM
    JUPITER, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Three U.S. lenders report $62.5 billion in single-family mortgages in foreclosure or with the process completed, January through June, Weiss Rating said Friday.
  • Thursday, October 21

  • Florida WR Chris Rainey to be eligible for Georgia game   AP / 3:35AM
    Oct. 21--GAINESVILLE -- Center Mike Pouncey said WR Chris Rainey is Florida's best player, and the Gators could have him back for their next game.
  • Tuesday, October 19

  • Workers scramble to fix space shuttle leak   UPI / 4:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Workers at the Kennedy Space Center are working to stop a leak on the Discovery space shuttle that could affect its scheduled Nov. 1 launch, NASA says.
  • 'Nuisance' bear to be put down, if caught   UPI / 3:24PM
    PAISLEY, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A Florida woman said a "nuisance" bear, relocated from a different area in the state, terrorized her when it raided a pork roast from her freezer.
  • Plane forced to land after hitting deer   UPI / 12:24PM
    TITUSVILLE, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A small plane hit a deer on takeoff at an airport in Titusville, Fla., forcing the aircraft to land in the dark with a damaged wheel, officials said.
  • Rod Stewart returns to standards   UPI / 8:34AM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The Great American Songbook continues to hold sway over British-born singer Rod Stewart.
  • New technique uses laser on tumors   UPI / 1:24AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Mayo Clinic physicians in Florida say they are using a magnetic resonance imaging-guided laser to heat up and destroy kidney and liver tumors.
  • Monday, October 18

  • Celine Dion admitted to hospital   UPI / 11:05AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Canadian-born pop star Celine Dion, who is 42 and pregnant with twins, has been admitted to St. Mary's Medical Center in Florida, hospital officials said.
  • Barracuda bites kayaker in Florida Keys   UPI / 10:34AM
    MARATHON, Fla., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A barracuda jumped into a kayak and bit a woman in the Florida Keys, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.
  • Saturday, October 16

  • Trio held in parking scam near playoffs   UPI / 9:24PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Three homeless people plotted to cheat fans parking at a playoff game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers, St. Petersburg, Fla., police said.
  • Friday, October 15

  • Watermelon can lower blood pressure   UPI / 10:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Watermelon contains a compound that may help lower blood pressure, U.S. food scientists say.
  • U.S. drops bid for 2018 World Cup, will focus on 2022   AP / 5:34PM
    Oct. 15--South Florida soccer fans hoping to watch the World Cup here in 2018 will have to wait at least four more years.
  • Strip club injury suit settled: $650,000   UPI / 3:44PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A Florida man whose eye was injured by a stripper's shoe at a nightclub was awarded a $650,000 settlement but his lawyer said he expects more litigation.
  • Maker agrees to pay for defective drywall   UPI / 12:14PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A Chinese manufacturer has agreed to repair up to 300 homes built with tainted drywall, a federal court in Florida said.
  • Parts of healthcare lawsuit can proceed   UPI / 9:24AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Portions of a lawsuit brought by 20 states challenging the healthcare reform law can move forward, a federal judge in Florida ruled.
  • Thursday, October 14

  • Madoff home under contract to be sold   UPI / 5:05PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The lakefront Palm Beach, Fla., home once owned by convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff is under contract to be sold Friday, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
  • Husband: Dion hospital story is false   UPI / 12:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Celine Dion's husband has dismissed as false reports that the singer is scheduled to have a C-section this month to deliver her twin boys in Florida.
  • Wednesday, October 13

  • Syfy working on women's fashion line   UPI / 9:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. company Syfy Ventures says it is working on a collection of apparel and accessories aimed at the growing female science-fiction fan base.
  • Report: Dion to have C-section this month   UPI / 12:54PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Canadian-born pop star Celine Dion will undergo a Caesarean section in Florida this month to deliver her twin sons, The Palm Beach Post said Wednesday.
  • Monday, October 11

  • Extinct mammal fed like a woodpecker   UPI / 9:04PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- An extinct mammal that looked like a squirrel and located its food by tapping on trees with odd elongated fingers, has been described by U.S researchers.
  • Meek squelches reports of his dropping out   UPI / 4:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek says there's no truth to speculation that he's dropping out of the U.S. Senate race and backing Gov. Charlie Crist's independent bid.
  • Sunday, October 10

  • SeaWorld Orlando orca gives birth   UPI / 10:35AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Tilikum, the killer whale that drowned a SeaWorld trainer, is the father of a baby whale born to 34-year-old Katina at the Orlando, Fla., park, officials said.
  • Gutsy LSU hands Florida Gators heartbreaking defeat   AP / 3:34AM
    Oct. 10--GAINESVILLE -- No amount of Gator mojo could save Florida on Saturday.
  • Florida falls to LSU's trickery   AP / 1:34AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The hope was that Florida would emerge from the locker room at halftime without those hideous orange jerseys.
  • Friday, October 8

  • Fathers-in-law go to court over $4,000   UPI / 2:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A Florida judge ordered a man to repay $4,000 loaned to him by the father of his daughter's ex-husband.
  • Thursday, October 7

  • 2nd Prison Term for Pilot in Phony Crash   AP / 9:34PM
    A man previously sentenced in federal court has been sentenced to 10 years in Indiana state prison for trying to fake his death in a plane crash in Florida.
  • High fall tides soak Florida   UPI / 7:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Higher than normal tides driven by the forces of the moon and high winds are hitting South Florida's coast, along with dangerous rip currents, officials say.
  • Wednesday, October 6

  • Pitchers like Lee not supposed to be in Rangers uniform   AP / 11:34PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- He was so good, so artful, so seductively efficient Wednesday that the pitcher's mound should have been lined with velvet ropes.
  • Sanchez apologizes for 'Jews' comment   UPI / 11:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, who said in a U.S. radio interview that Jews run CNN and other media companies, issued an apology Wednesday.
  • Study: Stress of combat can be life-long   UPI / 7:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The trauma of combat can devastate some veterans into old age while making others wiser, gentler and more accepting in their twilight years, a study found.
  • Dozens of cops in Puerto Rico accused of drug trafficking   AP / 4:34PM
    MIAMI -- In what is being billed as the biggest police corruption investigation in the history of the FBI, more than 130 people were arrested Wednesday in Puerto Rico -- including 89 law enforcement officers -- accused of drug trafficking.
  • Tuesday, October 5

  • Write-in candidate keeps Fla. busy   UPI / 11:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- While serial write-in candidate Josue Larose is a political unknown, the Florida Division of Elections says he has generated more paperwork than anyone else.
  • Iraqi doctor sues VA over firing   UPI / 2:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- An Iraqi urologist says he was wrongfully dismissed from a Florida hospital by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Everglades land deal mired in legal issues   UPI / 12:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Legal battles in Florida may derail a $197 million Everglades restoration project two years in the making, a water district director said.
  • Monday, October 4

  • Florida, elsewhere, find foreclosure flaws   UPI / 12:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Notices from Florida courts to lenders concerning faulty foreclosure paperwork have gone unheeded, the state's chief justice Lee Haworth said.
  • Terms reached in amusement park plunge   UPI / 10:04AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A settlement has been reached in an amusement park accident in which a 13-year-old Florida girl fell about 140 feet, an attorney said.
  • Sunday, October 3

  • Algae chemical tested against colon cancer   UPI / 2:44PM
    KEY LARGO, Fla., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Algae living in the waters of the Florida Keys may provide a drug to fight colon cancer, scientists say.
  • Bama dominates Florida   AP / 12:35PM
    Oct. 03--TUSCALOOSA -- Marquis Maze danced away and looped around the midfield logo at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • Shock hasn't worn off Florida after latest loss to Alabama   AP / 1:35AM
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Round 1 went to Alabama. It was a victory
  • Saturday, October 2

  • Florida law goes after painkiller mills   UPI / 2:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Florida's crackdown on pain clinics, which took effect Friday, is forcing them scramble or shut down, said industry leaders.
  • Rycroft keeping baby's sex a secret   UPI / 12:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Melissa Rycroft, host of ABC's "Bachelor Pad," and her husband Tye Strickland know the sex of their baby, who is due in February, but they aren't telling.
  • Friday, October 1

  • Most caregiver stress from friends, family   UPI / 10:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The most stressful problem facing caregivers of stroke patients comes from friends and family who criticize, ignore or don't help, U.S. researchers find.
  • Florida country in West Nile virus warning   UPI / 5:34PM
    STUART, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Health officials in Martin County, Fla., have issued a mosquito advisory after two more farm animals tested positive for the West Nile virus, authorities said.
  • Gold vending machines headed for U.S.   UPI / 3:34PM
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A German company specializing in vending machines for bars of gold says the devices are headed to Las Vegas and Florida.
  • 600 NASA workers appear at casting call   UPI / 2:14PM
    MERRITT ISLAND, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A NASA spokesman said about 600 people with security clearance at Florida's Kennedy Space Center showed up at a casting call for "Transformers 3" extras.
  • Groomer acting as vet cited for dog death   UPI / 1:14PM
    BELLE GLADE, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A dog groomer practicing veterinary medicine without a license caused the death of a Yorkshire terrier, Florida authorities said.
  • NASA announces layoffs in shuttle program   UPI / 12:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- NASA says it will lay off more than 1,200 workers even as Congress passed a $19 billion budget for the space agency.
  • Thursday, September 30

  • Fla. Democrat: Palin 'half-baked Alaskan'   UPI / 1:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., calls Sarah Palin a "half-baked Alaskan" in a response to her endorsement of his Republican challenger.
  • Wednesday, September 29

  • Fla. town gives up on sagging pants ban   UPI / 5:34PM
    COCOA, Fla., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A Florida town has abandoned plans to bar young people from wearing low-slung pants that expose their underwear.
  • Fuel tank for final shuttle in Florida   UPI / 4:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The external fuel tank slated to fly with Endeavour on NASA's last scheduled shuttle flight arrived in Florida Wednesday, officials said.
  • Man charged with dumping gas into wetland   UPI / 1:14PM
    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A Florida man has been charged with dumping gasoline from his car into a wetland area after he mistakenly filled up with unleaded gas instead of diesel.
  • Tuesday, September 28

  • Predictions of oil on Atlantic beaches off   UPI / 4:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Predictions this summer of oil-fouled beaches across Florida and all the way up the East Coast from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill got it wrong, scientists say.
  • Florida's Grayson in hot water over ad   UPI / 4:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A Florida congressman is being accused of taking his opponent's words out of context for use in a campaign ad.
  • 'Elmo' fights back against attacker   UPI / 1:05PM
    WINTER PARK, Fla., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a man dressed as "Sesame Street" character Elmo was attacked during a children's event but he was able to break his attacker's fingers.
  • Monday, September 27

  • Vick clicks for Eagles in 28-3 win over Jaguars   AP / 12:35PM
    Sept. 27--JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There are 13 games left in the season, three or four more if you count the playoffs. So there are quite a few steps to go before Andy Reid can be labeled a genius.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer Bob Ford column   AP / 9:34AM
    Sept. 27--JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The last time the Eagles played in Jacksonville, a game you probably remember, the starting quarterback wasn't the reason they lost the Super Bowl, but he didn't cover himself in glory that evening, either.
  • Sunday, September 26

  • Batch's 3 TD passes lead Steelers to 38-13 win   AP / 11:34PM
    Sept. 26--TAMPA, Fla. -- Charlie Batch had one of his best days in his 13 NFL seasons when he threw three touchdown passes and had the longest run of his career to lead the Steelers to a 38-13 victory over Tampa Bay today.
  • Saturday, September 25

  • Delay in Fla. foreclosures sought   UPI / 10:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Foreclosures being handled by three Florida law firms should be temporarily halted, a congressman says.
  • False crime report enrages candidate   UPI / 5:05PM
    COOPER CITY, Fla., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A Florida town's new policy of criminal background checks for candidates has led to a false report.
  • Friday, September 24

  • 'Automatic' artificial arm said 'too easy'   UPI / 8:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- An artificial arm programmed to work automatically disappointed some users in a study -- they said it was "too easy" -- U.S. researchers report.
  • U.S. gum disease underestimated by half   UPI / 7:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Experts say estimates of gum disease in the United States may have been too low and may have underestimated it by half.
  • Florida cracks down on timeshare brokers   UPI / 7:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Florida regulators have begun a crackdown on companies that resell timeshares, officials say.
  • Crist donors denied class-action lawsuit   UPI / 4:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Florida judge has refused to grant class-action status to a lawsuit by contributors who claim Gov. Charlie Crist cheated them by becoming an independent.
  • Report: Everglades restoration 'slow'   UPI / 3:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Decades-long restoration efforts in Florida's Everglades remain slow and may bring "trade-offs" between water quality and water quantity, a federal report says.
  • Thursday, September 23

  • College students wild for wildflower   UPI / 10:04PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A survey of U.S. college students in plant-related disciplines indicates a deep interest in native wildflowers.
  • Dwindling Florida panthers get help   UPI / 6:14PM
    FREDERICK, Md., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The population of endangered Florida panthers has tripled, thanks largely to a genetic infusion courtesy of the animals' Texas cousins, wildlife experts say.
  • Nearly 12-foot gator caught in Fla. city   UPI / 3:05PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A Florida animal trapper said he caught a nearly 12-foot alligator that has eluded capture in a St. Petersburg neighborhood for years.
  • House with no mortgage foreclosed   UPI / 1:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A Florida man who paid cash for his home in December said Bank of America foreclosed on his house despite the fact that he never took out a mortgage.
  • Florida 'Botox bandit' gets probation   UPI / 1:04PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Florida's "Botox Bandit," who police say stole some $5,000 from two beauty clinics, has been sentenced to two years of probation, authorities said.
  • Walking, talking harder with Parkinson's   UPI / 1:44AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- People with Parkinson's disease are at increased risk for falls with injury because they have more trouble walking and talking, U.S. researchers say.
  • Wednesday, September 22

  • Woman sentenced for altering lighter tests   UPI / 10:14AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A St. Petersburg, Fla., woman drew an eight-month prison term for cigarette lighter test fraud that prosecutors said potentially put children at risk.
  • Tuesday, September 21

  • Protected owl removed from cruise ship   UPI / 4:54PM
    PORT EVERGLADES, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said it took them nearly 30 minutes to remove a protected owl from the world's largest cruise ship.
  • Monday, September 20

  • Shuttle ready for move to launch pad   UPI / 7:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. space shuttle Discovery has been placed on its mobile launcher in readiness to be moved to the launch pad for its upcoming final mission, NASA says.
  • Monkey 'wanted' in N.Y living in Florida   UPI / 4:54PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A fugitive monkey sought by New York health officials after biting a woman is living in a Florida facility for wayward monkeys, officials said.
  • Report: ID theft scam preys on job-hunters   UPI / 1:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Florida authorities are investigating a suspected global identity theft ring that allegedly targeted a local business and job-hunters.
  • Sunday, September 19

  • Brantley makes key plays at key times for Florida   AP / 12:34AM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Quarterback John Brantley's inexperience in road games started to show in the third quarter. That's when his voice began to fade.
  • Friday, September 17

  • Fla. dolphins help with physical therapy   UPI / 3:24PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Dolphins are being used as part of a rehabilitation swimming program for paraplegics and quadriplegics in Florida, officials said.
  • Thursday, September 16

  • Bank: Seize Torahs as foreclosure assets   UPI / 12:14PM
    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Members of a Florida Orthodox Jewish congregation said they feel a bank's action to foreclose on a loan and seize Torah scrolls as assets is unconscionable.
  • One PSA test at age 60 is beneficial   UPI / 12:14AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A meta-analysis does not support efficacy of routine prostate cancer screening but a single test for men at age 60 may be beneficial, U.S. researchers say.
  • Wednesday, September 15

  • Man buried at sea doesn't stay buried   UPI / 10:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man whose body was discovered off the coast of Florida wasn't a victim of foul play, authorities in Fort Lauderdale say.
  • Tuesday, September 14

  • Baby circumcised against mom's wishes   UPI / 8:05PM
    SOUTH MIAMI, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A Florida woman is suing a hospital for assault and battery on her newborn because the baby was circumcised by mistake, the woman's lawyer said.
  • U.S. asks healthcare reform suit dismissal   UPI / 6:24PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Obama administration lawyers argued before a federal judge in Florida Tuesday that a 20-state suit against the healthcare reform law should be dismissed.
  • Official pays for construction not done   UPI / 4:54PM
    NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- North Miami Beach paid to have 254 manholes installed in the Florida city's streets, but the work apparently was never done, city officials say.
  • Deputies restrain gator near school   UPI / 2:54PM
    OLDSMAR, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Sheriff's deputies used rope, electrical tape and handcuffs to restrain an alligator spotted near a Florida elementary school, authorities said.
  • Teen says he was beaten in locker room   UPI / 2:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The family of a teenager allegedly beaten by teammates on a Florida high school football team is considering a lawsuit, a lawyer says.
  • Mayor candidate tries for scuba record   UPI / 1:44PM
    GROVELAND, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A Florida man running for mayor of his town is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for longest scuba dive by spending seven days underwater.
  • In Florida, a look at Chrysler's future   UPI / 12:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. automaker Chrysler Group, symbolically, is breaking out of a shell Tuesday with its first national dealer conference in three years.
  • Man plays with mercury, causes EPA cleanup   UPI / 10:44AM
    MARGATE, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A Florida man who contaminated his driveway with a bottle of mercury and gave some to neighborhood children caused a costly cleanup effort, officials said.
  • Monday, September 13

  • Central American manatees under threat   UPI / 5:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- DNA of manatees in Belize shows they are a separate subspecies from their Florida counterparts but are threatened by low genetic diversity, researchers say.
  • Florida man nearly dies in surgery mistake   UPI / 11:14AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A Florida man says a sponge left in his stomach following surgery, and an error in medication, nearly killed him.
  • Sunday, September 12

  • The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio, Marla Ridenour column   AP / 10:34PM
    Sept. 12--TAMPA, FLA. -- The initial reaction would be to forecast impending doom. Perhaps 15 more games of impending doom.
  • Florida pastor partly 'creation of media'   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday the Florida pastor who threatened to burn Korans was "in part a creation of the media."
  • Saturday, September 11

  • West Nile found in So. Fla. chickens   UPI / 4:05PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Health officials say the West Nile virus has been found in sentinel chickens and warn residents of Palm Beach County, Fla., to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Friday, September 10

  • Discovery starts first leg of final flight   UPI / 6:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Discovery rolled out of its hangar at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the first leg of its final mission into space, officials said.
  • The cost of burning the Quran   AP / 1:34PM
    Sept. 10--Like many Muslim-Americans, Feisal Haider is preparing to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the September 11 atrocities. Besides handing out food and clothes at local homeless shelters, his Florida mosque plans to distribute English copies of the Quran, the Islamic holy book.
  • Coverage of Koran burning plan questioned   UPI / 9:44AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A Florida pastor's now-suspended plans to burn copies of the Koran Saturday has observers questioning the media's role in fueling the controversy.
  • Thursday, September 9

  • Rauf says no deal to move N.Y. mosque   UPI / 8:14PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The imam of a New York mosque said Thursday he has not agreed to relocate a planned community center, contradicting a Florida pastor who said he had.
  • Judge: Killer must pay despite bankruptcy   UPI / 3:34PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A man who shot and killed a Florida teenager must still pay a $750,000 court-ordered judgment even though he declared bankruptcy, a U.S. bankruptcy court ruled.
  • Wednesday, September 8

  • Facebook leads to illegal deer charges   UPI / 5:14PM
    INVERNESS, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officials said charges of possessing illegally taken wildlife stemmed from photos of a deer carcass posted to Facebook.
  • Suspected Fla. piranha ID'd as pacu   UPI / 3:24PM
    DELTONA, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officials say a suspected piranha caught in Dupont Lake was really a pacu, a piranha cousin that poses no risk to local species.
  • Parcells to work as consultant for Dolphins; Ireland will replace him   AP / 1:34AM
    MIAMI -- Two years ago, Dolphins boss Bill Parcells spoke privately about a promise he made to himself that someday he would help mold the football minds of others, just as NFL mentors Al Davis, Tom Landry and Chuck Knox did for him.
  • Tuesday, September 7

  • Dog learning to water ski   UPI / 6:14PM
    REDINGTON SHORES, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida man whose dog is locally famous for riding on the back of his motorcycle said the canine is now learning to water ski.
  • Snipes' tax adviser gets more prison time   UPI / 3:14PM
    MOUNT DORA, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The Florida tax adviser for actor Wesley Snipes and other clients got 20 years added to his prison term for advising how to beat revenuers, a judge ruled.
  • Death row inmate sues victims' family   UPI / 2:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida death row inmate lost his lawsuit claiming the pickup truck for which he killed his victims is rightfully his.
  • Saturday, September 4

  • Spiders infesting Florida parks   UPI / 12:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida bug expert says banana spiders up to 4 inches long, common in the state's parks and recreational areas, aren't dangerous, but are nutritious.
  • Sex offender caught in Florida   UPI / 11:54AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A registered sex offender on the run from a Texas halfway house has been captured near Miami International Airport, police said.
  • Friday, September 3

  • Balloon Boy, family move to Florida   UPI / 6:54PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The Colorado man who staged the "balloon boy" charade last year had his mug shot taken Friday in Florida after moving his family there, officials said.
  • 2 surfers bitten by sharks in Florida   UPI / 1:44PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Two men were bitten by sharks Friday on the east coast of Florida, where surfers took advantage of waters roiled by Hurricane Earl, a beach guard said.
  • Thursday, September 2

  • Tiniest creatures defend trees   UPI / 8:34PM
    GAINSVILLE, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Researchers say one of Africa's smallest creatures -- the ant -- is up to the job of protecting trees from one of the continent's largest animals -- elephants.
  • Fla. billionaire sues 2 papers for libel   UPI / 6:34PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A Florida billionaire and defeated primary candidate for the U.S. Senate filed a lawsuit accusing two newspapers of trying to destroy his candidacy.
  • Fla. man detained for cutting dead whale   UPI / 4:34PM
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A man was detained and questioned in Florida after he was observed mutilating a dead whale on a beach, conservation officials said.
  • School performance linked to gene variants   UPI / 4:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Academic performance in adolescents will suffer if their DNA contains one or more of specific dopamine gene variations, a U.S. study says.
  • Wednesday, September 1

  • Flurry of storms is typical for time of year, experts say   AP / 9:54PM
    MIAMI -- In the last two weeks, it seems as though the tropics have exploded: Hurricane Earl, big, scary and steaming toward North Carolina and a string of states. Tropical Storm Fiona, nearing hurricane strength but heading into hostile conditions and out to sea.
  • Legionnaires outbreak points to Fla. hotel   UPI / 1:54PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A faulty water system at a Miami luxury hotel probably caused an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease that killed an English tourist last year, officials said.
  • Tuesday, August 31

  • Universal, Disney report ride injuries   UPI / 3:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Roller coasters at two theme parks in Orlando, Fla., reported multiple rider injuries during the second quarter of 2010, reports indicate.
  • Monday, August 30

  • Florida coral reefs damaged by cold water   UPI / 1:24PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A rare series of cold-water upwellings from the deep ocean has severely damaged coral reefs in Florida already stressed by pollution, scientists say.
  • Sunday, August 29

  • Democrat says Republicans lean to extremes   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said Sunday the Republican Party was leaning toward extremist politics.
  • Tampa 'teen' player unmasked as being 21   UPI / 11:14AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A convicted Florida burglar faces charges he posed as a 14-year-old in order to enroll in middle school and play youth football, sheriff's deputies said.
  • Saturday, August 28

  • Florida candidate Rubio chides Washington   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Florida voters are fed up with spending by the Obama administration, U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio said in the weekly Republican radio address.
  • Thursday, August 26

  • St. Petersburg Times, Fla., Ivan Penn column: Florida safe from egg recall so far   AP / 7:14AM
    Aug. 26--Recalls are funny things. Today your product isn't on the list. Tomorrow it is.
  • Wednesday, August 25

  • McCain wins, Murkowski trails   UPI / 4:54AM
    Voters in Arizona, Vermont, Alaska, Florida and Oklahoma Tuesday selected who they think should be on the Election Day ballot in November.
  • Tuesday, August 24

  • Meek, Rubio, Crist in U.S. Sen. showdown   UPI / 9:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and Republican ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio were winners in Florida's U.S. Senate primary election Tuesday, returns showed.
  • Wesley Snipes avoiding jail time   UPI / 9:34PM
    OCALA, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Film star Wesley Snipes does not have to report to prison next week as directed by the U.S. Marshal's office, a federal judge in Florida said.
  • Oil spill or not, tourism rose in Florida   UPI / 3:05PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A jump in international travelers helped push tourism-dependent Florida to a 3.4 percent boost in visitors overall April through June, the state said Tuesday.
  • Developers: PR consultant passed on bribes   UPI / 3:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Father-and-son developers in South Florida implicated many local officials in bribery in sworn statements to prosecutors, court documents reveal.
  • Monday, August 23

  • Firm loses permit to display animals   UPI / 11:44AM
    DAVIE, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A Florida company that exhibits tigers and cougars at fairs, schools and summer camps has lost its license for violating animal welfare rules, officials say.
  • Sunday, August 22

  • Congressional candiate robbed in Florida   UPI / 2:24AM
    NORTH MIAMI, Fla., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Marleine Bastien, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Florida's 17th District, and her sister were robbed at gunpoint Saturday outside a church, police said.
  • Saturday, August 21

  • NASA announces shuttle songwriting contest   UPI / 6:54PM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Would-be songwriters will get a chance at fame by penning a wake-up song for NASA's last space shuttle mission, officials said.
  • Friday, August 20

  • Energy drink caffeine = 14 cans of Coke   UPI / 1:54AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Energy drinks can contain as much as 505 milligrams of caffeine in a single container, or the equivalent of 14 cans of Coca-Cola, U.S. researchers say.
  • Thursday, August 19

  • Bill Clinton hits campaign trail hard   UPI / 5:05PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton has a busy schedule this campaign season, stumping for Democrats across the United States.
  • Wednesday, August 18

  • Ex-Florida lifeguard files sex suit   UPI / 4:14PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A former teenage lifeguard is suing officials in Volusia County, Fla., claiming she was forced into sex with county Beach Patrol officers, documents show.
  • Man bitten by snake at Fla. garden center   UPI / 4:14PM
    OLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A Florida man was hospitalized after being bitten twice by a pit viper snake at a Lowe's Home Improvement store, authorities said.
  • Oysters off menus in aftermath of spill   UPI / 3:35PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Oysters remain rare on the menus of southern U.S. restaurants even though harvesting areas closed in the BP oil spill have reopened, industry observers say.
  • Annual gator hunt is on in Florida   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Florida says it has opened a limited-time public alligator hunt in many of its lakes, rivers and swamps.
  • Madden NFL video game maker sued, again   UPI / 1:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Tony Davis is one of the latest ex-players to sue EA Sports, makers of the popular Madden NFL video game.
  • Tuesday, August 17

  • Curry says she was molested in Fla.   UPI / 9:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Model Adrianne Curry claimed via Twitter she was sexually molested during a "Star Wars" event in Orlando, Fla.
  • Georgia scientists dispute Obama claim that most oil is gone   AP / 8:54PM
    MIAMI -- A team of University of Georgia scientists on Tuesday disputed the Obama administration's claim, made two weeks ago, that most of the oil spewed from BP's Deepwater Horizon well is either gone or widely dispersed.
  • Researchers: Spilled oil still a threat   UPI / 8:35PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill may have settled to the ocean floor further east than previously suspected, just 40 miles from Florida, researchers say.
  • Pig wanders Fla. neighborhood   UPI / 12:14PM
    PANAMA CITY, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Residents of a Florida neighborhood said a pig has been spotted wandering through traffic in the area.
  • Monday, August 16

  • Support for Fla. ban on drilling sinks   UPI / 1:35PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- With oil no longer gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, support for a state constitutional ban of drilling in Florida waters is waning, poll results indicate.
  • Sunday, August 15

  • Obama tours Gulf waters off Florida   UPI / 4:05PM
    PANAMA CITY, Fla., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- President Obama toured waters off Panama City, Fla., in a visit meant to kick off recovery in a region hit hard by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, officials said.
  • Saturday, August 14

  • Obama says yes to Fla. gulf swim   UPI / 10:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama went swimming and played miniature golf with his family in Florida Saturday, pleasing officials who lobbied for the presidential dip.
  • 'Jarhead' bear found and rescued   UPI / 5:14PM
    OCALA, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A bear cub in Florida who survived 10 days with its head stuck in a jar was caught by rescuers who freed the cub from his predicament, authorities said.
  • Swimmers ignore Fla. beach warnings   UPI / 4:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Tourists and locals ignored warnings of high bacteria levels to go swimming at several beaches near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., authorities said.
  • Accused 'Beauty Bandit' surrenders   UPI / 4:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A South Florida woman has been charged with being the "Beauty Bandit," a thief who received Botox injections and similar cosmetic services without paying.
  • Friday, August 13

  • Reubens maintains innocence in 1991 arrest   UPI / 7:35PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Paul Reubens says he is innocent of the indecent exposure charge filed against him in Florida 19 years ago that derailed his career as a child entertainer.
  • Military satellite set for Saturday launch   UPI / 6:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- An Atlas rocket was rolled to a launch pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral in preparation for the launch of a new military communications satellite, officials said.
  • Over-the-counter pill helps hurt feelings   UPI / 6:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says social pain from hurt feelings could be relieved by the over-the-counter medication acetaminophen, better known as Tylenol.
  • Endangered corals grow in Fla. 'nurseries'   UPI / 2:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- In ocean waters off Florida, scientists and volunteers are raising plots of rare corals to repopulate depleted Florida and Caribbean reefs, experts say.
  • Florida confirms dengue fever case   UPI / 2:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Health officials in Florida's Broward County say tests have confirmed the first known case of mosquito-borne dengue fever being contracted in the county.
  • First family to take Florida weekend   UPI / 11:44AM
    PANAMA CITY, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama and the first family will spend a brief holiday in Panama City, Fla., the White House says.
  • Thursday, August 12

  • Condo sued for banning kids   UPI / 11:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A Florida condominium association faces a fair housing complaint for refusing to sell to families with children.
  • Judge green-lights Chinese drywall cases   UPI / 4:14PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Chinese drywall cases consolidated in a Florida county may move forward without waiting for rulings in drywall cases filed in federal courts, a judge ruled.
  • Suit claims Donald Duck groping   UPI / 3:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman's lawsuit claims she was groped by an actor dressed as Donald Duck while visiting Florida's Walt Disney World.
  • Tuesday, August 10

  • Judge: Traffic cameras were illegal   UPI / 7:35PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Orlando, Fla., could have to repay $4 million in fines after a judge's ruling that its ordinance allowing cameras to catch runners of red lights was invalid.
  • Trimmer stung by bees, took down pole   UPI / 5:24PM
    SAFETY HARBOR, Fla., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A Florida tree trimmer who was attacked by Africanized honeybees said he returned to finish the "nightmare" job and accidentally took down a live power pole.
  • Monday, August 9

  • Florida suit challenges bong sale limits   UPI / 5:35PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A group of Florida smoke-shop owners has filed a lawsuit seeking to block enforcement of a new state law limiting sales of bongs and other pipes.
  • Winn-Dixie hit by downturn and discounters   UPI / 10:24AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. retail analysts said grocery chain Winn-Dixie was likely in trouble, besieged by discounters on one side and a poor economy on the other.
  • Saturday, August 7

  • Shark gives Florida swimmer ride of life   UPI / 4:14PM
    BETHUNE BEACH, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida woman says she had the ride of her life this week when she wound up on the back of a shark during a leisurely swim in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Two astronauts spacewalk outside station   UPI / 10:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Two U.S. astronauts exited the International Space Station on schedule Saturday and got to work on fixing the station's cooling system, NASA confirmed.
  • Friday, August 6

  • Bacteria levels prompt Fla. beach closing   UPI / 8:44PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Lifeguards in Hollywood, Fla., were urging beach goers to stay out of the water at a city beach Friday after high bacteria levels were found, authorities say.
  • Mom arrested with wet T-shirt suing city   UPI / 5:35PM
    TAVARES, Fla., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A Florida woman who was arrested after she was asked to leave a water park due to her wet T-shirt says she is suing the city of Tavares.
  • Man charged with illegal gator trapping   UPI / 4:05PM
    FORT PIERCE, Fla., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said two men who allegedly tried to capture an alligator that clamped down on a woman's boot are facing illegal trapping charges.
  • Ruiz rescues Phillies in the 10th   AP / 4:54AM
    Aug. 06--MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Carlos Ruiz stood in the batter's box with runners on first and second and one out in the ninth with the chance to put the Phillies ahead and cap a wild comeback.
  • Thursday, August 5

  • Everglades land deal may be on last legs   UPI / 3:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- An Everglades restoration land deal proposed in 2008 is still possible, although it has shrunk considerably, a Florida water district chairman said.
  • Wednesday, August 4

  • Hatchlings rescued from oil released   UPI / 1:14PM
    MERRITT ISLAND, Fla., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- More than 2,000 sea turtle hatchlings moved from beaches along the Gulf of Mexico have been released into the Atlantic off Florida this summer.
  • Tuesday, August 3

  • Judge ends oversight of Orlando schools   UPI / 5:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The school system in Florida's Orange County has wiped out most traces of past discrimination, a judge has ruled, ending federal oversight.
  • Alligator allegedly spotted in Maryland   UPI / 4:44PM
    PUMPHREY, Fla., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in Maryland said they were investigating reports of an alligator in the Patapsco River at Patapsco Valley State Park.
  • Tampa Bay's Hellickson gives the Minnesota Twins a taste of the pitching depth they're missing: Rays' Hellickson gives the Twins a taste of the pitching depth they're missing in snapping eight-game win streak   AP / 3:34AM
    Aug. 03--ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- When the Twins finally faced Nick Blackburn's failures last month, a scramble of sorts ensued. They needed a starter and had no viable options in the minor leagues, so they set to work stretching out starter-turned-reliever Brian Duensing during big-league ballgames.
  • Oil spill stress tops that of Katrina   UPI / 2:04AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- About 30 percent of people in coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama say they suffer psychological distress from the oil spill, a study found.
  • Monday, August 2

  • Fla. wants invasive fish on the menu   UPI / 3:05PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Florida officials are worried lionfish, an invasive species, will decimate local reef species, and they're urging new defensive weapons: knives and forks.
  • Sunday, August 1

  • Dondi the flea market elephant dead at 36   UPI / 1:14PM
    SANFORD, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Dondi, the Asian elephant who entertained shoppers at a Florida flea market for nearly 20 years, has died at a Massachusetts zoo, its trainer confirmed.
  • Home raided in vet's association probe   UPI / 12:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Investigators have confirmed they served search warrants on a Florida home as part their investigation into the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.
  • Cooling problems reported on space station   UPI / 8:05AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A cooling system on the International Space Station shut down following a power surge, but the crew is in no danger, NASA reported Sunday.
  • Saturday, July 31

  • Floridians warned of dengue mosquitoes   UPI / 10:44PM
    MIAMI, July 31 (UPI) -- Health officials are warning South Florida residents that mosquitoes carrying dengue fever can breed in a few ounces of water, even indoors.
  • 'Old man bandit' gets 13 years   UPI / 2:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- A 55-year-old bank robber nicknamed "the old man bandit" has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for a string of holdups in South Florida, officials say.
  • Friday, July 30

  • Everglades back on UNESCO threatened list   UPI / 7:24PM
    BRASILIA, Brazil, July 30 (UPI) -- Everglades National Park in Florida was returned Friday to UNESCO's list of threatened World Heritage Sites.
  • Storm debris delays well capping   UPI / 7:14PM
    PANAMA CITY, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- Debris from Tropical Storm Bonnie has briefly delayed the capping of the blown-out BP oil in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. officials said.
  • Suit claims rough citizen's arrest   UPI / 4:54PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- A Florida man serving a prison sentence for stealing a bicycle from a car is suing three men he accuses of perpetrating a rough citizen's arrest.
  • Thursday, July 29

  • $187,000 fee to man with pickup truck   UPI / 10:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 29 (UPI) -- A Florida judge ordered a local homeowners association to pay more than $187,000 in legal fees to a man who wanted to park his pickup truck in his driveway.
  • Wednesday, July 28

  • Swimmers at warm beaches can risk illness   UPI / 10:04PM
    MIAMI, July 28 (UPI) -- People who swim in warm sub-tropical waters such as those found in South Florida face an increased risk of illness, University of Miami researchers suggest.
  • Candidate taped pulling up opposing signs   UPI / 6:44PM
    MILTON, Fla., July 28 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they were investigating whether a crime was committed when a political candidate was videotaped pulling up his opponent's signs.
  • Bear raids third-floor apartment trash   UPI / 5:54PM
    ORANGE, Fla., July 28 (UPI) -- A Florida man said he caught a bear rifling through his trash bin outside the door of his third-floor apartment.
  • Florida officers eye lobster catch   UPI / 2:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., July 28 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officers were on the job as the state's two-day lobster mini-season opened, citing those illegally bagging undersized specimens, officials say.
  • Death sentence for city-dwelling gator   UPI / 12:24PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 28 (UPI) -- A 10-foot-long alligator roaming canals and culverts in St. Petersburg, Fla., has been sentenced to death -- if an alligator control agent can find him.
  • Winn-Dixie to pare down, closing 30 stores   UPI / 12:05PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 28 (UPI) -- Southern U.S. grocer Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. said it would close 30 of its under-performing stores this year to adjust to a weak economic environment.
  • Tuesday, July 27

  • Survey: More patients seek cardiologists   UPI / 11:05PM
    NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla., July 27 (UPI) -- U.S. cardiologists say they are seeing more patients than ever before as baby boomers age, a survey indicates.
  • Monday, July 26

  • Florida college athlete bitten by shark   UPI / 1:44PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 26 (UPI) -- A Florida college athlete was recovering from a shark bite to his foot that required 400 stitches, authorities said.
  • Croc returns to yard after twice removed   UPI / 12:54PM
    ISLAMORADA, Fla., July 26 (UPI) -- Authorities in the Florida Keys said a young crocodile that twice returned after being removed from a residential yard may be bound for a captive facility.
  • Saturday, July 24

  • Bonnie downgraded as it blows into gulf   UPI / 10:14AM
    MIAMI, July 24 (UPI) -- The remnants of Tropical Storm Bonnie continued to fade Saturday as it moved toward the Louisiana coast, the National Hurricane Center reported.
  • Friday, July 23

  • Officials warn of ocean bacteria   UPI / 10:24PM
    MIAMI, July 23 (UPI) -- Wading in the ocean to let salt water heal cuts and scrapes is not always a good idea, health experts say, as bacteria can proliferate in summer months.
  • Corgan collapses on stage in Tampa   UPI / 10:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 23 (UPI) -- Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan briefly collapsed on stage during a concert in Tampa, Fla., this week, witnesses said.
  • Wednesday, July 21

  • Widow blames cigarette makers   UPI / 9:14PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 21 (UPI) -- A Florida widow told a jury her relationship with her husband revolved around cigarettes from the time he asked her for one until he died of cancer.
  • Wife of Pirates outfielder pleads guilty   UPI / 8:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 21 (UPI) -- The wife of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing a baby in Florida and trying to pass it off as her own.
  • Conrad Black released on $2M bail   UPI / 4:44PM
    CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- Former media mogul Conrad Black was released from a Florida prison on a $2 million unsecured bond while he appeals his fraud conviction.
  • Bear cub rescued from dumpster   UPI / 1:34PM
    LONGWOOD, Fla., July 21 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said deputies helped a black bear cub that apparently became trapped in a dumpster while searching for food.
  • Tuesday, July 20

  • Fla. lawmakers say no to oil drilling ban   UPI / 5:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 20 (UPI) -- The Florida Legislature has voted against considering a state constitutional amendment that would ban all offshore oil drilling, officials said.
  • Faulty clamp causes loss of penis head   UPI / 2:44PM
    ATLANTA, July 20 (UPI) -- A federal court in New York says a medical instrument maker must pay $10.8 million to the family of a 3-year-old Florida boy injured during circumcision.
  • Trump attempts to trump airport expansion   UPI / 2:14PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., July 20 (UPI) -- Billionaire Donald Trump is suing Palm Beach County in Florida to block construction of a new runway at Palm Beach International Airport, court papers show.
  • Office Depot passes on big revenue   UPI / 12:44PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., July 20 (UPI) -- U.S. retailer Office Depot said it would not renew a contract it has had since 1996 that is responsible for more than 4 percent of its annual revenue.
  • Murphy saves Marlins with pinch-hit, walk-off homer   AP / 12:34AM
    MIAMI -- Edwin Rodriguez wasn't counting on Jorge Cantu's spot coming up again. When it did with two outs, one on and the Florida Marlins down one in the ninth inning Monday, he wasn't kicking himself.
  • Monday, July 19

  • Military plane crashes in Forida forest   UPI / 8:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. military pilot who ejected before his plane crashed in Ocala National Forest in Florida was found alert and conscious by searchers, authorities said.
  • NASA steps in to save baby sea turtles   UPI / 4:34PM
    WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- Baby endangered sea turtles, threatened by the gulf oil spill, have been whisked from harm's way to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, authorities said.
  • Sunday, July 18

  • Def Leppard guitarist marries in Florida   UPI / 1:54PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., July 18 (UPI) -- Guitarist Phil Collen of British rockers Def Leppard says he has married his costume designer girlfriend in a Palm Beach, Fla., ceremony.
  • Fugitve porn star nabbed in Chatanooga   UPI / 10:54AM
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., July 18 (UPI) -- A fugitive adult movie actor wanted for murder in Florida was in custody in Tennessee Sunday, sheriff's deputies announced.
  • Saturday, July 17

  • Bridge bats to get temporary housing   UPI / 7:05PM
    FORT MYERS, Fla., July 17 (UPI) -- A Florida county plans to build two bat houses to provide shelter for Brazilian free-tailed bats now living under a bridge slated to be torn down.
  • Feds shut down six banks in three states   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The number of U.S. bank failures increased to 96 this year when federal regulators shut down six banks in Florida, Michigan and South Carolina.
  • Friday, July 16

  • Miami issues dengue fever advisory   UPI / 5:24PM
    MIAMI, July 16 (UPI) -- Florida health officials have issued health advisories after a Miami man was diagnosed with a suspected case of dengue fever, authorities said.
  • Grieving Florida dog owner warns of crocs   UPI / 4:44PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., July 16 (UPI) -- A Florida woman whose dog was killed by a crocodile is urging the city of Coral Gables to put up warning signs for other pet owners along the canals.
  • Young sperm whale dies on Fla. beach   UPI / 4:34PM
    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla., July 16 (UPI) -- Officials in Hallandale Beach, Fla., said a young sperm whale died after beaching itself on the city's coast.
  • Thursday, July 15

  • Mike Miller latest bargain-priced addition for Heat   AP / 9:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- How do you build a roster around three stars who account for almost all of the NBA's $58 million salary cap?
  • Boy Scouts sued for Fla. hiking heat death   UPI / 7:05PM
    MIAMI, July 15 (UPI) -- A Florida couple is suing the Boy Scouts after their 17-year-old son collapsed and died from heatstroke on a 20-mile hike in the Everglades, observers say.
  • Florida fairground settles discrim claim   UPI / 3:34PM
    WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- The Pasco County Fair Association Inc., which operates fairgrounds in Dade City, Fla., has settled a lawsuit alleging discrimination against Hispanics.
  • Wednesday, July 14

  • Horse industry mourns Steinbrenner: Raced, bred top horses; improved industry in Florida   AP / 8:34AM
    July 14--Although best known as owner of the Yankees, George Steinbrenner also raced many top Thoroughbred horses in his Kinsman Stables, including six Kentucky Derby runners and five Breeders' Cup contenders.
  • Five percent in Key West exposed to dengue   UPI / 2:14AM
    ATLANTA, July 14 (UPI) -- U.S. health officials say an estimated 5 percent of the population of Key West, Fla., showed evidence of recent exposure to dengue virus in 2009.
  • Tuesday, July 13

  • 'Mahjong' gene key player in cell battles   UPI / 6:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- British and U.S. scientists say they've found a gene playing a key role when normal and cancerous cells compete, and have named it the "Mahjong" gene.
  • Lusting manatees rescued from dead-end   UPI / 4:54PM
    MIAMI, July 13 (UPI) -- A group of manatees, a female and her male pursuers, have been lured away from a dead end Miami canal, wildlife officials say.
  • Parents turn in bank robbery suspects   UPI / 4:35PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- The parents of two young men suspected of robbing a South Florida bank turned them over to authorities, police said.
  • Laptops stolen from government contractor   UPI / 1:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- Thieves allegedly took an estimated 3,000 laptop computers from the Florida warehouse of a military contractor, police said.
  • Monday, July 12

  • Doctors may reattach hand lost to gator   UPI / 7:05PM
    NAPLES, Fla., July 12 (UPI) -- An alligator bit off a Florida man's hand as the man swam in a canal but the hand was recovered and doctors may attempt to reattach it, officials said.
  • Saturday, July 10

  • Bankruptcy for BP: The big 'What if?'   UPI / 10:44AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 10 (UPI) -- If currents carry oil to East Coast states, Cuba and other Caribbean nations, liability lawsuits could hit levels BP could not handle, a U.S. expert said.
  • Friday, July 9

  • Crist seeks vote on Fla. drilling ban   UPI / 7:35PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist called for a special state legislative session to debate a constitutional amendment to ban drilling off the state's coasts.
  • Discovery crew gets hands-on training   UPI / 5:44PM
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- The six Discovery astronauts visited Kennedy Space Center in Florida for hands-on training with equipment they'll be using during their 11-day space mission.
  • LeBron James bound for South Florida   AP / 2:34AM
    MIAMI -- Size up the rings.
  • Alzheimer's patients have muted emotions   UPI / 1:54AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- Alzheimer's patients may have a decreased ability to experience emotions compared to healthy peers, U.S. researchers said.
  • Thursday, July 8

  • Murder rap in 'ThunderCats' writer's death   UPI / 4:24PM
    ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla., July 8 (UPI) -- The roommate of "ThunderCats" cartoon series writer Stephen Perry was charged with first-degree murder in Perry's death, Florida police said.
  • Find may aid in treating coke addiction   UPI / 4:24PM
    JUPITER, Fla., July 8 (UPI) -- Scientists in Florida said they uncovered a natural mechanism controlling cocaine use, suggesting a potential new method to treat cocaine addiction.
  • Models show spill spreading in Atlantic   UPI / 2:34PM
    MANOA, Hawaii, July 8 (UPI) -- Coastlines along the Carolinas, Georgia and northern Florida could see effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as soon as October, researchers estimated.
  • Wednesday, July 7

  • Cuba says it will release 52 political prisoners   AP / 6:34PM
    MIAMI -- The Cuban government will free 52 political prisoners and allow them to leave the island, the country's Catholic church announced Wednesday in what would amount to Havana's largest release of jailed opponents in three decades.
  • Research: Clean water means healthy reefs   UPI / 5:14PM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- Improving the quality of local water boosts the resistance of coral reefs to global climate change, a Florida Institute of Technology ecologist found.
  • Immigrant admits lying about massacre   UPI / 5:04PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- A former Guatemalan soldier who admitted throwing a baby down a well during a 1982 massacre pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying on U.S. immigration forms.
  • Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh to sign with Miami Heat   AP / 1:34PM
    MIAMI -- Free agent forward Chris Bosh went to bed Tuesday night seeking visions that would lead him to an answer on the biggest decision of his career.
  • Norwegian Epic heads for Miami home   UPI / 12:44PM
    MIAMI, July 7 (UPI) -- The Norwegian Epic was headed home to Miami, where a reception was planned for the cruise liner authorities say will carry up to 300,000 passengers a year.
  • Tuesday, July 6

  • Crooks intercept Fla. insurance checks   UPI / 10:34AM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 6 (UPI) -- A Florida insurance company is warning policyholders the premium checks they sent may have been stolen by someone who changed the firm's mailing address.
  • Monday, July 5

  • Tumbler makes 16-foot flip, claims record   UPI / 10:54AM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., July 5 (UPI) -- A Florida man is claiming a world record for his 16-foot forward-jump flip.
  • Sunday, July 4

  • Gulf resorts, beachfronts nearly empty   UPI / 12:34PM
    WEST SHIP ISLAND, Miss., July 4 (UPI) -- Resorts and beachfronts from Florida to Louisiana were nearly empty this Independence Day weekend as Gulf of Mexico oil washed ashore and amid seafood scares.
  • Saturday, July 3

  • Complaint ties porn to HIV   UPI / 10:34PM
    MIAMI, July 3 (UPI) -- Miami-Dade health officials say they will investigate a complaint alleging adult movies fuel the spread of human immunodeficiency virus and similar diseases.
  • Snooki, JWoww accused of assault   UPI / 3:34PM
    MIAMI, July 3 (UPI) -- A Chicago woman is suing "Jersey Shore" reality TV stars Snooki and JWoww for allegedly assaulting her at a Miami nightclub in May.
  • Friday, July 2

  • Tanning tax goes into effect   UPI / 7:24PM
    COCOA BEACH, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- A 10 percent tax on tanning salon services has taken effect, with Florida salon owners saying they are angry over both the idea and the timing of it.
  • Teacher leashes middle school child   UPI / 6:44PM
    PORT ORANGE, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- A south Florida middle school teacher was fined for allegedly having a student lead a classmate around on a leash, authorities say.
  • Streaker runs through Fla. Wal-Mart   UPI / 6:35PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- An unidentified man streaked through a Crawfordville, Fla., Walmart store wearing nothing but two bandanas, authorities say.
  • Scientists studying 'oil-eating' microbes   UPI / 4:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have begun a study to determine how quickly natural microbial communities in beach sand can degrade oil from the Gulf spill, officials say.
  • Thursday, July 1

  • Mortgage fraud ring busted in Florida   UPI / 7:24PM
    MIAMI, July 1 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors say a network of Florida lawyers, law officers and mortgage brokers have been arrested for falsifying documents for millions in loans.
  • Wednesday, June 30

  • Florida to use helicopter in mosquito war   UPI / 10:34PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- Officials say they will dispatch a Huey helicopter to conduct aerial spraying in their battle against mosquitoes in Palm Beach County, Fla.
  • Crist could be witness against GOP leader   UPI / 2:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now an independent candidate for Senate, is listed as a potential witness against the former state Republican chief.
  • Tuesday, June 29

  • Stormy weather halts oil cleanup efforts   UPI / 10:05PM
    NEW ORLEANS, June 29 (UPI) -- Oil spill skimming and booming operations off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were halted Tuesday because of Tropical Storm Alex, a BP spokesman said.
  • Lawsuit seeks to delay Fla. 'bong bill'   UPI / 6:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- A group of head shop owners are suing in an attempt to reverse a new Florida law banning the sale of water pipes except by tobacconists.
  • Sea turtle eggs to be moved away from gulf   UPI / 6:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- Government biologists plan to move eggs from 800 sea turtle nests on the beaches of the Florida Panhandle and Alabama to the Atlantic Coast.
  • Omega 3 may help men with type 1 diabetes   UPI / 2:14AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- Women with type 1 diabetes do not appear to have heart disease risk reduced by eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids but men do, U.S. researchers said.
  • Monday, June 28

  • Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati hospitalized in South Florida for accidental overdose, rep says   AP / 5:34PM
    June 28--RIVIERA BEACH --
  • Study: New drugs may come from deep ocean   UPI / 3:14PM
    ORLANDA, Fla., June 28 (UPI) -- A drug to treat malaria, one of the world's deadliest diseases, could come from sponges, sea worms and other undersea creatures, a scientist says.
  • Sunday, June 27

  • Officials counter bad news about oil leak   UPI / 7:54PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., June 27 (UPI) -- An effort is under way to counter what officials say are misconceptions about the effect the massive Gulf of Mexico oil leak is having on coastal beaches.
  • 'Hands Across Sands' attracts thousands   UPI / 10:34AM
    MIAMI, June 27 (UPI) -- Some people hit the beaches in South Florida not to sunbath but to call for an end to offshore drilling as oil from the BP leak lapped the state's shores.
  • Tropical storm soaks Yucatan Penninsula   UPI / 9:54AM
    MIAMI, June 27 (UPI) -- Dangerous winds and rains were in store for the Yucatan Peninsula Sunday as Tropic Storm Alex moved inland, forecasters warned.
  • Friday, June 25

  • Microbes may enter fight against oil spill   UPI / 4:24PM
    HOUSTON, June 25 (UPI) -- Microbes with a taste for oil may be deployed against oil and tar balls from the gulf oil spill washing up on Florida beaches, observers say.
  • Beaches reopened in western Florida   UPI / 2:44PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., June 25 (UPI) -- Gulf of Mexico beaches were reopened Friday in Pensacola, Fla., after investigators found no slicks or sheens of oil and few tarballs, local offficials said.
  • Florida bans dog hunting of penned prey   UPI / 12:24AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 25 (UPI) -- The head of Florida's wildlife commission said allowing dogs to chase caged coyotes and fox wasn't hunting and voted to ban the practice.
  • Thursday, June 24

  • Florida man escapes from 11-foot alligator   UPI / 7:24PM
    OCALA, Fla., June 24 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officials say the alligator that attacked a snorkeler at Silver Springs this week was 11 1/2 feet long and topped 500 pounds.
  • Pizza power fuels Florida-to-NYC bike trip   UPI / 5:05PM
    NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- A Florida pizzeria owner says his bicycle trip up the East Coast of the United States will prove that the venerable pizza is a healthy source of nutrition.
  • Discovery is prepped for its final journey   UPI / 4:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 24 (UPI) -- Kennedy Space Center technicians Thursday removed space shuttle Discovery's three main engines in order to remove and replace a malfunctioning turbopump.
  • Wednesday, June 23

  • State Farm to 'non-renew' Fla. homeowners   UPI / 8:54PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 23 (UPI) -- State Farm, citing exposure to possible hurricane damages, says it is dropping property insurance coverage of more than 100,000 Florida residents.
  • Eight tons of sludge at Pensacola beaches   UPI / 8:44PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., June 23 (UPI) -- Busloads of workers tried to clean up a 3-mile-long trail of tons of oil spill waste collected off of Perdido Key, Fla., officials said.
  • Settlement offered in Chinese drywall case   UPI / 8:44PM
    MIAMI, June 23 (UPI) -- Companies hit with a class-action suit over defective Chinese drywall used in home construction in Florida say they're willing to pay $6 million to settle.
  • Fredi Gonzalez had earned benefit of doubt with Marlins   AP / 8:34PM
    MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins were smart to announce the abrupt firing of manager Fredi Gonzalez while the team was on the road, and right in the middle of Wednesday's crucial U.S. World Cup soccer match. See, when you do something really dumb, you want it to attract as little attention as possible.
  • Gregg Allman undergoes liver transplant   UPI / 4:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- Musician Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday, his Web site said.
  • NASA may revise last shuttle flight dates   UPI / 3:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 23 (UPI) -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials say they are considering changing the launch dates for the final two space shuttle missions.
  • Unfinished mega-mansion: $75M 'as is'   UPI / 1:14PM
    WINDERMERE, Fla., June 23 (UPI) -- A Florida man is selling his unfinished, 90,000-square-foot home "as is" for $75 million or completed to the buyer's specifications for $100 million.
  • Kellie Pickler and Jacobs get engaged   UPI / 11:44AM
    NASHVILLE, June 23 (UPI) -- Country music star Kellie Pickler says her songwriter beau Kyle Jacobs proposed to her on a Florida beach at sunset and she accepted.
  • Tuesday, June 22

  • Human bone not from missing Fla. girl   UPI / 4:05PM
    SATSUMA, Fla., June 22 (UPI) -- Florida scientists say they have determined a bone recovered from a river by search divers was not that of a missing 5-year-old girl.
  • Fla. pelican-lovers help La.'s population   UPI / 3:44PM
    MIAMI, June 22 (UPI) -- Louisiana's pelican population, affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, is being transferred to Florida, preservationists said.
  • Regulators target life insurance fraud   UPI / 10:34AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 22 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators are cracking down on stranger-originated life insurance scams in which policy holders sell their insurance to investors.
  • Saturday, June 19

  • Tiger Woods's wife taking 'impulse' class   UPI / 8:34PM
    WINTER PARK, Fla., June 19 (UPI) -- Elin Nordegren, wife of pro golfer Tiger Woods, has enrolled in a Florida college summer psychology course on "human abnormal behavior," a school official says.
  • Spill still has modest effect on Fla.   UPI / 5:44PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., June 19 (UPI) -- The Florida Panhandle has so far been able to handle the oil washing up from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off Louisiana, officials say.
  • Friday, June 18

  • Hurricane glass foils would-be robbery   UPI / 7:34PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 18 (UPI) -- Two alleged would-be bank robbers in Florida were foiled when the bricks they threw didn't bust the bank's glass windows and door, police say.
  • Vito from 'The Sopranos' arrested for DUI   UPI / 4:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 18 (UPI) -- Actor Joseph Gannascoli was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol early Friday in Tampa, Fla., police said.
  • Fishermen spot periscope off So. Florida   UPI / 2:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 18 (UPI) -- A boater says he spotted a submarine periscope during a fishing trip off Hollywood, Fla.
  • Thursday, June 17

  • Stewart to interview Lucas at convention   UPI / 10:24PM
    NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- Jon Stewart is to conduct an hourlong interview with writer-director-producer George Lucas at the Star Wars Celebration V convention, in Orlando, Fla.
  • Rowling, Radcliffe go to Potter park party   UPI / 10:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 17 (UPI) -- Author J.K. Rowling and actor Daniel Radcliffe attended a party to celebrate the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Fla.
  • Court lets Fla. keep replenished beaches   UPI / 5:44PM
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The state of Florida has the right to claim beaches created by sand replenishment, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
  • Fla. Republican asks Barton to leave post   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- A Republican congressman whose district is affected by the BP oil spill ripped fellow Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas for apologizing to the BP president.
  • Tar balls reach Florida's Emerald Coast   UPI / 10:14AM
    DESTIN, Fla., June 17 (UPI) -- More than 100 tar balls washed ashore on northwest Florida's Emerald Coast, fouling white beaches, as state officials warned of more "shoreline impacts" soon.
  • Wednesday, June 16

  • AirTran's 'Harry Potter' plane unveiled   UPI / 10:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- AirTran Airways says the Harry Potter 1, its latest themed aircraft, made its first official flight Wednesday from San Antonio to Orlando, Fla.
  • Fla. attorney general trails in gov race   UPI / 1:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is now trailing his rival in the governor's race in both spending and the polls, frustrating his supporters.
  • Candidate 'pranked' by urinal cakes   UPI / 12:34PM
    FORT MYERS, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- A Florida man running for local fire district commissioner said he thinks a firefighters union is behind urinal cakes bearing his image.
  • Tuesday, June 15

  • Obama thanks troops for service home, away   UPI / 3:05PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., June 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama thanked military personnel for their service, whether in cleanup operations along the Gulf Coast or overseas in a theater of war.
  • Obama pledges to be fierce claims advocate   UPI / 1:14PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., June 15 (UPI) -- President Obama said he will be a "fierce advocate" for local business owners to ensure BP compensates them for losses traced to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
  • Couple held after trying to enter MacDill   UPI / 7:54AM
    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., June 15 (UPI) -- A man and a woman were in custody after they tried to gain access to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and weapons were found in their vehicle, officials said.
  • Monday, June 14

  • Body found in tree on Disney property   UPI / 11:05AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 14 (UPI) -- A man's body was discovered hanging in a tree on Disney property near the Double Tree Resort, officials in Orange County, Fla., said Monday.
  • Sunday, June 13

  • 4 killed when plane hits Arizona school   AP / 10:34PM
    Friends said Sunday they believe four members of a Florida family on their way to a Grand Canyon vacation died when their small plane hit an Arizona school.
  • Squatters 'abusing' old legal doctrine   UPI / 5:34PM
    MIAMI, June 13 (UPI) -- A centuries-old legal doctrine is being abused and misused by squatters trying to take over abandoned houses in South Florida, authorities say.
  • It's a steal -- mansion reduced to $16M   UPI / 1:44PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., June 13 (UPI) -- A Miami Beach, Fla., mansion, listed for $25 million when it was finished in 2009, has sold for $16 million, a real estate agent said.
  • Saturday, June 12

  • Florida judge says singer McKnight a dad   UPI / 5:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 12 (UPI) -- A Florida judge ruled singer Brian McKnight is the father of a 14-year-old boy and owes his mom child support.
  • Friday, June 11

  • Oil spreading to intracoastal waterway   UPI / 3:05PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., June 11 (UPI) -- Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has begun penetrating intracoastal waterways in the Florida Panhandle, residents say.
  • Thursday, June 10

  • BP grants to Florida reach $75 million   UPI / 5:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 10 (UPI) -- BP says it is giving Florida a third $25 million grant to mitigate the impact of the gulf oil spill on the state.
  • Wednesday, June 9

  • 8 snakes, 5 of them pregnant, stolen   UPI / 8:24PM
    DELAND, Fla., June 9 (UPI) -- A Florida pet shop owner has been robbed of eight snakes, including five female ball pythons carrying eggs.
  • 7-foot gator caught at Florida school   UPI / 4:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 9 (UPI) -- Faculty members at a Florida school said they were able to coax a 7-foot alligator into a bathroom and lock the door.
  • Suit: Teacher canned for premarital sex   UPI / 4:14PM
    ST. CLOUD, Fla., June 9 (UPI) -- A Florida teacher's lawsuit against her old school says she was fired because administrators found out her baby was conceived before her wedding.
  • Spill changes Fla. minds on offshore oil   UPI / 2:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 9 (UPI) -- Support for offshore oil drilling has dropped dramatically in Florida since the explosion on a platform off Louisiana, a poll released Wednesday indicated.
  • Crist the leader in Florida Senate race   UPI / 1:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 9 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the man without a party, remains the leader in the state's U.S. Senate race, a poll released Wednesday indicated.
  • Tuesday, June 8

  • Oil spill impact could hit Florida hard   UPI / 4:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- Oil gushing from BP's deepwater well in the Gulf of Mexico may cost the Florida economy $10.9 billion and erase 195,000 jobs, a university report said Tuesday.
  • Monday, June 7

  • Researchers develop new leukemia therapy   UPI / 3:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. oncologists say they've developed a therapy that targets not only leukemia cells, but also the blood vessels that supply the cancer cells with nutrients.
  • Scientists find evidence of 2nd oil plume   UPI / 11:54AM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 7 (UPI) -- University of South Florida scientists say they discovered a second oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico arising from BP's broken oil well on the gulf floor.
  • Feds investigate dolphin deaths in Gulf   UPI / 9:54AM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., June 7 (UPI) -- A colder-than-usual winter likely killed an unusually large number of bottlenose dolphins from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle, officials said.
  • Limbaugh weds 4th wife, Elton John plays   UPI / 12:24AM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., June 6 (UPI) -- Elton John played a wedding in Florida during the weekend, providing the music at right-wing talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh's fourth marriage, guests said.
  • Sunday, June 6

  • Florida braced for oily invasion   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Florida's governor said his state had resources in place to battle an invasion of crude oil and tar balls leaking from a BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Saturday, June 5

  • BP 'optimistic' about oil recovery effort   UPI / 8:24PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., June 5 (UPI) -- BP said Saturday it funneled about 250,00 gallons of oil from the leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well in the first 24 hours of pumping it into a drill ship.
  • Friday, June 4

  • SpaceX launches rocket in successful test   UPI / 10:35PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched into orbit Friday from Cape Canaveral in Florida, opening what could be a new era of private space flight.
  • Crist seeks $100M from BP for Florida   UPI / 3:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- Tar balls washed ashore Friday on the beaches of Pensacola, Fla., as Gov. Charlie Crist asked BP for $100 million to cover cleanup costs.
  • Thursday, June 3

  • Attorney: Public unaware of smelly drywall   UPI / 5:54PM
    MIAMI, June 3 (UPI) -- Building material suppliers were aware in 2006 a Chinese drywall product that was emitting an odor had gone into thousands of homes, court papers say.
  • Witness sues over Adam Walsh files   UPI / 4:24PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed in South Florida demands copies of the investigative reports used to close the Adam Walsh kidnapping and slaying case.
  • Poker players say they use drugs, coffee   UPI / 2:04AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- Eighty percent of poker players worldwide report using drugs and other substances to enhance their poker playing, U.S. researchers found.
  • Wednesday, June 2

  • Ex-Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer arrested on 6 felony charges   AP / 2:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jim Greer, the big-spending former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, was arrested Wednesday and charged with six felony counts in connection with a secret consulting contract he struck with the party, state police said.
  • Tuesday, June 1

  • Computer predicts active hurricane season   UPI / 5:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a computer model predicts hurricanes with high accuracy, but it can't tell how the Gulf of Mexico oil spill will affect storms.
  • NASA to air astronauts induction ceremony   UPI / 4:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 1 (UPI) -- NASA TV says it will provide live coverage of the 2010 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony from the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Friday, May 28

  • Chinese drywall gets class-action lawsuit   UPI / 6:44PM
    MIAMI, May 28 (UPI) -- A Florida judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit against homebuilders over tainted Chinese drywall used in home construction, documents show.
  • Thursday, May 27

  • Estimates make Gulf oil spill worst in U.S. history   AP / 7:54PM
    MIAMI -- Scientists declared the five-week-old BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico to be the worst in U.S. history on Thursday, while federal and oil industry officials capped a day of confusion by announcing they had suspended their mud-pumping ``top kill" in its 10th hour.
  • Poll shows Crist leading Rubio in Florida   UPI / 5:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist leads state House Speaker Marco Rubio in the race for the state's U.S. Senate seat, a poll released Thursday indicates.
  • Study may explain the cause of lymphoma   UPI / 4:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. cancer scientists say they've discovered an interaction between a cell signaling system and a gene that might be the cause of B-cell lymphoma.
  • 3 Fla. panthers killed by cars in 3 days   UPI / 2:54PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- Recent traffic-related panther fatalities in Florida have occurred because hunters have successfully defeated proposed safety measures, officials said.
  • Expert: Frog group may have just changed   UPI / 12:14PM
    APOPKA, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- An expert said the hundreds of frogs that descended on a stretch of road near a Florida lake may have been leopard frogs coming from a mass metamorphosis.
  • Woman: 19 caught, but raccoons keep coming   UPI / 12:14PM
    VIERA, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- A Florida woman said a pest control company has trapped 19 raccoons on her property, but it has not deterred the animals from returning.
  • Wednesday, May 26

  • Case of typhoid confirmed in Florida   UPI / 6:24PM
    MIAMI, May 26 (UPI) -- Florida health officials have launched an investigation after a cook at a local chain restaurant tested positive for typhoid fever, authorities said.
  • Couple charged with life insurance fraud   UPI / 4:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- A Florida couple have been charged with an insurance swindle involving the burial of a man they knew under a false name.
  • Scientists measure extinct species' temps   UPI / 4:14PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have found a way to measure the body temperatures of extinct vertebrates and reconstruct the temperatures of ancient environments.
  • Astronomers find new Milky Way regions   UPI / 1:14PM
    MIAMI, May 26 (UPI) -- Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope say they have discovered a number of previously unknown regions where massive stars are forming.
  • South Florida gets oil slick reprieve   UPI / 11:54AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- Thanks to disruptions in the Loop Current, South Florida has gained a temporary reprieve from the gulf oil spill, Florida's top environmental official says.
  • Vandals hack digital road sign   UPI / 9:54AM
    MIAMI, May 26 (UPI) -- Vandals reprogrammed a digital road advisory in Miami with anti-immigration messages reading "NO LATINOS" and "NO TACOS," officials said.
  • Atlantis makes its final landing   UPI / 9:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Atlantis made its last scheduled Earth landing Wednesday, touching down at the Kennedy Space Center and ending its final mission into space.
  • Folate may prevent alcohol-related defects   UPI / 12:14AM
    TAMPA, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say folate prevented alcohol-induced congenital heart defects in mice.
  • Tuesday, May 25

  • Anti-aging supplements better sooner   UPI / 11:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest a study in rats indicates anti-aging supplements may be better taken sooner rather than later.
  • Lawyer: Runaway Muslim girl has cancer   UPI / 8:24PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 25 (UPI) -- A Muslim girl who ran away from her parents to join a Christian couple she met on the Internet is suffering from cancer, her Florida lawyer says.
  • Asking price of $75M for Florida home   UPI / 7:24PM
    LAKE BUTLER, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- A 90,000-square-foot home with a 20-car garage in Florida -- named after a palace in France -- is up for sale at $75 million.
  • Giant beehive delays house project   UPI / 5:24PM
    LAKE WORTH, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- A Florida bee trapper said a home improvement project was impeded by the discovery of a large hive housing thousands of bees.
  • Mindy McCready hospitalized   UPI / 4:34PM
    MIAMI, May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. singer and reality television personality Mindy McCready has been hospitalized in Florida for an undisclosed illness, E! News reported Tuesday.
  • Former astronaut to remain on probation   UPI / 9:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- A Florida judge says he has denied former astronaut Lisa Nowak's request to end probation early in a battery case against a female military officer.
  • Monday, May 24

  • Navy buoy crashes through roof   UPI / 5:24PM
    MANDARIN, Fla., May 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy officials confirmed a sonar buoy fell from a P-3 Orion plane during a training flight and crashed through the roof of a Florida home.
  • Sunday, May 23

  • Officials: Snake anti-venin running out   UPI / 4:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., May 23 (UPI) -- The only U.S. manufacturer of anti-venin for coral snake bites has stopped making it and existing stocks will expire in October, officials say.
  • Miller to Rubio: Hands off my song   UPI / 11:24AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 23 (UPI) -- U.S. rock and pop star Steve Miller says Florida U.S. Senate candidate Mark Rubio should stop using his "Take the Money and Run."
  • Friday, May 21

  • Crist extends state of emergency in Fla.   UPI / 9:54PM
    MIAMI, May 21 (UPI) -- With the Gulf of Mexico oil spill threatening Florida's coastline, Gov. Charlie Crist has extended a state of emergency to include all South Florida.
  • U.S. Air Force getting new GPS satellite   UPI / 1:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 21 (UPI) -- A Boeing-built satellite will give the U.S. military a stronger global positioning system, Air Force officials said.
  • Astronauts install batteries on station   UPI / 12:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 21 (UPI) -- U.S. astronauts Mike Good and Garrett Reisman Friday installed the last two of 12 batteries that needed replacing on the International Space Station.
  • Thursday, May 20

  • Outage-causing bird gets new home   UPI / 2:34PM
    LEESBURG, Fla., May 20 (UPI) -- Utility workers in a Florida city said they have built a new home for an osprey that caused two power outages with its nest atop an electric pole.
  • Suit says drywall supplier knew of problem   UPI / 11:44AM
    MIAMI, May 20 (UPI) -- Attorneys in Florida contend that a construction supply company knew in advance that it was selling sub-standard drywall and kept quiet about it.
  • Wednesday, May 19

  • Shopping mall has reptilian visitor   UPI / 7:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- A Florida shopping mall had an unexpected, and unwelcome, visitor Wednesday when a 10-foot alligator took up residence on a nearby sidewalk, authorities said.
  • Tar balls in Florida not from oil spill   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 19 (UPI) -- Tar balls that washed ashore in the Florida Keys were not from the oil leak spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, officials said Wednesday.
  • Three rescued after boat capsizes   UPI / 11:14AM
    MAYPORT, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- Three people who clung to a cooler after their boat sank have been hospitalized for evaluation, Mayport, Fla., officials said.
  • Celtics go two for the road: Tip Magic, head home in control   AP / 5:34AM
    May 19--ORLANDO, Fla. -- They are now committed to sending the NBA back to the mid-1990s, back to the dark days of Pat Riley and Knicks physicality.
  • Tuesday, May 18

  • Marlins win despite feud between Hanley Ramirez, manager   AP / 11:34PM
    MIAMI -- The last thing the Florida Marlins wanted was to have a rift between the face of their franchise and their manager in the middle of the season.
  • Greenland rising as ice melt goes on   UPI / 5:05PM
    MIAMI, May 18 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they are surprised at how rapidly the ice is melting in Greenland and how quickly the landmass is rising in response.
  • Coast Guard urges calm over tar balls on Key West, Dry Tortugas shores   AP / 2:54PM
    MIAMI -- Park rangers discovered 20 "tar balls" on a Key West shore and spotted oil residue farther west in the Dry Tortugas Tuesday, stirring fear that the first sign of the massive BP oil spill had washed up on Florida's shores.
  • Bristol Palin signs with speaker's bureau   UPI / 2:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, has signed with a speaker's bureau to talk about Alaska, politics and her life as a famous single mother, officials said.
  • Space technology used to study the Maya   UPI / 11:14AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- University of Central Florida scientists say they have used laser technology to collect 25 years worth of archaeological data on the Maya in four days.
  • BP reports oil progess amid tar discovery   UPI / 10:54AM
    KEY WEST, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- Twenty tar balls found on a beach in Key West, Fla., are being tested to determine if they came from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said.
  • Two killer whales pregnant at SeaWorld   UPI / 10:24AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- Two killer whales at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida are pregnant by the whale who drowned a trainer in February, officials said.
  • Monday, May 17

  • Athlete survives gator attack   UPI / 12:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 17 (UPI) -- A 35-year-old man training for a triathlon survived an alligator attack in a lake in Orange County, Fla., authorities said.
  • Two dead, one missing in surf   UPI / 11:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 17 (UPI) -- Two people died, one person was missing and more than 29 were rescued from rip currents along the South Florida coast, authorities said.
  • Invasive swamphen thrives in Florida   UPI / 11:34AM
    PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., May 17 (UPI) -- An invasive purple swamphen may be added to South Florida's waterfowl hunting season to reduce the bird's thriving population, state wildlife officials said.
  • Sunday, May 16

  • BP finally connects mile-long pipe to begin capping oil spill   AP / 6:50PM
    MIAMI -- Oil giant BP succeeded Sunday in connecting a mile-long pipe to help capture what it hoped will be a majority of the oil flowing from a damaged well into the Gulf of Mexico -- "an important step" toward capping the massive spill, the company said, but not a complete solution.
  • Shuttle Atlantis docks with ISS   UPI / 2:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 16 (UPI) -- The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis hugged and joined hands with astronauts aboard the International Space Station Sunday 220 miles above the Earth.
  • MLB: Florida 7, New York Mets 5   UPI / 10:24AM
    MIAMI, May 15 (UPI) -- Jorge Cantu stroked a go-ahead RBI double and collected three hits Saturday to pace the Florida Marlins' 7-5 win over the New York Mets.
  • Saturday, May 15

  • MLB: Tampa Bay 3, Seattle 2   UPI / 8:34PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 15 (UPI) -- Willy Aybar belted a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the ninth Saturday for a 3-2 Tampa Bay Rays win over Seattle.
  • NFIB joins challenge to healthcare law   UPI / 12:24PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., May 15 (UPI) -- The National Federation of Independent Businesses, a U.S. trade group, has joined with Republican challengers of the new healthcare law, court papers show.
  • Friday, May 14

  • Shark born in Florida science classroom   UPI / 6:05PM
    SARASOTA, Fla., May 14 (UPI) -- A marine science class at a Florida high school has a new mascot -- a baby shark that hatched from an egg in the classroom, school officials say.
  • Shuttle Atlantis heads for space station   UPI / 3:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis roared off its launch pad in Florida Friday and zoomed toward the International Space Station on its final mission.
  • Thursday, May 13

  • Fla. psychiatrist suspended in boy's death   UPI / 6:24PM
    MIAMI, May 13 (UPI) -- Dr. Steven L. Kaplan, a South Florida psychiatrist, has had his license yanked by state officials following the overdose death of a boy he treated.
  • Arthur Murray schools honor Travis   UPI / 3:14PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., May 13 (UPI) -- Arthur Murray International describes U.S. entertainer Doris Eaton Travis, who died this week at the age of 106, as an "iconic lady of dance."
  • 'Jersey Shore' star accused of assault   UPI / 12:14AM
    MIAMI, May 13 (UPI) -- A Florida clubber has accused "Jersey Shore" star Sammi "Sweetheart'' Giancola of punching her without provocation to boost the ratings for her reality show.
  • Wednesday, May 12

  • Atlantis launch still on for Friday   UPI / 4:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 12 (UPI) -- The Friday afternoon launch of the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis remains on schedule, NASA staff in Florida said Wednesday.
  • Man poses as teenage Haitian orphan   UPI / 10:05AM
    ODESSA, Texas, May 12 (UPI) -- A 22-year-old man from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was arrested in Odessa, Texas, after allegedly posing as a high school sophomore, police said.
  • Tuesday, May 11

  • Atlantis's last mission countdown begins   UPI / 4:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 11 (UPI) -- The countdown to the launch of space shuttle Atlantis started Tuesday as controllers reported to their stations at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Monday, May 10

  • Golf reporter confuses 'disc' with penis   UPI / 7:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 10 (UPI) -- A reporter for U.S. cable network The Golf Channel mispronounced Tiger Woods' "bulging disc" to instead refer to the golfer's genitalia.
  • Cellphones could be night vision devices   UPI / 5:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. engineering researcher says he's developed a new application for cellphones that would allow them to be used as night vision devices.
  • State-church separation an issue in Fla.   UPI / 4:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 10 (UPI) -- Florida's law preventing state funding for faith-based groups is up for possible review in the courts.
  • Gator escaped drain before planned rescue   UPI / 2:44PM
    NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla., May 10 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a 10-foot alligator trapped for weeks in a storm drain disappeared one day before its scheduled rescue.
  • Guatemala massacre suspect may be deported   UPI / 2:05PM
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla., May 10 (UPI) -- A chef in Florida accused in a 1982 army massacre of civilians in his native Guatemala is facing charges that could ultimately lead to his deportation.
  • Atlantis launch still 'go' for Friday   UPI / 11:34AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 10 (UPI) -- NASA says space shuttle Atlantis's last crew prepared Monday for pre-launch training in advance of the shuttle's final mission.
  • Sunday, May 9

  • Library books held captive for 'content'   UPI / 5:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 9 (UPI) -- A Florida mother who refused to return four Gossip Girl-inspired library books because of their content returned them after almost 2 years, officials say.
  • Bobby Brown proposes at Fla. Funk Fest   UPI / 11:44AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 9 (UPI) -- Singer Bobby Brown surprised music fans -- and his girlfriend -- by proposing on stage during the first night of Funk Fest in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Friday, May 7

  • Rapid weight loss best way to keep it off   UPI / 11:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 7 (UPI) -- The best way to keep weight off long term is to lose it quickly, not gradually, in the initial stages of obesity treatment, U.S. researchers said.
  • Thursday, May 6

  • Atlantis launch date is officially set   UPI / 4:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 6 (UPI) -- NASA managers have cleared space shuttle Atlantis for its final mission into space following a flight readiness review at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Wednesday, May 5

  • Widow may relinquish $2B for Madoff claims   UPI / 2:14PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., May 5 (UPI) -- A judge in Florida said two lawsuits filed in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme case could upend negotiations to have $2 billion returned to victims.
  • Bacteria may aid solar energy technology   UPI / 12:34PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they are studying the light harvesting properties of purple bacteria in hopes of adapting their natural designs in solar technologies.
  • Florida preps for Gulf oil spill   UPI / 11:05AM
    MIAMI, May 5 (UPI) -- Florida environmental officials say they're on high alert as the oil spill from the Gulf of Mexico nears an ocean current that could push it ashore.
  • Tuesday, May 4

  • Fla. GOP wants money back for Crist art   UPI / 6:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 4 (UPI) -- The Republican Party of Florida made good on its promise to auction an oil painting of Gov. Charlie Crist, now running for the U.S. Senate as an independent.
  • Three vehicles hit massive bear   UPI / 2:34PM
    LAMONT, Fla., May 4 (UPI) -- Occupants of a semitrailer, a truck and a car all escaped serious injury after hitting a 600-pound black bear at night near Lamont, Fla., officials said.
  • Monday, May 3

  • Fla. says spill protection plans lacking   UPI / 2:14PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., May 3 (UPI) -- Florida officials said a BP plan to protect Florida's coast from an oil spill was lacking and didn't allow input from experts on the state's coastal areas.
  • Chlamydia-induced arthritis therapy found   UPI / 11:35AM
    TAMPA, Fla., May 3 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a multicenter international clinical trial's findings suggest a combination of antibiotics effectively treats Chlamydia-induced arthritis.
  • Sunday, May 2

  • Rubio slams Crist   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Republican Marco Rubio, who sent Gov. Charlie Crist into independent territory in the U.S. Senate race in Florida, Sunday called him a political weather vane.
  • Saturday, May 1

  • Huizenga gets prison for drunken boating   UPI / 4:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 1 (UPI) -- The son of former Florida Marlins and Miami Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga has been imprisoned for drunken boating while on probation for drunken driving.
  • Billionaire enters Fla. Senate race   UPI / 4:14PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., May 1 (UPI) -- A Palm Beach businessman who made millions of dollars betting on the collapse of Florida real estate has entered the state's U.S. Senate race.
  • Thursday, April 29

  • Crist running as independent for Senate   UPI / 6:44PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 29 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Thursday he is running as an independent for the U.S. Senate, severing his troubled ties with the Republican Party.
  • Swine flu kills 14th person in Palm Beach County: CDC: Florida second-last in nation in getting seasonal flu shots   AP / 5:35PM
    Apr. 29--Swine flu has claimed a 14th life in Palm Beach County and the 67th in South Florida, health officials said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, April 28

  • Asteroid ice may be 'living fossil'   UPI / 5:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- U.S.-led researchers say their discovery of ice and organic molecules on an asteroid suggests such a space object may have brought Earth its water.
  • Jeb Bush keeps hand in politics   UPI / 12:04PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- Republican strategists say they wonder what the political fortunes of a popular former Florida governor would be if his last name weren't Bush.
  • Man sues brother for bone marrow   UPI / 11:14AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- A Florida man with leukemia will appeal a ruling his brother can't be forced to donate bone marrow or return the money he was paid for it, his lawyer says.
  • Tuesday, April 27

  • NASA announces change in shuttle schedule   UPI / 9:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 27 (UPI) -- NASA says it is planning some changes in the launch dates for the last two scheduled space shuttle flights, pushing the date for the final flight to November.
  • Monday, April 26

  • Florida still leader for mortgage fraud, report says: Appraisal misrepresentation skyrocketing, but phony applications down   AP / 5:34PM
    Apr. 26--Florida once again was rated the top state for mortgage fraud, according to a report released Monday by the LexisNexis Mortgage Asset Research Institute.
  • Bones not those of missing girl   UPI / 1:34PM
    SATSUMA, Fla., April 26 (UPI) -- Bones and teeth recovered from a Florida river proved to be animal remains and not those of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings, authorities said.
  • Atlantis crew finishes countdown rehearsal   UPI / 1:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 26 (UPI) -- NASA said space shuttle Atlantis astronauts were in Houston Monday, dealing with administrative tasks after several busy days at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Sunday, April 25

  • Burt Reynolds 'feels fabulous' at age 74   UPI / 1:24PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., April 25 (UPI) -- U.S. stage, television and film star Burt Reynolds says he's glad to be alive after undergoing a surprise quintuple bypass operation in March.
  • Saturday, April 24

  • 93-year-old WASP flies WW2 trainer   UPI / 11:34AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 24 (UPI) -- More than 60 years after she flew military planes during World War II, a 93-year-old Florida woman got a chance to fly an AT-6 Texan again.
  • Friday, April 23

  • Air Force launches unmanned space shuttle   UPI / 10:14AM
    PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., April 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force launched an unmanned mini-space shuttle with an undisclosed payload, officials at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida announced.
  • Thursday, April 22

  • Hulk Hogan sues insurance company   UPI / 5:24PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 22 (UPI) -- Professional wrestler and reality TV personality Hulk Hogan is suing Wells Fargo Insurance Services for alleged malpractice, Florida court records show.
  • Astronauts enjoy very slow shuttle ride   UPI / 4:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 22 (UPI) -- NASA astronauts who will soon roar into space aboard space shuttle Atlantis said they enjoyed taking a slow shuttle trip to the launch pad.
  • Wednesday, April 21

  • Feds investigate Florida Republican Party   UPI / 10:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- The FBI and IRS have begun an investigation into alleged misuse of American Express cards by Florida Republican Party officials, sources told The Miami Herald.
  • Atlantis ready to move to launch pad   UPI / 6:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- NASA says space shuttle Atlantis is finally ready to move to the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A after several weather delays.
  • Planet discovered lacking methane   UPI / 1:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says data from its Spitzer Space Telescope revealed a distant planet that lacks methane in its atmosphere.
  • Bones found near missing girl's home   UPI / 1:14PM
    SATSUMA, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- Bones from the St. John's River in Florida may belong to missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings and tests will be conducted to determine that, authorities said.
  • Abuse survivor finishes Florida walk   UPI / 10:54AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- A woman who was sexually abused as a child by her nanny has completed a 500-mile walk across Florida in support of tougher laws to protect children.
  • Tuesday, April 20

  • GOP urges Crist to drop out of Senate race   UPI / 3:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 20 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, facing a bruising Republican primary to be the GOP U.S. Senate candidate, is being encouraged by party leaders to drop out.
  • Discovery and crew return to Earth   UPI / 9:34AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 20 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Discovery touched down safely and on schedule Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, ending its 15-day mission to the International Space Station.
  • Monday, April 19

  • Clinton helps beautify homeless complex   UPI / 12:14PM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla., April 19 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton joined college students and professional football players in beautifying a homeless center in Homestead, Fla., officials said.
  • FDA takes action against animal drug lab   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking a federal injunction against a Florida company because of production of unsafe animal drugs.
  • NASA prepares for Atlantis launch.   UPI / 12:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 19 (UPI) -- NASA says it's beginning final preparations for the launch of space shuttle Atlantis and its last mission to the International Space Station.
  • No landings Monday for Discovery   UPI / 9:44AM
    HOUSTON, April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. space agency managers canceled both Monday landing opportunities for space shuttle Discovery because of unacceptable weather conditions in Florida.
  • Saturday, April 17

  • Canadian warship may be U.S. historic site   UPI / 10:54PM
    WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- Canada's first warship, which sank off the Florida Keys in 1926, is moving toward becoming a protected U.S. national historic site.
  • Canadian group acquires 3 Florida banks   UPI / 10:54AM
    NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- TD Bank Financial Group in Canada acquired the operations of three failed Florida banks, among eight seized by U.S. regulators, officials said.
  • Friday, April 16

  • Report: Romney to endorse Rubio in Fla.   UPI / 4:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 16 (UPI) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will endorse Marco Rubio over Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida's Senate Republican primary, CNN reported.
  • Volcanic ash closes European airports   AP / 3:34PM
    Apr. 15--Drifting volcanic ash forced all British airports to be shut down Thursday, but only one South Florida flight had been affected by noon, airport officials said.
  • Thursday, April 15

  • Obama: Change 'beginning to take hold'   UPI / 11:44PM
    MIAMI, April 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday told a rally of supporters in Florida "the change you fought for is beginning to take hold."
  • Obama outlines his vision for NASA   UPI / 5:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 15 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama outlined his vision for the U.S. space program Thursday during a speech at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
  • Severely beaten girl awakens from coma   UPI / 4:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 15 (UPI) -- A 15-year-old Florida girl allegedly kicked in the head with steel-toed boots by a male schoolmate has awakened from a medically induced coma, her doctor says.
  • Animal park injuries may go unreported   UPI / 11:44AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 15 (UPI) -- Injuries from wild animals at U.S. marine mammal and animal theme parks may go unreported if they don't require a long hospital stay, a safety review indicates.
  • Obama to discuss U.S. space program future   UPI / 7:54AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 15 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama outlines the future of the U.S. space program Thursday in remarks at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Dolphins expect Brandon Marshall to boost receiving corps   AP / 12:35AM
    MIAMI -- Sporting a crisp, black Florida Marlins baseball cap as he exited a Fort Lauderdale doctor's office Wednesday, wide receiver Brandon Marshall had just passed the physical that would help finalize his trade to the Miami Dolphins.
  • Wednesday, April 14

  • Dolphins' trade for Marshall is fun, inspired and a sign of desperation   AP / 8:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- It's fun. It's intoxicating. It's ... oh, wait, that's how I started yesterday's column questioning the New York Jets about trading draft picks for problem players in the way the Dolphins did Wednesday for Brandon Marshall.
  • Dolphins acquire Brandon Marshall from Broncos in trade   AP / 6:34PM
    MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins' silence for much of the last month during free agency was replaced Wednesday morning by a boom loud enough to wake up the entire NFL.
  • Firefighters free duck from dryer vent   UPI / 4:04PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 14 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Florida said they were called to a home to free a duck that had plunged down a dryer vent and become stuck.
  • Tuesday, April 13

  • Missing Florida girl found in swamp   UPI / 1:24PM
    WINTER SPRINGS, Fla., April 13 (UPI) -- An autistic Florida girl who disappeared five days ago was found alive in a swamp Tuesday by a member of the Metro Faith Church, her family confirmed.
  • Monday, April 12

  • eBay comment brings defamation suit   UPI / 7:24PM
    MIAMI, April 12 (UPI) -- A Florida man who left negative feedback on eBay may end up paying a price -- $15,000 -- after being hit with a defamation lawsuit, observers say.
  • Wandering Florida monkey raids bird feeder   UPI / 1:54PM
    TAMPA BAY, Fla., April 12 (UPI) -- A monkey that has been loose in Florida's Tampa Bay area for more than a year was videotaped raiding a bird feeder for fistfuls of seed.
  • Sunday, April 11

  • Man kills rattler to protect neighbors   UPI / 1:54PM
    MERRITT ISLAND, Fla., April 11 (UPI) -- Robert Tyler, a 53-year-old welder from Merritt Island, Fla., says the rattlesnake he killed to protect his neighbors "was a huge, beautiful diamondback."
  • Panthers stop Lightning strike   AP / 12:34AM
    TAMPA, Fla. -- The book closes on the Panthers' 2009-10
  • Friday, April 9

  • Florida says Northern Capital is insolvent   UPI / 4:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 9 (UPI) -- Northern Capital Insurance, a company with 70,000 homeowner policies in Florida, is too broke to continue, the state's insurance regulator said.
  • Thursday, April 8

  • Acquitted, man sues over citizenship   UPI / 9:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., April 8 (UPI) -- An Egyptian national said his bid to become a U.S. citizen has been derailed because federal officials are angry he was acquitted on an explosives charge.
  • Florida university settles over sex tape   UPI / 2:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 8 (UPI) -- A Florida university and a Web site reached a settlement concerning a video that implied sexual activities on the part of students, the parties said.
  • Margaritaville gets nod for $100M resort   UPI / 1:54PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., April 8 (UPI) -- The city of Hollywood, Fla., said it would give the first shot at a $100 million beach resort development project to Margaritaville Enterprises.
  • Wednesday, April 7

  • Banker seeks Justice Department apology   UPI / 1:24PM
    MIAMI, April 7 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Miami said former American Express Bank International Chairman Sergio Masvidal can pursue a lawsuit against the Department of Justice.
  • Tuesday, April 6

  • Vultures picking rubber from cars   UPI / 1:34PM
    MIAMI, April 6 (UPI) -- Officials and workers at Florida's Everglades National Park said vultures have been ripping rubber parts from vehicles parked in the area.
  • Monday, April 5

  • Eaglet injured in Florida nest collapse   UPI / 7:44PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- An eagle's nest on Florida's west coast collapsed, sending one of three young eaglets crashing to the ground and severely injuring it, wildlife officials said.
  • Chef finds nine-legged octopus   UPI / 6:24PM
    TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- A Florida chef said he decided not to serve an octopus with an unusual physical condition -- a moniker-defying ninth leg.
  • Discovery encounters an antenna problem   UPI / 4:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Discovery reached orbit Monday after a near-perfect launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and then encountered a communication problem.
  • Saturday, April 3

  • Error-prone Williams hands Sony Ericsson title to Clijsters   AP / 7:34PM
    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Venus Williams was down a set, 0-2 and love-30, when the restless crowd on the stadium court tried to will her to play better with a rousing ovation that only delayed the inevitable.
  • Friday, April 2

  • Andy Roddick finds strength to stop Rafael Nadal   AP / 9:34PM
    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Andy Roddick is never stuck for an answer. My first question when I first met him 10 years ago was an innocuous, "What does your father do?" and Roddick shot back, "He owns five Jiffy Lubes, so if you need a grease job, he's your man."
  • Thursday, April 1

  • Fla. ex-GOP head probed over secret deal   UPI / 6:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- Ousted Florida Republican Party head Jim Greer is being probed over a secret contract that funneled party money to his consulting firm, party officials said.
  • Disney bus hits, kills boy on bike   UPI / 5:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- A Disney bus at Fort Wilderness at Walt Disney World struck and killed 10-year-old boy riding a bike with a friend Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
  • Girl in coma after beating has pneumonia   UPI / 4:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- A 15-year-old Florida girl in a coma and on life support after allegedly being beaten by a male schoolmate also has pneumonia, her lawyer says.
  • Autopsy report released on whale attack   UPI / 3:45PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- A trainer at SeaWorld in Florida who died after a killer whale attack was killed by blunt force trauma and drowning, an autopsy report said Thursday.
  • NASA and NOAA: 50 years of weather studies   UPI / 12:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- NASA scientists say it was 50 years ago Thursday the United States launched the world's first weather satellite, revolutionizing weather forecasting.
  • Wednesday, March 31

  • BRIEF: Minnesota Twins' Denard Span fouls ball off his mother   AP / 8:34PM
    Mar. 31--FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span fouled a pitch into the stands that struck his mother in the chest during today's exhibition game against the New York Yankees in Tampa, leaving her sore but otherwise fine, the Twins said.
  • Pilot whales beached in Florida   UPI / 1:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- Biologists say an unusually large number of pilot whales have stranded themselves on the east coast of Florida this year.
  • Monday, March 29

  • Fla. lawyer finds grenade on office door   UPI / 3:24PM
    MAITLAND, Fla., March 29 (UPI) -- A hand grenade found hanging from a Florida lawyer's office doorknob appears to have been a reloaded training device, authorities say.
  • Miami inmates charge calls to faxes   UPI / 3:05PM
    MIAMI, March 29 (UPI) -- Miami jail officials say inmates recently figured out a way to hack into outside fax lines and rack up thousands of dollars in collect calls.
  • Officials, experts discuss troubled whale   UPI / 2:34PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., March 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it is exploring options to help a humpback whale stuck in a rope off the coast of Florida.
  • Discovery to be launched next Monday   UPI / 9:05AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 29 (UPI) -- NASA officials say they've determined space shuttle Discovery's equipment and systems are ready for its 13-day flight to the International Space Station.
  • Sunday, March 28

  • GOP Fla. candidates Crist, Rubio spar   UPI / 6:14PM
    WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio, both vying to be the state's next U.S. senator, clashed over the federal stimulus, illegal immigration and taxes.
  • Launch tower waits in vain for rocket   UPI / 11:34AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 28 (UPI) -- A 355-foot, $500 million new rocket launcher at Cape Canaveral, Fla., needs one thing, officials say: a rocket to use it.
  • Saturday, March 27

  • Whale spotted in Biscayne Bay   UPI / 1:54PM
    MIAMI, March 27 (UPI) -- A fisherman says he notified the U.S. Coast Guard after sighting a humpback whale in Biscayne Bay near Miami.
  • Kim Kardashian nixes Bridge romance rumor   UPI / 12:04PM
    MIAMI, March 27 (UPI) -- U.S. TV personality Kim Kardashian said she is not dating British soccer player Wayne Bridge, contrary to British tabloid reports.
  • Four more U.S. banks fail   AP / 10:34AM
    Regulators say two banks seized in Georgia and one in Florida and in Arizona bring to 41 the number of failed U.S. banks closed so far this year.
  • Four more U.S. banks fail   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Regulators say two banks seized in Georgia and one in Florida and in Arizona bring to 41 the number of failed U.S. banks closed so far this year.
  • 'Virtual biopsy' colonoscopy promising   UPI / 1:14AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 27 (UPI) -- A "virtual biopsy" colonoscopy might soon be able to determine whether a colon polyp is benign without a biopsy, U.S. researchers said.
  • Sunshine Band: Finch not with us since '80   UPI / 12:14AM
    MIAMI, March 26 (UPI) -- Harry Wayne Casey of KC & The Sunshine Band says recently arrested Richard Finch has not been part of the U.S. pop group for more than 30 years.
  • Friday, March 26

  • Kids wear hats if adults around them do   UPI / 9:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., March 26 (UPI) -- A study of Florida fourth-graders found students would more likely wear hats at recess to protect from skin cancer if their teachers did, researchers said.
  • Estefan leads Cuban march in Miami   UPI / 3:05PM
    MIAMI, March 26 (UPI) -- Singer Gloria Estefan says she and tens of thousands of Cuban refugees marched in Miami to protest a Cuban crackdown on the peaceful Ladies in White group.
  • NASA inspects Discovery for launch   UPI / 10:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 26 (UPI) -- NASA inspectors were giving the shuttle Discovery a final review Friday before officially setting a launch date, expected for April 5, U.S. officials said.
  • Thursday, March 25

  • 'Harry Potter' attractions to open June 18   UPI / 3:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida is set for a public grand opening June 18, park officials said Thursday.
  • Biofuel used in Air Force aircraft test   UPI / 1:34PM
    VALPARAISO, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force said a biomass-derived jet fuel blend was used to fuel the flight of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in Florida Thursday.
  • Wednesday, March 24

  • NFL commissioner has yet to put Roethlisberger on calendar   AP / 1:34PM
    Mar. 24--ORLANDO, Fla. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has not set a date to meet with Ben Roethlisberger but said today that talking with the Steelers quarterback remains a priority.
  • Congress proposes ban on snake sales   UPI / 12:44PM
    WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- The federal government has proposed a sales ban on constrictive snakes that have become invasive species destroying indigenous animals in Florida.
  • Whale birth imperils Navy plans   UPI / 11:05AM
    VILANO BEACH, Fla., March 24 (UPI) -- For only the second time, scientists in Florida videotaped the birth of an endangered whale -- in waters earmarked by the U.S. Navy for a training range.
  • People buy less healthy food for others   UPI / 12:54AM
    MIAMI, March 24 (UPI) -- U.S. consumers buy healthier foods for themselves but choose foods that are less healthy when they are purchasing for others, researchers found.
  • Tuesday, March 23

  • Board of ed settles religious song dispute   UPI / 9:44PM
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., March 23 (UPI) -- A Florida school board agreed Tuesday to pay $140,000 to settle a lawsuit over the singing of a religious song.
  • New overtime rule voted in for playoffs   AP / 8:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Minnesota Vikings never saw the ball in overtime of the NFC Championship Game as the New Orleans Saints won on a first-possession field goal. Minnesota was one of only four teams that voted against a proposal that would have benefited the Vikings last postseason.
  • Tomlin: Goodell 'well within his rights' to meet with Roethlisberger   AP / 1:34PM
    Mar. 23--ORLANDO, Fla. -- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been talking daily with Ben Roethlisberger and he said he expects the embattled quarterback to take part in offseason practices.
  • Monday, March 22

  • Discovery launch preparations updated   UPI / 4:35PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 22 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 astronauts spent Monday at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, reviewing aspects of their upcoming mission.
  • Gene found to hinder or aid Alzheimer's   UPI / 2:14PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 22 (UPI) -- Mayo Clinic researchers say they've discovered a gene that appears to either help protect against Alzheimer's disease, or promotes the disorder.
  • Friday, March 19

  • 'Brady Bunch' star books piranha movie gig   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- Former "Brady Bunch" star Barry Williams and pop singer Tiffany will soon be seen saving Florida from mutant piranhas in a new TV movie, Syfy said Friday.
  • SeaWorld joins trainer death video suit   UPI / 3:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 19 (UPI) -- SeaWorld has joined a Florida lawsuit to keep video of a trainer being fatally pulled into the water by an orca from being released to the public.
  • Chemo gives parrot additional 9 months   UPI / 2:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., March 19 (UPI) -- A Tampa, Fla. woman said goodbye to her parrot, a companion of 30 years, who died this week after undergoing chemotherapy for skin cancer, the owner said.
  • Supplies moved to Discovery launch pad   UPI / 1:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 19 (UPI) -- A huge canister containing food and equipment was moved Friday to the shuttle Discovery for its April 5 launch to the International Space Station.
  • Thursday, March 18

  • Money laundering to cost Wachovia $160M   UPI / 3:14PM
    MIAMI, March 18 (UPI) -- Wachovia Bank agreed to settle a money laundering case with a $160 million settlement, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, March 17

  • BP may need to be just right for diabetics   UPI / 10:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher advises heart patients with diabetes to keep the top number of blood pressure between 130 and 140.
  • Florida gator plant processing pythons   UPI / 4:14PM
    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla., March 17 (UPI) -- A South Florida alligator processing plant said it is accepting Burmese pythons captured as part of a state-sanctioned hunt for the reptiles.
  • Molecules are made into protein killers   UPI / 11:05AM
    JUPITER, Fla., March 17 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists report using a new light activation system to turn molecules that have only a modest ability to fight proteins into super protein killers.
  • Tuesday, March 16

  • COL BKB: N.C. State 58, South Florida 57   UPI / 11:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., March 16 (UPI) -- Richard Howell hit a layup with 8 seconds left Tuesday, propelling North Carolina State to a 58-57 win over South Florida in an NIT game.
  • Florida development in lawsuit crossfire   UPI / 12:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 16 (UPI) -- A lawsuit in Florida related to the Trump International Hotel & Tower pits a mortgage holder against potential condo owners, an attorney said.
  • Monday, March 15

  • Space shuttle Discovery problem reported   UPI / 5:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 15 (UPI) -- NASA scientists discussed options Monday following a problem that occurred during the weekend when space shuttle Discovery's aft fuel tanks were being vented.
  • NASA awards engineering, design contract   UPI / 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has awarded a civil and environmental design and engineering contract to a Gainesville, Fla., firm.
  • Saturday, March 13

  • Three more U.S. banks closed   AP / 9:34AM
    The closing of three small banks in Louisiana, Florida and New York brings to 30 the number of U.S. banks closed so far this year, regulators said.
  • Three more U.S. banks closed   UPI / 9:04AM
    WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- The closing of three small banks in Louisiana, Florida and New York brings to 30 the number of U.S. banks closed so far this year, regulators said.
  • Friday, March 12

  • Officials consider archery for pig problem   UPI / 5:05PM
    PLANTATION, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- Officials in Florida said they caught one wild pig accused of tearing up lawns and they may authorize the use of bows and arrows to stop the others.
  • Papaya leaf thwarts growth of cancer cells   UPI / 2:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- U.S. and Japanese researchers say papaya leaf extract has had an anti-cancer effect in laboratory tests.
  • Thursday, March 11

  • Wife of Ponzi schemer sued for $1.13M   UPI / 3:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 11 (UPI) -- The wife of a Florida man who pleaded guilty in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme was sued to get back $1.13 million she allegedly took from her husband's law firm.
  • E-mails to Fla.: Tiger treated too easily   UPI / 1:54PM
    ISLEWORTH, Fla., March 11 (UPI) -- The Florida Highway Patrol received more than 1,600 e-mails, most of them criticizing the agency, after Tiger Woods's car crash last year, officials said.
  • Wednesday, March 10

  • Candidate under fire for terror defense   UPI / 6:54PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell is under fire for inconsistent statements about his defense of a Florida academic with ties to terrorism, analysts say.
  • Virus can be passed from parents to kids   UPI / 11:44AM
    TAMPA, Fla., March 10 (UPI) -- University of South Florida scientists say they've discovered a common herpes virus hidden in some people's chromosomes can be reactivated to infectious form.
  • Tuesday, March 9

  • Settlement on voting-machine monopoly   UPI / 6:54PM
    MIAMI, March 9 (UPI) -- The nation's largest provider of voting machines agreed to settle a civil antitrust lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of several states, officials said.
  • Discovery launch preparations under way   UPI / 5:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 9 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 astronauts spent the day Tuesday at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston conducting a simulated shuttle liftoff.
  • SeaWorld may reinstate killer whale   UPI / 3:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 9 (UPI) -- Florida's SeaWorld said Tuesday it is reviewing safety protocols before allowing the whale that killed a trainer last month to perform before audiences.
  • January freeze killed acres of Fla. coral   UPI / 2:34PM
    MIAMI, March 9 (UPI) -- A January chill in South Florida killed hundreds of acres of corals in the Florida Keys, scientists say.
  • Monday, March 8

  • Lakers miss a shot to end skid   AP / 8:35AM
    Mar. 8--ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kobe Bryant got the shot he wanted, a jumper from 20 feet, just to the right of the free-throw line, with the Lakers trailing the Orlando Magic by two points with 1.2 seconds remaining.
  • Saturday, March 6

  • Four more U.S. banks shut down   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- Regulators say they shut down banks in Florida, Maryland, Illinois and Utah, raising to 26 the number of U.S. bank failures this year.
  • Friday, March 5

  • Antioxidants in sunscreens help skin   UPI / 7:34PM
    MIAMI, March 5 (UPI) -- Using antioxidants in sunscreens reduced the formation of damaging free radicals by 74 percent of skin exposed to ultraviolet light, U.S. researchers found.
  • Prosecutors go after Fla. pain clinic   UPI / 5:54PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- A South Florida pain clinic's patients were actually traffickers moving oxycodone and other drugs to their home states in the north, federal prosecutors say.
  • Discovery astronauts do practice countdown   UPI / 1:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- Astronauts did a mock countdown in space shuttle Discovery at its Florida launch pad Friday, a month in advance of a flight to the International Space Station.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer Inside the Phillies column: Inside the Phillies: Halladay-Hamels era beings for Phils   AP / 8:34AM
    Mar. 5--CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Roy Halladay viewed yesterday's start against the New York Yankees as a chance to recalibrate his body and mind to the feel of a ball game. In his first spring training appearance, Halladay simply wanted to make sure his arm felt healthy after a five-month hiatus from competition. He was interested in how precise his pitches would be, and eager to practice converting anxious adrenaline into productive energy.
  • Thursday, March 4

  • Will workload catch up to Roy Halladay?   AP / 11:34PM
    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Never mind that it ended before dinner instead of after midnight. Or that the crowd, while huge by Grapefruit League standards, was barely a drop in the postseason bucket. Or that familiar names like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley took a pass.
  • 16 exotic chickens taken from home   UPI / 6:14PM
    OCALA, Fla., March 4 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said someone stole nearly $5,000 worth of exotic chickens from a residence.
  • Reynolds recovering from bypass surgery   UPI / 12:24AM
    MIAMI, March 4 (UPI) -- Burt Reynolds' manager says the 74-year-old screen icon is recovering after undergoing planned heart surgery at a Florida hospital.
  • Wednesday, March 3

  • Third-oldest zoo elephant dies in Florida   UPI / 8:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 3 (UPI) -- Central Florida Zoo officials said the third-oldest Asian zoo elephant on record has died at 63.
  • School district pays $179 for rat damage   UPI / 3:44PM
    KEY WEST, Fla., March 3 (UPI) -- A Florida school district paid $179.37 to an employee for damage to his car he said was caused by a rat that hitched a ride from a school facility.
  • Sex offender sent to Florida VA hospital   UPI / 2:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 3 (UPI) -- A judge has ordered a transient who failed to update his sex-offender registration moved to a Miami veteran's hospital for unspecified treatment.
  • Drug cuts bone marrow nausea, vomiting   UPI / 12:44AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 3 (UPI) -- A drug can dramatically reduce both nausea and vomiting when combined with other anti-nausea drugs in bone marrow transplant patients, U.S. researchers say.
  • Tuesday, March 2

  • Fla. man gets 20 years in supplement scam   UPI / 7:04PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., March 2 (UPI) -- A Florida man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a nutritional supplement scam in which he bilked customers of more than $7 million, prosecutors said.
  • Countdown under way for weather satellite   UPI / 2:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 2 (UPI) -- The countdown is under way at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for the launch of the latest in a series of U.S. meteorological satellites.
  • Ponzi operator Rothstein visits hospital   UPI / 2:14PM
    MIAMI, March 2 (UPI) -- Disbarred Florida attorney Scott Rothstein was brought to a hospital for treatment, but has not been released from federal custody, federal authorities confirm.
  • Spy's ex could ax flights to Cuba   UPI / 2:05PM
    MIAMI, March 2 (UPI) -- The former wife of a Cuban spy could end direct U.S. charter flights to Cuba if she wins a lawsuit garnishing fees that go to Havana, court papers indicate.
  • Monday, March 1

  • States meet deadline for highway projects   UPI / 4:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 1 (UPI) -- All states and the District of Columbia met the deadline to commit 100 percent of stimulus funds dedicated to highway projects, Vice President Joe Biden said.
  • Beached pygmy sperm whale dies in Florida   UPI / 1:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 1 (UPI) -- An ocean rescue official said a pygmy sperm whale died in Brevard County, Fla., after beaching itself at Jetty Park.
  • Saturday, February 27

  • PETA won't use Woods image for neutering   UPI / 11:44AM
    NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. animal rights group PETA says it has backed away from a Florida billboard campaign for neutering pets using Tiger Woods' image.
  • SeaWorld resumes killer whale performances   UPI / 10:34AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- SeaWorld says it is resuming performances with killer whales at its U.S. parks, though trainers will not swim with the animals after a trainer was killed.
  • Friday, February 26

  • Stern organizes pageant for Woods's lovers   UPI / 10:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- U.S radio personality Howard Stern says he's lining up Tiger Woods's mistresses to participate in a $100,000-prize beauty pageant.
  • Whale trainer died of injuries, drowning   UPI / 4:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau died of multiple injuries and drowning after a killer whale pulled her underwater at the Florida park, an autopsy revealed.
  • Stern organizes pageant for Woods' lovers   UPI / 4:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- U.S radio personality Howard Stern says he's lining up Tiger Woods's mistresses to participate in a $100,000-prize beauty pageant.
  • Wild hogs plague Florida neighborhood   UPI / 12:54PM
    PLANTATION, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Officials in a Florida town are refusing to take action against a pack of wild hogs living in an affluent neighborhood, homeowners say.
  • Thursday, February 25

  • Report: Rubio used GOP card for groceries   UPI / 8:24PM
    MIAMI, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio used a Republican Party credit card for groceries and car repair when he was speaker of the Florida House, records show.
  • Oncogene linked with pancreatic cancer   UPI / 4:44PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Mayo Clinic scientists in Florida say they've discovered an oncogene important in colon and lung cancer is also linked with poor pancreatic cancer survival.
  • Genome of the pea aphid is sequenced   UPI / 3:54PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have sequenced the entire genome of the pea aphid -- the first sap-sucking insect to be sequenced.
  • NASA: Discovery is mated with its rocket   UPI / 3:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Work was under way Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for space shuttle Discovery's upcoming STS-131 mission to the International Space Station.
  • Fla. mayors skydive for military support   UPI / 2:54PM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Army officials said 13 Florida mayors have signed up to skydive with the Golden Knights parachute team as a show of support for the military.
  • DNA relationships found between plants   UPI / 12:14PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- University of Florida scientists say a DNA study they conducted has made clearer the origins of flowering plants from peas to oak trees.
  • Expert: No warning whale would attack   UPI / 12:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The animal behavior expert at Florida's SeaWorld Orlando says officials had no indication that the killer whale Tillikum would take the life of a trainer.
  • Wednesday, February 24

  • SeaWorld trainer killed by killer whale   UPI / 10:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A killer whale launched a fatal attack on a trainer Wednesday in front of an audience at SeaWorld in Florida, officials said.
  • Tuesday, February 23

  • Discovery to move to its launch pad   UPI / 5:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Discovery is being readied for its move to Launch Pad 39A at Florida's Kennedy Space Center for a flight to the International Space Station.
  • Hearing loss twice as likely with diabetes   UPI / 2:34PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- People with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss as those who do not have diabetes, a U.S. audiologist says.
  • NASA prepares for a satellite launch   UPI / 9:44AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- NASA says it will provide television and Internet coverage of next week's launch of its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-P.
  • Sunday, February 14

  • GM exec: Toyota in for 'unpleasant' time   UPI / 1:14AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- General Motors Co. Vice Chairman Bob Lutz says Toyota executives should anticipate U.S. congressional hearings will be an "unpleasant experience."
  • Saturday, February 13

  • Report: Giuliani purchases home in Florida   UPI / 2:34PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani purchased a $1.4 million condominium unit in Palm Beach, Fla., court records show.
  • Friday, February 12

  • GM pushing dealerships to spruce up   UPI / 11:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- General Motors Co. says it's encouraging its U.S. dealerships to renovate their storefronts to appeal to new customers.
  • Space station cupola offers panoramic view   UPI / 11:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. astronauts aboard the International Space Station say they're putting the finishing touches to a module that offers a 360-degree view of space.
  • Two Duels to the finish: Johnson, Kahne win Gatorade 150 races   AP / 6:34AM
    Feb. 12--DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jimmie Johnson won by inches Thursday, and Kasey Kahne put The King's car back in victory lane.
  • Thursday, February 11

  • Boa holds its ground under house   UPI / 1:34PM
    COCOA, Fla., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A Florida man said a 9-foot boa constrictor -- suspected in the death of a neighbor's cat -- was chased under his home, but trappers were unable to catch it.
  • NASA launches a solar observatory   UPI / 10:44AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency launched its Solar Dynamics Observatory Thursday, marking the beginning of a five-year mission to observe the sun.
  • Wednesday, February 10

  • Rep denies Edwards and Hunter engaged   UPI / 10:05PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has asked his mistress, Rielle Hunter, to marry him, the National Enquirer reported Wednesday.
  • Baby circus elephant recovering from virus   UPI / 6:05PM
    POLK CITY, Fla., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A 1-year-old elephant pulled from the circus lineup because of a dangerous disease is recovering in Florida, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey says.
  • Tuesday, February 9

  • Bobcats wintering near Florida beach   UPI / 1:14PM
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Residents of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., say they are both thrilled and worried by increased sightings of bobcats near their high-rise apartments.
  • Scientists say evolution shapes ecology   UPI / 12:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say an experiment with two populations of guppies shows evolution's influence on ecology can be as great as the converse.
  • One man dead in livestock truck crash   UPI / 12:04PM
    WESTON, Fla., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A crash between a livestock truck and a tractor-trailer killed one man and scattered about 100 goats, cows, pigs and chickens near Weston, Fla., police said.
  • Monday, February 8

  • Recovery of onside kick a game-changer for Saints   AP / 1:34PM
    Feb. 8--MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. The Saints kept waiting for the right time to try it. Finally, at halftime, coach Sean Payton decided to pull the trigger.
  • Invasive lionfish a menace in Florida Keys   UPI / 12:05PM
    KEY LARGO, Fla., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The red lionfish has invaded the waters in and around the Florida Keys, wreaking havoc on the island cluster's native fish populations, experts say.
  • Jolie, Pitt take eldest to Super Bowl   UPI / 11:44AM
    MIAMI, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were photographed with their 8-year-old son, Maddox, at the Super Bowl in Florida Sunday night.
  • Endeavour launches without incident   UPI / 8:04AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Endeavour roared into the early morning sky over Florida's Kennedy Space Center Monday in the last scheduled night shuttle launch.
  • Brees leads Saints to Super victory   AP / 12:35AM
    MIAMI -- Quarterback Drew Brees called it destiny. It was destiny he would come to New Orleans, a city under water from Hurricane Katrina.
  • Colts' Manning aids in Saints' victory   AP / 12:35AM
    MIAMI -- Back when their football team was the Aints, New Orleanians dreamed along the same streets in the French Quarter they partied on Sunday night about the day a Manning would do something big to make the Saints Super Bowl champions.
  • Sunday, February 7

  • Woman crawls under tracks to leave home   UPI / 7:34PM
    CALLAHAN, Fla., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida woman, 66, said she has to crawl between two railroad cars to go anywhere from her home after being trapped by the cars.
  • Man bitten after catching shark in Florida   UPI / 12:44PM
    RIVIERA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A man was bitten by a shark in Riviera Beach, Fla., after he caught the wild animal and waded into the water to free it, an official says.
  • The Judds to reunite for tour   UPI / 11:44AM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. country music singer Wynonna Judd says she is set to reunite with her mother, Naomi, for a new tour by The Judds.
  • Weather delays space shuttle launch   UPI / 7:54AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A low cloud ceiling over the Kennedy Space Center has canceled Sunday's launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, NASA officials said.
  • NASA chief calls for heavy-lift rocket   UPI / 3:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- NASA said Saturday it plans to launch a large rocket by the 2020s for human exploration beyond low earth orbit.
  • Saturday, February 6

  • Danica debuts in stock car: Danica Patrick will start 12th in her eagerly anticipated ARCA race today at Daytona.   AP / 5:34PM
    Feb. 6--DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- An upscale sushi bar in Mooresville, N.C., is where they met. The daughter of Dale Earnhardt along with the woman who could give NASCAR its biggest boost in years walked past the restaurant's waterfall before reaching their table.
  • Friday, February 5

  • How to avoid Super Bowl heart attack   UPI / 4:44PM
    ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. doctor says research shows heart attacks increase during top international sporting events, but that shouldn't dampen Super Bowl enthusiasm.
  • Great whites suspected in Florida attack   UPI / 4:04PM
    STUART, Fla., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A research scientist says young great white sharks may be the creatures responsible for a deadly shark attack in Martin County, Fla.
  • Panther protection lucrative for ranchers   UPI / 1:54AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A Florida family has received "credits" potentially worth millions of dollars for creating a panther refuge on land they will continue to farm, officials say.
  • Thursday, February 4

  • BRIEF: Shark attacks surfer at Stuart Beach Florida   AP / 8:34PM
    Feb. 4--A Florida kite surfer fell victim Wednesday to a deadly shark attack at Florida's Stuart Beach.
  • Man dies in shark attack off Florida coast   UPI / 11:05AM
    STUART, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida man was killed by sharks as he was kite-surfing near Stuart Beach, officials said.
  • Wednesday, February 3

  • Swiss agree to give sanctuary to 2 Guantanamo Uighurs   AP / 7:34PM
    MIAMI -- The Swiss government rebuffed Chinese protests Wednesday and agreed to give sanctuary to two brothers of the Muslim Uighur minority who had been cleared for release from Guantanamo, but feared persecution if they went home.
  • Two dozen soldiers hurt when bus flips   UPI / 12:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- About 25 Florida Army National Guard soldiers were injured when their bus overturned as they were returning to Camp Blanding, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
  • Illegal lobster harvesters going to prison   UPI / 12:05PM
    MIAMI, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A federal judge said two men will each spend a year and a day in prison for illegally harvesting lobsters in the Florida Keys.
  • Study: Hard to keep wild bears from food   UPI / 11:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A biologist said her four-year study in Florida of ways to keep bears from searching garbage cans and camp sites found the wild animals are insistent foragers.
  • Fla. teens nabbed for defacing synagogue   UPI / 11:44AM
    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Six Florida teenagers are facing charges for allegedly spray painting gang signs on a Jewish synagogue, authorities in Coral Springs say.
  • 9/11 terror pilots' apartment to be razed   UPI / 11:14AM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The Hollywood, Fla., apartment shared by two Sept. 11 terrorists will be razed to become a parking lot and swimming pool, the building's owner said.
  • Suspect arrested in lottery winner's death   AP / 8:34AM
    Police said the investigation into the killing of Florida lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare is not over despite the arrest of a woman who befriended him.
  • Tuesday, February 2

  • NASA prepares for a space shuttle launch   UPI / 3:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- NASA says Kennedy Space Center crews in Florida pressurized space shuttle Endeavour's main propulsion system Tuesday and readied Launch Pad 39A.
  • Tampa Tribune, Fla., Joe Henderson column: Tempers flare amid cramped Super Bowl media day conditions   AP / 12:35PM
    Feb. 2--MIAMI -- Welcome to the land of the bizarre.
  • Woman sues O'Neal for stalking, harassment   UPI / 11:24AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A Florida woman says NBA star Shaquille O'Neal stalked and harassed her after she broke off their extra-marital affair.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer Ashley Fox column: Ashley Fox: Colts may field Freeney, but not same one   AP / 4:34AM
    Feb. 2--FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Indianapolis Colts likely will be without the second most important player on their roster when they play the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl.
  • Monday, February 1

  • Merhige arraignment hearing postponed   UPI / 3:04PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- An arraignment hearing for a Florida man accused of killing four family members Thanksgiving Day has been postponed, officials say.
  • Sunday, January 31

  • Actress Francis honors 'Boys' in Florida   UPI / 5:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Actress-singer Connie Francis said returning to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to honor her film "Where the Boys Are" brought back memories of making the 1960 film.
  • Eateries at odds over heart attack theme   UPI / 2:14PM
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A restaurant owner in Arizona alleges the owners of an eatery in Delray Beach, Fla., stole the theme behind his Heart Attack Grill.
  • Saturday, January 30

  • Five U.S. banks closures announced   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Banks in Minnesota, California, Georgia, Florida and Washington state have been closed by regulators, officials say.
  • Medical evacuations from Haiti suspended   UPI / 12:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Medical evacuations from Haiti to Florida and other states have been halted over confusion about who will pay for treatment, the U.S. military said Friday.
  • Thursday, January 28

  • Police: 'American Idol' sparked stabbing   UPI / 2:44PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Florida police said they arrested a woman who allegedly stabbed and severely burned her boyfriend after an argument over "American Idol."
  • 'Healthy' obese kids may have heart risk   UPI / 1:24PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Being obese as early as age 7 may raise a child's risk of future heart disease and stroke, even in the absence of other risk factors, U.S. researchers say.
  • Flamingos are stars of Fla. racing track   UPI / 12:34PM
    HIALEAH, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- An employee at a horse racing track in Hialeah, Fla., says up to 300 pink flamingos living nearby are unwitting players in a regular track tradition.
  • Wednesday, January 27

  • Judge: Lawyers can subpoena abortion info   UPI / 4:44PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Lawyers for a multimillionaire philanthropist can seek abortion records of women suing him for sexually molesting them, a Florida judge has ruled.
  • Last space shuttle night launch scheduled   UPI / 3:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- NASA says space shuttle Endeavour will make a 13-day flight to the International Space Station next month -- marking the final scheduled night shuttle launch.
  • Tons of dead fish removed from Fla. lakes   UPI / 3:14PM
    LARGO, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Residents of Largo, Fla., are struggling to deal with 38 tons of dead fish recently removed from area lakes, officials say.
  • Sea turtles face surgery due to cold spell   UPI / 1:04PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A nature center official in Boca Raton, Fla., said 35 green sea turtles underwent surgery for a disease caused in part by cold temperatures in the state.
  • Beached beaked whale dies in Florida   UPI / 12:44PM
    MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A beaked whale that beached itself in Brevard County, Fla., died despite attempts by local residents to save it, a marine expert said.
  • Woman sues over drill bit in sinus cavity   UPI / 11:54AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A drill bit came loose during a dental procedure, causing nosebleeds, sinus infections and other illnesses for a Florida woman, her lawsuit alleges.
  • Nancy Grace depostion can be videotaped   AP / 11:35AM
    A federal magistrate says an upcoming deposition by cable television host Nancy Grace in a Florida civil case can be videotaped, but cannot be made public.
  • Nancy Grace depostion can be videotaped   UPI / 11:14AM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A federal magistrate says an upcoming deposition by cable television host Nancy Grace in a Florida civil case can be videotaped, but cannot be made public.
  • Florida allows third gay adoption   UPI / 10:24AM
    MIAMI, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Florida judge allowed a lesbian to adopt a child while an appeals court decides whether the state's ban on gay adoptions is unconstitutional, records show.
  • Tuesday, January 26

  • Dead monorail driver's mom suing Disney   UPI / 8:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The mother of a 21-year-old monorail driver killed last summer is suing Florida's Disney World theme park, court records show.
  • NASA gets ready to launch 'CubeSats'   UPI / 3:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- NASA says it will launch small research satellites for several universities this year as part of its Educational Launch of Nanosatellites, or ELaNA, mission.
  • Nancy Grace's lawyers seek to bar video   UPI / 12:34PM
    OCALA, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Lawyers for cable television host Nancy Grace say video cameras should be banned when she is deposed in Atlanta in the case of a mother who killed herself.
  • Porn film costs gay officer his job   UPI / 12:05PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A former Hollywood. Fla., police officer who appeared in a gay porn film says he plans to sue the department for firing him.
  • Monday, January 25

  • Petraeus: Afghan surge not like Iraq's   UPI / 12:05PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan will take longer to produce results than the surge in Iraq, the top U.S. commander in the region says.
  • Saturday, January 23

  • Haiti rescue plane arrives in Florida   UPI / 2:35PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Authorities say 33 injured Haitian earthquake victims arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Saturday to be treated at South Florida hospitals.
  • Suspect found playing 'Grand Theft Auto'   UPI / 1:44PM
    HAINES CITY, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A suspected Florida car thief was arrested while playing the video game "Grand Theft Auto," authorities say.
  • Friday, January 22

  • Woman wants to bring baby chimp to court   UPI / 2:54PM
    SARASOTA, Fla., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The handler caring for a baby chimpanzee at the center of a Florida custody battle said she needs to bring the chimp with her to court.
  • Thursday, January 21

  • Record number of manatees counted in Fla.   UPI / 10:34AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officials counted more than 5,000 manatees, a record number, suggesting the endangered marine mammals are on the rebound, officials said.
  • Wednesday, January 20

  • Fla. sportscaster faces child porn charges   UPI / 4:14PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Florida sportscaster Steven Babik has pleaded innocent to child-pornography charges in federal court.
  • Red groupers architects of the sea   UPI / 1:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Red groupers act as architect and engineer in creating habitats for commercially important species in the Gulf of Mexico, marine biologists said.
  • Anna Kournikova's mom faces charges   UPI / 11:05AM
    PALM BEACH, Calif., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The mother of tennis star Anna Kournikova is facing charges of child neglect in Florida after allegedly leaving her 5-year-old son home alone, police said.
  • Company turning cow fat into motor oil   UPI / 10:54AM
    OVIEDO, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A Connecticut company that turns cow fat into motor oil says it's greasing engines from Florida to California, including cars in the American Le Mans.
  • Tuesday, January 19

  • Rays sign Bartlett, Garza, Howell to deals   UPI / 9:24PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday signed one-year deals with shortstop Jason Bartlett and pitchers Matt Garza and J.P. Howell, team officials said.
  • Officials leaving gator in neighborhood   UPI / 2:54PM
    INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Residents of a Florida apartment complex say state Fish and Wildlife officials are refusing to remove an 8-foot alligator living in a nearby pond.
  • Cold decimates Florida saltwater fish   UPI / 11:54AM
    MIAMI, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- It could take coastal snook and other saltwater game fish years to rebound from Florida's record-setting cold snap this month, officials said.
  • Sunday, January 17

  • Disney developing technology initiative   UPI / 11:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The Walt Disney Co. is working on a technology initiative aimed at enhancing visitors' theme park experience, former executives with the U.S. company say.
  • Group wants fund to restore seagrass   UPI / 12:44AM
    MIAMI, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A Washington, D.C., group says it wants to establish a fund to restore Florida seagrass meadows damaged by boaters and coastal construction projects.
  • Saturday, January 16

  • 'Idol' contestant known to police   UPI / 1:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- "American Idol" contestant Antonio "Skii Bo Ski" Wheeler has had several brushes with the law in Florida dating back to 2004, records reveal.
  • Friday, January 15

  • Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson agrees to four-year, $39M deal: Days after they were criticized for not spending more on players' salaries, the Florida Marlins agreed to terms with ace Josh Johnson on a four-year, $39 million contract.   AP / 1:34PM
    Jan. 15--That didn't take long.
  • Three dead after Fla. shooting rampage   AP / 1:34PM
    A Florida deputy has died after being shot by a man suspected of killing two women and seriously wounding two others in a shooting rampage, police said.
  • Newspaper will appeal 'no blog' order   UPI / 12:34PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A Florida newspaper says it will appeal a judge's order shutting down its blog coverage of a Jacksonville murder trial.
  • Thursday, January 14

  • NASA probing cocaine in shuttle hangar   UPI / 7:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- NASA is investigating how a bag of cocaine ended up in a space shuttle hangar at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, agency officials said Thursday.
  • Men respond to a woman's natural smell   UPI / 3:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Women spend billions annually on perfumes to help attract a mate, but no perfume may be better than natural hormones, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Everglades still in decline, group says   UPI / 2:35PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The subtropical Florida Everglades wetlands are still deteriorating a decade after Washington began a multibillion-dollar plan to restore them, advocates say.
  • Large anaconda captured at Fla. fish camp   UPI / 12:44PM
    KISSIMMEE, Fla., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A state wildlife official said a 12-foot-long green anaconda was located and captured at a fish camp in Osceola County, Fla.
  • African rock pythons caught in Florida   UPI / 12:24PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Five African rock pythons were captured in Miami-Dade County, Fla., leading to concerns of an increased invasive constrictor snake population, an official says.
  • Wednesday, January 13

  • Chill in Florida could cost plenty   UPI / 6:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The chill that enveloped Florida in the past week could cost the state's vegetable farmers $100 million, an agricultural expert said.
  • Alzheimer's discovery may lead to therapy   UPI / 1:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say a previously unknown mechanism may drive the early brain function deterioration of Alzheimer's victims.
  • Sunday, January 10

  • Florida cold snap culls invasive reptiles   UPI / 2:05AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officials have urged hunters to use the unnaturally cold weather to target Burmese pythons, the giant snakes that have invaded the Everglades.
  • Saturday, January 9

  • Fla. cold snap proves tough on sea turtles   UPI / 4:54PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Florida's cold snap is proving dangerous for sea turtles, animal health experts say.
  • Thursday, January 7

  • Manatees find warm waters during cold snap   UPI / 3:44PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- During Florida's cold snap, manatees have crowded, to their potential harm, into a warm spring popular for viewing the animals, officials said.
  • Study: Cellphone use fights Alzheimer's   UPI / 12:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they're surprised to discover radiation from cellphones may protect against and even reverse Alzheimer's disease.
  • Doctor urges an end to fitness myth   UPI / 1:24AM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Constantly linking exercise with weight loss may cause more people to fail at reaching their goals, a bariatric physician suggests.
  • Wednesday, January 6

  • Activists decry elephant suit dismissal   UPI / 7:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Animal rights activists say they disagree with the dismissal of a lawsuit against a Florida-based circus by a federal judge this week.
  • Florida 'Ponzi' attorney to plead guilty   UPI / 2:34PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Accused Florida Ponzi scheme attorney Scott Rothstein will plead guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges, his attorney said Wednesday.
  • Some 27 million in U.S. have hearing loss   UPI / 2:05PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Some 27 million Americans will suffer from untreated hearing loss this year, a U.S. hearing care company estimates.
  • Tech's bowl struggles continue vs. Iowa   AP / 3:34AM
    Jan. 6--MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- It was a moment with which they were all too familiar.
  • Tuesday, January 5

  • NHL: Toronto 3, Florida 2   UPI / 10:05PM
    TORONTO, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Alexei Ponikarovsky scored the game-winning goal late in the second period Tuesday to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over Florida.
  • Florida undercut suit against U.S. Sugar   UPI / 12:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Florida undermined a lawsuit filed against U.S. Sugar Corp. by offering $1.75 billion to buy 180,000 acres from the company, an attorney in the case said.
  • Florida cold snap threatens iguanas   UPI / 10:54AM
    MARGATE, Fla., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Southern Florida's unusually cold weather likely will reduce the number of invasive iguanas considered a pest by many, officials said.
  • Monday, January 4

  • Depositions reveal nuke plant concerns   UPI / 4:05PM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Depositions in a dispute between a Florida utility and a former nuclear plant operator reveal many employee safety concerns, The Miami Herald reported Monday.
  • Alleged stinky-house owner nixes TV offer   UPI / 3:44PM
    SUNRISE, Fla., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida woman whose home has incurred more than $600,000 in code violations refused an offer to clean her house from the cable TV program "Hoarders."
  • Docs: Accused Fla. shooter unfit for trial   UPI / 2:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida man accused of a shooting rampage at an architectural firm isn't competent to stand trial, doctors said Monday.
  • Short 2 cents, couple finds COBRA's teeth   UPI / 11:14AM
    MIRAMAR, Fla., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- For the lack of 2 cents in a payment, a couple in Florida said their COBRA insurance coverage was canceled while the wife was pregnant.
  • Sunday, January 3

  • Steelers end season with win   AP / 11:34PM
    Jan. 3--DAVIE, Fla. -- The Steelers took care of their part of the playoff equation and defeated the Miami Dolphins, 30-24, here today and awaited a long-shot parlay of results of later games to see if they will play on.
  • Alleged Thanksgiving killer to be charged   UPI / 10:54PM
    JUPITER, Fla., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A man arrested for fatally shooting four family members during Thanksgiving dinner in South Florida will be charged with murder, prosecutors say.
  • Former rep to make Obama case in Israel   UPI / 4:24PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., says he'll be making the case for the Obama administration in Israel in his new job.
  • Saturday, January 2

  • Rare whale spotted off Florida   UPI / 7:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- One of the world's rarest great whales has been spotted off a Florida beach, wildlife officials said.
  • South Florida beats NIU in International Bowl   AP / 6:34PM
    Jan. 2--Mike Ford ran for a career-high 207 yards and scored one touchdown, B.J. Daniels threw two scoring passes to A.J. Love, and South Florida beat Northern Illinois 27-3 in the International Bowl on Saturday.
  • 'Lifeless' prions able to evolve   UPI / 3:24PM
    JUPITER, Fla., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Mutant prions linked to mad cow, among other diseases, can evolve and become drug resistant, scientists in Florida have learned.
  • Auburn wins wild Outback Bowl in overtime   AP / 7:34AM
    Jan. 2--TAMPA, Fla. -- At the 7:32 mark of the fourth quarter, it looked like Auburn's 20th bowl victory in program history was a slam dunk.
  • Northwestern falls valiantly in 38-35 OT loss to Auburn: Wildcats show a lot of heart with many comebacks in Outback Bowl   AP / 5:34AM
    Jan. 2--TAMPA, Fla. -- Zeke Markshausen remained on the soggy turf so long after the final play of the Outback Bowl, Northwestern trainer Tory Lindley approached to make sure the wide receiver was OK.
  • Friday, January 1

  • Gators coach Urban Meyer admits hiding truth on health issues: The Gators coach says he wanted to protect his family.   AP / 10:34AM
    Jan. 1--NEW ORLEANS -- Florida coach Urban Meyer said he and school officials were not truthful about the severity of his medical problems, because they wanted to protect Meyer's family.
  • Thursday, December 31

  • Civilian airplane forced to land in Fla.   UPI / 2:34PM
    NAPLES, Fla., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said a civilian aircraft was forced to land in Florida because the pilot was flying without clearance.
  • Fox, Bright House battle: Will Gator fans see Sugar Bowl?   AP / 12:34PM
    Dec. 31--As Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators make final preparations for Friday's Sugar Bowl game against Cincinnati, the battle to determine if local fans can watch the game on Bright House Networks continued to play out today -- but so far there is no resolution.
  • Wednesday, December 30

  • 'Ponzi attorney' partner hit with lawsuit   UPI / 4:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The first lawsuit stemming from an alleged massive Ponzi scheme by a Florida attorney has been filed, court observers say.
  • Florida GOP chairman faces calls to resign   UPI / 4:04PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer was facing pressure from party donors Wednesday to resign, analysts said.
  • Florida probes Thoroughbred slaughterhouse   UPI / 1:05PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Florida authorities say they are investigating an alleged slaughterhouse from which an offspring of famed racehorse Secretariat was rescued Christmas Day.
  • 'Bennifer' voted worst couple of the '00s   UPI / 11:34AM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were voted the decade's worst celebrity couple in an online dating poll, it was announced Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, December 29

  • Mine expansion sought in panther habitat   UPI / 12:44PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Allowing the Seminole Tribe to expand a rock mine in Broward County would further threaten the endangered Florida panther, an environmental group said.
  • Navy CPO charged with false identity   UPI / 11:05AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy chief petty officer stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., has for years used the identity of a dead Oregon child, U.S. officials allege.
  • Fla. Tea Party backers differ on strategy   UPI / 9:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- South Florida political players and analysts say they disagree over how the burgeoning Tea Party movement will affect the Republican party.
  • Monday, December 28

  • The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Gene Frenette column: Jaguars at a loss to understand blowout   AP / 1:35PM
    Dec. 28--FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Torry Holt, normally one of the last Jaguars out of a postgame locker room, is also among the team's most talkative, analytical players. He can fill up a tape recorder and notebook in record time.
  • More Florida colleges ban smoking   UPI / 12:54PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- More colleges in Florida say they're adding outdoor smoking to their ban on indoor smoking to reduce second-hand smoke and litter.
  • Sunday, December 27

  • Grouper fishing ban socks Florida Keys   UPI / 12:24PM
    KEY WEST, Fla., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A temporary ban on grouper fishing will bring economic hardship onto the Florida Keys during its peak tourism season, fishermen say.
  • Ivana Trump divorcing husband Rubicondi   UPI / 11:34AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Ivana Trump, former wife of real estate mogul Donald Trump, says she filed for divorce in New York from her fourth husband, Rossano Rubicondi.
  • Saturday, December 26

  • Fla. Keys family gets 'white Christmas'   UPI / 2:44PM
    SUMMERLAND KEY, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Florida Keys family says it had a "white Christmas" after winning a contest to have 20 tons of crushed ice deposited on their beach.
  • Fla. avacado industry faces beetle threat   UPI / 9:54AM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Florida's avocado growers say they're worried about the spread of the Asian redbay ambrosia beetle.
  • Thursday, December 24

  • Author Patrick Smith recovering after fall   UPI / 9:14PM
    MERRITT ISLAND, Fla., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Patrick Smith's wife is asking the U.S. novelist's fans to send him get-well cards as he recovers from a broken hip and shoulder he sustained in a fall.
  • Veteran gives honeymoon to stranded couple   UPI / 6:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- An anonymous Vietnam veteran donated a Disney honeymoon to a stranded serviceman who missed his Orlando, Fla., wedding, the bride said.
  • Deer runs into grocery store   UPI / 6:14PM
    BOOT RANCH, Fla., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Workers at a Florida grocery store said a deer that ran into the store for some last-minute Christmas shopping was released back into the wild.
  • Disney World cited for safety violations   UPI / 10:44AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has cited Disney World for several safety violations after last summer's fatal monorail crash.
  • Wednesday, December 23

  • 'Most Wanted' focuses on family killing   UPI / 11:34AM
    JUPITER, Fla., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh said his TV show is doing a segment on Paul Merhige, who is accused of killing four relatives in Jupiter, Fla.
  • Tuesday, December 22

  • Crist loses GOP congressmen's support   UPI / 8:14PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart said Tuesday he and his brother U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart no longer back Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate.
  • 'Ponzi' lawyer's office items auctioned   UPI / 11:34AM
    TAMARAC, Fla., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Items from the law offices of Florida attorney Scott Rothstein, indicted for a massive Ponzi scheme, will be auctioned off, officials say.
  • Monday, December 21

  • Hawk spends night in hardware store   UPI / 5:44PM
    WELLINGTON, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A manager at a Florida hardware store said a hawk with a 3-foot wingspan spent the night in her store when she was unable to reach a trapper.
  • 'Ponzi' lawyer's campaign donations probed   UPI / 1:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Law partners of a Florida attorney indicted in a massive Ponzi scheme have come under scrutiny for political donations he allegedly organized, sources say.
  • Sunday, December 20

  • Comic collapses during Florida performance   UPI / 7:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Comedian Steve Solomon has been discharged from a Florida hospital after collapsing on stage during a performance, his publicist said.
  • Saturday, December 19

  • Disgraced mayor Daoud headed to big screen   UPI / 3:44PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Former Miami Beach Mayor Alex Daoud says he is bringing to the big screen his tale of how he went from leading the Florida city to occupying a prison cell.
  • Thursday, December 17

  • Chief stunned by Ponzi charge against pal   UPI / 11:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A Florida police chief says he was stunned when a lawyer friend of his was charged by U.S. authorities with running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.
  • UPI NewsTrack Sports   AP / 11:34PM
    Finchem: Tour can survive without Woods PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said Thursday he thinks golf's premier circuit can remain healthy no matter how long Tiger Woods stays away.
  • State Farm Florida to reduce, but stay   UPI / 2:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- State Farm Florida agreed to maintain some business in Florida in exchange for dropping 125,000 policies and a 14.8 percent rate hike, state regulators said.
  • Wednesday, December 16

  • Bodies of two dolphins found on Fla. beach   UPI / 6:34PM
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The bodies of two dolphins have been found washed ashore at New Smyrna Beach, Fla., witnesses say.
  • Group's top judicial hellhole: S. Florida   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- South Florida bumped West Virginia as the worst judicial system in the United States, the American Tort Reform Association's annual report indicated.
  • Additional Fla. children have brain tumors   UPI / 12:35PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Two more children who lived in the Florida community of The Acreage have brain tumors, bringing the total to 15 to date, family members said.
  • Fla. home builder removing Chinese drywall   UPI / 11:35AM
    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Dozens of Florida residents were able to return to their houses after having potentially risky Chinese drywall removed by GL Homes, the home builder says.
  • Tuesday, December 15

  • Insurance must pay for Fla. drownings   UPI / 8:44PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- An insurance company has been ordered to pay damages to the families of a jazz musician and the woman he tried to save from drowning in Miami Beach.
  • Sweep nets Medicare fraud suspects in Miami, Detroit, New York   AP / 4:34PM
    MIAMI -- Federal agents Tuesday arrested about 30 doctors, nurses and health care operators in Miami, Detroit and New York on charges of submitting tens of millions of dollars in bogus bills to the taxpayer-funded Medicare program.
  • Bear euthanized, cubs likely to survive   UPI / 11:44AM
    LONGWOOD, Fla., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The cubs of a wild bear euthanized for injuring a Longwood, Fla., man, likely are old enough to survive on their own, a state conservation official said.
  • Monday, December 14

  • Judge denies request to examine penis   UPI / 1:54PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Jeffrey Epstein's penis cannot be examined by lawyers for women who say the billionaire sex offender abused them, a Palm Beach, Fla., judge ruled Monday.
  • Scientists improve results of chemo drug   UPI / 1:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found adding a small molecule to the chemotherapy drug Temozolomide hikes its effectiveness at a much smaller dosage.
  • Conservative protesters target Fla. Jews   UPI / 12:05PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A group of ultra-conservative Christian demonstrators have indicated they will target Jewish organizations on a South Florida protest tour.
  • Friday, December 11

  • Bear suspected of attacking Florida man   UPI / 1:54PM
    LONGWOOD, Fla., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman said a black bear is suspected of attacking a man at his home in Longwood, Fla.
  • Bill to ban imported large snakes advances   UPI / 2:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A bill approved Thursday by a U.S. Senate committee would ban the importing of large constrictors like the Burmese pythons that have invaded South Florida.
  • Thursday, December 10

  • Widow says debt collectors caused death   UPI / 8:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A Florida widow has sued a mortgage company, charging that harassment by debt collectors caused her husband's death from heart failure.
  • 10-foot gator caught on Fla. doorstep   UPI / 12:54PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A Florida alligator trapper said he captured a 10-foot gator that planted itself on a home's doorstep and refused to leave.
  • Wednesday, December 9

  • Vitamin D linked to surviving lymphoma   UPI / 12:44PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers found vitamin D levels are associated with survival in lymphoma patients.
  • Study: Brain waves 'write' on a computer   UPI / 12:24PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. neuroscientists say they have demonstrated brain waves can be used to type alphanumerical characters on a computer screen.
  • Tuesday, December 8

  • Florida billionaire battles wine fakery   UPI / 2:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A Palm Beach, Fla., billionaire says he's launching a legal campaign to stamp out counterfeit wine collectibles.
  • Florida's Tim Tebow is Heisman finalist for third time: Florida quarterback is the first three-time Heisman finalist.   AP / 11:35AM
    Dec. 8--GAINESVILLE -- Tim Tebow's chances at winning a second Heisman Trophy are still alive.
  • Monday, December 7

  • Florida art show finds sales are up   UPI / 3:05PM
    MIAMI, Del., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Art gallery owners in Florida indicated sales have bounced back at the 2009 Art Basel Miami Beach art show, which features more than 2,000 artists.
  • Teacher challenges apartment search   UPI / 2:54PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The lawyer for a former teacher accused of starving her cats says the search of her Boca Raton, Fla., apartment was conducted illegally.
  • Florida to play Cincinnati in Sugar Bowl: Meyer played DB for Cincinnati, met wife Shelley there   AP / 10:35AM
    Dec. 7--Florida is getting something sweet to take away the bitter taste of losing the SEC championship game to Alabama on Saturday: A trip to the Sugar Bowl to play Big East champion Cincinnati on Jan. 1 in New Orleans.
  • Florida Gators land in Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati Bearcats: A New Year's Day game in New Orleans is the consolation prize after Florida lost to Alabama and blew its shot at the BCS title.   AP / 3:35AM
    Dec. 7--GAINESVILLE -- An upsetting week for the Florida Gators ended with concerns about the health of the team's coach and a parting gift: an invitation to the Sugar Bowl.
  • Sunday, December 6

  • Nancy Grace blamed for woman's suicide   UPI / 4:34PM
    OCALA, Fla., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A Harvard Medical School professor contends U.S. talk show host Nancy Grace is partially to blame for the suicide of a mother of a missing boy three years ago.
  • USAF launches telecom satellite   UPI / 4:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. military officials say they have successfully deployed a next generation battlefield communications satellite.
  • The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Gene Frenette column: Florida's aura of invincibility is shattered   AP / 12:35PM
    Dec. 6--ATLANTA -- For nearly 40 minutes of this SEC championship game, Tim Tebow stood helplessly on the Florida sideline with a headset on.
  • Thursday, December 3

  • Fla.: Delay Everglades pollution crackdown   UPI / 5:35PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Florida asked a U.S. judge to give it more time to comply with an ecological accord requiring the state to halt the flow of polluted water into the Everglades.
  • Lawyer allegedly contributed Ponzi funds   UPI / 2:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The Florida lawyer arrested on racketeering and fraud charges donated to political campaigns with funds from a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, prosecutors alleged.
  • DNA sequencing of Pacific island under way   UPI / 2:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- University of Florida scientists say they're taking part in a project to inventory the DNA of every living species on the French Polynesian island of Moorea.
  • Female bald eagles fight over mate   UPI / 12:24PM
    MAITLAND, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in Maitland, Fla., said a female bald eagle attacked another female eagle in an apparent attempt to steal the bird's mate and home.
  • Shuttle Endeavour readied for a space trip   UPI / 9:04AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- NASA says Kennedy Space Center technicians are testing space shuttle Endeavour's systems, preparing for its move to the Vehicle Assembly Building.
  • Wednesday, December 2

  • Scientists ID sharks from their bite marks   UPI / 5:05PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- University of Florida scientists say they have developed a forensic technique that identifies sharks by the bite marks left on their victims.
  • Fla. Ponzi probe focusing on accomplices   UPI / 12:35PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The investigation of a Ponzi scheme allegedly run by a Florida attorney now seems to be centering on possible accomplices, court documents indicate.
  • Tuesday, December 1

  • UPI NewsTrack Sports   AP / 5:34PM
    Woods cited for careless driving in wreck ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Golfer Tiger Woods has been charged with careless driving by the Florida Highway Patrol, which said it had ended its investigation into the incident.
  • Dentist plagued with phone sex calls   UPI / 3:04PM
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A Florida dentist said his office is bombarded with 400 to 500 phone calls a day from an unknown source playing a recording of a 1-900 phone sex line.
  • Bad drywall alleged in 100,000 homes   UPI / 2:44PM
    FORT MYERS, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A dispute concerning how many homes were built with defective drywall may be resolved in a Florida federal court, attorneys said.
  • Study: Some sharks have stereo rear vision   UPI / 1:24PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Florida Atlantic University researchers say they have determined the wide heads of hammerhead sharks give the animal exceptional stereo vision.
  • Accused Ponzi lawyer surrenders   AP / 11:34AM
    Florida businessman Scott Rothstein has surrendered to FBI agents to face charges he ran a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, authorities said.
  • New tool found for autoimmune diseases   UPI / 11:05AM
    JUPITER, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have developed a method of facilitating identification of molecules that prevent immune cells from attacking the body.
  • Monday, November 30

  • Half of preschool girls worry about fat   UPI / 7:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Nearly half of 3- to 6-year-old girls say they worry about being fat and one-third would change a physical attribute like hair color, U.S. researchers say.
  • Reward offered in Thanksgiving Day slaying   UPI / 11:44AM
    DETROIT, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A $10,000 reward is being offered in the nationwide hunt for a suspect in a quadruple slaying in Florida who may be heading to Michigan, officials said.
  • High-tech wheelchair problem for Disney   UPI / 11:14AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A paraplegic says he was harassed by workers at Florida's Disney World who tried to make him lower his high-tech wheelchair from two wheels to four wheels.
  • Florida, Alabama again 1-2 in BCS poll   AP / 8:34AM
    Florida and Alabama meet Saturday for their conference championship with a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game also on the line.
  • Sunday, November 29

  • Motors may be nixed in part of Everglades   UPI / 3:24PM
    FLORIDA CITY, Fla., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Outboard motors may be banned from use in a portion of Florida Bay as part of an effort to protect seagrass in Everglades National Park, officials said.
  • Fla. beaches focus of Supreme Court case   UPI / 2:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear allegations that Florida state officials infringed on the rights of beachfront property owners, an attorney said.
  • Friday, November 27

  • The Who to perform at the Super Bowl   UPI / 5:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The Who has been booked to perform the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show in South Florida in February, Universal Music Enterprises said.
  • Shuttle Atlantis lands in Florida   UPI / 10:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The shuttle Atlantis landed Friday at Florida's Kennedy Space Center after three space walks and more than six days at the International Space Station.
  • Thursday, November 26

  • Astronauts celebrate Thanksgiving in space   UPI / 12:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A dozen astronauts in orbit were to pause for a weightless Thanksgiving Thursday even though they were aboard two separate spacecraft, NASA said.
  • Wednesday, November 25

  • Parents of burned teen grateful son is alive   AP / 6:35PM
    MIAMI -- As families gather for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Valerie and Michael Brewer Sr. will be at their son's bedside, just as they have been around the clock for the past seven weeks.
  • Fund manager linked to alleged scheme   UPI / 3:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Florida hedge fund manager George Levin had extensive dealings with attorney Scott Rothstein's alleged massive Ponzi scheme, court documents indicate.
  • Highly diverse DNA found in corn strains   UPI / 10:14AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say their discovery of genetic variations in two common types of corn could help biologists create strains of corn with specific traits.
  • Tuesday, November 24

  • Stroke victim taken to homeless shelter   UPI / 2:54PM
    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A Boynton Beach, Fla., nursing home allegedly tried to leave a stroke victim at a homeless shelter after her insurance ran out, shelter officials said.
  • Micro-endoscope is under development   UPI / 2:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist says he is developing a micro-endoscope that could replace traditional endoscopes and can spot abnormalities, such as tumors, inside a body.
  • Playboy hires out operations to cut costs   UPI / 1:14PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Playboy Enterprises in Chicago said it had signed a contract with Boca Raton, Fla., firm American Media Inc. to assume most of its operations to cut costs.
  • Fla. man, 80, dies in drawbridge accident   UPI / 12:05PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- An 80-year-old man fell to his death after getting stuck on a Hollywood, Fla., drawbridge, authorities say.
  • The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Gene Frenette column: No reason for Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer to leave for Notre Dame   AP / 10:34AM
    Nov. 24--GAINESVILLE -- Urban Meyer's profound silence -- he was so caught up in the emotion of answering questions Monday related to his senior football class at Florida that he couldn't get the words out -- said it all.
  • Monday, November 23

  • Loose monkey crosses Fla. county   UPI / 2:44PM
    OLDSMAR, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officials said a loose monkey spotted last week in Hillsborough County appears to have jumped the border to Pinellas County.
  • Suit: Fla. atty. cheated big, little guys   UPI / 12:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Documents filed in a lawsuit against a high-flying Florida attorney reveal some of the details of the $1 billion fraud allegations he faces, court watchers say.
  • NASA awards $350,000 in glove competition   UPI / 8:05AM
    TITUSVILLE, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- NASA says it has awarded Peter Homer of Southwest Harbor, Maine, a $250,000 first-place prize for developing more flexible space gloves for use by astronauts.
  • Sunday, November 22

  • FTC: Invasive spyware illegal   UPI / 4:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a Florida company said they are near agreement on appropriate use of spyware that can invade others' computers.
  • Travolta thanks Florida city for support   UPI / 3:14PM
    OCALA, Fla., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Actor John Travolta said during his family's first public appearance in Ocala, Fla., since the death of his son Jett he is thankful for residents' support.
  • Fundraiser to aid victim of burning crime   UPI / 3:04PM
    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A Florida fundraiser to benefit a 15-year-old burn attack victim netted about $50,000 and boosted the family's spirits, the boy's mother said.
  • Tebow runs for another title: Gators notebook   AP / 11:34AM
    Nov. 22--GAINESVILLE -- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow broke another Southeastern Conference record on Saturday, and he did it with a bang.
  • Kyle Busch wins Nationwide race and title   AP / 7:34AM
    Kyle Busch clinched the Nationwide points title by winning
  • Kyle Busch wins Nationwide title   AP / 12:34AM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Kyle Busch, a temperamental 24-year-old with boundless talent, slapped a bold exclamation point Saturday night on the greatest NASCAR Nationwide Series season any driver has ever enjoyed.
  • Friday, November 20

  • Crist fundraiser accused of fraud   UPI / 4:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- An attorney who was a major fundraiser for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist allegedly conducted an investment scam that cost investors millions, a lawsuit alleges.
  • Two monkey sightings reported in Tampa   UPI / 4:35PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they do not know if two monkey sightings Friday morning in Tampa were of the same loose primate.
  • Woman wins $300M verdict in tobacco suit   UPI / 1:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Phillip Morris says it will appeal the $300 million awarded a Florida woman who claimed the tobacco company hid the addictive and harmful nature of cigarettes.
  • Wednesday, November 18

  • Cooling heart patients improves survival   UPI / 12:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Rapidly cooling a person in cardiac arrest may improve the chance of survival without brain damage, researchers in Sweden said.
  • NASA 'glove challenge' set for Thursday   UPI / 12:44PM
    TITUSVILLE, Fla., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- NASA's Astronaut Glove Challenge competition, with a $400,000 prize, will test gloves independent inventors designed and constructed for use in space.
  • Tuesday, November 17

  • Biomarkers indicate post heart attack life   UPI / 3:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers link two biomarkers to poorer quality of life after a heart attack.
  • Hug may hurt Fla. gov.'s re-election bid   UPI / 3:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's hug with Democratic President Barack Obama early this year may harm Crist's re-election chances, a GOP strategist says.
  • Monday, November 16

  • Butterfly experiment goes into space   UPI / 3:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Monarch and painted lady butterfly larvae rode into space Monday aboard space shuttle Atlantis in an experiment to be monitored by thousands of U.S. students.
  • Space shuttle Atlantis returns to space   UPI / 3:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Atlantis roared into space Monday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, en route to deliver spare parts to the International Space Station.
  • Crist's Senate bid facing opposition   UPI / 12:14PM
    NEWBERRY, Fla., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's bid for a U.S. Senate seat is being opposed by some of his fellow Republicans because of his bipartisan efforts, experts said.
  • Sunday, November 15

  • NASA: Shuttle Atlantis ready to go   UPI / 10:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Atlantis is on schedule to launch from Florida, NASA officials confirmed.
  • Pick of the year for the Gators: Trattou's interception preserves 24-14 victory at South Carolina.   AP / 12:34PM
    Nov. 15--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Florida defensive end Justin Trattou was knocked to the ground and trying to get back to his feet when he heard a thud.
  • Saturday, November 14

  • Theme parks step up flu precautions   UPI / 8:54PM
    ORLANDA, Fla., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Disney theme parks in Florida and California have taken steps to prevent the spread of H1N1, company officials said.
  • World's largest cruise ship in Florida   UPI / 3:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The world's largest cruise ship was a sight to behold as it steamed into its Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home port for the first time, observers said.
  • Regulators shut down Century, Orion banks: Closures affect 4 Manatee branches   AP / 4:34AM
    Nov. 14--MANATEE -- Yet two more Florida banks, including a local one, have fallen victim to the rough economic times.
  • Thursday, November 12

  • Northwestern Univ. doctor to make history   UPI / 9:54AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A Northwestern University physician is to become the first orthopedic surgeon to orbit the Earth when he lifts off on space shuttle Atlantis.
  • NASA prepares for Atlantis liftoff   UPI / 9:44AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The six astronauts who will be aboard space shuttle Atlantis on its STS-129 mission began their pre-launch activities at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday.
  • Wednesday, November 11

  • Fla. attorney faces new financial scandal   UPI / 2:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A high-flying Florida attorney, already accused of running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, is being probed in a separate, $57 million scam, sources say.
  • Space shuttle Atlantis readied for launch   UPI / 1:35PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Kennedy Space Center technicians in Florida started pressurizing space shuttle Atlantis' propulsion systems Wednesday, preparing the spacecraft for launch.
  • Legal delays can't wash away shampoo hopes   UPI / 11:54AM
    ORMOND BEACH, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. actor John Martino said he is set to try to sell 13,000 bottles of shampoo he was finally reunited with after years of legal delays.
  • 'Optical biopsy' for breast cancer tested   UPI / 11:24AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher is testing the accuracy of using an "optical biopsy" to determine breast cancer.
  • Verizon Florida to pay $2M settlement   UPI / 10:14AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Verizon Florida agreed to pay $2 million to settle charges of failure to provide discounts and for prolonged service outages, officials said.
  • Tuesday, November 10

  • Ex-astronaut pleads guilty in assault case   UPI / 3:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Lisa Marie Nowak, the former NASA astronaut accused in Florida of attacking a romantic rival, pleaded guilty to reduced charges in Florida Tuesday.
  • Would-be streaker nabbed in the act   UPI / 3:05PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Florida police said a man who attempted to streak at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game was arrested almost immediately upon reaching the field.
  • Monday, November 9

  • NASA awards Kennedy support contract   UPI / 4:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- NASA says it has selected C&C International Computers and Consultants Inc. to provide institutional support services at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Study uncovers new fact of coral spawning   UPI / 3:05PM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have determined why corals spawn for just a few nights in some locations, but elsewhere the spawning continues for several months.
  • Deputies: Deer 'intruder' chased from home   UPI / 2:54PM
    EAST LAKE, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said sheriff's deputies investigating a suspected home intruder discovered a deer thrashing around the inside of a house.
  • Cultured pearls produced from queen conch   UPI / 2:44PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have, for the first time, produced beaded and non-beaded cultured pearls from the queen conch (Strombus gigas).
  • A stunning perfect storm: Buccaneers 38, Packers 28   AP / 12:34PM
    Nov. 9--TAMPA, Fla. -- The Green Bay Packers had been flirting with trouble all season long, even in their four wins.
  • Alligator underneath car bites Florida man   UPI / 11:34AM
    DADE CITY, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said an alligator hiding underneath a car bit a man in Land O' Lakes, Fla.
  • Sunday, November 8

  • 2 endangered gorillas move to Fla.   UPI / 3:24PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The Jacksonville, Fla., zoo recently acquired two female gorillas, members of an endangered species, to join one of the zoo's males, zoo officials said.
  • Top-ranked Florida grinds out victory over Vanderbilt   AP / 12:34AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators never had a clearer depiction of their identity than in Saturday's 27-3 win against Vanderbilt.
  • Saturday, November 7

  • The Orlando Sentinel, Fla., User's Guide column: New Droid is worthy competition for iPhone   AP / 9:34AM
    Nov. 7--Motorola was once king of the cell-phone industry. Everywhere you looked, people were using those Razr phones made by the Illinois-based company. But these days, you're more likely to see a Motorola phone in a rerun of 24 than in the hand of someone next to you on a bus.
  • Python hoaxer faces charges   UPI / 2:44AM
    BRADENTON, Fla., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida man has been charged with faking the trapping of a 14-foot Burmese python he had actually purchased from a dealer.
  • Thursday, November 5

  • Tranquility transfer ceremony rescheduled   UPI / 2:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency's transfer of the International Space Station's Tranquility node to the U.S. space agency has been rescheduled.
  • NASA announces STS-129 details   UPI / 10:05AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says blogs and tweets will be part of the upcoming launch of space shuttle Atlantis and its mission to the International Space Station.
  • Wednesday, November 4

  • Florida man found dead near bee colony   UPI / 5:54PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A 61-year-old South Florida man was found dead Tuesday after working on a roof near a colony of thousands of bees, police said.
  • Cafe cook frees ensnared manatee   UPI / 4:24PM
    STUART, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A cook at a Florida cafe said she used a restaurant knife to free a manatee that had become ensnared in a net near the eatery.
  • Accused Fla. attorney returns from abroad   UPI / 4:04PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida attorney accused of running a fraudulent investment scheme returned to Fort Lauderdale after disappearing abroad, observers said.
  • Breastfeeding good for babies and moms   UPI / 2:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The American Dietetic Association has issued a position paper touting the benefits of breastfeeding for both U.S. infants and mothers.
  • Tuesday, November 3

  • Girl hurt in mishap at Disney resort   UPI / 10:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A 4-year-old girl had surgery after injuring her neck, head and face in a golf-cart mishap at Disney's Fort Wilderness in Florida, officials said.
  • STS-129 astronauts practice simulations   UPI / 3:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The NASA astronauts scheduled for the STS-129 mission to the International Space Station practiced procedures Tuesday aboard space shuttle Atlantis.
  • Store owner allowed to keep painted flag   UPI / 2:14PM
    NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Officials in a Florida town voted to allow a shopkeeper to keep the big U.S. flag she painted on the outside wall of her consignment store.
  • Fla. attorney accused in financial scheme   UPI / 1:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A well-known Fort Lauderdale, Fla., attorney is accused of misappropriating funds from wealthy clients in a financial scheme, his firm alleges.
  • Florida bank put TARP funds into loans   UPI / 1:14PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The Biscayne Bank in Florida reported that, with federal bailout funds in hand, it increased lending in the third quarter.
  • Suspect robs same bank three times   UPI / 12:05PM
    TAMARAC, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A heavyset man wearing dreadlocks has robbed the same Tamarac, Fla., bank three times this year without being caught, police said.
  • Monday, November 2

  • ESA to transfer Tranquility node to NASA   UPI / 10:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency says it will transfer ownership of the International Space Station's Tranquility node to the U.S. space agency.
  • Atlantis gets Nov. 16 'maybe' launch date   UPI / 9:05AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- NASA has selected a tentative launch date for space shuttle Atlantis' 11-day flight to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Sunday, November 1

  • Fla. rip currents claim Ind. man's life   UPI / 8:14PM
    ORMOND BEACH, Fla., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- An Indiana man died after a lifeguard pulled him out of waist-high water with strong rip currents off Ormond Beach, Fla., authorities said.
  • Florida Gets Back on Track With Rout of Rival Georgia: Florida Also Clinched a Spot in the SEC Title Game With the Win As Tennessee Beat South Carolina on Saturday Night.   AP / 10:34AM
    Nov. 1--JACKSONVILLE -- JACKSONVILLE -- Feelings were hurt this week in the Florida Gators' locker room.
  • Saturday, October 31

  • Couple charged with defrauding NASA   UPI / 9:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A University of Florida professor and his wife are facing fraud charges in connection with a $3.7 million contract they had with NASA, court documents reveal.
  • Show and tell gator escapes in Florida   UPI / 4:04PM
    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A 5-foot alligator used in a show and tell in Panama City Beach, Fla., escaped after its school visit, a Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman said.
  • USF QB Does in Mountaineers: Daniels Outgains WVU, 336-323   AP / 1:34PM
    Oct. 31--South Florida finally got the better of one of the Big East's best teams.
  • Python trappers catch 37 in 4 months   UPI / 9:54AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Experts licensed to trap and kill pythons in Florida made only a small dent in the population in four months, officials say.
  • Study: Inheritance produces inequality   UPI / 7:44AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A large-scale anthropological study indicates there is less wealth inequality in societies where inheritance isn't prevalent, U.S. researchers say.
  • Friday, October 30

  • Lawsuit expected in Florida spa death   UPI / 1:14PM
    WESTON, Fla., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The family of a 37-year-old woman who died after getting liposuction intends to sue the Florida spa where the procedure was performed, their lawyers say.
  • Thursday, October 29

  • Florida Will Be Late to the Economic Recovery   AP / 8:34PM
    Oct. 29--The Great Recession might be over for the nation, but Florida's economy is still shrinking.
  • $1,000 'guyPhone' costumes functional   UPI / 5:44PM
    PALM HARBOR, Fla., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A pair of Florida men who spent $1,000 each turning themselves into "guyPhones" for Halloween said they are making the money back in costume contests.
  • Wednesday, October 28

  • Dueling 'hot wife' ads headed for court   UPI / 5:34PM
    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Florida air-conditioning and heating company is suing a competitor for using an advertising phrase close to the company's "Your wife is hot" campaign.
  • Magnet may transform high-field research   UPI / 3:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University says it's been given nearly $3 million to build a new kind of superconducting magnet.
  • Connerton, urban model, meets real market   UPI / 2:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- An urban development project north of Tampa, Fla., the would be-home for 20,000 called Connerton, may soon be sold, the company president said.
  • NASA's newest rocket launched successfully   UPI / 12:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency's newest rocket, the Ares I-X, was launched on its first test flight Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Tuesday, October 27

  • Ex-'Vice' star raising money for Bermudez   UPI / 9:05PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Philip Michael Thomas, a former star of TV's "Miami Vice," is to serve as host for a fundraiser for Whilly Bermudez's campaign for the Florida legislature.
  • Mayoral candidate not a threat to Obama   UPI / 5:44PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A perennial Miami Beach, Fla., mayoral candidate drew the attention of the U.S. Secret Service when President Barack Obama was in town for a fundraiser.
  • Obama announces energy tech grants   UPI / 3:44PM
    ARCADIA, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday announced $3.4 billion in stimulus funding for the nation's smart energy grid and pitched energy legislation in Florida.
  • Couple handed jail time for mortgage fraud   UPI / 12:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A former bank president in Tampa, Fla., and his wife were handed prison sentences after pleading guilty to a $79 million bank fraud scheme.
  • Rare cranes leave Wisconsin for Florida   UPI / 12:05PM
    NECEDAH, Wis., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The annual migration of whooping cranes from Wisconsin to Florida is under way with the aid of an ultra light aircraft, officials said.
  • Ares I-X first test flight is scrubbed   UPI / 12:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The first test flight of NASA's Ares I-X rocket was scrubbed Tuesday because of unacceptable weather conditions at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Trial opens in shooting of NFL player   UPI / 11:44AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A jury has been convened in the case of a Jacksonville, Fla., man charged with shooting and paralyzing former NFL player Richard Collier, officials said.
  • Monday, October 26

  • Princess Tiana attraction opens at Disney   UPI / 9:54PM
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Characters from the upcoming animated feature film "The Princess and the Frog" are already greeting guests at Florida's Magic Kingdom, The Walt Disney Co. says.
  • Obama won't rush decision on Afghanistan   UPI / 6:35PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Any decision about sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan will not be rushed, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged at the naval station in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Picower drowned following heart attack   UPI / 2:34PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. philanthropist Jeffry Picower, accused of profiting from a huge Ponzi scheme, drowned Sunday after suffering a heart attack, a family attorney said.
  • Man fired over Pledge of Allegiance button   UPI / 11:14AM
    OKEECHOBEE, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Okeechobee, Fla., man says he's been fired from The Home Depot for wearing a button with a U.S. flag and the statement "One nation under God, indivisible."
  • Sunday, October 25

  • Scientists struggle for mercury answers   UPI / 11:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Scientists studying how mercury pollution affects Florida's environment say mercury levels in many rivers and lakes have yet to be measured.
  • Madoff figure Picower dies, found in pool   UPI / 7:05PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Jeffry Picower, accused in a lawsuit of benefiting from Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, was found dead Sunday in his Florida swimming pool, officials said.
  • Couple marry, then run endurance race   UPI / 2:34PM
    CLERMONT, Fla., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A 38-year-old woman say she married her fiance in Clermont, Fla., moments before they started their new life together by running a triathlon.
  • Ford Alerts Coaches to Winning Play-Call   AP / 4:34AM
    Oct. 25--MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The play was called
  • Friday, October 23

  • Researcher: Seniors need high-tech help   UPI / 1:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Design barriers threaten to turn the elderly into second-class citizens when it comes to cell phone and computer use, a researcher in Florida says.
  • Thursday, October 22

  • Canker ban on Florida citrus lifted   UPI / 3:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture said its ban on commercial shipments of Florida citrus to parts of the United States is being lifted.
  • Chasing thief costs Wal-Mart worker a job   UPI / 12:34PM
    OCALA, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A former Wal-Mart worker in Ocala, Fla., said he was fired from his job because he chased after a man who allegedly tried to steal a pack of golf balls.
  • FSU receives grant for spintronics study   UPI / 12:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Florida State University scientists say they'll use a $450,000 National Science Foundation grant for basic research in an emerging field known as spintronics.
  • Wednesday, October 21

  • No dismissal of Casey Anthony lawsuit   UPI / 4:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A judge in Orange County, Fla., said he would not dismiss a lawsuit against Casey Anthony, whose young daughter Caylee was killed last year.
  • Tuesday, October 20

  • Scientists remove plaque from mouse brains   UPI / 3:14PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have created a technique that allows them to remove amyloid plaque from the brains of live animals suffering Alzheimer's disease.
  • Family fears for Holocaust survivor   UPI / 1:14PM
    PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The family of a Florida Holocaust survivor says they worry for her safety because she is being sued by a notorious 25-year-old Holocaust denier.
  • Floridians seek answer on cancer rumors   UPI / 11:55AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Some residents of Palm Beach County, Fla., say they're frustrated with the pace of a brain cancer investigation in their region.
  • Ares I-X rocket arrives at launch pad   UPI / 11:34AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- For the first time in more than a quarter century, a new rocket, the Ares 1-X, has been placed on a Kennedy Space Center launch pad in Florida.
  • NASA sets new Atlantis launch date   UPI / 9:54AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has set Nov. 16 as the target launch date for space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission to the International Space Station.
  • Monday, October 19

  • Florida police kill 200-pound wild boar   UPI / 11:35AM
    PINELLAS PARK, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Police in Pinellas Park, Fla., said they shot and killed a 200-pound wild boar after the animal was spotted near a local church festival.
  • NASA reschedules Ares I-X rollout   UPI / 10:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- NASA says it has rescheduled the move of the Ares I-X rocket to its Kennedy Space Center launch pad in preparation for its first test flight.
  • Sunday, October 18

  • University of Connecticut Player Dies in Campus Stabbing   AP / 10:34PM
    MIAMI -- It's the type of early morning phone call no football coach ever wants to receive--news that one of their guys is gone.
  • Windshield crack forces emergency landing   UPI / 3:34PM
    DANIA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A jet carrying troops from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, made an emergency landing in Broward County, Fla., due to a cracked windshield, airport officials said.
  • Cincinnati Zoo manatees arrive in Florida   UPI / 3:24PM
    CINCINNATI, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden said the zoo's two prized manatees arrived safely to a zoo in Tampa, Fla.
  • Sharpton threatens to sue Limbaugh   UPI / 12:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton says he may sue Rush Limbaugh if the U.S. talk show host does not apologize for comments he made in a newspaper item.
  • The Orlando Sentinel, Fla., User's Guide Column: Microsoft Shines Again With Windows 7   AP / 8:34AM
    Oct. 18--On Thursday, Microsoft is going for a do-over. The software giant is releasing a new operating system that it hopes will make people forget about all of the problems with Windows Vista.
  • The Orlando Sentinel, Fla., George Diaz Column: Gators Will Take Ugly Win Over Hogs and Keep Marching Toward Pasadena   AP / 8:34AM
    Oct. 18--GAINESVILLE -- If there is a road to Pasadena for the Florida Gators this season, it's going to be via Amtrak.
  • Razors-Edged Relief for Florida; No. 1 Gators Drive 69 Yards to Win at the End   AP / 12:34AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida wants to keep its quarterback
  • Saturday, October 17

  • Florida Gators Will Take Ugly Win Over Arkansas and Keep Marching Toward Pasadena   AP / 10:35PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- If there is a road to Pasadena for the
  • Storm delays rescue of manatee in N.J.   UPI / 4:34PM
    BRIGANTINE, N.J., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials said they have been unable to rescue a South Florida manatee off the coast of New Jersey because of a heavy rainstorm.
  • Purification of toilet water expected   UPI / 4:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The growing population of the United States will one day make the purification of toilet water for use as drinking water a necessity, experts say.
  • Wednesday, October 14

  • Artist: Misunderstanding caused mural ban   UPI / 5:34PM
    PLANT CITY, Fla., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A Florida artist said a city's ban on new downtown murals was triggered by a painting of an armrest that was mistaken for a male sex organ.
  • Comatose liposuction patient dies   UPI / 2:35PM
    WESTON, Fla., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A Florida woman who lapsed into a coma after liposuction has died after her breathing machine was disconnected, a medical examiner says.
  • Giant snakes invade South Florida   UPI / 1:54PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- South Florida is ground zero for giant invasive snakes, a report released by the U.S. Geological Survey concludes.
  • Nurse re-uses IV supplies   UPI / 12:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A Florida hospital is offering to test patients who may have been exposed to blood-borne diseases because of re-used supplies, hospital officials say.
  • NASA to hold 'Tweetup' for shuttle launch   UPI / 9:44AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- NASA says it is extending an invitation to its Twitter followers to view a space shuttle launch in person at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Judge orders teen convert back to Ohio   UPI / 1:34AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A Florida judge ruled that a teenage runaway must return to Ohio despite her fears her Muslim parents will kill her for converting to Christianity.
  • Report: Florida Rep. Wexler to resign   UPI / 12:05AM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., plans to resign from Congress to become the head of a Washington foreign-policy think tank, Democratic sources said Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, October 13

  • Study may lead to rip current forecasts   UPI / 4:05PM
    ST. PETE BEACH, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. study has found rip currents pose a greater risk to swimmers than to shorelines.
  • Body found in trunk of bridge jumper's car   UPI / 11:44AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A man parked his car on a Tampa, Fla., bridge, set it on fire and jumped to his death, said police who later found a body in the burning car's trunk.
  • Another Broward County deputy arrested   UPI / 11:35AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A Florida sheriff's deputy accused of extorting money from marijuana growers had an accomplice on the force, the Broward County sheriff says.
  • Sunday, October 11

  • Crash victims rescued off Florida coast   UPI / 1:14PM
    KEY WEST, Fla., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued three people who survived an airplane crash and clung to a buoy off the Florida coast until arrived.
  • Saturday, October 10

  • Florida Gators: Tim Tebow's Playing Status Will Impact Game   AP / 3:34PM
    Oct. 10--GAINESVILLE -- And you thought playing Tim Tebow on 4th-and-1 against Tennessee in 2006 was risky.
  • Seminoles Hope to Avoid Distraction   AP / 3:34PM
    Oct. 10--TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State is off to its worst start in more than 25 years. It is 0-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time ever. The university's Board of Trustees chairman has called for this to be Bobby Bowden's final season here. And tonight the Seminoles will host Georgia Tech.
  • Friday, October 9

  • Manatee mess closes South Florida beach   UPI / 7:14PM
    HUMISTON PARK, Fla., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A mile-long stretch of beach in South Florida has reopened after workers removed hundreds of piles of manatee excrement, officials said.
  • Thursday, October 8

  • Early flier was less bird than dinosaur   UPI / 10:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Florida State University scientists say they believe the prehistoric reptilian bird archaeopteryx was less like modern-day birds than previously thought.
  • Mayport Navy carrier berthing nearer   UPI / 2:54PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Congress approved dredging of the basin at Florida's Mayport Naval Air Station that could result in a new home for a nuclear aircraft carrier, officials said.
  • Former Miami mayor eyeing U.S. Senate seat   UPI / 12:05PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre said he is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and is prepared to represent Florida during the current economic crisis.
  • Drywall causing insurance problems in Fla.   UPI / 11:44AM
    PUNTA GORDA, Fla., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Florida homeowners filing insurance claims for property repairs due to suspected Chinese drywall are being denied compensation, a lawyer says.
  • Jacksonville Zoo jaguar euthanized   UPI / 11:24AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Bruno, the oldest male jaguar at Florida's Jacksonville Zoo, was euthanized at the age of 16 due to a central nervous system disease, a zoo official says.
  • Wednesday, October 7

  • Fed-funded study to look at sea level rise   UPI / 3:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The federal government has given Florida State University geologists $1 million to study what will happen if global climate changes cause sea levels to rise.
  • Father of missing tot headed for divorce   UPI / 12:44PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The father of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings is splitting up with his teenage wife after seven months of marriage, attorneys for the Florida couple say.
  • Study finds how the body handles histones   UPI / 12:04PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida State University medical scientist says his discovery about how the body manages proteins called histones might lead to new cancer therapies.
  • Nowak lawyer says pepper spray not used   UPI / 8:04AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Former U.S. astronaut Lisa Nowak's lawyer says prosecutors failed to turn over a report that could help clear her of attempted kidnapping and assault charges.
  • Tuesday, October 6

  • Bears forage in Fla. residences' trashcans   UPI / 9:54PM
    PANAMA CITY, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An increasing number of wild black bears have invaded residential areas at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., searching for food, wildlife officials said.
  • Woman injured while corralling emus   UPI / 5:14PM
    MOSSY HEAD, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A Florida woman was airlifted to a hospital with injuries sustained from an emu's claw while trying to corral the large flightless bird.
  • Shuttle Atlantis to move to its launch pad   UPI / 2:35PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- NASA says it will move space shuttle Atlantis to its launch pad next week to prepare for a Nov. 12 liftoff on a mission to the International Space Station.
  • Nurse accused of exposing patients to HIV   UPI / 12:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A nurse allegedly has acknowledged she reused medical supplies that may have exposed 1,851 people to HIV, Broward County, Fla., officials said.
  • Monday, October 5

  • 16-foot Burmese python caught in Florida   UPI / 2:24PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A fire rescue official in Miami-Dade County, Fla., says she helped capture a 16-foot Burmese python discovered near an area nursery.
  • Florida lawyers split over whocanisue.com   UPI / 12:05PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Some attorneys in Florida say the referral service, whocanisue.com, is a disgrace while other lawyers label the Web site a boon for business.
  • Sunday, October 4

  • Metallica meets with Fla. cancer survivor   UPI / 12:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- An 85-year-old cancer survivor says the heavy metal group Metallica met with her before a show in Tampa, Fla.
  • Friday, October 2

  • New entry in Florida Senate race   UPI / 9:14AM
    MIAMI, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre says he will announce plans next week to run for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.
  • Thursday, October 1

  • Nurse brain dead after liposuction   UPI / 8:44PM
    WESTON, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Law enforcement and health officials probed Thursday how a 37-year-old mother of three became brain dead after a procedure to remove fat from her body.
  • Protection sought for Fla. coral discovery   UPI / 8:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A conservation group said Thursday discovery of a type of coral off the shore of the town of Palm Beach, Fla. indicates it deserves protected habitat status.
  • Huge rattlesnake found outside Fla. home   UPI / 7:34PM
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A Florida snake trapper said the newspaper photo of a rattlesnake he killed outside a St. Augustine residence exaggerated the snake's length.
  • An Olympian Decision Awaits the International Olympic Committee   AP / 5:35PM
    MIAMI -- While bicycling along the Lake Michigan shoreline, I took in the panorama, swinging my head to the right to admire Chicago's magnificent skyscrapers and to the left to watch sailboats tacking in the breeze.
  • Florida city cited for pollution violation   UPI / 12:44PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The city of West Palm Beach, Fla., was hit with 117 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency citations for pollution violations, regulatory data shows.
  • Wednesday, September 30

  • Neighborhood fills with venomous snakes   UPI / 3:44PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Residents of a Florida neighborhood said nearby road construction caused the area to become overrun with venomous snakes.
  • Large gator found in Florida school   UPI / 3:24PM
    NAPLES, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Officials at a Florida elementary school said a 7-foot alligator that wandered into the school was safely removed before children arrived.
  • Hotel heir's Batman collection disappears   UPI / 3:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Valuable Batman memorabilia owned by slain Fontainebleau heir Ben Novack Jr. is missing from several Florida warehouses, police in New York say.
  • Documents shed little light on Caylee case   UPI / 1:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Forensics released in the case of slain Florida toddler Caylee Anthony include little evidence linking her death to her mother, court documents indicate.
  • Few side effects from prostate radiation   UPI / 12:24PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have found few complications in prostate cancer patients treated with radiotherapy after surgery to remove the prostate.
  • Cause of Florida shark deaths unknown   UPI / 12:24PM
    MARCO ISLAND, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The official cause of death of nine bonnethead sharks and two black tip sharks found dead in Marco Island, Fla., remains unknown, officials say.
  • Bill Clinton touts support for Haiti   UPI / 7:44AM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says the impoverished nation of Haiti is getting more support from its Latin American neighbors.
  • Conductor falls 14 ft; no internal injury   UPI / 12:34AM
    DESTIN, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A conductor at the University of West Florida who fell 14 feet from a stage suffered multiple injuries but said his accident could have been worse.
  • Tuesday, September 29

  • Study finds weed killer hurts fish, frogs   UPI / 8:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Two University of South Florida biologists say the popular weed killer atrazine interferes with the growth of fish and amphibians.
  • September calmest storm month since 1997   UPI / 11:44AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- September has been the calmest month for tropical storms since 1997, largely because of the weather pattern known as El Nino, Florida meteorologists said.
  • Friday, September 25

  • Experimental defense satellites launched   UPI / 2:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A rocket carrying two experimental satellites to track enemy missiles was launched Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., NASA officials said.
  • Thursday, September 24

  • Florida lawyers group behind racist flier   UPI / 4:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The head of a powerful Florida trial lawyer lobbying group apologized for a flier linked to his group that used race-baiting in a recent state Senate election.
  • Vulture flock messy guests in Florida   UPI / 2:54PM
    BAYTREE, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Florida trapper said a flock of vultures returning to Brevard County for the winter tore up a pool cover, allowing one of the birds to take a dip.
  • Anesthesia at outpatient clinics targeted   UPI / 1:04PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Florida couple whose teenage daughter died in a 2008 breast-augmentation surgery say anesthesia should not be used at outpatient surgical centers.
  • Wednesday, September 23

  • Candidate disqualified for bounced check   UPI / 3:14PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Officials in Miami Beach, Fla., said a mayoral candidate has been disqualified from the race for bouncing his qualifying check.
  • Investigation under way in seagull deaths   UPI / 12:44PM
    TITUSVILLE, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- State wildlife and port authority officers say they are trying to determine who killed nearly 20 seagulls at Florida's Port Canaveral.
  • NASA schedules Ares I-X rocket test launch   UPI / 10:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- NASA says it has set Oct. 27 as the date for the first flight test of the Ares I-X rocket, pending successful testing and data verification.
  • Dead python found floating in Tampa area   UPI / 1:05AM
    LARGO, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A 10-foot-long reticulated python was found floating dead Tuesday in a drainage pond in a Florida nature preserve, officials said.
  • Tuesday, September 22

  • USGS details Florida stream gauge history   UPI / 1:34PM
    RESTON, Va., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Geological Survey has issued a report detailing the 100-year history of Florida's first stream gauge, located on the Suwannee River at White Springs.
  • Monday, September 21

  • Man Sought in Family's Slaying Arrested   AP / 9:34PM
    A Florida man sought in the slayings of his wife and five children has been arrested in his native Haiti, authorities say.
  • Amoeba infection confirmed in Florida   UPI / 2:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- An amoeba infection that killed three boys in Orlando, Fla., in 2007 has been confirmed in a 22-year-old man, authorities said.
  • Cincinnati Zoo's manatees soon to depart   UPI / 1:24PM
    CINCINNATI, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will send its two manatees to Tampa, Fla., in preparation for their release into the wild, the zoo director said.
  • New invasive python seen near Everglades   UPI / 1:14PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The discovery of two rock pythons -- Africa's largest snake -- could mean a new invasive species is breeding in Florida, officials said.
  • Four killed in Florida plane crash   UPI / 12:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Four people died in the crash of a small plane carrying college football fans who had flown to Gainesville, Fla., for a game, authorities said.
  • NASA assigns final shuttle crew   UPI / 8:44AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- NASA has assigned the astronauts who will make the last scheduled space shuttle trip, targeted to launch in September 2010 to the International Space Station.
  • Sunday, September 20

  • Cubans Flock to Havana Plaza for Juanes Concert   AP / 10:34PM
    MIAMI -- As a sea of revelers jammed Havana's Plaza de la Revolucion, Puerto Rico's Olga Tanon opened the controversial Peace without Borders concert Sunday with a sentiment that, despite all the debate on both sides of the Florida Straits, simply could not be disputed:
  • Could 2 python species mate in Florida?   UPI / 6:24AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Scientists say the African rock python and the Burmese python could mate in the Florida Everglades, producing a vigorous possibly man-eating hybrid.
  • Saturday, September 19

  • Sources: Buffett is Dolphins' surprise act   UPI / 3:14PM
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Singer Jimmy Buffett is the surprise performer scheduled to take the stage at Land Shark Stadium before the Miami Dolphins' prime time game, sources say.
  • Ex-DEA agent 'not guilty' in Stanford case   UPI / 9:44AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Tom Raffanello, the former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Miami office, says he's not guilty of helping a financier destroy records.
  • School officials spared jail for prayer   UPI / 1:44AM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Two high school officials won't go to jail for praying at a banquet, a federal judge in Florida has decided.
  • Friday, September 18

  • Urban Meyer's Florida Gators Eager to at Last Shut Up Tennessee's Kiffin   AP / 11:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The image of payback and pride has been
  • ACORN dispute fans Florida political fire   UPI / 1:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The ACORN video controversy brought out a sea of angry voices in Florida with Gov. Charlie Crist flooded with queries about ties with the group, officials say.
  • Thursday, September 17

  • Jury awards $4.5M for lawyers' errors   UPI / 6:24PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A jury said a Florida law firm twice botched a woman's racial-discrimination case against her employer and now owes her $4.5 million for the errors.
  • Wednesday, September 16

  • Therapy cures colorblindness in monkeys   UPI / 4:05PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say gene therapy used to cure colorblindness in two squirrel monkeys might lead to similar treatments to cure adult human vision disorders.
  • New telescopic device looks at black holes   UPI / 12:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. astronomers say they've used one of the world's most advanced new telescopic instruments to gather images of the Milky Way's "supermassive" black hole.
  • Teen may be charged for restroom photos   UPI / 12:14PM
    WESTON, Fla., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A teenager may be charged with a misdemeanor for snapping photos of female coeds in a restroom at his high school, Florida officials say.
  • Tuesday, September 15

  • World of Harry Potter to open in 2010   UPI / 6:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Consumer Products Tuesday announced their plans to open The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in spring 2010.
  • Discovery readied for a return to Florida   UPI / 5:54PM
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says space shuttle Discovery, which landed Friday at Edwards Air Force Base in California, is ready to return to Florida.
  • Woman finds snake on dash of rental car   UPI / 3:54PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A Florida college student said she was shocked to climb into her rental car outside of her apartment to find a 3 1/2-foot snake on the dashboard.
  • Florida offers python 'amnesty' day   UPI / 12:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Florida is offering a "Pet Amnesty Day" for python owners to safely get rid of the snakes with no questions asked, authorities said.
  • Brother sues brother over bone marrow   UPI / 11:44AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A Tampa, Fla., man with leukemia is suing his brother for refusing to donate bone marrow after accepting $37,500, authorities said.
  • Monday, September 14

  • Mass. town visited by second manatee   UPI / 3:14PM
    DENNIS, Mass., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Officials in Dennis, Mass., said a Florida manatee has been spotted at Sesuit Harbor for the second consecutive year.
  • Star medical examiners called in trial   UPI / 12:24PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- High-profile medical examiners have been called in the trial of a Boca Raton, Fla., couple accused of fatally starving 89-year-old Elly Lorey, authorities said.
  • NASA exercises Boeing contract option   UPI / 9:35AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it is exercising its final extension option in its Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services contract with a Boeing unit.
  • Saturday, September 12

  • Cardinals' Smoltz Has Shoulder Tendinitis, Will Miss One Start   AP / 8:34PM
    Sep. 12--ST. LOUIS -- John Smoltz has tendinitis in his right shoulder that will force him to miss his scheduled start for the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday against Florida.
  • 18-foot pet python gets new home   UPI / 1:24PM
    APOPKA, Fla., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A "monster" python named Delilah has been moved to a new home in Florida amid concerns her back yard cage couldn't contain her, Apopka authorities said.
  • Man charged with stealing pitcher's ID   UPI / 12:44PM
    PHOENIX, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A Mexican national has been arrested in Phoenix for allegedly stealing the identify of Florida Marlins relief pitcher Kiki Calero, police said.
  • Girl faces deportation over vaccine   UPI / 7:34AM
    PORT ST. JOE, Fla., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- An adopted teen who has lived in Port St. Joe, Fla. since she was 3 faces possible deportation to England for refusing a vaccination, she and her mother say.
  • Friday, September 11

  • Shuttle Discovery lands at Edwards AFB   UPI / 9:24PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Space Shuttle Discovery landed Friday in California after bad weather prevented landings in Florida two straight days.
  • Possible threat to speedway investigated   UPI / 12:24PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Four suspects on a terror watch list were seen driving past the Daytona International Speedway and taking pictures of the Florida track, police sources say.
  • Thursday, September 10

  • Discovery landing waved off   UPI / 7:14PM
    TITUSVILLE, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. space shuttle Discovery missed its first opportunity to re-enter Earth's atmosphere Thursday because of weather concerns, NASA said.
  • Sea turtles at risk in Florida county   UPI / 3:05PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A conservation official in Miami-Dade County, Fla., says sea turtles in the area are facing enhanced threats from beach-goers and vandals.
  • Search resumes for missing Fla. motorist   UPI / 1:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Authorities in Alachua County, Fla., said the search resumed Thursday for a missing motorist who crashed in a local preserve populated with alligators.
  • Wednesday, September 9

  • Disgraced Lawmaker to Host Talk Show   AP / 12:34PM
    A Florida lawmaker forced to resign for sending sexually explicit e-mail to underage U.S. Congressional pages will host a talk show, a radio station announced.
  • Disgraced lawmaker to host talk show   UPI / 12:24PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Florida lawmaker forced to resign for sending sexually explicit e-mail to underage U.S. congressional pages will host a talk show, a radio station announced.
  • The Orlando Sentinel, Fla., From The Press Box Column   AP / 10:35AM
    Sep. 9--Here we are, four days removed from BYU's upset over Oklahoma, and the Cougars are still the talk of the college football world.
  • Tuesday, September 8

  • NASA awards helium contract   UPI / 4:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. space agency officials say they've selected five companies to provide liquid and gaseous helium for 17 NASA locations across the United States.
  • Judge postpones ruling on Anthony lawsuit   UPI / 4:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A Florida judge postponed a decision Tuesday on dismissing a defamation suit brought by a woman who was questioned in the disappearance of Caylee Anthony.
  • Discovery to return to Earth Thursday   UPI / 3:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- NASA says space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew are to return to Earth Thursday after a 13-day mission to the International Space Station.
  • Fake cameras used in anti-crime program   UPI / 10:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A real estate developer who promised to combat crime allegedly installed 40 fake security cameras in his development, Orlando, Fla., authorities said.
  • Monday, September 7

  • Man linked to assault at Disney World   UPI / 3:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A 29-year-old Deltona, Fla., man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl at Disney World, authorities in Orlando, Fla., said.
  • Sunday, September 6

  • Fla. brothers break trans-ocean record   UPI / 6:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Two Florida brothers set a record for a trans-Atlantic journey in a 21-foot fishing boat, the smallest powerboat to make the trip, they reported on their blog.
  • Saturday, September 5

  • Universal to offer glimpse of Potter park   UPI / 1:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Universal Orlando promises a "first-ever glimpse" later this month of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at its Islands of Adventure park in Florida.
  • Friday, September 4

  • Trial opens in alleged Alzheimer's killing   UPI / 9:04PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Boca Raton woman and her husband deliberately starved her 89-year-old mother to death, a prosecutor told a Florida jury Friday.
  • Thursday, September 3

  • Rays employee allegedly planted fake bomb   UPI / 5:24PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Florida police said an employee of the Tampa Bay Rays was arrested for allegedly planting a fake bomb at Tropicana Field as a "practical joke."
  • Wednesday, September 2

  • Bank thumbprint rule vexes armless man   UPI / 5:05PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A man who was born without arms is upset with a Bank of America Tampa, Fla., branch because a teller refused to cash a check without a thumbprint from him.
  • Deputy tosses gator into Florida lake   UPI / 3:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said an alligator reported wandering in an apartment complex was grabbed by the tail and thrown into a lake by a sheriff's deputy.
  • Antibiotic is gene therapy 'off' switch   UPI / 2:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- University of Florida scientists say they've found a common antibiotic can become an "off switch" for a gene therapy being developed for Parkinson's disease.
  • Teacher faces firing for his blog   UPI / 2:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A Florida teacher is facing termination for posting his thoughts on a personal blog that a few of his students stumbled across.
  • Tuesday, September 1

  • Three charged with $10.6M land fraud   UPI / 4:05PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors in Miami said three Florida residents defrauded more than 1,000 people in illegal land transactions worth about $10.6 million.
  • Monday, August 31

  • Study may lead to new obesity therapies   UPI / 3:35PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say their discovery of a genetic mechanism that controls the body's fat-building process could lead to new obesity and diabetes treatments.
  • Couple accused of starving elderly woman   UPI / 10:24AM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The daughter and son-in-law of an elderly Florida Alzheimer's patient were overwhelmed by her care but did not kill her, their lawyer said.
  • Sunday, August 30

  • Push is on to allow Fla. offshore drilling   UPI / 10:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A powerful alliance of business interests says they're confident they'll soon overturn Florida's 20-year-old moratorium on offshore oil drilling.
  • Fla. man to plead guilty in Ponzi probe   UPI / 5:34PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Florida investment adviser Michael Meisner will plead guilty to several federal charges related to an alleged $40 million Ponzi scheme, his lawyer says.
  • Saturday, August 29

  • Shuttle mission marks transition   UPI / 7:05AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The shuttle Discovery's 37th mission marked the transition from assembling the International Space Station to using it for continuous research, NASA said.
  • Shuttle Discovery makes delayed launch   UPI / 2:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Space Shuttle Discovery left the launch pad just before midnight Friday -- four days behind schedule -- for its trip to the International Space Station.
  • Friday, August 28

  • Shuttle prepares for night launch   UPI / 2:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The rotating support structure was rolled away from the shuttle Discovery Friday in preparation for a night launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., NASA said.
  • Police: Man claims he killed ex- over AIDS   UPI / 1:35PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Florida man charged with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and killing her told police he did it because she infected him with HIV, authorities say.
  • LeMieux to replace Martinez in U.S. Senate   UPI / 1:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Friday U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., will be replaced by former Crist adviser George LeMieux.
  • Thursday, August 27

  • NASA again delays space shuttle launch   UPI / 3:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. space agency managers have, for the fourth time, postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery's STS-128 mission.
  • Wednesday, August 26

  • Ex-marines blame cancer on well water   UPI / 2:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Marines blame water polluted with chemicals at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for cancer, including at least 19 cases of rare male breast cancer.
  • AAA: Labor Day travel to decline   UPI / 2:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Labor Day travel will be down this year from 2008's 10-year highs, but will still be the third-busiest since 2000, AAA said Wednesday.
  • NASA sets third Discovery launch date   UPI / 11:44AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- NASA has set another launch date for space shuttle Discovery's STS-128 mission after two failed attempts due to weather and technical problems.
  • Upscale S. Florida complex in foreclosure   UPI / 11:24AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The owner of a prestigious office complex in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is facing foreclosure on the property, court filings indicate.
  • Tuesday, August 25

  • Discovery set for Friday launch   UPI / 11:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Discover is tentatively scheduled to lift off early Friday after weather problems and a faulty valve scrubbed Tuesday's launch, NASA said Tuesday.
  • Lawsuits challenge traffic cameras   UPI / 6:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Plaintiffs in lawsuits against red-light traffic cameras in Florida towns say the devices violate the principle of uniform traffic laws.
  • Manatee Students' SAT Scores Rise   AP / 4:35PM
    Aug. 25--MANATEE -- Manatee students scored slightly higher on SAT college entrance exams than their peers statewide, according to figures released today by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Owners of pet snake arrested in death   UPI / 12:34AM
    OXFORD, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Two Oxford, Fla., adults whose pet snake strangled a 2-year-old were arrested Monday in connection with the death, Sumter County sheriff's officials said.
  • Monday, August 24

  • Mortgage firm Taylor Bean files Chapter 11   UPI / 5:14PM
    OCALA, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. mortgage lender Taylor, Bean & Whitaker announced Monday it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it faces federal suspensions.
  • Colbert to broadcast a NASA message   UPI / 9:44AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency said it would broadcast a message from comedian Stephen Colbert Monday as it prepared to launch the "Colbert treadmill" into space.
  • Sunday, August 23

  • Candidate's message jams emergency line   UPI / 6:24PM
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- An automated message by a Flagler County, Fla. candidate for state senate jammed an emergency operations center phone line, a county official said.
  • Burt Reynolds Museum may be closed   UPI / 3:24PM
    JUPITER, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The Burt Reynolds Museum in Jupiter, Fla., may be closed or relocated within a year, town officials said.
  • Saturday, August 22

  • Green mamba blamed for cable worker bite   UPI / 1:34PM
    SOUTH HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A dangerous import from Africa, an eastern green mamba snake, is slithering somewhere in South Florida.
  • Florida expands python hunting   UPI / 10:14AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Licensed hunters will soon have permission to kill pythons and other invasive reptiles in South Florida, but only in season and with approved weapons.
  • Florida GOP seeks elusive youth vote   UPI / 12:14AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Florida Republicans enlisted a former beauty queen and a former Olympian to come to a conference aimed at recruiting young people to the GOP.
  • Friday, August 21

  • UBS Whistle-Blower Gets 40-Month Sentence   AP / 11:34PM
    MIAMI -- In a surprisingly heavy judgment, Bradley Birkenfeld, the former UBS private banker who blew the whistle on a massive scheme in which the Swiss bank helped wealthy Americans dodge income taxes through secret accounts, was sentenced to 40 months in prison Friday.
  • UBS whistle-blower gets 40 month-sentence   UPI / 4:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld, who blew the whistle on the Swiss bank and its customers, was sentenced to 40 months in jail Friday.
  • Thursday, August 20

  • Bad oyster costs man his legs   UPI / 4:54PM
    PANAMA CITY, Fla., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- An Ohio man lost both his legs after contracting an infection from eating oysters while on a wedding trip to Florida.
  • U.S. indicts NZB director, Swiss lawyer   UPI / 3:35PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department has charged a banker and a lawyer from Switzerland with conspiring to help wealthy Americans hide assets from the IRS.
  • Governors join aircraft carrier debate   UPI / 2:24PM
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine says federal funds should not be used to repair a Florida naval station despite a plea from Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
  • NASA lists Discovery pre-launch events   UPI / 10:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- NASA says it will provide continuous updates as U.S. space shuttle Discovery lifts off early Tuesday bound for the International Space Station.
  • Wednesday, August 19

  • Biden stumps in Florida   UPI / 7:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden stumped in Florida for two congressional members, telling audiences the economic stimulus the two voted for helped Florida teachers
  • Woman's house mistakenly sold by bank   UPI / 2:54PM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A Florida woman said her bank, Washington Mutual, mistakenly auctioned off her house while she was attempting to modify her loan.
  • Islesworth listings: Name that celebrity   UPI / 2:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A neighborhood of the super-rich in Florida, Orlando's Isleworth development, is dotted with "for sale" signs in a slow market for mansions, records show.
  • Fla. hurricane options exchange opened   UPI / 1:05PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A Florida businessman says he has established an online hurricane options market for property owners to hedge against skyrocketing insurance costs.
  • NASA: Discovery to launch Tuesday   UPI / 12:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has cleared space shuttle Discovery for a Tuesday launch following a two-day review of its readiness for flight.
  • Beached sperm whale euthanized in Florida   UPI / 12:24PM
    JUPITER, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A 4,000-pound sperm whale was euthanized in Jupiter, Fla., after the beached animal was deemed too weak to survive in the ocean, a veterinarian says.
  • Tuesday, August 18

  • Another Disney World employee dies   UPI / 10:35AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A Walt Disney World cast member has died after being injured rehearsing for the "Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular" show at Hollywood Studios in Florida.
  • 200,000 bats displaced as structure falls   UPI / 10:24AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- As many as 100 bats died and 200,000 were left homeless when a structure built to lure them away from University of Florida buildings collapsed, officials say.
  • Monday, August 17

  • Hurricane Bill Gets Stronger; Ana Fades Away   AP / 7:35PM
    Aug. 17--Hurricane Bill grew bigger and badder on Monday. Fortunately, South Florida appears to be facing a date only with the rainy remains of its much weaker sister, Ana.
  • Ares I-X test rocket ready for flight test   UPI / 10:54AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- NASA says it has assembled the Ares I-X rocket for an October test flight, marking the first time in more than 25 years a new space vehicle has been assembled.
  • Sunday, August 16

  • Couple found dead amid pets, exotic birds   UPI / 11:24PM
    COLLEGE PARK, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A couple were found dead in their College Park, Fla., home among the many animals they kept in their home, police said.
  • MLB: Florida 10, Colorado 3 (1st game)   UPI / 6:34PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez homered for the Marlins Sunday in Florida's 10-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the first game of a doubleheader.
  • Start of Fla. gator season faces protest   UPI / 2:54PM
    BELLE GRADE, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Demonstrators say the official start of alligator hunting season in Florida marks the beginning of an unnecessary and cruel practice.
  • Water pits Georgia against neighbors   UPI / 12:44AM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has said he is in a "fight to the death" with Florida and Alabama over water rights.
  • Saturday, August 15

  • Ana, First Tropical Storm of the Season, Could Hit South Florida Thursday   AP / 1:35PM
    Aug. 15--You know it was inevitable: Ana, the first tropical storm of the 2009 hurricane season, formed early Saturday morning.
  • Friday, August 14

  • Obama Joker poster suspect interviewed   UPI / 4:34PM
    CLERMONT, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they have interviewed a man suspected of putting up 500 posters depicting President Barack Obama as the Joker from "The Dark Knight."
  • Fla. trapper admits python catch was hoax   UPI / 2:54PM
    BRADENTON, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A trapper in Manatee County, Fla., says he staged last month's catch of a 14-foot python near an area day-care center.
  • Florida, feds agree on big Everglades plan   UPI / 2:05PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Florida and federal officials say they finally have reached a deal that promises much-needed money for a massive Everglades restoration project.
  • Fla. jury awards $5.3M in tobacco suit   UPI / 11:14AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A jury in Florida awarded $5.3 million in compensatory damages to a 92-year-old man whose wife died of lung cancer.
  • Thursday, August 13

  • Woman Sets Herself on Fire in Miami Area Mall   AP / 7:44PM
    MIAMI -- A woman who lit herself on fire inside the Mall of the Americas was in critical condition Thursday evening, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said.
  • Industry bites down on alligator harvester   UPI / 5:14PM
    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- An alligator harvester in Hallandale Beach, Fla., says a big drop in the market price for alligator skin is taking a bite out of his bottom line.
  • Navy pilot's remains returned home   UPI / 3:34PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, the first U.S. combat casualty in the Gulf War, will be honored with a burial procession through Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Surgical oxygen may speed up Alzheimer's   UPI / 2:35PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have linked oxygen treatment during surgery to hastened memory loss in mice.
  • Fla. officials detail child medication use   UPI / 11:44AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A Florida panel of state child-welfare authorities says foster children in the state are frequently given drugs by caregivers to curb unruly behavior.
  • Wednesday, August 12

  • Kids, gator fight over rope   UPI / 3:54PM
    HARBORDALE, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Florida police were called to break up a bizarre tug-of-war that broke out between several middle school children and a 10-foot alligator, witnesses said.
  • Black bear killed trying to enter home   UPI / 1:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A 300-pound black bear that apparently liked the city life was killed as it tried to enter a Georgia home, wildlife officials said Wednesday.
  • Light energy moves living cells in culture   UPI / 1:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- University of Central Florida scientists say they have used light energy to guide and change the orientation of living cells within lab cultures.
  • Coral Gables Gazette drops print edition   UPI / 12:44PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Publisher of the weekly Coral Gables Gazette in Florida said the newspaper is dropping its print edition because of declining advertising revenue.
  • Large swarm of bees attacks three in Fla.   UPI / 12:14PM
    STUART, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Three people in Stuart, Fla., were attacked by a swarm of angry bees that came from a hive nearly the size of a car engine, two of the victims say.
  • Tuesday, August 11

  • Florida approves building of nuclear plant   UPI / 11:35PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- For the first time in more than three decades, a U.S. power company received approval Tuesday for construction of a new nuclear plant.
  • Astronaut to spend three months on the ISS   UPI / 4:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. astronaut Nicole Stott is scheduled to make her first journey into orbit to spend three months aboard the International Space Station, NASA said.
  • Lawyer: 'Cops' tricked client into waiver   UPI / 4:24PM
    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A Florida woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband was duped into signing a waiver for a national police show, her attorney said.
  • Genes aid in hereditary lung disease   UPI / 3:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've had success in a genetic therapy trial in spurring production of a protective protein in hereditary lung disease patients.
  • Disney World actor dies in hospital   UPI / 3:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A performer at Walt Disney World in Florida has died after being hospitalized for injuries he received onstage at the Magic Kingdom, officials said.
  • Elderly Fla. woman sustains snake bite   UPI / 2:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- An 87-year-old Florida woman thought she was picking up a stick; instead, it was a baby pygmy rattlesnake and it bit her, her granddaughter said.
  • Baby whale euthanized after mother dies   UPI / 10:34AM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A baby beaked whale too young to survive was euthanized after its mother died in shallow water in Hollywood, Fla., authorities said.
  • Monday, August 10

  • Astronauts prepare for August mission   UPI / 2:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- NASA said it was conducting flight training and other practice sessions Monday for the astronauts of the STS-128 mission.
  • Shark hitches ride on boat   UPI / 2:14PM
    HAULOVER BEACH, Fla., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A group of Florida boaters spear fishing and lobster diving said they received the shock of their lives when a bull shark jumped up on the deck of their vessel.
  • Public to view NASA's Orion spacecraft   UPI / 11:44AM
    HOUSTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- NASA says a full scale mock-up of its Orion crew exploration vehicle is being moved from Florida to Texas and will make several stops for public viewing.
  • Self-serving bosses hurt morale, profits   UPI / 1:24AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Having a narcissistic -- self-serving -- boss creates a toxic environment for everyone who has contact with such a boss, U.S. researchers said.
  • Saturday, August 8

  • Mays's widow disputes cocaine claims   UPI / 6:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The widow of Billy Mays says the late TV pitchman did not use cocaine prior to his death despite claims to the contrary from a medical examiner in Florida.
  • Crist in unique position as Martinez quits   UPI / 2:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., says he's quitting Congress as soon as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist can appoint someone to replace him.
  • Friday, August 7

  • Art thief faces more charges   UPI / 10:05PM
    WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A man convicted in Florida of stealing two Picasso etchings now faces federal charges of trying to sell one of them.
  • Report: Pitchman Mays used cocaine   UPI / 6:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. television pitchman Billy Mays used cocaine days before his heart attack and the drug's use helped kill him, a Florida county medical examiner said Friday.
  • S. Florida teen wins 'Dance' competition   UPI / 3:14PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- An 18-year-old South Florida student was declared the winner of the Fox hit show, "So You Think You Can Dance."
  • Former Florida judge admits bank fraud   UPI / 1:35PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Former Florida Appeals Judge Thomas Stringer has pleaded guilty to bank fraud for helping a stripper hide financial assets from creditors, court officials say.
  • Thursday, August 6

  • Former Flipper trainer now animal activist   UPI / 7:14PM
    COCONUT GROVE, Fla., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The man who trained dolphins playing Flipper on the popular 1960s U.S. TV show has turned animal activist, speaking out against dolphins held captive.
  • Wednesday, August 5

  • Medicare to seek homebound payback cap   UPI / 10:44PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Medicare officials say fraud in Florida has prompted the agency to seek a cap on paybacks to healthcare providers treating homebound patients.
  • Radio host subject of Secret Service probe   UPI / 12:05PM
    BROOKSVILLE, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Florida talk radio host Bob Haa is under investigation for allegedly making incendiary comments on the air, the U.S. Secret Service confirmed.
  • Tuesday, August 4

  • Three killed in tractor-truck collision   UPI / 11:24AM
    HOBE SOUND, Fla., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Three people died early Tuesday when their sport utility vehicle collided with a tractor doing road construction near Hobe Sound, Fla., authorities said.
  • Mental illness can be avoided in youth   UPI / 1:05AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Intervention programs in schools, communities and healthcare settings can reduce risk for mental illness in young adults, a U.S. researcher said.
  • Monday, August 3

  • Gators Bump Meyer to $4 Million   AP / 11:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida is giving Coach Urban Meyer 24 million reasons to make Notre Dame fans unhappy.
  • Tree-killing fungus threatens avocados   UPI / 6:44PM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A tree-killing fungus near Florida's Everglades National Park could harm the area's $12.7 million avocado industry, agriculture officials said.
  • Amber Mariano gives birth to daughter   UPI / 11:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The husband of reality television personality Amber Mariano has confirmed she gave birth to a daughter in Pensacola, Fla.
  • Sunday, August 2

  • New Florida homeowners find 8-foot snake   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Two new homeowners in New Port Richey, Fla., say they discovered an 8-foot-long boa constrictor while exploring their new house.
  • Saturday, August 1

  • Land deal could aid Everglades restoration   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A land deal proposed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist could potentially help water managers find better ways to restore the Florida Everglades, an official says.
  • Friday, July 31

  • Zinc may help activate T-cells   UPI / 5:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say zinc helps activate T-cells -- the cells responsible for fighting infections.
  • Suit alleges restaurant spying   UPI / 4:24PM
    MIAMI, July 31 (UPI) -- The owner of restaurant chain Mr. Chow alleges a rival restaurateur sent a spy to his soon-to-open Miami eatery to learn Mr. Chow's secrets.
  • UBS, IRS agree to settle out of court   UPI / 4:24PM
    MIAMI, July 31 (UPI) -- The United States and Switzerland have reached agreement on bank secrecy issues in matters in which U.S. citizens are thought to be hiding funds to avoid taxes.
  • 17-foot Burmese python killed in Fla.   UPI / 3:34PM
    OKEECHOBEE, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife authorities said a 17-foot, 2-inch Burmese python was captured and destroyed on a private property in Okeechobee County.
  • Space shuttle Endeavour returns home   UPI / 11:35AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth Friday after a successful 16-day mission and five spacewalks, officials at Florida's Kennedy Space Center said.
  • Panel says deep space should be U.S. goal   UPI / 10:54AM
    COCOA BEACH, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- NASA should skip future moon and Mars landings and concentrate on manned missions in deep space, a federal advisory panel said.
  • Thursday, July 30

  • Family alone in 32-story condo tower   UPI / 5:54PM
    FORT MYERS, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- A New Jersey firefighter says he and his family are the only residents of a 32-story Florida condominium building -- and they want out.
  • Cinelatino and Argos ink agreement   UPI / 11:14AM
    MIAMI, July 30 (UPI) -- Cinelatino has announced it has entered into a partnership with Mexico's Argos Comunicacion to produce original television movies exclusively for Cinelatino.
  • Wednesday, July 29

  • Cuban trademarks targeted in lawsuit   UPI / 1:54PM
    MIAMI, July 29 (UPI) -- The survivors of an American man executed by Cuba in 1960 say they are challenging U.S. trademarks held by the Castro government on rum and cigars.
  • Kaye drops $16M Fla. university pledge   UPI / 1:44PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., July 29 (UPI) -- The poor economy has made it impossible for Barry Kaye to follow through on a $16 million pledge to Florida Atlantic University, the insurance magnate says.
  • Florida community bothered by wild boars   UPI / 1:34PM
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., July 29 (UPI) -- Residents of St. Augustine Shores, Fla., say wild boars have been destroying property in the area.
  • Florida seeks Obama's help on drywall mess   UPI / 12:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 29 (UPI) -- A Florida lawmaker has asked President Obama to help state residents sort out problems with imported drywall blamed for myriad of problems.
  • Rehabilitated dolphin killed upon release   UPI / 12:05PM
    DUNEDIN, Fla., July 29 (UPI) -- A dolphin that had been nursed back to health by humans died in Florida after being attacked by sharks upon its return to the wild, an official says.
  • Former cop accused of bank robbery   UPI / 11:24AM
    MIAMI, July 29 (UPI) -- Florida prosecutors are hoping a home video will help them convict a former police officer of robbing the Hialeah bank last February, court documents reveal.
  • Florida sonar range still years away   UPI / 10:24AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy says it will likely be three or four years before it formally applies for permission to use a new sonar training area off Florida.
  • Tuesday, July 28

  • Hulk Hogan and wife settle divorce   UPI / 3:24PM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., July 28 (UPI) -- U.S. professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan and his estranged wife, Linda, say they have reached a settlement in their divorce case.
  • Shuttle Endeavour leaves space station   UPI / 3:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour left the International Space Station Tuesday afternoon to begin a three-day trip home after 11 days of linked flight.
  • Monday, July 27

  • Marriage insurance site seeks license   UPI / 6:24PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 27 (UPI) -- The Florida creator of a Web site designed to sell marriage insurance said he has applied for a license with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.
  • Sunday, July 26

  • Gold dealer is accused of financial fraud   UPI / 10:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 26 (UPI) -- A Tampa, Fla., gold and coin dealer is accused of financing a palatial home with collateral from a business loan, a spokesman for Boston's Sovereign Bank said.
  • Angry python removed from Florida pipe   UPI / 2:54PM
    BRADENTON, Fla., July 26 (UPI) -- A wildlife expert says a 14-foot python he removed from a drainage pipe in Manatee County, Fla., is so angry it may have to be put down.
  • Man wants iguana on Florida menus   UPI / 2:44PM
    PUNTA GORDA, Fla., July 26 (UPI) -- The author of a new cookbook says residents of Florida should begin eating iguanas to avoid a possible population explosion of the animals.
  • U.S. telcos targeted in Cuba lawsuit   UPI / 2:24PM
    MIAMI, July 26 (UPI) -- The Miami relatives of a Cuban-American executed by the Castro government in 1960 are suing U.S. phone companies, documents indicate.
  • Saturday, July 25

  • Thornton's daughter freed; case pending   UPI / 4:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 25 (UPI) -- A jail official in Orange County, Fla., says actor Billy Bob Thornton's estranged daughter, Amanda Brumfield, is free on $279,000 bail.
  • Friday, July 24

  • Flo Rida to perform at Six Flags   UPI / 11:44AM
    BOWIE, Md., July 24 (UPI) -- Rapper Flo Rida has agreed to perform at Six Flags America as part of the Maryland amusement park's Starburst Summer Concert Series, organizers said.
  • Thursday, July 23

  • Supercomputer called fastest of its kind   UPI / 6:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 23 (UPI) -- A supercomputer that just started operating at the University of Florida is likely the fastest of its kind, its designer says.
  • About 250,000 bees removed from home   UPI / 2:34PM
    MIAMI, July 23 (UPI) -- A suburban Miami woman said a bee removal specialist destroyed about 250,000 bees inside the walls of her home.
  • Mothers suing over religious-themed songs   UPI / 12:34PM
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., July 23 (UPI) -- Two mothers allege in a lawsuit against the school board for St. Johns County, Fla., their children should not have been taught songs with religious themes.
  • Woman, 19, attacked by shark in Florida   UPI / 12:14PM
    ST. PETE BEACH, Fla., July 23 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old woman suffered a serious injury to her leg when she was attacked by a shark while swimming in St. Pete Beach, Fla., fire officials say.
  • Manager loses job over wife's profession   UPI / 10:34AM
    FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla., July 23 (UPI) -- A Florida town fired its manager after learning the woman he married less than a year ago was an adult video actress, officials say.
  • Heat wave may have caused Fla. fishkill   UPI / 9:44AM
    MIAMI, July 23 (UPI) -- Thousands of dead fish were found in Florida Bay this week, possible victims of the summer heat, Everglades National Park officials say.
  • Restless legs syndrome linked to gene   UPI / 8:24AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 23 (UPI) -- A gene mutation has been linked to restless legs syndrome, U.S., Canadian, Irish, and Norwegian researchers say.
  • Wednesday, July 22

  • Billionaire freed from jail on sex charges   UPI / 3:54PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 22 (UPI) -- Florida billionaire Jeffrey Epstein left jail Wednesday after serving less than 13 months for procuring underage girls for sex, his attorney says.
  • Huizenga's son held on drunk boating count   UPI / 3:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 22 (UPI) -- The son of billionaire Florida businessman H. Wayne Huizenga must remain in jail on a drunken boating charge, a Fort Lauderdale judge has ordered.
  • Husband: Accused kidnapper looked pregnant   UPI / 1:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 22 (UPI) -- A professional baseball player from Venezuela says his wife, charged with stealing a baby in Florida, looked pregnant.
  • Tuesday, July 21

  • Spanish bank mulls Mellon United takeover   UPI / 12:14PM
    MIAMI, July 21 (UPI) -- Spain's Banco Sabadell S.A. said Tuesday it was studying Florida banks for acquisition and was most interested in buying Miami's Mellon United National Bank.
  • Bluebirds returning to parts of Florida   UPI / 10:35AM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 21 (UPI) -- The once endangered Eastern bluebird is making a comeback of sorts in parts of Florida with nearly 100 birds nesting east of Tampa, bird watchers said.
  • Monday, July 20

  • Elian legacy may haunt Obama in Miami   UPI / 7:14PM
    MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- Political analysts say the ties between members of Barack Obama's campaign staff and the Elian Gonzalez matter will cost Obama votes in Florida.
  • Giant MoonPie marks Apollo 11's 40th   UPI / 6:24PM
    MERRITT ISLAND, Fla., July 20 (UPI) -- Florida's Kennedy Space Center Monday gave out pieces of "one of the world's largest MoonPies" to mark the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, officials said.
  • Bikini Cyclist reveals all to fans   UPI / 6:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 20 (UPI) -- A nearly-nude cyclist, dubbed the Classy Tallahassee Bikini Bicyclist, in the Florida capital has become a bona fide local celebrity, residents say.
  • Previous exercise helps stroke recovery   UPI / 5:05PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 20 (UPI) -- A person who has exercised regularly prior to the onset of a stroke appears to recover more quickly, U.S. researchers said.
  • Sunday, July 19

  • Phillies Starter Happ Shows He's the Real Deal   AP / 11:34PM
    MIAMI -- It was the type of situation that has spelled doom for many young pitchers. With no outs and runners on first and second in the sixth inning, Marlins outfielder Cody Ross sent a grounder toward third base that looked like an easy double-play ball. But Phillies third baseman Pedro Feliz failed to glove it cleanly, and all three runners were safe with three righthanded hitters due up.
  • Happ Could Loom Large for Phillies in Second Half of Season   AP / 10:34PM
    MIAMI -- If J.A. Happ keeps this up, he's going to pitch himself into serious consideration for the rookie of the year award.
  • Four missing boaters found in Florida   UPI / 1:54PM
    ST. LUCIE, Fla., July 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. Coast Guard representative says four boaters missing for days off the coast of Florida have been found safe and in stable condition.
  • Gator takes Fla. man's fingers in attack   UPI / 1:34PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 19 (UPI) -- A 65-year-old man in West Palm Beach, Fla., says he lost part of his right index and ring fingers attempting to save his dog from an alligator.
  • Saturday, July 18

  • 20 horses found abandoned in Fla.   UPI / 12:04AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 17 (UPI) -- Investigators say they believe more than 20 horses found abandoned in southern Florida were originally wild mustangs adopted through a federal program.
  • Friday, July 17

  • Dentist sued for losing tools in patient   UPI / 8:34PM
    WINTER PARK, Fla., July 17 (UPI) -- A Winter Park, Fla., dentist was negligent when he twice dropped tools down the throat of an elderly patient who later died, a lawsuit filed Friday alleges.
  • Singer expected to become Dolphins partner   UPI / 4:14PM
    MIAMI, July 17 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Marc Anthony is expected to join the lineup of Miami Dolphins minority owners, officials said.
  • Abandoned Florida mansion site of fire   UPI / 3:44PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., July 17 (UPI) -- A fire official in Miami Beach, Fla., said wooden frames inside an abandoned stone mansion caught fire Friday and burned for nearly an hour.
  • Endeavour docks with space station   UPI / 3:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 17 (UPI) -- The shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station Friday after performing a backflip during an inspection for possible damage, NASA said.
  • Python hunt authorized in Big Cypress   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Interior Department has authorized a hunt for invasive Burmese pythons in the Big Cypress National Wildlife Refuge in South Florida.
  • European crabs disrupts California oysters   UPI / 1:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 17 (UPI) -- The invasion of a California estuary by European green crabs highlights the risk to other U.S. waters from invasive species, marine biologists said.
  • Thursday, July 16

  • Black and white GI survival rates closing   UPI / 5:54PM
    MIAMI, July 16 (UPI) -- Survival rate racial differences for gastrointestinal tumors are narrowing between African-Americans and whites, U.S. researchers said.
  • Florida activists tab infomercial anti-gay   UPI / 3:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 16 (UPI) -- Demonstrators in Tampa, Fla., say an hourlong infomercial from the American Family Association was an insult to the gay community.
  • Lawsuit: HIV status nixed hair transplant   UPI / 12:24PM
    HIALEAH, Fla., July 16 (UPI) -- A 28-year-old man in Hialeah, Fla., alleges he was denied a hair transplant procedure because he has human immunodeficiency virus.
  • Bee attack at Fla. jail hospitalizes four   UPI / 12:24PM
    PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., July 16 (UPI) -- Four people were hospitalized after being attacked by bees at a women's detention center in Pembroke Pines, Fla., fire officials say.
  • Wednesday, July 15

  • Florida ready to call out 'python posse'   UPI / 11:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officials say they could have as many as 20 seasoned trappers ready to roll if they get the green light for a python roundup.
  • Realtor charged in Fla. couple's slaying   UPI / 11:14PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- A Florida Realtor has become the eighth person charged in the slaying of a couple known for adopting disabled children, police said Wednesday.
  • Debris falls from Endeavour during launch   UPI / 10:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- A dozen pieces of debris fell from U.S. space shuttle Endeavour's fuel tank during liftoff, and at least one piece hit the orbiter, NASA said Wednesday night.
  • Astronauts in orbit for STS-127 mission   UPI / 8:35PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- U.S. space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven astronauts finally were in orbit after an on-time launch Wednesday evening, NASA said.
  • Mosquitoes plaguing South Florida   UPI / 12:10PM
    MIAMI, July 15 (UPI) -- Heavy rains in South Florida have resulted in one of the worst mosquito seasons in recent years, an insect expert says.
  • Caylee Anthony disappeared one year ago   UPI / 10:24AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- Exactly one year after Florida toddler Caylee Marie Anthony was reported missing her mother Cindy sits in an Orange County jail cell awaiting trial.
  • Sen. Nelson wants Everglades python kill   UPI / 12:05AM
    WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- Wildlife officers need to "get a grip" on Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades with a winter snake hunt, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, July 14

  • Young Man and Teen Arested in Fla. Killing   AP / 3:35PM
    Police made two more arrests Tuesday in the killing of a Florida couple whose security system caught a home invasion on video, officials said.
  • NASA again reschedules Endeavour launch   UPI / 12:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 14 (UPI) -- U.S. space agency scientists and engineers were, once again, preparing space shuttle Endeavour for launch following three weather-related failed attempts.
  • Monday, July 13

  • Golf is healthy, even if using a golf cart   UPI / 10:24PM
    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- Golfers can enjoy a fun way to improve overall health -- even if they use a golf cart, a U.S. fitness expert says.
  • Judge delays UBS hearing in Miami   UPI / 12:54PM
    MIAMI, July 13 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Miami postponed a hearing over a lawsuit designed to force Swiss bank UBS to reveal names of clients that may be hiding assets from the IRS.
  • Scientists call for grouper catch cuts   UPI / 11:35AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- New daily catch limits on gag grouper should be implemented in the Florida area because of overfishing, scientists say.
  • Aldrin returns to KSC 40 years later   UPI / 2:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin will travel to Florida's Kennedy Space Center to talk about his trip to the moon 40 years ago this month, NASA announced.
  • Sunday, July 12

  • Shuttle Endeavour cleared for fueling   UPI / 9:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 12 (UPI) -- Bad weather at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Sunday forced a second delay of the launch of U.S. space shuttle Endeavour, NASA said.
  • Florida gator trade bitten by recession   UPI / 5:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 12 (UPI) -- Florida's alligator skin trade has been bitten by the recession, and the owner of one the state's oldest operations says he may be closing.
  • Saturday, July 11

  • Disney visitors report flu-like symptoms   UPI / 3:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- Several Mississippi tourists who bussed to Florida's Walt Disney World were treated after complaining of flu-like symptoms, a hospital official says.
  • Lightning delays shuttle launch   UPI / 2:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour's launch was delayed 24 hours after lightning struck near the Florida launch pad, NASA officials said Saturday.
  • Man's funny bone unhurt in fox attack   UPI / 1:44PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- A 60-year-old man in Boca Raton, Fla., says he can find humor in being attacked by a rabid fox despite facing a month of painful shots.
  • Pregnant women to get high H1N1 priority   UPI / 12:24PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- U.S. health experts say pregnant women should be at the top of the priority list for a swine flu vaccine projected to be ready by October.
  • Weather could delay shuttle launch   UPI / 2:04AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- Bad weather in Florida could force NASA to postpone the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour scheduled for Saturday, officials said.
  • Friday, July 10

  • Couple With Large Adoptive Family Killed   AP / 10:34PM
    Three men in an old 15-passenger van were seen in the house where a Florida couple was shot and killed, police said Friday.
  • Donte Stallworth Released From Jail   AP / 9:34PM
    MIAMI -- NFL player Donte' Stallworth was released from Miami-Dade jail early Friday morning, according to jail officials.
  • Couple in Lisa Nowak case set to marry   UPI / 6:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 10 (UPI) -- Colleen Shipman and Billy Oefelein, victims in the kidnapping plot allegedly formed by former U.S. astronaut Lisa Nowak, say they are getting married.
  • Thursday, July 9

  • Study debunks 'trial marriage' theory   UPI / 7:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- Most unmarried U.S. couples who live together aren't trying to test their relationship -- they just want to spend more time together, a multiyear study found.
  • Fox blamed for three attacks on humans   UPI / 3:44PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- Police in Boca Raton, Fla., say a fox was responsible for attacking and injuring three people in two attacks Thursday.
  • Wednesday, July 8

  • Police find wayward gator tied to tree   UPI / 2:35PM
    OAKLAND PARK, Fla., July 8 (UPI) -- Police responding to a report of an alligator at a South Florida apartment complex found the 8-foot gator tied to a tree with an extension cord.
  • Sen. Nelson calls for Burmese python ban   UPI / 2:05PM
    WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., lobbied Wednesday for a ban on importing Burmese pythons like the one that killed a Florida toddler.
  • Tuesday, July 7

  • Bobcat prowls Florida subdivision   UPI / 10:14PM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- A 16-year-old Melbourne, Fla., girl photographed a large bobcat that has moved into a subdivision west of Interstate 95, officials said.
  • Florida team wins submarine race   UPI / 12:14PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- A submarine built by Florida Atlantic University students took top honors at the International Submarine Race in Maryland, school officials said.
  • Easy access to food made dinosaurs lazy   UPI / 10:44AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- An abundant supply of food and an often sedentary lifestyle made dinosaurs the "couch potatoes" of their world, a leading zoologist said.
  • Monday, July 6

  • Caffeine reverses memory impairment   UPI / 1:24AM
    MIAMI, July 6 (UPI) -- Memory impairment was reversed in aged mice, bred to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, after they were given caffeine, U.S. researchers said.
  • Sunday, July 5

  • Leader Wrecking Wasn't What Stewart Wanted to See   AP / 4:34PM
    Jul. 5--DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tony Stewart will take the win.
  • Disney World Monorail Driver Dies in Crash   AP / 12:34PM
    A monorail train driver died after two trains collided early
  • Disney World monorail driver dies in crash   UPI / 12:14PM
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., July 5 (UPI) -- A monorail train driver died after two trains collided early Sunday at Disney World near Orlando, Fla., officials said.
  • Friday, July 3

  • NASCAR CEO Brian France Defends Drug-Testing Policy   AP / 11:34PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR CEO Brian France delivered an impassioned defense of NASCAR's drug-testing policy in the face of a federal judge's ruling that allowed suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield to return to Sprint Cup racing.
  • Justice Dept. probing corruption claim   UPI / 1:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department is investigating corruption claims made by an insurance executive in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., knowledgeable sources say.
  • Thursday, July 2

  • Another Sister Act in Wimbledon Final   AP / 10:34PM
    WIMBLEDON, England -- Richard Williams plans to fly back to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on Friday, a day before his daughters battle for an eighth Wimbledon title. He could not be convinced to stick around for the All-American July 4 sister-fest.
  • Jacko's Bubbles doing well at sanctuary   UPI / 2:44PM
    WAUCHULA, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, has been living life outside the limelight, munching on bananas in a Florida ape sanctuary, a center official said.
  • Lights disorient newborn turtles in Fla.   UPI / 12:24PM
    LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- An official in Broward County, Fla., says up to 100 newborn loggerhead turtles became disoriented by city lights in the town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
  • Memory decline reversed in mouse model   UPI / 12:05PM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a human growth factor used to stimulate blood stem cells to proliferate in bone marrow can also reverse memory impairment in mice.
  • Wednesday, July 1

  • Vultures take over Fla. couple's yard   UPI / 4:54PM
    KINGSLAND, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- A Florida couple said a flock of about 50 vultures that descended on their yard has grown accustomed to their pit bulls and refuses to leave.
  • Pet python kills toddler in Florida   UPI / 2:54PM
    OXFORD, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- A 2-year-old girl in Central Florida was found dead Wednesday morning, strangled by a pet Burmese python that escaped from an aquarium, police said.
  • Student trying to save endangered bunnies   UPI / 12:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- University of Central Florida student Rosanna Tursi says population genetics may help save an endangered rabbit species in the Florida Lower Keys.
  • Burt Reynolds flick to shoot in Florida   UPI / 10:54AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- Burt Reynolds will head the cast of a movie to be shot in Florida about a 1970s teenager who died from bone cancer, the film's writer-director says.
  • Tuesday, June 30

  • Drone mistakenly plucked from water   UPI / 4:14PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- University of South Florida officials said an unmanned water vehicle that resembles a giant model plane was mistakenly plucked from the water by fishermen.
  • Students excavate 450-year-old ship   UPI / 12:54PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- Layers of sand helped preserve a 450-year-old shipwreck being excavated this summer in Florida's Pensacola Bay, an archaeologist said.
  • URS insurers settle over road collapse   UPI / 11:05AM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- Insurers for engineering giant URS Corp. have agreed to pay $75 million for the collapse of part of an expressway in Hillsborough County, Fla., sources said.
  • NASA to test Endeavour external tank   UPI / 10:34AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- NASA plans to conduct a test of space shuttle Endeavour's external fuel tank at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to make sure repairs were successful.
  • Monday, June 29

  • Car going strong at 558,000 miles   UPI / 4:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- A 90-year-old Florida woman said the Mercury Comet Caliente she purchased in 1964 is still going strong 558,000 miles later.
  • Autopsy: Mays died of heart failure   UPI / 2:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- Iconic U.S. television pitchman Billy Mays probably died of heart failure and not from a blow to the head sustained on an airplane, a medical examiner says.
  • Rising sea levels threatening Florida Keys   UPI / 12:34PM
    KEY WEST, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- Rising sea-levels could one day leave significant portions of the Florida Keys underwater, experts say.
  • Animatronic Obama to make Disney debut   UPI / 12:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- An animatronic Barack Obama will soon make its debut in the Hall of Presidents at Disney's renovated Magic Kingdom attraction in Florida, officials say.
  • Michael Jackson fans get tattoo memorials   UPI / 12:04PM
    YBOR CITY, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- Michael Jackson fans in Florida say they are getting tattoos as tributes to the late "King of Pop."
  • Sunday, June 28

  • U.S. launches new weather satellite   UPI / 8:04PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 28 (UPI) -- NASA says a satellite it launched in Florida this weekend will bolster weather-forecasting capabilities and monitor changes in the environment.
  • Newspaper mug shots bother ethicists   UPI / 5:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., June 28 (UPI) -- U.S. ethicists say they're bothered by the practice of newspapers posting arrest mug shots on their Web sites as a way to boost ad sales.
  • Calgary Gets Bouwmeester From the Panthers   AP / 2:34PM
    The Calgary Flames have traded for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester of the Florida Panthers, strengthening one of the NHL's best defensive teams.
  • Saturday, June 27

  • Ex-Catholic priest weds in church service   UPI / 4:04PM
    NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla., June 27 (UPI) -- A Florida man who left the Catholic priesthood after being caught with a woman has exchanged vows with her in an Episcopalian service, witnesses say.
  • Friday, June 26

  • Get Carter . . . Well the Magic Got Carter From the Nets; Turkoglu May Be Gone   AP / 12:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic's blockbuster formula for winning the NBA Finals now involves shooting guard Vince Carter as the go-to-guy and very likely not small forward Hedo Turkoglu, who probably will move on after turning down an offer from the club.
  • Thursday, June 25

  • Woman says procedure cost her right leg   UPI / 6:05PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 25 (UPI) -- A woman who went to a Florida hospital to have a kidney stone broken up lost her right leg during the procedure, her attorney says.
  • Fox attacks man at community college   UPI / 3:54PM
    LAKE CITY, Fla., June 25 (UPI) -- A fox attacked a 42-year-old man who had been sitting on a bench at a community college in northern Florida, authorities said.
  • Billy Bob's daughter charged with murder   UPI / 2:54PM
    OCOEE, Fla., June 25 (UPI) -- The estranged daughter of U.S. actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton was indicted on first-degree murder charges in connection with her goddaughter's death.
  • Phillies Lose to Burrell and Rays   AP / 12:54AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Pat Burrell's performance and popularity rose and sank at various times during the last nine years, but one thing never changed: He was a Philadelphia Phillie. That was his baseball identity.
  • Wednesday, June 24

  • Ex-astronaut's trial set for Dec. 7   UPI / 10:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 24 (UPI) -- A judge in Florida has set a Dec. 7 trial date for former U.S. astronaut Lisa Nowak, charged in a bizarre love triangle assault case.
  • Florida wins funding in carrier battle   UPI / 4:34PM
    WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- A Florida congressman said a U.S. House committee's approval of money to dredge the St. John's River is a step toward moving an aircraft carrier to his state.
  • Tampa mulls recycling wastewater   UPI / 2:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 24 (UPI) -- A Tampa, Fla., city councilman says he wants to recycle the city's treated wastewater into drinking water instead of flushing it into Tampa Bay.
  • Miami divers capture hated lionfish   UPI / 10:44AM
    MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- Marine biologists in Florida say they have official confirmation the venomous lionfish has spread down the Atlantic Coast to Miami.
  • Paralyzed trucker awarded $14.6 million   UPI / 10:34AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 24 (UPI) -- A jury in Florida has awarded $14.6 million to a paralyzed truck driver whose 18-wheeler overturned when he swerved to avoid hitting a car that ran a stop sign.
  • Tuesday, June 23

  • Estefans to be part owners of the Dolphins   UPI / 8:14PM
    MIAMI, June 23 (UPI) -- Recording artist Gloria Estefan and her music producer husband, Emilio, are buying a share in the NFL's Miami Dolphins, an insider says.
  • Wood storks reproducing well this year   UPI / 5:44PM
    MIAMI, June 23 (UPI) -- Observers in South Florida say 2009 has been a good year for the wood stork, with an estimated 3,500 young birds expected to fledge.
  • Fla. powerbroker owed $69M in taxes   UPI / 2:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 23 (UPI) -- U.S. tax officials say Florida conservative political power broker Ralph Hughes died owing tens of millions of dollars to the government.
  • Scientists study shark hunting patterns   UPI / 12:44PM
    VIRGINIA KEY, Fla., June 23 (UPI) -- U.S. and Canadian scientists have used geographic profiling to determine the hunting patterns of white sharks living in waters off South Africa.
  • Monday, June 22

  • Rip currents plague Florida beaches   UPI / 4:24PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 22 (UPI) -- Hundreds of swimmers have been pulled from rip currents by lifeguards at Central Florida beaches during the last three days, officials say.
  • Fla. cops: Former wrestler beat up kids   UPI / 11:44AM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 22 (UPI) -- Former professional wrestler and Hillsborough County, Fla., Commissioner Brian Blair has been arrested for allegedly beating up his sons, police say.
  • Sunday, June 21

  • Fireworks will go on near Florida reefs   UPI / 11:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 21 (UPI) -- Florida officials say they will reach out to boaters to protect sensitive coral reefs during offshore Fourth of July fireworks shows.
  • Iranians in Florida use music to protest   UPI / 12:24PM
    TAMARAC, Fla., June 21 (UPI) -- A nightclub owner in Tamarac, Fla., says he organized a musical protest for members of the area Iranian community to urge peace in his native land.
  • Saturday, June 20

  • U.S. Iranians unite over election turmoil   UPI / 3:44PM
    MIAMI, June 20 (UPI) -- The turmoil surrounding Iran's presidential election is uniting U.S. citizens of Iranian descent, political activists said.
  • Friday, June 19

  • BRIEF: Yankees' Alex Rodriguez Rested for First Two Games Vs. Florida Marlins   AP / 7:35PM
    Jun. 19--Alex Rodriguez will be in uniform for the New York Yankees on Friday night at LandShark Stadium. He just won't be in the lineup.
  • Thursday, June 18

  • NASA launches lunar satellites   UPI / 6:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency Thursday launched its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.
  • Bats removed from campus library   UPI / 5:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 18 (UPI) -- A contractor hired to remove bats from a college library in Florida believes they got into the building to escape the rainy bad weather.
  • Trek for homeless kids halted by accident   UPI / 12:14PM
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 18 (UPI) -- A 14-year-old Florida boy says an accident involving his sister forced him to suspend his 1,100-mile walk to highlight the needs of homeless kids.
  • Wednesday, June 17

  • School named for ex-NBA star, not Reno   UPI / 9:54PM
    MIAMI, June 17 (UPI) -- Ex-NBA star Alonzo Mourning and his wife beat out former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in a dispute over naming of a new North Miami high school.
  • NASA ready for first lunar global survey   UPI / 4:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says when it launches the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, it will be en route to producing the first global survey of the lunar surface.
  • Va. wins round in aircraft carrier battle   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The battle over the home port of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier has heated up, with Virginia blocking the dredging of the St. John's River in Florida.
  • Lunar missions moved to launch pad   UPI / 3:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has moved its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite to their launch pad.
  • Orlando: 'Blacklisted' for gov't meetings?   UPI / 1:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 17 (UPI) -- U.S. tourism officials say they believe Orlando, Fla., has been secretly blacklisted as a federal government meeting destination.
  • Anna Nicole judge hit with civil suit   UPI / 1:05PM
    MIAMI, June 17 (UPI) -- A former Florida judge manipulated an elderly Fort Lauderdale woman to gain hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and property, a lawsuit alleges.
  • Gulf drilling said harmful to Fla. coasts   UPI / 12:44PM
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- Offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico could pose significant risks for the Florida Keys and South Florida, environmentalists say.
  • Thieves steal 300,000 pounds of rock   UPI / 11:44AM
    MIAMI, June 17 (UPI) -- Someone stole 300,000 pounds of decorative live rock from an aqua farm in the Florida Keys, an officer for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission says.
  • Former Catholic priest marries girlfriend   UPI / 11:24AM
    MIAMI, June 17 (UPI) -- A former Roman Catholic priest and his new bride will wait more than a week before saying their vows in an Episcopalian ceremony in Southeast Florida.
  • Endeavour suffers another fuel leak   UPI / 10:04AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 17 (UPI) -- Another fuel leak forced the U.S. space agency to again postpone the launch of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission to the International Space Station.
  • Tuesday, June 16

  • NASA prepares for GOES-O launch   UPI / 2:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency is preparing to launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-O from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
  • Three states report first swine flu deaths   UPI / 1:54PM
    BOSTON, June 16 (UPI) -- Massachusetts, Minnesota and Florida have reported their first H1N1 flu deaths in a pandemic that has killed at least 45 people nationwide, authorities said.
  • Endangered baby parrots recovered   UPI / 12:54PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials are caring for two endangered baby Amazon parrots stolen from their nest at The Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., authorities said.
  • Madoff suit aims to recoup bank fees   UPI / 12:05PM
    MIAMI, June 16 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed in Miami aims to recoup fees a bank paid to a feeder fund that invested in Bernard Madoff's fraudulent investment firm, court papers show.
  • Pesticides found in central Florida lakes   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. government scientists said they have found pesticide-related compounds and elevated levels of nitrate in several central Florida lakes.
  • Monday, June 15

  • NASA schedules new launch dates   UPI / 3:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 15 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Endeavour's next launch attempt has been set for 5:40 a.m. EDT Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Sunday, June 14

  • Health officials warn of deadly amoeba   UPI / 9:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 14 (UPI) -- Swimming in Florida lakes and rivers can be deadly if the Naegleria fowleri amoeba is present, public health officials warn.
  • Saturday, June 13

  • Swine flu reported in detention center   UPI / 10:24PM
    MIAMI, June 13 (UPI) -- Visitors were barred from an immigration detention center near Miami after three detainees tested positive for the swine flu virus, officials said.
  • Hydrogen leak delays Endeavour launch   UPI / 7:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 13 (UPI) -- A leaking hydrogen gas line has scrubbed Saturday's launch of the shuttle Endeavour, NASA officials said.
  • Friday, June 12

  • Rihanna and Brown attend NBA game   UPI / 12:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 12 (UPI) -- Former couple Rihanna and Chris Brown separately attended Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Orlando Thursday night, witnesses said.
  • Thursday, June 11

  • Dad asks Fla. to pay for teen's diapers   UPI / 8:14PM
    MIAMI, June 11 (UPI) -- A South Florida widower has sued the state, seeking Medicaid reimbursement for the diapers he buys for a teenage daughter with severe cerebral palsy.
  • NASA prepares to assemble Ares I-X rocket   UPI / 5:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 11 (UPI) -- Stacking is to begin this month for the Ares 1-X rocket -- the first time a new U.S. rocket has been assembled on NASA's mobile launch platform in 25 years.
  • Cop who ran over sunbather suspended   UPI / 11:34AM
    JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla., June 11 (UPI) -- A rookie police officer who drove a sport utility vehicle over a sunbather on a beach has been suspended for a week, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., police said.
  • Wednesday, June 10

  • Feuding Words Between Jets' Rex Ryan and Dolphins' Channing Crowder May Be Coming to an End   AP / 11:34PM
    MIAMI -- An entertaining war of words between Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder and Jets coach Rex Ryan escalated during the past two days, but it appears this fluid-moving chapter of trash talk could now come to a standstill until the regular season.
  • Africanized bees swarm burning house   UPI / 4:34PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 10 (UPI) -- Firefighters said a blaze at a small Florida home got more complicated when Africanized bees swarmed the house.
  • Liquidation sale sweeps away bank opulence   UPI / 2:44PM
    MIAMI, June 10 (UPI) -- Advertising Stanford Financial Group as the source of furniture in a Florida liquidation sale gave the sale added appeal, business owner Micheal Grimme said.
  • Epstein teen sex plea deal details sought   UPI / 10:54AM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., June 10 (UPI) -- Attorneys for women who allege they were hired as teen prostitutes by a wealthy Florida money manager say they want to unseal a secret plea agreement he made.
  • Tuesday, June 9

  • 10 manatees visit Fla. beach for sex   UPI / 3:54PM
    LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla., June 9 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said nine male manatees copulated with a female on a beach while surrounded by a crowd of human onlookers.
  • Climate models predict dengue epidemics   UPI / 3:54PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., June 9 (UPI) -- U.S. and Costa Rican scientists say they've developed the first climate-based computer model that can predict dengue fever outbreaks in Costa Rica.
  • NASA announces STS-127 activities   UPI / 1:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 9 (UPI) -- A pre-launch webcast will be one highlight of the U.S. space agency's Web coverage of space shuttle Endeavour's flight to the International Space Station.
  • Monday, June 8

  • Travolta talks 'Pelham' on Web site   UPI / 2:14PM
    OCALA, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- U.S. actor John Travolta, who has been mourning the death of his 16-year-old son since January, says he is proud of his latest film "The Taking of Pelham 123."
  • Flight could revolutionize air industry   UPI / 12:05PM
    MIAMI, June 8 (UPI) -- A scheduled flight from Paris to Miami could revolutionize the aviation industry through its use of a network of satellite signals, industry officials say.
  • Fla. congressman facing 14 lawsuits   UPI / 11:54AM
    SARASOTA, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- Florida Republican political up-and-comer U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan faces 14 lawsuits accusing him of alleged shady practices as a car dealer, documents show.
  • NASA plans lunar spacecraft launch   UPI / 11:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency said preparations are complete for the launch of its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.
  • Friday, June 5

  • 'Warrior gene' linked to weapon use   UPI / 3:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 5 (UPI) -- Boys born with a variation of the so-called "Warrior Gene" are more likely to use weapons and join gangs, a researcher at Florida State University said.
  • Construction of Florida casino begins   UPI / 2:24PM
    MIAMI, June 5 (UPI) -- The construction phase of a plan to bring a casino to Miami-Dade County, Fla., has begun with the ritual groundbreaking ceremony, Churchill Downs Inc. says.
  • Thursday, June 4

  • U.S. judge awards Spain shipwreck treasure   UPI / 10:05PM
    MIAMI, June 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge has ordered a treasure-hunting company to hand over one of its finds to the Spanish government.
  • Girl, 7, bit 3 times by pygmy rattlesnake   UPI / 5:54PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- A 7-year-old Florida girl was bitten three times by a pygmy rattlesnake, doctors say.
  • NASA details Endeavour pre-launch events   UPI / 5:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency is detailing pre-launch activities for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission to the International Space Station.
  • Vintage Rolls-Royce offered with home   UPI / 4:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- A Florida man struggling to sell his $699,000 downtown Orlando house said he is offering an incentive with the home -- a vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.
  • Fla. gives $9.5M to family of abused boys   UPI / 4:24PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law a $9.5 million claims bill for the adoptive family of three boys raped and abused while in government foster care.
  • Fla. mulls empty homes as storm shelters   UPI / 4:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- Homes that are vacant due to foreclosures are being considered for temporary hurricane housing, Florida's top disaster-management official said.
  • Selenium study may lead to new antibiotics   UPI / 3:35PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have found new attributes of the trace mineral selenium that may lead to new antibiotics for conditions such as diarrhea and tooth decay.
  • Wednesday, June 3

  • NASA schedules June 13 Endeavour launch   UPI / 4:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- U.S. space agency managers have selected June 13 as the launch date for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission to the International Space Station.
  • Suit: Man injured by stripper kick   UPI / 3:54PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- A Florida man is suing a nightclub and a stripper for injuries he received when the exotic dancer allegedly kicked him in the face.
  • Poll: Rourke & Hilton make ideal couple   UPI / 3:24PM
    MIAMI, June 3 (UPI) -- Male respondents to an online poll said U.S. actor Mickey Rourke and red-carpet fixture Paris Hilton would make an ideal older celeb/younger starlet couple.
  • Brown announces Florida Senate run   UPI / 2:24PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., says she is joining the race to succeed the retiring Mel Martinez as a U.S. senator from the state in 2010.
  • Sex offenders living under Miami bridge   UPI / 2:24PM
    MIAMI, June 3 (UPI) -- The head of Florida's American Civil Liberties Union says she is "worried sick" about a group of 70 sex offenders forced to live under a state bridge in Miami.
  • Scientists study how lightning is created   UPI / 2:14PM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists are using high-energy particles from space in an attempt to solve one of nature's mysteries -- how thunderstorms create lightning.
  • Study points to effective melanoma drugs   UPI / 11:44AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- An early-stage clinical trial of a new cancer drug could lead to the creation of effective melanoma drugs, researchers at a meeting in Orlando, Fla.,said.
  • Self-interest motivates men for HPV shot   UPI / 12:44AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- Telling men that getting a human papillomavirus vaccine would help protect their female partners wouldn't convince them to get the shot, U.S. researchers say.
  • Tuesday, June 2

  • Thornton's ex defends their daughter   UPI / 2:44PM
    OCOEE, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- Billy Bob Thornton's ex-wife says their daughter, who was arrested on child-neglect charges, is devastated about the death of her godchild while in her care.
  • Warming arctic may spew carbon releases   UPI / 12:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- As frozen arctic soil thaws due to climate change, U.S. scientists say bacteria will break down large amounts of carbon, sending it into the atmosphere.
  • NASA gets ready for Constellation   UPI / 9:34AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has switched Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida from the space shuttle program to its Constellation program.
  • Monday, June 1

  • Martin Exits for Habs; Torrey Heading Search for Next Panthers GM   AP / 9:34PM
    SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jacques Martin made a sudden exit from South Florida on Monday, resigning as the Panthers' general manager to become coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
  • Atlantis begins journey home atop a 747   UPI / 4:35PM
    EL PASO, Texas, June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. space shuttle Atlantis began a cross-country trip Monday, en route to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida while mounted on top a modified 747 aircraft.
  • Hurricane season begins with tropical wave   UPI / 2:14PM
    MIAMI, June 1 (UPI) -- The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season began Monday with a tropical wave reported over the Caribbean Sea and one tropical depression already spent.
  • Black bear back in wild after city visit   UPI / 12:34PM
    WESTON, Fla., June 1 (UPI) -- A 310-pound black bear has been released back into the wild after being captured during its visit to the city of Weston, Fla., a state biologist says.
  • Thornton's daughter charged in baby death   UPI / 12:05PM
    OCOEE, Fla., June 1 (UPI) -- The daughter from whom actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton says he has long been estranged was arrested in Florida in connection with a baby's death.
  • The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio, Patrick McManamon Column: This Loss is Tough for Fans, LeBron   AP / 8:34AM
    Jun. 1--ORLANDO, FLA.:
  • Sunday, May 31

  • McMANAMON: Loss is Difficult for LeBron to Take   AP / 9:34PM
    May 31--ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mo Williams showed the emotion of a difficult end to a promising Cleveland Cavaliers season early in the morning Sunday.
  • Fla. residents tell drywall horror stories   UPI / 6:24PM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla., May 31 (UPI) -- Homestead, Fla., residents say strong smells and corrosion caused by imported Chinese drywall are causing them to flee their homes.
  • U.S. eyes Venezuela weapons buy   UPI / 6:24PM
    MIAMI, May 31 (UPI) -- The United States is concerned about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's purchases of advanced shoulder-fired missiles, officials say.
  • 'Cybergeeks' lured into U.S. defense work   UPI / 12:14PM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., May 31 (UPI) -- Lucrative Pentagon contracts and the private-sector recession are luring young "cybergeeks" into working on U.S. computer security, experts say.
  • Saturday, May 30

  • MLB: Florida 7, New York Mets 3   AP / 6:34PM
    Jeremy Hermida's three-run fifth-inning homer Saturday keyed
  • Friday, May 29

  • Report: Tone Loc collapses in Florida   UPI / 12:44PM
    PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla., May 29 (UPI) -- Hip-hop artist Tone Loc collapsed and lost consciousness while performing a concert in Florida Friday morning, TMZ reported.
  • Priest Switches From Catholic to Episcopal   AP / 12:34PM
    A celebrity priest who was photographed nuzzling a woman on a Florida beach has officially left the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Priest switches from Catholic to Episcopal   UPI / 12:14PM
    MIAMI, May 29 (UPI) -- A celebrity priest who was photographed nuzzling a woman on a Florida beach has officially left the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Miami VA hospital seeks at-risk veterans   UPI / 11:35AM
    MIAMI, May 29 (UPI) -- The Veterans Administration hospital in Miami says it's trying to contact 216 veterans at risk from improperly cleaned colonoscopy equipment.
  • Thursday, May 28

  • UPI NewsTrack Sports   AP / 5:34PM
    Reports: Man says he sold steroids to pros LAKELAND, Fla., May 28 (UPI) -- A Lakeland, Fla., man claims he sold steroids to members of the Washington Nationals and Washington Capitals, various media reports said.
  • NASA updates Endeavour's June launch plans   UPI / 5:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says the dates of the launch dress rehearsal and roll-out for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 June mission have changed.
  • New cellular target for HIV drugs proposed   UPI / 5:14PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 28 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say human immunodeficiency virus drug developers should focus on immune cells called macrophages instead of traditionally targeted T cells.
  • Motive sought for Tilton home break-in   UPI / 3:44PM
    MIAMI, May 28 (UPI) -- An attorney for former televangelist Robert Tilton says it remains unclear why an unidentified man broke into Tilton's home in Miami.
  • Massive tumor removed from infant's face   UPI / 3:05PM
    MIAMI, May 28 (UPI) -- A woman in Miami says she should soon be able to take her newborn son home after doctors removed a 1.8-pound tumor from the infant's face.
  • Wednesday, May 27

  • Sunken warship to become artificial reef   UPI / 7:44PM
    KEY WEST, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- The USNS General Hoyt Vandenberg, a retired U.S. Navy warship, was sunk Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico, where it will become an artificial reef, officials say.
  • U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta to Head FIU Law School   AP / 7:34PM
    May 27--R. Alexander Acosta, the current U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, has just been named dean of Florida International University's Law School.
  • Flag prompts call for parade cancellation   UPI / 11:14AM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- The flying of a Confederate battle flag may force the cancellation of this year's Veterans Day parade in the city of Homestead, Fla., officials say.
  • Tuesday, May 26

  • Vultures prey on houses, cars in Fla. town   UPI / 4:44PM
    BARTOW, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- A vulture infestation makes home sales in Bartow, Fla., even more difficult in this tough economy, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.
  • Shark attack reported off Florida   UPI / 2:05PM
    CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- An Orlando, Fla., man was treated for an ankle injury after a rare attack by a shark off Clearwater Beach, family members said.
  • NASA plans for Endeavour's June launch   UPI / 11:06AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it's planning the final events prior to space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 June mission to the International Space Station.
  • Monday, May 25

  • Decommissioned Navy ship to become reef   UPI / 8:54PM
    KEY WEST, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- Sailors who served on the USS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg spent Memorial Day taking a last look at her before she is scuttled off the Florida coast to form a reef.
  • Study: ADHD kids benefit from fidgeting   UPI / 12:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder can actually concentrate better if allowed to fidget, a University of Central Florida study says.
  • The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio, Patrick McManamon Column: Cavs Can't Counterpunch   AP / 8:34AM
    May 25--ORLANDO, Fla. -- A buzzer-beating game-winner provided the Cavaliers a lift.
  • Sunday, May 24

  • Space shuttle Atlantis lands in California   UPI / 12:34PM
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., May 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis landed Sunday at Edwards Air Force Base in California, two days late due to inclement weather in Florida, NASA says.
  • Saturday, May 23

  • More rain set for soggy Florida weekend   UPI / 11:54AM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., May 23 (UPI) -- Yet more rain for Florida's flood-weary Atlantic Coast is promising to turn the Memorial Day holiday into a bust, forecasters say.
  • First Atlantis landing window waved off   UPI / 8:05AM
    HOUSTON, May 23 (UPI) -- NASA says it has waved off Saturday's first landing opportunity for the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Friday, May 22

  • Feds hand BankUnited to new owners   UPI / 11:14AM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators seized and quickly sold Florida's BankUnited in a transition the new owner said would be just about seamless.
  • Atlantis landing postponed until Saturday   UPI / 8:44AM
    HOUSTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Poor weather conditions prevented the the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis from landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA said Friday.
  • Investigation of ex-judge over   UPI / 12:14AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 22 (UPI) -- Florida investigators say they found no evidence a former judge and his wife and mother-in-law mistreated an elderly neighbor.
  • Thursday, May 21

  • NASA plans Lunar robotic missions   UPI / 5:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it plans to launch two satellites that are designed to gather new information about the moon.
  • Atlantis crew prepares to return to Earth   UPI / 11:54AM
    HOUSTON, May 21 (UPI) -- The crew of space shuttle Atlantis spent Thursday preparing for the journey back to Earth and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Wednesday, May 20

  • SeaWorld to debut new roller coaster   UPI / 11:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 20 (UPI) -- SeaWorld officials in Orlando, Fla., say they hope their new Manta roller coaster helps attract visitors to the theme park despite the poor economic climate.
  • Mom sues over autistic son's death   UPI / 4:05PM
    MIAMI, May 20 (UPI) -- A Florida woman has sued a psychiatrist and a now-closed group home, saying they caused her autistic son's death by giving him too much medication.
  • Bidding for BankUnited begins   UPI / 3:14PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., May 20 (UPI) -- Troubles at Florida's BankUnited have opened up a golden opportunity for the bank's next owner, industry consultant Ken Thomas said.
  • Genes explain repeat teen-crime victims   UPI / 12:54AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 20 (UPI) -- Genes trump environment as the main reason some adolescents are more likely than others to be victimized by crime, a U.S. researcher suggests.
  • Tuesday, May 19

  • Pastor charged in money laundering scheme   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI, May 19 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say a Florida pastor led a real estate money laundering operation on behalf of Miami cocaine dealers.
  • Underweight Asian elephant dies   UPI / 11:14AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- An underweight Asian elephant seized from a Florida circus trainer has died at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn., animal welfare officials said.
  • Monday, May 18

  • Florida AG announces run for governor   UPI / 4:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- Republican Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Monday he is running for governor to replace the departing Gov. Charlie Crist.
  • Bill would halt python imports   UPI / 1:35PM
    MIAMI, May 18 (UPI) -- A bill before the U.S. Congress would ban importation and breeding of the Burmese python and some other non-native species, Florida Everglades officials said.
  • Man defends decision to catch record shark   UPI / 12:14PM
    SARASOTA, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- A Florida man says he was driven to rein in a world record 1,060-pound hammerhead shark despite personal concerns the animal may be pregnant.
  • WWII ship set to become artificial reef   UPI / 12:05PM
    MIAMI, May 18 (UPI) -- The USS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, which served as a troop ship in World War II, will soon become an artificial reef off the coast of Florida, a historian says.
  • Florida madam to face fines, house arrest   UPI / 11:24AM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- The alleged Florida madam of a celebrity Internet call girl service is likely to face fines and house arrest under a plea deal, sources say.
  • Sunday, May 17

  • Singer Buffett signs with Miami Dolphins   UPI / 12:54PM
    MIAMI, May 17 (UPI) -- Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he reached a marketing deal with Jimmy Buffett, renaming the team's stadium after the singer's beer brand.
  • Saturday, May 16

  • Astronaut does delicate camera repair   UPI / 6:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. astronaut successfully repaired a camera on the Hubble Space Telescope during a spacewalk Saturday, NASA said.
  • Study says beautiful people earn more   UPI / 3:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 16 (UPI) -- Good-looking men and women have a greater confidence that gives them an edge in the job market, a study from the University of Florida showed.
  • Friday, May 15

  • Second of five Hubble spacewalks under way   UPI / 11:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 15 (UPI) -- Two U.S. astronauts worked Friday to install six gyroscopes and a new set of batteries in the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA officials said.
  • Thursday, May 14

  • Yacht owner hit with big fine over pelts   UPI / 2:35PM
    MIAMI, May 14 (UPI) -- A Florida federal judge has fined the owner of a luxury yacht $150,000 for decorating the big boat with allegedly smuggled exotic animal pelts, officials say.
  • Rescued eagle recovering in Florida   UPI / 11:44AM
    PALM CITY, Fla., May 14 (UPI) -- A bald eagle found trapped and injured at a St. Lucie County, Fla., water treatment center is expected to make a full recovery, officials say.
  • Wednesday, May 13

  • Coast Guard Reports at Least 10 Migrants Dead From Capsized Boat   AP / 8:44PM
    MIAMI -- At least 10 people -- all believed to be Haitian migrants -- were reported dead as the U.S. Coast Guard continued its efforts Wednesday to search for people adrift in the ocean off Boynton Beach along the Florida coast.
  • Rain could aid Florida firefighters   UPI / 10:44AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 13 (UPI) -- Authorities in Central Florida hoped additional rain forecast Wednesday would help put out wildfires that have scorched thousands of acres.
  • Tuesday, May 12

  • Many Veterans Possibly Exposed to Diseases Haven't Responded for Testing   AP / 9:34PM
    MIAMI -- Seven weeks after the U.S. Veterans Administration notified more than 3,000 veterans they might have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV by improperly cleaned colonoscopy equipment at the VA hospital in Miami, more than a quarter of them -- nearly 1,100 in all -- have not responded for testing, according to numbers provided by the VA.
  • Anglers fret over Florida Bay regulations   UPI / 2:54PM
    KEY WEST, Fla., May 12 (UPI) -- Recreational fishing enthusiasts say they're worried they will lose access to the Everglades' Florida Bay because of proposals to preserve its seagrass.
  • Florida reports sex offender e-mail glitch   UPI / 11:55AM
    MIAMI, May 12 (UPI) -- An e-mail sent to 11,000 people mistakenly told them Florida no longer would track sex offenders whose whereabouts concerned them, state authorities said.
  • Gov. Crist announces GOP run for Senate   UPI / 11:14AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 12 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he'll run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated in 2010 by Republican Mel Martinez.
  • Monday, May 11

  • Ala., Fla.: Lake isn't Atlanta's spigot   UPI / 4:54PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 11 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday considered whether metro Atlanta is entitled to rely on nearby Lake Lanier as its primary drinking-water source.
  • Atlantis begins its 11-day Hubble mission   UPI / 2:35PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 11 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off Monday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, en route to provide the final servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Florida wildfire threatens homes   UPI / 9:54AM
    MIMS, Fla., May 11 (UPI) -- Florida firefighters were battling a wildfire Monday that threatened to burn homes near the Atlantic Coast east of Orlando, officials said.
  • Fla. Gov. Crist to announce Senate run   UPI / 9:44AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 11 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is preparing to announce a run for the U.S. Senate, a former staffer says.
  • Friday, May 8

  • Police: Man caught with sea turtle eggs   UPI / 9:14PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., May 8 (UPI) -- More than 100 sea turtle eggs were reburied Friday on a Florida beach, a few hours after they were seized from a man who allegedly dug them up illegally.
  • House orders study of Florida drywall   UPI / 3:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives says a study will be conducted of allegedly toxic Chinese drywall plaguing some South Florida homeowners.
  • Woman linked to the Rev. Cutie identified   UPI / 3:44PM
    MIAMI, May 8 (UPI) -- A Miami TV station says the woman romantically linked to the Rev. Alberto Cutie is a divorcee living in Miami Beach, Fla.
  • Thursday, May 7

  • 'Liberty City Six' trial pricetag: $10M   UPI / 5:24PM
    MIAMI, May 7 (UPI) -- The case of six men accused of plotting to bomb Chicago's Sears Tower and attack FBI offices has cost at least $10 million, a newspaper analysis indicates.
  • NTSB probes fatal Beachcraft Bonanza crash   UPI / 5:05PM
    LATANA, Fla., May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. transportation accident investigators Thursday combed the wreckage of a light plane crash in Florida that killed two people, both believed to be pilots.
  • Family may sue school for field trip death   UPI / 12:54PM
    OAKLAND PARK, Fla., May 7 (UPI) -- The parents of an 18-year-old high school senior who died in a traffic accident during a school field trip say they may sue her Broward County, Fla., school.
  • Fla. county nixes 'No Smoking' beach signs   UPI / 12:44PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., May 7 (UPI) -- The parks department in Palm Beach County, Fla., says there are no plans to add "No Smoking" signs on beaches despite requests from an environmental group.
  • Wednesday, May 6

  • Riley Says Heat's First Priority is to Re-Sign Dwyane Wade   AP / 10:34PM
    MIAMI -- Although the goal for the Heat has long been to create as much salary-cap space as possible to sign two superstars in 2010, the priority is to get half of that work done now.
  • NASA to air HD coverage of Atlantis launch   UPI / 5:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it will air live high definition TV coverage of the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on its mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Florida sued over prison pen-pal ban   UPI / 5:14PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 6 (UPI) -- Two Florida Christian groups say rules that ban them from matching up prison inmates with pen pals are a violation of freedom of speech.
  • Deal shelves WellCare fraud charges   UPI / 2:05PM
    TAMPA, Fla., May 6 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors in Florida announced Wednesday that WellCare Health Plans had agreed to pay $80 million to avoid prosecution on fraud charges.
  • Con man evaded police for three decades   UPI / 1:44PM
    LARGO, Fla., May 6 (UPI) -- Florida police held a man dubbed "Plasma Pat," who says he wore a Wal-Mart cap to swindle people out of $2.5 million in 30 years.
  • Tuesday, May 5

  • Rubio announces Senate run   UPI / 10:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 5 (UPI) -- Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio said Tuesday he is running for the U.S. Senate.
  • Study: Big fish vanishing from Caribbean   UPI / 8:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 5 (UPI) -- The disappearance of sharks, barracuda and other large predators from Caribbean reefs is related to the growing human population, a Florida researcher says.
  • BankUnited looks at uncertain future   UPI / 3:54PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., May 5 (UPI) -- A Florida bank under orders to sell out or merge recessed its annual meeting without discussion of its finances, an attorney said.
  • Monday, May 4

  • Police: Fla. Man Kills Wife, 2 Sons, Self   AP / 10:34PM
    Police are investigating the deaths of four members of a family in Lakeland, Fla., where a man apparently killed his wife and two sons before killing himself.
  • Saturday, May 2

  • May Day protesters seek economic reforms   UPI / 12:54PM
    MIAMI, May 2 (UPI) -- May Day protests brought out hundreds of marchers to downtown Miami seeking economic justice for workers and immigration reform, observers said.
  • Better hurricane warning system touted   UPI / 12:24PM
    MIAMI, May 2 (UPI) -- The hurricane warning delivery system in Florida is mired in last-century technology and needs to be updated, a U.S. congressman says.
  • Friday, May 1

  • Rough-terrain wheelchair vehicle invented   UPI / 10:54AM
    TAMPA, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- A University of South Florida spinoff company in Tampa has sold its first student-originated rolling wheelchair platform to a Mississippi man.
  • Thursday, April 30

  • Alligator Alley open as fire still burns   UPI / 11:54PM
    NAPLES, Fla., April 30 (UPI) -- The highway across South Florida known as Alligator Alley remained open Thursday as a wildfire continued to burn in Big Cypress National Preserve.
  • Latin Grammys set for November in Vegas   UPI / 10:34PM
    MIAMI, April 30 (UPI) -- The 10th annual Latin Grammy Awards show is set to take place in November at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, organizers said.
  • NASA approves May 11 space shuttle launch   UPI / 4:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it's completed a readiness review of space shuttle Atlantis and approved its launch to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Wednesday, April 29

  • Expert: A healthy nose helps prevent flu   UPI / 3:14PM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., April 29 (UPI) -- There is no vaccine to prevent swine flu disease, but a U.S. doctor says there are simple ways to help reduce risk of all infections including influenza.
  • Re-awakened old genes help fight HIV   UPI / 2:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 29 (UPI) -- University of Central Florida scientists say they have developed a vaginal cream containing a re-awakened protein that might prevent the transmission of HIV.
  • Navy nominee skirts carrier transfer plan   UPI / 2:35PM
    WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's Navy secretary nominee told Congress he didn't have enough details to comment on a plan to station an aircraft carrier in Florida.
  • Tuesday, April 28

  • Rough-terrain wheelchair vehicle invented   UPI / 2:05PM
    TAMPA, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- A University of Florida spinoff company in Tampa has sold its first student-originated rolling wheelchair platform to a Mississippi man.
  • Offshore plan hits Fla. Senate roadblock   UPI / 10:44AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- Florida state senators and Gov. Charlie Crist say a move to open up state waters to offshore oil drilling has run out of time in the legislative session.
  • Wildfire costs Fla. tolls, truckers time   UPI / 12:05AM
    NAPLES, Fla., April 27 (UPI) -- The wildfire on the western edge of Big Cypress Swamp has cost Florida close to $200,000 in lost highway tolls on Alligator Alley, officials said Monday.
  • Monday, April 27

  • Genetics may save crops in global warming   UPI / 5:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., April 27 (UPI) -- U.S. plant molecular biologists say they are developing gene variants of wheat, rice and corn that can produce increased yields under heat stress.
  • NASA to air astronaut induction ceremony   UPI / 4:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it will provide live television coverage of the 2009 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
  • Offshore drill lobby launches Fla. blitz   UPI / 1:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 27 (UPI) -- Oil and gas companies are staging a last-minute lobbying blitz in support of a Florida offshore drilling measure, analysts say.
  • Saturday, April 25

  • Meningitis outbreak reported in Miami   UPI / 5:54PM
    MIAMI, April 25 (UPI) -- Health officials in Miami announced an apparent outbreak of meningitis this week that has killed four people and sickened 12.
  • Florida smoke lifts; I-75 opened for day   UPI / 3:14PM
    WESTON, Fla., April 25 (UPI) -- South Florida's "Alligator Alley" highway was reopened for daylight travel only Saturday as smoke from a massive wildfire cleared up to an extent.
  • Thursday, April 23

  • Drought, fire make trouble for S. Florida   UPI / 8:44PM
    WESTON, Fla., April 23 (UPI) -- A combination of fire, drought, rain and lightning made for zero visibility Thursday, causing the closure of a major route across South Florida, officials said.
  • Medication misprepared in horse deaths   UPI / 4:35PM
    OCALA, Fla., April 23 (UPI) -- A pharmacy in Ocala, Fla., said Thursday that medication given to 21 Venezuelan polo horses was incorrectly prepared. The horses subsequently died.
  • Wednesday, April 22

  • MLB: Pittsburgh 7, Florida 4   AP / 6:35PM
    Adam LaRoche had three hits and one RBI Wednesday to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-4 win over the Florida Marlins, completing a three-game sweep.
  • Fla. panel passes offshore drilling bill   UPI / 4:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 22 (UPI) -- A Florida legislative committee has passed a measure to open up the cash-strapped state's Gulf of Mexico coastline to oil drilling.
  • Bears creating a nuisance in Florida   UPI / 11:14AM
    MIAMI, April 22 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife authorities say they are trying to find a solution to a growing population of bears, which are creating a nuisance.
  • Tuesday, April 21

  • Retired admiral denies writing e-mail   UPI / 11:05PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- A retired U.S. Navy admiral says he was not the author of an e-mail criticizing President Obama for the four-day standoff with pirates off Somalia.
  • Two officers arrested in Fla. drug sting   UPI / 11:35AM
    MIAMI, April 21 (UPI) -- Two law enforcement officers in the Florida Keys were arrested on drug charges in an FBI-led undercover operation, a U.S. attorney's spokeswoman said.
  • Monday, April 20

  • Surfer bitten in Florida shark attack   UPI / 1:34PM
    JUPITER, Fla., April 20 (UPI) -- A surfer attacked by a shark at Jupiter, Fla., may have lost two toes, witnesses to the incident said.
  • Official: Chemicals in oysters a 'concern'   UPI / 11:54AM
    CRESCENT BEACH, Fla., April 20 (UPI) -- The discovery of banned chemicals in oysters in a river running through St. Johns County, Fla., is a concern, an official says.
  • Judge bans religious song from school   UPI / 11:24AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 17 (UPI) -- A federal judge has banned a Florida elementary school from having children sing a country song, "In God We Still Trust," at a school assembly.
  • Friday, April 17

  • WWII ship to be added to artificial reef   UPI / 4:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 17 (UPI) -- The Smith Maritime agency says a decommissioned ship from World War II is on its way to become part of an artificial reef off Key West, Fla.
  • Judge bans religious song from school   UPI / 1:24AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 17 (UPI) -- A federal judge has banned a Florida elementary school from having children sing a country song, "In God We Still Trust," at a school assembly.
  • Thursday, April 16

  • Katie Holmes' brother-in-law dead at 48   UPI / 9:44AM
    SARASOTA, Fla., April 16 (UPI) -- The husband of actress Katie Holmes' older sister has died of heart failure in Florida at the age of 48, officials said.
  • Wednesday, April 15

  • Marriage of Convenience Makes FIU Look Pitiful   AP / 10:34PM
    MIAMI -- Isiah Thomas and Pete Garcia sat on stage smiling
  • Burnett Brilliant As Yanks Rip Rays   AP / 12:34AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A.J. Burnett's no-hitter disappeared in the seventh inning, and so did his shutout. But the win went squarely in his and the Yankees' column.
  • Tuesday, April 14

  • Florida International Employs Absence of Logic--and Now Thomas   AP / 10:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- They've got to be joking.
  • Civil trial date set for Hulk Hogan's son   UPI / 9:05PM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., April 14 (UPI) -- A Florida judge has set a March 2010 start date for Nick Bollea's civil trial involving a 2007 car crash that severely injured his friend.
  • Thomas Heads South for FIU Job   AP / 8:34PM
    GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Isiah Thomas was desperate enough to get back into the game and to recover some of his Hall of Fame reputation that had been soiled during his calamitous tenure with the Knicks. So Tuesday he decided to take a chance on a wayward program that was willing to take a chance on him and become the head coach at Florida International University.
  • Endeavour to move to stand-by launch pad   UPI / 11:34AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it will move space shuttle Endeavour to a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to stand by for possible emergency duty.
  • Saturday, April 11

  • Fla. officials investigate Chinese drywall   UPI / 3:44PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 11 (UPI) -- Thousands of homes in Florida are believed to contain potentially toxic Chinese drywall, officials said.
  • Developer plans all-solar city   UPI / 3:34PM
    FORT MYERS, Fla., April 11 (UPI) -- A Florida developer says he wants to build a 19,500-home city powered entirely by solar energy.
  • U.S. opposes Fla. limits on Cuba travel   UPI / 12:34AM
    MIAMI, April 11 (UPI) -- A lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department argued at a hearing Friday against a Florida law aimed at making travel to Cuba more difficult.
  • Friday, April 10

  • Health checks made on rare Florida plants   UPI / 1:54PM
    MIAMI, April 10 (UPI) -- U.S. wildlife managers say they're checking the health of eight rare plants found only in Florida's Everglades National Park and Miami-Dade County.
  • Shuttle Endeavour moved to launch bay   UPI / 1:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 10 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Endeavour was moved into position in Florida Friday for attachment to its fuel tank and solid rocket boosters, NASA officials said.
  • High-risk sex partner increases STD risk   UPI / 9:54AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., April 10 (UPI) -- People who choose a high-risk sex partner are much more likely than others to get a sexually transmitted disease, U.S. researchers said.
  • Homeless moving into vacant houses   UPI / 9:54AM
    MIAMI, April 10 (UPI) -- About a dozen United States advocacy groups are using the foreclosure crisis to move homeless people into vacant houses, a spokesman said.
  • Florida AG sues over Caylee doll   UPI / 9:44AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 9 (UPI) -- The Florida attorney general is suing a company over its doll, made in the likeness of slain toddler Caylee Anthony, and its Michael Vick chew toys for dogs.
  • Thursday, April 9

  • Buyout clause casts shadow over theme park   UPI / 3:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 9 (UPI) -- Movie director Steven Spielberg's contract with Universal Orlando in Florida is lucrative enough to give financiers concern, Moody's Investors Services said.
  • Wednesday, April 8

  • Marlins Move to 3-0 With Victory Over Nationals   AP / 9:34PM
    MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins aren't breathing easy just because they own the best record in the majors. The calendar shows it's only April, after all.
  • Friend: Travoltas' faith, family 'solid'   UPI / 8:44PM
    OCALA, Fla., April 8 (UPI) -- U.S. film stars John Travolta and Kelly Preston are keeping a low public profile, but spending time with family and friends following the death of their son.
  • Tuesday, April 7

  • Boat builder sees expansion plans fade   UPI / 2:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., April 7 (UPI) -- A Florida yacht maker said the eroding economy has sunk its plans for expansion and cut into its ability to hold onto the staff already on board.
  • Plane forced to land after bald eagle hit   UPI / 10:24AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 7 (UPI) -- An Allegiant Air plane was forced to return to Sanford Orlando International Airport after it struck a bald eagle, officials at the Florida airport said.
  • Gum disease leads to gestational diabetes   UPI / 12:24AM
    MIAMI, April 7 (UPI) -- Pregnant women with periodontal disease face an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes, U.S. researchers found.
  • Monday, April 6

  • Obesity and periodontal disease linked   UPI / 11:24PM
    MIAMI, April 6 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers observed significant associations between all measures of obesity and periodontal disease, or gum disease.
  • 11 indicted in military export conspiracy   UPI / 7:54PM
    MIAMI, April 6 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in Miami indicted six people and five firms for allegedly conspiring to export U.S. military aircraft parts to Iran, officials said Monday.
  • Parent stress linked to child tooth decay   UPI / 6:05PM
    MIAMI, April 6 (UPI) -- The more stressed parents are, the more likely their children are to have tooth decay, researchers at Ohio State University have found.
  • Sipping sports drinks may harm teeth   UPI / 4:44PM
    MIAMI, April 6 (UPI) -- Sipping on sports drinks all day may provide an energy boost, but can also result in tooth erosion and hypersensitivity, U.S. researchers said.
  • Crist wants U.S. tests of Chinese drywall   UPI / 3:14PM
    PARKLAND, Fla., April 6 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he is asking for help from the U.S. government to study drywall imported from China during the 2002-06 home building boom.
  • Sunday, April 5

  • Buyers flock to Florida 'pill mills'   UPI / 6:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- Fast growing South Florida pain clinics are actually "pill mills" where doctors sell narcotics such as OxyContin to 65 patients per day or more, police say.
  • Invasive swamphens evade Florida experts   UPI / 3:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in Florida say they have been unable to drive swamphens, an invasive exotic bird, from the state.
  • Saturday, April 4

  • Crocodile dies 2 weeks after surgery   UPI / 9:34PM
    MIAMI, April 4 (UPI) -- An unprecedented operation has failed to save the life of an American crocodile that was hit by a car three months ago in the Florida Keys.
  • Marine killed by 'non-hostile' shooting   UPI / 1:05AM
    MIAMI, April 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. Marine from South Florida was found dead in bed in a barracks in Iraq from a gunshot wound to his head, the Defense Department said.
  • Friday, April 3

  • Astronauts prepare for Hubble mission   UPI / 4:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 3 (UPI) -- U.S. astronauts finished ground-training Friday in preparation for the long-awaited overhaul of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA officials said.
  • Satellite to improve hurricane forecasting   UPI / 2:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a $499 million satellite is ready to help predict hurricanes and pinpoint distress signals.
  • British woman does 314-foot ocean dive   UPI / 7:44AM
    MIAMI, April 3 (UPI) -- A 37-year-old British woman has regained her title in the extreme sport of freediving with a 314-foot plunge beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Browns' Stallworth Appears at Hearing, Offers Condolences   AP / 12:34AM
    MIAMI -- Holding his mother's hand, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth walked out of a Miami-Dade County jail after noon Thursday after posting bond on a charge of DUI manslaughter.
  • Thursday, April 2

  • Astronauts prepare for final Hubble trip   UPI / 1:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 2 (UPI) -- The seven astronauts who will be aboard space shuttle Atlantis when it launches May 12 were busy Thursday in Florida, preparing for their STS-125 mission.
  • Officials: Bobcat in attacks was rabid   UPI / 12:44PM
    INVERNESS, Fla., April 2 (UPI) -- Health officials said Thursday that a bobcat that attacked an elderly man and a young boy in Citrus County, Fla., appears to have been rabid.
  • NASA awards a protective services contract   UPI / 9:35AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency said it has awarded an interim protective services contract to Space Gateway Support of Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Tuesday, March 31

  • PETA goes after small family circus   UPI / 7:54PM
    DAVENPORT, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- A small traveling circus from Florida is fighting claims by an international animal rights group that its performing animals are victims of years of abuse.
  • Atlantis is moved to its launch pad   UPI / 1:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Atlantis was moved Tuesday to Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for its scheduled May 12 launch.
  • Researchers bring back old treatments   UPI / 10:24AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- Two U.S. medical device companies are trying to bring back the use of some old blood pressure treatments, updated with high-tech gadgetry.
  • Cancer metastasis protein is discovered   UPI / 9:24AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- U.S. cancer researchers say they've identified a molecule known as protein kinase D1 that is key to enabling a tumor cell to metastasize.
  • Monday, March 30

  • Navy explodes object found washed ashore   UPI / 1:54PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy Monday destroyed what it called a "suspicious device" that washed ashore near Jacksonville, Fla., officials said.
  • Wife saves husband from gator's grasp   UPI / 12:54PM
    EUSTIS, Fla., March 30 (UPI) -- A Florida woman saved her husband after a small alligator chomped down on his arm while he was trying to shoo it off their back porch, officials said.
  • Sunday, March 29

  • ShamWow spokesman accused of battery   UPI / 7:05PM
    SOUTH BEACH, Fla., March 28 (UPI) -- Vince Shlomi, the TV pitchman for the ShamWow product group, assaulted a suspected prostitute at a hotel in South Beach, Fla., police allege.
  • Amateur rapper accused of brandishing gun   UPI / 4:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., March 29 (UPI) -- An amateur rapper pulled a handgun on a crowd of nearly 100 people at the University of South Florida following a talent show, police allege.
  • Health insurers urge rejection for many   UPI / 4:14PM
    MIAMI, March 29 (UPI) -- Health insurance company guidelines urge brokers to reject applicants with a wide range of pre-existing conditions, The Miami Herald reported Sunday.
  • Florida theme parks targeted by lawsuits   UPI / 2:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 29 (UPI) -- A total of 477 personal-injury lawsuits have been filed against the operators of central Florida theme parks in the last few years, documents show.
  • Sham Wow spokesman accused of battery   UPI / 7:05AM
    SOUTH BEACH, Fla., March 28 (UPI) -- Vince Shlomi, the TV spokesman for the ShowWow product group, assaulted a suspected prostitute at a hotel in South Beach, Fla., police allege.
  • Saturday, March 28

  • Discovery lands safely in Florida   UPI / 8:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 28 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Discovery landed in Florida Saturday after a 13-day mission and a 90-minute weather delay.
  • Hundreds of Disney World workers laid off   UPI / 8:24AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 28 (UPI) -- Up to 800 workers were laid off from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., this week, receiving escorts off the property, sources say.
  • Friday, March 27

  • Tabata: My wife deceived me   UPI / 7:54PM
    BRADENTON, Fla., March 27 (UPI) -- Jose Tabata, a prospect with the Pittsburgh Pirates, said Friday that his wife of 14 months deceived him about a pregnancy and about her criminal record.
  • Rabid fans face health risk   UPI / 2:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 27 (UPI) -- A California cardiologist says living and dying by the success or failure of a favorite sports team can be deadly.
  • Thursday, March 26

  • Anna Nicole death evidence gets 2nd look   UPI / 6:54PM
    MIAMI, March 26 (UPI) -- Florida prosecutors are re-examining evidence in the 2007 death of former model and TV personality Anna Nicole Smith.
  • Judge hears newspapers' complaints   UPI / 6:34PM
    MIAMI, March 26 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Miami closed a court hearing on sealed documents involved in a massive Ponzi scheme fraud case, over media objections.
  • Florida senator seeking tanning bed limits   UPI / 12:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 26 (UPI) -- Teenagers in Florida shouldn't be allowed to use tanning beds without parental consent and only after a certain age, a state senator says.
  • Wednesday, March 25

  • Space shuttle Discovery to land Saturday   UPI / 5:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says the shuttle Discovery is expected to complete its mission to the International Space Station with a Saturday landing in Florida.
  • NASA to move Atlantis to its launch pad   UPI / 4:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- U.S. space shuttle Atlantis is being readied for its move to Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a May 12 liftoff.
  • Browns' Stallworth saw pedestrian he hit   UPI / 3:14PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- A police report says Cleveland Browns receiver Donte Stallworth claimed he tried to warn a pedestrian before striking him with his car in a Miami Beach street.
  • Ballplayer's wife held in Florida kidnap   UPI / 2:24PM
    PLANT CITY, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates declined comment Wednesday on the arrest of the wife of one of their top prospects in a bizarre alleged kidnapping.
  • Tuesday, March 24

  • VA: Pumps exposed vets to infection   UPI / 2:24PM
    MIAMI, March 24 (UPI) -- Thousands of U.S. veterans are at a slight risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis because of improperly cleaned water pumps in Miami, officials said.
  • Fla. Common Cause faces steep cutbacks   UPI / 2:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 24 (UPI) -- Common Cause Florida says funding cuts will cause it to virtually shut down at the end of March.
  • New muscadine grape is developed   UPI / 1:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 24 (UPI) -- University of Florida scientists say they've developed a new muscadine grape cultivar called "Delicious" that ripens early and is disease-resistant.
  • Wildfires strike Florida   UPI / 10:44AM
    PASCO, Fla., March 23 (UPI) -- Separate fires in Florida have scorched 600 acres of the Withlacoochee State Forest and 18 acres in Pasco, the state Division of Forestry said.
  • Monday, March 23

  • Computer stimulation may aid the paralyzed   UPI / 12:05PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 23 (UPI) -- U.S. medical engineers say computerized electrical stimulation might be used to help people regain more precise control of paralyzed limbs.
  • Sunday, March 22

  • Florida politician tells of cancer battle   UPI / 4:44PM
    MIAMI, March 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida has disclosed she has successfully battled breast cancer for the past year.
  • Astrologer Mercado seeks name rights   UPI / 4:14PM
    MIAMI, March 22 (UPI) -- Astrologer Walter Mercado says he is intent on winning back the legal rights to his famous name from a Miami promoter.
  • Witness: Banana tax financed death squads   UPI / 2:54PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 22 (UPI) -- A former Colombian paramilitary leader says he used a tax on U.S. banana exporters to pay right-wing death squads that terrorized the country for years.
  • Saturday, March 21

  • Hughes Has Difficult Task   AP / 4:34AM
    Mar. 21--BOISE, Idaho -- Considering the damage he had done coming into the NCAA tournament, Florida State Seminoles gunner Toney Douglas was conspicuous by his relative silence in the first half against Wisconsin Friday night at Taco Bell Arena.
  • Friday, March 20

  • Infection kills 2 babies at Miami hospital   UPI / 7:05PM
    MIAMI, March 20 (UPI) -- The deaths of two infants this week in the neonatal intensive care unit at Miami Children's Hospital are under investigation.
  • Girl, 17, survives shark attack in Florida   UPI / 3:44PM
    DELAND, Fla., March 20 (UPI) -- A 17-year-old girl suffered minor injuries when she became the first shark attack victim in Volusia County, Fla., in 2009, an official says.
  • Thursday, March 19

  • Ares I-X motor segments arrive at Kennedy   UPI / 3:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 19 (UPI) -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the four motor segments for the Ares I-X have arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Wednesday, March 18

  • Florida investigates smelly drywall claims   UPI / 2:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 18 (UPI) -- Florida health officials say they are getting more complaints from residents who suspect the drywall in their homes is giving off dangerous fumes.
  • NASA: Bat perched on shuttle probably died   UPI / 8:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 18 (UPI) -- A bat seen perched on the space shuttle Discovery before it took off last weekend probably died during the spacecraft's launch, NASA says.
  • Tuesday, March 17

  • Coast Guard reports on NFL players search   UPI / 6:05PM
    TAMPA, Fla., March 17 (UPI) -- Problems with a C-130 search plane and malfunctioning radar did not delay the U.S. Coast Guard search for two missing NFL players, a report said Tuesday.
  • Ailing Nelson postpones Fla. gig   UPI / 11:54AM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., March 17 (UPI) -- Singer Willie Nelson has postponed his Tuesday night concert in Clearwater, Fla., due to an undisclosed illness.
  • Septic tank converted to rainwater cistern   UPI / 12:44AM
    MIAMI, March 17 (UPI) -- Officials in the Florida Keys are offering incentives to residents who convert their old septic tanks into cisterns for irrigation.
  • Monday, March 16

  • Sea level rise poses New York City threat   UPI / 1:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says global warming is expected to cause the sea level along the northeastern U.S. coast to rise nearly twice as fast as global sea levels.
  • Black, young adults: Greater stroke risk   UPI / 12:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., March 16 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say there is an urgent need to reduce stroke risk factors among young African-Americans.
  • Ares test rocket en route to Florida   UPI / 11:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 16 (UPI) -- The final pieces of the Ares I-X flight test rocket have started a 2,917-mile journey from a manufacturing plant in Utah to Florida's Kennedy Space Center.
  • Discovery heads toward the ISS   UPI / 11:05AM
    HOUSTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Discovery was heading toward the International Space Station Monday following a perfect Sunday launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Sunday, March 15

  • Space shuttle Discovery lifts off   UPI / 8:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 15 (UPI) -- Seven astronauts headed toward the International Space Station following Sunday's launch of space shuttle Discovery at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Duke Gets a Chance for Reaffirmation Against Florida State on Sunday   AP / 12:34AM
    ATLANTA -- This ACC Tournament ended up working out pretty well for Duke and North Carolina. Both of them will be doing what they wanted to do on Sunday.
  • Saturday, March 14

  • Shuttle expected to launch Sunday   UPI / 11:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 14 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Discovery is expected to launch on schedule in Florida after repairs on a leaking gaseous hydrogen vent line, NASA said Saturday.
  • Heat's Wade Setting a Standard Few Can Match   AP / 11:34PM
    MIAMI -- When it was finally over, when the clock spun to zeros for good this time, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem didn't hug so much as they leaned on each other, propping up each other, exhausted as they were.
  • LSU Beaten at SEC Semifinals   AP / 5:35PM
    Jarvis Varnado scored a team-high 19 points Saturday, helping Mississippi State upset 16th-ranked LSU 67-57 in one SEC Tournament semifinal in Tampa, Fla.
  • NASA preparing Discovery for launch   UPI / 12:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 13 (UPI) -- U.S. space officials say they're preparing the space shuttle Discovery for launch Sunday night from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Friday, March 13

  • Recession causing lots of stress   UPI / 1:44AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 13 (UPI) -- Employees are more stressed and more strained today, and they aren't looking to make a move to improve their situation, U.S. researchers said.
  • Thursday, March 12

  • Baby fat raises risk of long-term harm   UPI / 9:54PM
    MIAMI, March 12 (UPI) -- Doctors at the University of Miami say obesity-related health problems can begin as early as age 3.
  • Propane explosion at SEC tourney site   UPI / 8:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Tampa, Fla., have put out a propane fire that erupted at a food vendor's grill on the plaza outside the St. Pete Times Forum, officials said.
  • Space Station Experiences Near Miss   AP / 8:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The three-member crew aboard the international space station was ordered Thursday to seek refuge in their Russian Soyuz lifeboat, minutes before a chunk of space debris narrowly missed the station.
  • Hyperbaric treatment effective for autism   UPI / 7:14PM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- A U.S. controlled trial of hyperbaric treatments for children with autism has determined such treatments can improve the patients' conditions.
  • Court papers: Nuclear feud at Fla. plant   UPI / 5:54PM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- Florida Power & Light Co. regularly puts costs savings ahead of safety, a top nuclear plant operator said in resigning from the Florida utility.
  • 'Spin battery' uses new source of energy   UPI / 4:24PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- U.S. and Japanese physicists say they have demonstrated proof of principle of the existence of a 'spin battery' that's about the diameter of a human hair.
  • Study may lead to anti-hepatitis-C drug   UPI / 1:44PM
    JUPITER, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have identified key molecules that inhibit viral production in a study that might lead to new treatments for hepatitis C.
  • Jury orders sex offender to pay $19M   UPI / 1:14PM
    WEST PAM BEACH, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- A Florida jury has ordered a man convicted of sexually abusing a girl from the time she was 3 until almost 9 to pay her $19.2 million.
  • Discovery launch; No earlier than Sunday   UPI / 11:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says space shuttle Discovery's launch to the International Space Station is tentatively targeted for Sunday evening.
  • Wednesday, March 11

  • 'Anti-Christ' hides from the law, ex-wife   UPI / 5:54PM
    MIAMI, March 11 (UPI) -- A Miami evangelist who claims to be the anti-Christ remains in hiding while his followers say he is being persecuted by his ex-wife and the courts.
  • Consumers beware of stimulus e-mails   UPI / 4:34PM
    MIAMI, March 11 (UPI) -- Consumer advocates are warning about a new round of Internet scams that lure in victims with false promises of access to U.S. economic stimulus money.
  • U.S.: Life insurer laundered drug money   UPI / 1:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 11 (UPI) -- A now-closed Florida insurance company whose executives have been charged with running an investment scam also laundered drug cartel money, authorities allege.
  • Tuesday, March 10

  • Study: Hyperactivity may help ADHD kids   UPI / 9:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say moving around may help some kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder stay alert and learn.
  • Music acts line up for Florida's SunFest   UPI / 9:05PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 10 (UPI) -- The Steve Miller Band, Slightly Stoopid, Gin Blossoms and Pennywise have joined the lineup for Florida's SunFest, organizers said Tuesday.
  • Falling revenues threaten U.S. Sugar deal   UPI / 7:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 10 (UPI) -- Declining tax revenues in Florida have put a $13.4 billion environmental land acquisition at risk, the state Senate's chief budget representative said.
  • Monday, March 9

  • Economy taking toll on health spending   UPI / 10:24PM
    MIAMI, March 9 (UPI) -- Healthcare providers in South Florida say people are putting off trips to the doctor's office as the recession deepens.
  • Countdown under way for Discovery's launch   UPI / 12:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says the countdown has started for the planned launch of space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday.
  • Fire damages popular Key West site   UPI / 9:54AM
    KEY WEST, Fla., March 9 (UPI) -- Fire damaged an art gallery and crepe shop on Key West's popular Duval Street, authorities in Florida say.
  • Sunday, March 8

  • Spears visits Miami hospital during tour   UPI / 3:14PM
    MIAMI, March 8 (UPI) -- Pop star Britney Spears took a break from her Circus tour to visit with sick children at a Miami hospital, a hospital representative says.
  • Saturday, March 7

  • 2 ducks shot with arrows in So. Florida   UPI / 7:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 7 (UPI) -- Police in South Florida are investigating the shootings of two Muscovy ducks by someone armed with a bow and arrows.
  • Friday, March 6

  • NASA's Kepler rocket launches   UPI / 11:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 6 (UPI) -- NASA's Kepler spacecraft launched Friday evening from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a mission to find new planets.
  • Bills aim to ban Burmese pythons from U.S.   UPI / 3:24PM
    MIAMI, March 6 (UPI) -- As Burmese pythons spread out of the Everglades National Park to the rest of South Florida, legislators are hoping to keep new snakes out of the country.
  • Thursday, March 5

  • Stimulus sets off $8.4B for transportation   UPI / 6:44PM
    MIAMI, March 5 (UPI) -- State and local authorities would share $8.4 billion for public transportation infrastructure projects, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday in Miami.
  • Robin Williams set for heart operation   UPI / 6:44PM
    MIAMI, March 5 (UPI) -- Robin Williams' publicist says the U.S. actor and comedian is set to undergo an aortic valve replacement.
  • A-Rod Initially to Use Other Treatment Instead of Surgery for Labrum Tear in Hip   AP / 6:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez will not have surgery for now to repair a labrum tear in his hip, Brian Cashman told reporters Thursday. But if rest, exercise and treatment do not improve A-Rod's condition, the Yankees' third baseman would go forward with an operation. That, Cashman said, would be "a four-month situation."
  • Missing girl's dad: 'Baby, I love you'   UPI / 4:14PM
    SATSUMA, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- The father of a 5-year-old Florida girl missing for 23 days says he can't stand not knowing what happened to his daughter and police say they have no suspects.
  • Kepler spacecraft set for Friday launch   UPI / 2:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency said final preparations were under way for the scheduled launch Friday of its Kepler spacecraft.
  • Representative's wife revives passenger   UPI / 12:05PM
    TAMPA, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- Beverly Young, wife of U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., says she was able to revive a fellow passenger on a flight from Tampa, Fla., to Washington.
  • Wednesday, March 4

  • Synchrotron X-ray helps map Parkinson's   UPI / 2:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 4 (UPI) -- U.S. and British researchers have linked changes in the distribution of metal ions in the brain to Parkinson's disease.
  • Another GOES satellite to be launched   UPI / 1:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says its latest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite is undergoing final testing prior to its scheduled launch April 28.
  • Florida pinning magnets on unwanted crocs   UPI / 12:05PM
    MIAMI, March 4 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife researchers are taping magnets to the heads of crocodiles removed from residential areas to try to keep the crocs from returning.
  • Ailing Robin Williams scraps Fla. shows   UPI / 11:35AM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 4 (UPI) -- Robin Williams has canceled several performances of his one-man comedy show "Weapons of Self-Destruction" in Florida after suffering shortness of breath.
  • Search for missing players called off   UPI / 9:05AM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., March 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday called off the search for three men, including two NFL players, whose fishing boat capsized Saturday, officials said.
  • Tuesday, March 3

  • Conrad Black finishes first year of prison   UPI / 9:54AM
    COLEMAN, Fla., March 3 (UPI) -- Former newspaper mogul Conrad Black was completing his first full year of prison life Tuesday in a minimum-security Florida prison.
  • Search for missing players enters 3rd day   UPI / 7:44AM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., March 3 (UPI) -- The search for two NFL players and another man missing at sea off Florida's Gulf Coast passed the 48-hour mark Tuesday with no sign of them, authorities said.
  • Monday, March 2

  • Travoltas thank Lady Lake for support   UPI / 5:35PM
    OCALA, Fla., March 2 (UPI) -- John Travolta and Kelly Preston have penned a letter thanking town employees in Lady Lake, Fla., for supporting them after their son Jett died in January.
  • JM Family Enterprises to lay off 500   UPI / 3:14PM
    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., March 2 (UPI) -- Holding company JM Family Enterprises said it would cut 11 percent of its workforce to adjust to a sharp decline in U.S. automobile sales.
  • Wildlife site accused of welfare violation   UPI / 12:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 2 (UPI) -- A wildlife exhibitor in Davie, Fla., allegedly mistreated its animals by not providing veterinary care, along with proper food and shelter, officials say.
  • Chris Brown working on a new album   UPI / 11:14AM
    MIAMI, March 2 (UPI) -- Singer Chris Brown has been recording tracks for a new album in Miami where he recently reunited with his estranged girlfriend Rihanna, E! News said.
  • Sunday, March 1

  • NFL players aboard missing boat   UPI / 10:05PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 1 (UPI) -- At least two NFL players were among four men aboard a boat missing off the Florida coast Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
  • Seroquel maker denies hiding side effects   UPI / 12:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 1 (UPI) -- British drug maker AstraZeneca denies it tried to downplay side effects of its psychiatric drug Seroquel and market it as if there were no health risks.
  • Rihanna's father backs her Brown decision   UPI / 11:54AM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., March 1 (UPI) -- Ronald Fenty, father of pop singer Rihanna, says he supports his daughter's apparent decision to reconcile with her boyfriend, U.S. singer Chris Brown.
  • Friday, February 27

  • Good medicine for drug-addicted doctors   UPI / 9:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Drug addicted doctors are being successfully treated and returning to practice, U.S. researchers say.
  • Manatee freed after 27 years at SeaWorld   UPI / 3:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A manatee has been released into a Florida state park after almost 27 years at SeaWorld Orlando.
  • Casey Anthony sued over babysitter claim   UPI / 2:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Casey Anthony's brother testified in a deposition Friday that a Florida woman wasn't Caylee Anthony's babysitter, lawyers said.
  • Yankees Tell A-Rod to Keep Cousin Away From Team   AP / 11:34AM
    Feb. 27--TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees have told Alex Rodriguez to keep the cousin who allegedly injected him with steroids away from the team, a person familiar with the situation told Newsday yesterday.
  • Thursday, February 26

  • Invasive species to travel in June 2010   UPI / 3:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. study of invasive plants, insects and animals suggests June 2010 might be a very busy time for them to travel around the world.
  • Scientist, family accused of NASA fraud   UPI / 1:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A University of Florida scientist and his family have been accused of defrauding NASA of "hundreds of thousands of dollars," officials said Thursday.
  • Bad ballots in Florida doubled in 2008   UPI / 12:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Election officials in Florida say they found twice as many ballots were rejected as invalid in 2008 as in 2004.
  • Tentative date set for Discovery launch   UPI / 10:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has set a tentative launch date for space shuttle Discovery's next mission to the International Space Station.
  • Wednesday, February 25

  • Depositions in Anthony case targeted   UPI / 12:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- An attorney says a judge should cancel depositions from the parents of Casey Anthony, a Florida mom accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
  • Monday, February 23

  • NASA launch remains uncertain   UPI / 11:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Discovery's launch date remains uncertain, said NASA officials at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Sunday, February 22

  • U.S. Sugar, Florida Crystals seek deal   UPI / 4:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Florida Crystals, which is trying to block a proposed land deal that would benefit rival U.S. Sugar, is seeking to buy its rival's assets, the companies say.
  • Gas leak prompts theme park evacuation   UPI / 2:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A gas leak at a "Harry Potter" ride at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure prompted a partial evacuation of the Florida theme park, a spokesman says.
  • Saturday, February 21

  • NASA launch remains uncertain   UPI / 2:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Discovery's launch date remains uncertain, said NASA officials at Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla.
  • Friday, February 20

  • Vitamins may help prevent hearing loss   UPI / 11:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Vitamin supplements can prevent hearing loss in laboratory animals, University of Florida researchers said.
  • Jett Travolta Foundation established   UPI / 8:24PM
    OCALA, Fla., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. film star John Travolta has announced he and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, established the Jett Travolta Foundation in memory of their late son, Jett.
  • Thursday, February 19

  • NASA to launch Kepler spacecraft March 8   UPI / 1:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says its Kepler spacecraft is ready to be moved to its launch pad and soon will begin its search for other worlds that might host life.
  • Satellite photos used to find oil seeps   UPI / 12:44PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have discovered they can use satellite images to detect oil seeping from oil fields beneath the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • QBE Insurance ordered to pay $20.4 million   UPI / 12:05PM
    NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- QBE Insurance must pay a condominium association in North Miami Beach, Fla., $20.4 million to settle an unpaid insurance claim, a jury ruled.
  • Swiss Bank UBS to Pay Up in Tax-Haven Fraud Case   AP / 11:34AM
    MIAMI -- The largest bank in Switzerland admitted Wednesday to defrauding the IRS and agreed to pay the U.S. government $780 million it made by setting up offshore income tax havens for thousands of wealthy Americans -- a substantial number in South Florida.
  • Photos trace Florida reef fish decline   UPI / 11:34AM
    SAN DIEGO, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher has used historic photographs as evidence of fishing's impact on marine ecosystems and the decline of "trophy fish."
  • Family awarded $8M in smoking case   UPI / 10:44AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Cigarette giant Philip Morris USA said it will appeal an $8 million award to the family of a Florida man who died of lung cancer in a smoking addiction case.
  • Wednesday, February 18

  • Swiss bank to pay U.S. $780 million   UPI / 9:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, will pay the United States $780 million for helping U.S. taxpayers hide money from the IRS, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
  • Rules banish injured bear back to woods   UPI / 1:05PM
    MAIMI, Fla., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A Florida veterinarian says he hopes a battered black bear is doing all right in the wild after a rough stint with some well-meaning humans.
  • NASA LCROSS satellite heads toward Florida   UPI / 12:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says its Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, is en route to Florida for a scheduled spring launch.
  • Tuesday, February 17

  • Travolta family still grieving for Jett   UPI / 6:24PM
    OCALA, Fla., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Film stars John Travolta and Kelly Preston are still coming to terms with the unexpected death of their 16-year-old son Jett last month, a source said.
  • Florida mom sues Scientology over suicide   UPI / 3:35PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A Florida woman charges in a lawsuit that the Church of Scientology contributed to her son's death by denying him access to antidepressants.
  • Hodgkin's treatment, breast cancer linked   UPI / 2:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Breast cancer was 37 times more likely to occur in U.S. women given radiation to treat Hodgkin's disease as children, researchers said.
  • Fla. senator says courthouse sickened him   UPI / 2:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., says just touring the troubled Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse in Tampa left him feeling ill from mold and mildew exposure.
  • Monday, February 16

  • Ex-cigarette model awaits court date   UPI / 3:05PM
    LAUDERHILL, Fla., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A former pitchman for a cigarette company who is stricken with cancer vows to be around when his case finally reaches a Florida court.
  • Foster benefits sought in gay adoption   UPI / 1:24PM
    KEY WEST, Fla., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A homosexual Florida man says the state is acting maliciously by denying standard benefits for the foster son he adopted.
  • Sunday, February 15

  • Widow of clarinetist Gigliotti arrested   UPI / 4:54PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The 50-year-old widow of the late classic clarinetist Anthony Gigliotti has been arrested in Florida on child abuse charges, police say.
  • Tony Stewart Loses His Cup Car, Then Wins Nationwide Race   AP / 1:34PM
    Feb. 15--DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tony Stewart went from frustrated and pointing fingers Saturday morning to celebrating a victory late in the afternoon.
  • Fla. desegregation cases linger in courts   UPI / 1:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Desegregation cases are still pending decades after being filed against more than a dozen school districts in Florida, officials say.
  • No holiday Florida trip for Lohan, Ronson   UPI / 1:24PM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Actress Lindsay Lohan and her friend, disc jockey Samantha Ronson, could not headline a South Florida Valentine's Day event due to illness, a source says.
  • Friday, February 13

  • Busch, Gordon Set Pace in Qualifying Races   AP / 9:34AM
    Feb. 13--DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kyle Busch hadn't won a race since he visited Watkins Glen last August. Jeff Gordon hadn't been in victory lane in more than a year.
  • Riggs, Mayfield Get into 500 Field While Racing on a Shoestring   AP / 3:35AM
    Feb. 13--DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Big day in NASCAR for old-school racing? Yes, very good, Jeremy Mayfield said. He liked that. As well he should, because Mayfield is one of the prime beneficiaries of a miniresurgence of old-school racing.
  • Thursday, February 12

  • Missing 5-Year-Old Florida Girl Likely Was Abducted, Police Say   AP / 2:34PM
    Feb. 12--SATSUMA
  • Woman alleges Disney ride caused stroke   UPI / 1:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old British woman alleges in a lawsuit against Walt Disney World that she suffered a stroke as a result of a ride at the Florida theme park.
  • Ex-cop accused of robbing bank in Florida   UPI / 12:54PM
    HIALEAH, Fla., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A 36-year-old man stole $2,400 in cash from a bank in Hialeah, Fla., a city where he once served as a police officer, police allege.
  • Wednesday, February 11

  • Killer of Florida Teen Executed   AP / 8:34PM
    Florida officials executed a man by lethal injection Wednesday for the 1983 murder of his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter.
  • Key West mayor faces foreclosure   UPI / 5:44PM
    KEY WEST, Fla., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The mayor of Key West, Fla., says he is struggling to avoid foreclosure on his home.
  • ACLU sues to allow gay high school club   UPI / 4:34PM
    YULEE, Fla., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The American Civil Liberties Union says it is fighting a Florida school district's decision to ban a homosexual student organization unless it changes its name.
  • Flowering-plant burst fostered forests   UPI / 11:34AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests a burst of flowering plants 90 million years ago led to the formation of forests and similar evolutionary bursts in animals.
  • Tuesday, February 10

  • At Service, Caylee Anthony's Family Shares Memories of 'a Beautiful Little Girl'   AP / 9:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- George Anthony misses the sweet smell of his granddaughter's hair, the way she called him "JoJo" and the nights they shared bowls of popcorn.
  • Florida bullet-buying spree drains supply   UPI / 5:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Florida gun dealers say they are running out of ammo following a surge of buying in the wake of Barack Obama's election as president.
  • Fla. memorial service held for Caylee   UPI / 3:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Members of the family of slain Florida 2-year-old Caylee Anthony say they are proud to have been part of the toddler's short life.
  • Insurers sweeping up after State Farm   UPI / 2:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- State Farm's decision to pull out of the Florida property insurance market has created a bonanza for smaller insurers, industry observers said.
  • Monday, February 9

  • NASA assesses next shuttle mission   UPI / 1:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it expects the launch of space shuttle Discovery's STS-119 mission to the International Space Station no earlier than Feb. 22.
  • Sunday, February 8

  • Aggressive African bees dominating in Fla.   UPI / 8:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Up to 80 percent of the wild bee population of South Florida has been hybridized by an aggressive African bee strain, experts say.
  • Truex Wins Daytona 500 Pole; Martin Locks in No. 2 Starting Spot   AP / 7:34PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Martin Truex Jr. and Mark Martin each had long NASCAR winters for different reasons, but Sunday was a beautiful day for both at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Saturday, February 7

  • Menard Crashes Ford in Practice: Team to Fix Car, Retain Shootout Pole   AP / 11:34AM
    Feb. 7--DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Paul Menard, who was scheduled to start from the pole in tonight's Budweiser Shootout, crashed his car during Friday's final practice.
  • Friday, February 6

  • Miami Doctor's License Revoked After Botched Abortion   AP / 3:34PM
    Feb. 6--TAMPA -- The Florida Board of Medicine this morning unanimously voted to revoke the medical license of a doctor involved in a botched abortion.
  • Thursday, February 5

  • RNA enzyme might inhibit herpes virus   UPI / 2:14PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. medical scientists say they are using a gene-targeting RNA enzyme to inhibit strains of the herpes simplex virus.
  • Wednesday, February 4

  • 98.7M watched Super Bowl XLIII   UPI / 9:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- An estimated 98.7 million viewers tuned in to see Sunday's Super Bowl XLIII played in Tampa, Fla., NBC said.
  • New gene link to restless legs syndrome   UPI / 7:54PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. "gene-hunters" are tracking what may be a genetic component to one family's restless legs syndrome.
  • Fla. rock concert promoter in Ponzi probe   UPI / 12:24PM
    MIAMI, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Criminal investigators have joined a financial probe of former Miami concert promoter Jack Utsick accused of cheating investors in a Ponzi scheme, sources say.
  • Space shuttle Discovery launch postponed   UPI / 11:24AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has postponed the scheduled Feb. 12 launch of space shuttle Discovery's STS-119 mission to the International Space Station.
  • Tobacco suits resume in Florida   UPI / 10:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Opening statements in Florida's first tobacco case since 2006 pitted conspiracy against personal responsibility.
  • Survival shaped face of human ancestors   UPI / 12:54AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says the facial structure of our early human ancestors appear to have evolved to allow them to eat large, hard nuts to survive.
  • Tuesday, February 3

  • Magic Likely to Lose Guard Jameer Nelson for Rest of Season   AP / 11:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic all-star point guard Jameer Nelson faces shoulder surgery -- at some point this year -- while his contending team faces the likelihood of playing without him for the rest of the season.
  • Hudson lip-synced at Super Bowl   UPI / 11:24AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The producer of this week's Super Bowl show in Tampa, Fla., said Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson lip-synced "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the game.
  • Seven sentenced for power plant protest   UPI / 11:14AM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Seven environmental activists say their arrest and conviction won't stop protests against a proposed power plant in Palm Beach County, Fla.
  • Monday, February 2

  • Bank's Super Bowl event draws criticism   UPI / 11:05PM
    TAMPA BAY, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Bank of America sponsored a five-day carnival outside the Super Bowl stadium last week after recently needing a $45 billion taxpayer bailout, officials said.
  • Florida Gov. Crist may run for Senate   UPI / 8:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is contemplating a U.S. Senate run, sources tell The Washington Post.
  • Fla. weather watchers praised for Fay data   UPI / 12:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Volunteer weather watchers in Florida who are part of a nationwide observation network did a great job monitoring Tropical Storm Fay, experts say.
  • Hudson delivers Super Bowl anthem   UPI / 11:14AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Jennifer Hudson, her personal life splintered by violence, re-emerged in public Sunday, singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla.
  • Super Bowl shows who's 'The Boss'   UPI / 12:44AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen may be "The Boss" but his Super Bowl XLIII halftime performance in Tampa, Fla., still drew a delay of game flag from a "referee."
  • Steelers Are 60 Minute Men in Win   AP / 12:35AM
    TAMPA, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers weren't their usual dominant selves on defense Sunday night in the Super Bowl -- until they needed to be.
  • Sunday, February 1

  • Prosecutors defend Snipes jail sentence   UPI / 3:44PM
    TAVARES, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors say the three-year jail sentence given to U.S. film star Wesley Snipes was fair given his disregard for tax laws.
  • Snoop Dogg coaches team to victory   UPI / 2:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Rapper Snoop Dogg has coached his Snoop Youth Football league team to a championship in Tampa, Fla., attendees say.
  • Celebs flock to top Super Bowl parties   UPI / 1:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Celebrities such as heiress Paris Hilton and "American Idol" star Jordin Sparks were in Tampa, Fla., for a series of Super Bowl parties.
  • NBC sells all Super Bowl advertising space   UPI / 1:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- All of the commercial space during Sunday's Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla., has been sold by NBC, the U.S. TV network says.
  • Tampa 2?: As in '01, Great Defense Looks to Make History   AP / 11:35AM
    Feb. 1--TAMPA, Fla. -- Eight years ago, the last time the Super Bowl graced Raymond James Stadium, the Ravens stamped theirs as one of the best defenses in NFL history by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
  • Saturday, January 31

  • Logic Vs. Luck: Makes Sense to Back Steelers   AP / 8:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla. -- The last time I did one of these dueling football prediction columns with my colleague David Whitley, I stupidly picked Oklahoma to upset Florida for the national championship. My reasoning: Because the Sooners were in full and total "We've been disrespected" mode and seemed to have that fearless eye of the tiger.
  • Friday, January 30

  • Super Bowl ads to be streamed online   UPI / 8:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- This Sunday's Super Bowl ads will be streamed online almost immediately after they air on television, NBC said Friday.
  • Man flees courtroom, drowns in river   UPI / 6:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A man drowned in the New River in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after running from a courtroom Friday when a judge revoked his bond and ordered him to jail.
  • Caylee Trial Months Away   AP / 3:34PM
    Casey Anthony, the Florida woman charged with killing her 3-year-old daughter Caylee Marie, appeared at a brief court hearing Friday in Orlando.
  • Thursday, January 29

  • Lawsuit tests Florida weapons law   UPI / 4:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A Florida man is testing a law that allows employees to bring guns to work if the firearms are kept locked in their cars by suing his former employer.
  • Holmes Admits Drug Sales in Youth   AP / 4:34PM
    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes admits to selling drugs in his youth while growing up in Belle Glade, Fla.
  • First individual tobacco suit begins   UPI / 3:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The first of 8,000 tobacco lawsuits in Florida went to trial Thursday, the aftermath of a 2006 state Supreme Court decision breaking up a class action.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd Keyboardist Powell Dead at 56   AP / 1:34PM
    Jan. 29--Billy Powell, original keyboardist of Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, was pronounced dead at his home in Orange Park, Fla. in the early morning hours Wednesday.
  • Teen smoking linked to depression symptoms   UPI / 12:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Florida State University researchers said nicotine exposure early in life can have long-term neurobiological consequences evidenced in mood disorders.
  • Future unclear for band Lynyrd Skynyrd   UPI / 11:44AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Lynyrd Skynyrd's co-manager said those involved with the Florida band will collectively decide its future following the death of keyboard player Billy Powell.
  • Wednesday, January 28

  • Legend, T-Pain set for Super Bowl pre-game   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- John Legend is set to headline the pre-game show at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Fla., the NFL and NBC announced Wednesday.
  • Insurer to quit Florida property policies   UPI / 12:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- State Farm Florida Insurance said it would submit a two-year plan to allow it to back out of the property insurance business in Florida.
  • Gator attack leaves man with hand injuries   UPI / 12:24PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A 49-year-old man endured severe injuries to one of his hands when an alligator attacked him in Palm Beach County, Fla., police say.
  • The Kansas City Star, Mo., Joe Posnanski Column: Goodbye to a Writing Hero, John Updike   AP / 3:34AM
    Jan. 28--TAMPA, Fla. -- Tuesday was media day at the Super Bowl, that annual day when 4,000 journalists, photographers and various miscellaneous types run around a football stadium and ask probing and important questions of famous football players who are wearing jerseys so we know who they are.
  • Tuesday, January 27

  • Best Buy busts child porn suspect   UPI / 9:24PM
    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida say a man was arrested for possession of child pornography after Best Buy employees servicing his computer discovered the videos.
  • Florida's Lingerie Bowl canceled   UPI / 12:04AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Lingerie Football League says Saturday's Lingerie Bowl VI has been canceled because the players don't want to play at the Caliente nudist resort in Florida.
  • Monday, January 26

  • Paramedic charged in alleged Travolta plot   UPI / 5:44PM
    OCALA, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Bahamian ambulance driver has been charged for his alleged role in an unsuccessful plot to extort $25 million from film stars John Travolta and Kelly Preston.
  • JetBlue flight reports bird strike   UPI / 1:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- An Airbus A320 jet that aborted takeoff from Orlando, Fla., likely was hit by birds, which disabled an engine, JetBlue Airway officials said.
  • Sunday, January 25

  • Dempsey fighting cancer through racing   UPI / 2:44PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey says competing in the Rolex 24 Hours auto race in Daytona Beach, Fla., helps him support the fight against cancer.
  • Saturday, January 24

  • Super Bowl buildup to be subdued this year   UPI / 11:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- This year's Super Bowl buildup will have a different feel since it is taking place against a backdrop of a souring U.S. economy, analysts say.
  • Friday, January 23

  • 2 arrested in alleged Travolta plot   UPI / 5:44PM
    OCALA, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A Bahamian politician and an ambulance driver have been arrested in connection with an alleged extortion plot against John Travolta's family, police said.
  • Freeze threatens Florida crops   UPI / 11:44AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A winter chill has threatened several crops in Florida including citrus fruits, strawberries and tomatoes, a state agricultural official said.
  • Thursday, January 22

  • Alonzo Mourning Turned Every Setback into a Putback   AP / 10:34PM
    MIAMI -- Of all the philosophical quotes Pat Riley shared during their time together, Alonzo Mourning repeated one the most, and you knew he would again during the final and most uplifting of his many basketball farewells.
  • Univ. of Fla. text message case solved   UPI / 2:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A University of Florida spokesman says a suspect has confessed to sending the mysterious text message that tens of thousands of people received this week.
  • Wednesday, January 21

  • Demise of early Peruvians discovered   UPI / 3:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a series of earthquakes followed by torrential rains caused the demise of coastal Peruvians more than 3,600 years ago.
  • Tuesday, January 20

  • Police probing Travolta extortion plot   UPI / 6:54PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Lawyers for actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston say police in the Bahamas are looking into two individuals' alleged attempt to extort money from the couple.
  • Experimental drug may halt tumor growth   UPI / 1:44PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have found an experimental anaplastic thyroid cancer drug can activate a powerful tumor suppressor that has the ability to halt cell growth.
  • Monday, January 19

  • Colon cancer worse in African-Americans   UPI / 11:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- African-American colorectal cancer patients do worse than Caucasian ones, U.S. researchers found.
  • Sunday, January 18

  • Florida man arrested for Obama threat   UPI / 11:14AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The Secret Service says a 21-year-old Tampa, Fla., man has been indicted for allegedly threatening to kill President-elect Barack Obama.
  • Saturday, January 17

  • Youthful Raheem Morris Aims to Connect With Buccaneers' Players   AP / 11:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla. -- A young, charismatic black man with little experience is chosen to bring everybody together, mend fences and restore respectability to a once-proud and beloved union.
  • Thursday, January 15

  • Attorney: Lawsuit due in fraternity death   UPI / 12:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Miami attorney Justin Leto says the family of Harrison Kowiak is set to file a lawsuit over the 19-year-old's death during a fraternity pledge week.
  • Wednesday, January 14

  • Hudson to sing at the Super Bowl   UPI / 12:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Jennifer Hudson has agreed to sing the national anthem at next month's Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla., the NFL and NBC announced Wednesday.
  • Hudson to Sing at the Super Bowl   AP / 9:35AM
    Jennifer Hudson has agreed to sing the national anthem at next month's Super Bowl game in Tampa, Fla., E! Online reported.
  • Tuesday, January 13

  • Rep. Meek announces Fla. Senate bid   UPI / 1:35PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla., says he is running for the Florida U.S. Senate seat that will become open in 2010.
  • Travoltas thank Ocala for support   UPI / 8:44AM
    OCALA, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- John Travolta and Kelly Preston have written a letter thanking the people of Ocala, Fla., for their support following the death of their son, Jett.
  • Sunday, January 11

  • Tim Tebow Has Perfection in Mind for Senior Season at Florida   AP / 10:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A second Heisman Trophy would be nice. A
  • Obama a questionable comedy target   UPI / 12:24PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- At least one stand-up comic says she is not afraid to mock U.S. President-elect Barack Obama during an upcoming comedy event in Miami Beach, Fla.
  • Sick firefighters blame chemical in pants   UPI / 11:44AM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A firefighter in Boca Raton, Fla., alleges he and others in his department were slowly poisoned by the fire-resistant material in their pants.
  • Friday, January 9

  • And the Debate Rages on: Who Are the Champions?   AP / 12:34PM
    Jan. 9--Confetti showered down on the Dolphin Stadium floor. Players strutted. Those "BCS champion" caps appeared out of nowhere to be placed on the heads of sweaty Florida Gators as they basked in their 24-14 conquest.
  • Whitaker, Alley attend Travolta funeral   UPI / 10:14AM
    OCALA, Fla., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Lisa Marie Presley, Garth Brooks, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini and Kirstie Alley were among the 100 or so mourners at Jett Travolta's Florida funeral.
  • Thursday, January 8

  • Wrist MRI may avoid surgery   UPI / 7:24PM
    MERRITT ISLAND, Fla., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- An imaging procedure helps detect the cause of wrist pain so surgery may not be needed, a U.S. researcher said.
  • Mercury threat tied to greenhouse gases   UPI / 4:14PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Mercury levels in soil increase as carbon dioxide levels rise, suggesting such pollution will increase with global warming, a U.S. university researcher said.
  • Private funeral planned for Jett Travolta   UPI / 12:54PM
    OCALA, Fla., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Film stars John Travolta and Kelly Preston plan to hold a private funeral service for their only son Jett in Ocala, Fla., where they have a home.
  • Wednesday, January 7

  • Walt Disney World settles 5-year-old suit   UPI / 3:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Walt Disney World has settled a prolonged legal battle with a Pennsylvania company that designed one of its more controversial rides, officials said.
  • Glove major clue in deaths of woman, son   UPI / 2:54PM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Investigators say that a military glove found in the home of a slain Florida woman links a former sergeant at MacDill Air Force Base to the crime scene.
  • Tuesday, January 6

  • Jeb Bush says he won't seek Senate seat   UPI / 6:54PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he will not run for the U.S. Senate.
  • Newborn manatee deaths increase   UPI / 5:35PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A record number of newborn manatee carcasses were recovered by Florida researchers last year, state wildlife officials said.
  • Travolta, Preston bring Jett's ashes home   UPI / 2:05PM
    OCALA, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- John Travolta and Kelly Preston have brought their only son Jett's ashes home to Ocala, Fla., from the Bahamas, a source told "Entertainment Tonight."
  • Two Fla. lawyers charged in Ponzi scheme   UPI / 1:34PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Two Florida lawyers helped bilk investors from around the world out of more than $800 million in a massive Ponzi scheme, U.S. prosecutors say.
  • Monday, January 5

  • Men-of-war move into Florida waters   UPI / 2:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Stinging Portuguese men-of-war are thick this time of year in the coastal waters of South Florida, say fire and rescue officials.
  • Sunday, January 4

  • Virginia awaits word on carrier base move   UPI / 2:44PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Virginia officials say they're anxiously awaiting a decision by the U.S. Navy on whether it will move an aircraft carrier's base to Florida.
  • Saturday, January 3

  • Jett Travolta autopsy to be in Bahamas   UPI / 5:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- An autopsy will be conducted on the body of John Travolta's son in the Bahamas before being flown to Florida for burial, lawyers for the actor said Saturday.
  • Friday, January 2

  • No sign of missing cruise line worker   UPI / 2:24PM
    VERO BEACH, Fla., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says search efforts taking place Friday in Vero Beach, Fla., have found no trace of a cruise line worker who went overboard this week.
  • Defenses Shut Down Ringer and Moreno   AP / 12:34PM
    Jan. 2--ORLANDO, Fla. -- It was billed as a clash between two of the top running backs in the nation, but neither Michigan State's Javon Ringer nor Georgia's Knowshon Moreno found much room to run in the Bulldogs' 24-12 win in the Capital One Bowl on Thursday.
  • OUTBACK SIZZLE: Never Let South Carolina Get in the Game   AP / 12:34PM
    Jan. 2--TAMPA, Fla. -- There was nothing left to prove here.
  • Thursday, January 1

  • No Miracle Finish for Clemson in the Gator Bowl   AP / 10:34PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The honeymoon unofficially concluded with Dabo Swinney running both hands through his hair, then turning and shaking the hands of several Clemson seniors as they traipsed off the field.
  • Stafford Regroups to Lift Georgia Bulldogs in Capital One Bowl   AP / 10:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled throughout the first half of Thursday's Capital One Bowl. He missed a couple of wide-open receivers. He threw off of his back foot. He looked skittish when Michigan State defensive linemen pressured him.
  • Iowa Routs South Carolina for Sloppy Outback Bowl Victory   AP / 9:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Steve Spurrier's return for a Florida bowl game was bad, but freshman quarterback Stephen Garcia's homecoming was an utter disaster.
  • Hulk Hogan's son seeking relocation   UPI / 3:05PM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Nick Bollea, son of former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, says he wants to serve his probation sentence in California, not Florida.
  • Yacht club at center of manatee dispute   UPI / 2:44PM
    FORT MYERS, Fla., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A yacht club set to be built in Lee County, Fla., marks the newest hurdle in the fight to protect manatees from area boaters, animal advocates say.
  • Ailing student rescued from Everglades   UPI / 1:14PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A student trekking through the Florida Everglades with several other medical school students fell ill and has been airlifted to safety, officials say.
  • Tuesday, December 30

  • Pro-Obama Haitian-Americans want help   UPI / 11:44AM
    LAUDERHILL, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Haitian-American leaders who turned out the vote for U.S. President-elect Barack Obama in Florida say they expect him to help ease crises in their homeland.
  • Florida investors sue Haitian 'minister'   UPI / 11:35AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Haitian-American investors in Florida say a self-styled evangelical minister conned them out of their life savings in a massive Ponzi scheme.
  • Sunday, December 28

  • Critics doubt Adam Walsh case closure   UPI / 1:14PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Critics say a decision to close the investigation of the 1981 slaying of 6-year-old Adam Walsh is fraught with unanswered questions.
  • Friday, December 26

  • Jeb Bush said mulling U.S. Senate run   UPI / 10:54AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Republican political strategists say former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is leaning toward running for the U.S. Senate in 2010.
  • Group programs may help kids lose weight   UPI / 2:05AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say group-based treatment programs may help overweight children lose weight.
  • Monday, December 22

  • Mom to receive son's kidney   UPI / 6:14PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A 20-year-old Florida man says he's donating a kidney to his ailing mother as her Christmas present this year.
  • Thursday, December 18

  • Bird polygamy linked with dinosaurs   UPI / 3:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say polygamous, but devoted, paternal care exhibited by male emus and other ground-dwelling birds can be traced to their dinosaur ancestors.
  • Bombing range suit in Kennedy's hands   UPI / 2:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The law firm of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, says it is joining the fight to clean up a former bombing range in Florida.
  • Crocodile blamed for dog deaths relocated   UPI / 12:44PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A large crocodile accused of eating three dogs in Coral Gables, Fla., has been relocated to a new area after being caught, state wildlife officials say.
  • Hurdles ahead for U.S. Sugar land deal   UPI / 10:14AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Florida's lead negotiator in the $1.34 billion U.S. Sugar Corp. land deal said there were hurdles ahead financially and politically to keep the project viable.
  • Wednesday, December 17

  • Jury to get Iran night-vision export case   UPI / 5:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- An Iranian national argues at her Florida trial she had no choice but to go along with her husband's plot to ship night-vision goggles to Iran.
  • Tuesday, December 16

  • Florida, U.S. Sugar land deal on the line   UPI / 4:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The cost of a $1.34 billion Florida land deal with U.S. Sugar Corp. could reach $3.4 billion once interest on loans has been figured in, a state official said.
  • Monday, December 15

  • Dropped gun shoots woman at checkout stand   UPI / 12:34PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A Jacksonville, Fla., woman waiting in line at a supermarket checkout stand was shot in the leg when the man in front of her dropped his gun, police said.
  • Sunday, December 14

  • Jaguars Just Good Enough Against Packers   AP / 8:34PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Every week, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard's wife gives him the same speech. He won't reveal all her tips, but she reminds him "there's always a guy behind you."
  • Fla. nuclear plant a refuge for crocodiles   UPI / 6:14PM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A crocodile colony at the Turkey Point nuclear power plant in Homestead, Fla., has grown to about 400 of the big reptiles.
  • Manatees may be hard of hearing   UPI / 5:14PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Efforts to protect Manatees in Florida have not worked, possibly because the sea cows could be hard of hearing, a researcher says.
  • Friday, December 12

  • Endeavour back home at Fla. space center   UPI / 8:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Endeavour was back home in Florida Friday after making two overnight stops on its way across the country, the U.S. space agency said.
  • Gator Fans Have Special Greeting for OU's Sam Bradford   AP / 9:34AM
    Dec. 12--LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Before winning the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Thursday night, Sam Bradford had to get past the red carpet.
  • Tim Tebow Wins Maxwell Award; Bradford Takes the Davey O'Brien Award   AP / 12:34AM
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The chant started Thursday at Disney World. It won't stop until well after the BCS national championship game Jan. 8.
  • Thursday, December 11

  • Endeavour makes another stop   UPI / 8:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Endeavour, attached to the fuselage of a Boeing 747, made a stop Thursday in Louisiana en route to Florida's Kennedy Space Center.
  • Dentist can detect oral cancer early   UPI / 8:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Too often the diagnosis of oral, head and neck cancer is diagnosed late, but a visit to the dentist can detect cancer early, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Wednesday, December 10

  • Endeavour spends night in Texas   UPI / 8:34PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour, bolted atop a Boeing 747, made an overnight stop in Texas Wednesday on its journey back to Florida from California.
  • Florida lawmaker pans U.S. Sugar deal   UPI / 2:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A state legislator in Florida said the state's proposal to buy 181,000 acres from U.S. Sugar to support Everglades restoration was "a corporate bailout."
  • Man allegedly used bad checks for mansion   UPI / 1:44PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A Florida man has been charged with using rubber checks to buy his way into a $9 million mansion in Boca Raton, at least temporarily.
  • Tuesday, December 9

  • Va. senators contend carrier bad for Fla.   UPI / 8:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Virginia's two U.S. senators argue that the Navy has not considered the environmental impact of moving a nuclear carrier to Florida.
  • U.S. Sugar approves $1.34b sale   UPI / 1:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Sugar said its had authorized a $1.34 billion agreement to sell 181,000 acres to the state of Florida, a deal now waiting local approval.
  • Monday, December 8

  • Revolver pulled over football cheer   UPI / 3:35PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Authorities in Orlando, Fla., allege a man entered a woman's home and pointed a gun at her after he mistook her football cheers for racial slurs.
  • Sunday, December 7

  • Florida Defeats Alabama; Gators Likely to Play for National Championship   AP / 12:54AM
    ATLANTA -- Get ready, South Beach. The Gators are coming.
  • Saturday, December 6

  • Shuttle's Calif. departure delayed   UPI / 10:24PM
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Endeavour's departure from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for Florida was delayed Saturday due to technical problems, NASA said.
  • Friday, December 5

  • Split ruling in astronaut case   UPI / 10:24PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Prosecutors may use evidence seized from ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak's car in her trial for allegedly attacking a romantic rival, a Florida court appeals has ruled.
  • Wednesday, December 3

  • U.S. Sugar deal in Florida opposed   UPI / 3:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Florida Crystals and a Florida growers' cooperative said the state's offer to buy 180,000 acres from U.S. Sugar Corp. gives the company an unfair advantage.
  • Tuesday, December 2

  • Sen. Martinez of Fla. won't seek 2nd term   UPI / 4:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Mel Martinez, the first Cuban-American to serve in the U.S. Senate, said Tuesday that he will not seek a second term in 2010.
  • Overdiluted formula dangerous for babies   UPI / 1:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Extra water added to infant formula nearly killed a 5-month-old baby in Tampa, Fla., University Community Hospital officials said.
  • Endeavour to return to Florida   UPI / 11:54AM
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says space shuttle Endeavour is being readied to make its cross-country trip back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Monday, December 1

  • Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Randall Mell Column   AP / 3:34PM
    Dec. 1--It's Texas' turn to scream.
  • Fla. GOP refuses to seat white supremacist   UPI / 2:44PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old white supremacist says he'll sue a Florida county's Republican Party for refusing to seat him on its executive committee.
  • Weapon workers weren't denied benefits   UPI / 1:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A Florida lawmaker is criticizing a government investigation of charges that workers at a nuclear weapons plant were being denied compensation for illness.
  • Sunday, November 30

  • Women pilots aim for world record   UPI / 2:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Two women pilots from Texas and Florida say they aim to set a new record for a single-engine light plane flying westbound around the world.
  • Friday, November 28

  • Florida man gets medal 40 years late   UPI / 6:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A Florida man has been honored for his service during the Vietnam War about 40 years after everyone in his 15-man patrol was wounded in a firefight.
  • Storm made sunken carrier a riskier dive   UPI / 2:05PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The scuba-diving industry in Florida says the wreck of the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany was pushed into deeper water by Hurricane Gustav.
  • Thursday, November 27

  • Hogan accused of menacing ex's beau   UPI / 10:54PM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The 20-year-old boyfriend of pro wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan's estranged wife has requested a restraining order against Hogan in a Florida court.
  • Florida base has to wait for carrier   UPI / 10:05PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The Jacksonville, Fla., area will have to wait several years to get the economic benefits if the U.S. Navy decides to base a carrier there.
  • Wednesday, November 26

  • Flu shot reduces hospitalizations   UPI / 6:14PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests that influenza vaccinations can help reduce the risk of hospitalizations in patients with chronic conditions, researchers said.
  • Florida and U.S. Sugar announce land deal   UPI / 6:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The state of Florida and U.S. Sugar Corp. have agreed to a $1.34 billion deal that will set aside 180,000 acres for Everglades restoration, the state said.
  • Prison will test cell phone jamming device   UPI / 12:24PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Texas corrections officials are working with a Florida company to test cell phone jamming technology inside the Travis County jail in Austin.
  • Rescued man believed to be smuggler   UPI / 10:54AM
    KEY WEST, Fla., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A man rescued after spending 22 days stranded on an uninhabited Bahamas island is a suspected illegal immigrant smuggler, U.S. authorities say.
  • Study confirms cars have personality   UPI / 2:05AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Product designers and filmmakers have long toyed with the idea that cars have faces, but a U.S. study confirms people see faces in the car's front end.
  • Monday, November 24

  • Living reef aquariums endangering reefs   UPI / 1:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Conservationists say living reef aquariums may be endangering Florida's coral reefs.
  • Sunday, November 23

  • $40,000 a month not enough for Hogan wife   UPI / 3:24PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. actor-professional wrestler Hulk Hogan's estranged wife, Linda Bollea, says she needs more than the $40,000-a-month payments she receives.
  • Saturday, November 22

  • Outsiders involved in Ga. Senate runoff   UPI / 11:44PM
    ATLANTA, Fla., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Political celebrities and millions of dollars have poured into Georgia for the runoff between Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss and his Democratic rival.
  • Thursday, November 20

  • Coach at Florida swim powerhouse arrested   UPI / 5:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Florida authorities say a well-known school swimming coach confessed to charges of improper sexual contacts with a minor and possession of child pornography.
  • Wednesday, November 19

  • Unexploded bombs vex Fla. homeowners   UPI / 1:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Floridians who own homes near a former military testing range say officials need to search the area harder for unexploded bombs and ammunition.
  • Teacher cited for wearing Obama T-shirt   UPI / 12:34PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A Florida history teacher says he doesn't agree with his principal that he engaged in unethical political activity by wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt to school.
  • Worried 'Daisies' fans send buds to ABC   UPI / 12:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Fans of "Pushing Daisies" are sending flowers to ABC in hopes of persuading the network not to cancel the U.S. television series.
  • Tuesday, November 18

  • Navy may move carrier to Fla. from Va.   UPI / 6:35PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has announced plans to base one aircraft carrier near Jacksonville, Fla., instead of concentrating the fleet in Virginia.
  • U.S. Sugar explores ethanol option   UPI / 1:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Florida's proposed buyout of U.S. Sugar Corp. to restore the Everglades has changed as the corporation said it was considering building an ethanol plant.
  • Justice Stevens, 88, not ready to retire   UPI / 10:24AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, at 88, isn't showing any signs he's considering retiring from the bench, observers say.
  • Monday, November 17

  • Johnson Completes Historic Run to 3rd Straight Title   AP / 12:34AM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Jimmie Johnson stood on the hood of his No. 48 Chevy and pumped his right fist before diving into a mosh pit of his jubilant crew members. Fans at Homestead-Miami Speedway gave him a standing ovation, and then Johnson returned to business: Celebrating with a second round of wild burnouts.
  • Sunday, November 16

  • Florida GOP finances under scrutiny   UPI / 10:44PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The finances of the Republican Party of Florida are under scrutiny amid complaints the state GOP squandered its resources, party insiders say.
  • Montel Harris Makes Home Team Pay for Its Lack of Interest   AP / 9:34AM
    Nov. 16--TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- If there was any one team Montel Harris wanted to play for growing up, it was Florida State.
  • Clint Bowyer Wins the Biggest Prize; Edwards Wins the Nationwide Race   AP / 12:35AM
    MIAMI -- Seven years ago, Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer raced against each other on a dirt track in the small town of Moberly, Missouri.
  • Saturday, November 15

  • Benson Wins First Trucks Title   AP / 12:34AM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- With a caution coming out with 11 laps to go, the truck teams of Ron Hornaday Jr. and Johnny Benson made vastly different strategic decisions.
  • Friday, November 14

  • Space shuttle Endeavour launches   UPI / 10:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Endeavour launched Friday evening from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying a payload of equipment for the International Space Station.
  • Judge grants injunction on Tamiami Trail   UPI / 4:54PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro has granted a preliminary injunction sought by the Miccosukee Tribe to stop the overhaul of the Tamiami Trail in Florida.
  • Thursday, November 13

  • Raising alcohol tax immediately saves lives   UPI / 9:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Raising taxes on alcohol reduces the number of deaths from alcohol-related liver disease, oral or breast cancers and alcohol poisoning, U.S. researchers said.
  • More absentee ballots in Florida   UPI / 1:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Election officials in Tampa, Fla., say an estimated 850 yet-to-be-counted absentee ballots weren't expected to change the outcome of any race.
  • Dental college computer hacked   UPI / 1:14PM
    GAINSVILLE, Fla., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The University of Florida College of Dentistry says a computer hacker accessed the records of more than 344,000 patients.
  • Sailors charged with detainee abuse   UPI / 11:54AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Four U.S. sailors have pleaded innocent to mistreating detainees at the U.S. military's largest prison in Iraq.
  • Wednesday, November 12

  • It's Official: Joe the Manager Tops in American League   AP / 9:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon was named AL Manager of the Year on Wednesday in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
  • Ex-congressman says he's not a pedophile   UPI / 8:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Former Rep. Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who was driven from office in 2006 amid scandal, said Wednesday he is not a pedophile.
  • NASA to televise Endeavour countdown   UPI / 5:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it will provide continuous video of space shuttle Endeavour's launch countdown, as well as a feed with commentary.
  • GOP governors meet in Dem-tilting Florida   UPI / 3:54PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The 2008 Republican Governors Association meeting is being held in a state, Florida, that is showing many signs of trouble for the GOP, observers say.
  • El Salvador court rules for local tycoon   UPI / 2:34PM
    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The highest court in El Salvador has ruled that one of the country's richest men does not have to pay a $30 million financial judgment in Florida.
  • Dangerous chemical found near Fla. plant   UPI / 12:24PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A chemical thought to cause cancer has been found in a home near the Raytheon defense plant in St. Petersburg, Fla., an agency says.
  • Cypress Gardens decides less is more   UPI / 10:14AM
    WINTER HAVEN, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Florida's Cypress Gardens has decided to expand its water park but get rid of its other rides and animal attractions in time for next season, the company said.
  • Study: C.difficile infections increasing   UPI / 1:34AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A study suggests 13 of 1,000 hospital patients in the United States are infected or colonized with the bacterium Clostridium difficile.
  • Tuesday, November 11

  • Florida, U.S. Sugar deal may be pared down   UPI / 2:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The state of Florida and U.S. Sugar Corp. have pared down a massive land agreement meant to restore natural water flow to the Everglades, sources said.
  • HP yanks commercial with Gary Glitter song   UPI / 2:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Hewlett-Packard has yanked a U.S. ad campaign because the song it uses "Do You Wanna Touch Me" was penned by British sex offender Gary Glitter.
  • Underfed elephant needs to add a ton   UPI / 1:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Officials at an animal sanctuary say an elephant seized from a Florida circus trainer is about a ton underweight.
  • Crew okay after Fla. TV chopper crashes   UPI / 11:54AM
    BOYTON BEACH, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- No injuries are reported in the crash of a television news helicopter in Florida Tuesday morning.
  • Sunday, November 9

  • Children respond to Obama's election   UPI / 3:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. president-elect Barack Obama has emerged as a hero for many minority American youths, educators say.
  • Businesses sue over online reviews   UPI / 3:34PM
    PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Businesses are suing consumers over reviews they have posted online, legal observers say.
  • Gators Clinch SEC East Title With 42-14 Win Over Vanderbilt: Tebow Sparks Florida With 5 TDs   AP / 6:34AM
    Nov. 9--NASHVILLE, Tenn.
  • Thursday, November 6

  • Ex-FBI Agent John Connelly Found Guilty of Murder   AP / 10:34PM
    Jurors have found ex-FBI agent John Connolly guilty of second-degree murder for his role in helping Boston mobsters assassinate an accountant in South Florida in 1982. He was found not guilty of a second charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
  • Wednesday, November 5

  • Calif., Fla., Ariz. ban gay marriage   UPI / 12:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- As Florida and Arizona voters elected to ban gay marriages, Californians voted to overturn a court decision legalizing same-sex marriages.
  • Scandal-plagued Democrat loses in Fla.   UPI / 3:54AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- First-term Democratic Florida Rep. Tim Mahoney, dogged by sexual scandal, lost his seat Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, November 4

  • Confederate General's Name Stays on School   AP / 3:34PM
    A Florida school board has voted to keep the name of a Confederate general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan on one of its high schools.
  • Small mosquitoes are likely virus carriers   UPI / 2:54PM
    VERO BEACH, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. entomologists say they've determined smaller mosquitoes are more likely to be infected with viruses causing human diseases than are larger mosquitoes.
  • New NASA launch system rocket parts arrive   UPI / 2:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says the first major flight hardware for its Ares I-X rocket has arrived in Florida in preparation for its inaugural test flight.
  • NASA announces Endeavour pre-launch events   UPI / 10:54AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has announced a series of events leading up to the Nov. 14 Kennedy Space Center launch of space shuttle Endeavour.
  • Monday, November 3

  • Poll: Presidential race close in Florida   UPI / 6:05PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Voters interviewed in Indiana, Florida and North Carolina suggest the U.S. presidential race in those states is too close to call, said Public Policy Polling.
  • 'Righteous wind' drives change, Obama says   UPI / 5:44PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama spent Monday reminding listeners about how far the campaign for change has come, and how far it needs to go.
  • Poll: Obama leads in Pa., Ohio; Fla. tied   UPI / 4:14PM
    HAMDEN, Conn., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama leads in the swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania but is in a dead heat in Florida, a poll indicates.
  • NASA: Endeavour to launch Nov. 14   UPI / 12:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has set Nov. 14 as the launch date for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 mission to the International Space Station.
  • Saturday, November 1

  • Florida's Defense Pulls Doozy on Georgia and Moreno   AP / 11:34PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida cornerback Joe Haden plucked the ball out of the air and ran 88 yards in the other direction, crushing the Georgia Bulldogs just a little bit more with every step he took.
  • Palin stumps for McCain in Florida   UPI / 8:54PM
    NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin campaigned Saturday in Florida with a pitch aimed at the state's many retirees.
  • Fla. GOP tries to use Hillary Clinton   UPI / 7:44PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Hillary Clinton campaigned Saturday in Florida for Barack Obama as Republicans made a last-ditch effort to peel away women who supported her in the primaries.
  • Fla. bank becomes 17th to fail in 2008   UPI / 8:44AM
    BRADENTON, Fla., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Freedom Bank, based in Bradenton, Fla., has become the 17th U.S. bank to fail this year, officials said.
  • Friday, October 31

  • Navy investigating Blue Angels affair   UPI / 7:05PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's famed Blue Angels flying team will be flying one plane short while an alleged inappropriate relationship is investigated, officials said.
  • Gore reminds Florida every vote counts   UPI / 4:14PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Al Gore returned to West Palm Beach, Fla., ground zero of the controversial 2000 presidential campaign, to stump for Democratic candidate Barack Obama.
  • Petraeus takes over Central Command   UPI / 11:24AM
    MACDILL AFB, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus took over U.S. Central Command Friday at a change of command ceremony in Florida.
  • Thursday, October 30

  • Obama: Bad policy led to bad economy   UPI / 9:35PM
    SARASOTA, Fla., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The falling gross domestic product is a "direct result" of policies that drove the U.S. economy "into the ditch," Democratic candidate Barack Obama said.
  • Students suspended for calling home   UPI / 7:05PM
    MERRITT ISLAND, Fla., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Parents have complained after at least nine students at a Merritt Island, Fla., middle school were suspended for using cell phones during a gas leak evacuation.
  • Scientists work on extended Arctic history   UPI / 3:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A U.S.-led international team of scientists says it's writing a comprehensive history of the Arctic region, from the late 19th century to the present.
  • Noose found on Obama sign in Florida   UPI / 1:44PM
    CLERMONT, Fla., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A hangman's noose was found near an election sign for Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama posted near Clermont, Fla., police say.
  • Caroline Kennedy campaigns for Obama   UPI / 1:35PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy, says residents of a Florida retirement community should vote Democratic on Election Day.
  • Wednesday, October 29

  • Elkhorn, staghorn coral get new protection   UPI / 2:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Fisheries Service says it will increase its protection of elkhorn and staghorn corals in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Candidates step up visits to key states   UPI / 7:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are stumping together Wednesday in the battleground states of Florida and Pennsylvania.
  • Tuesday, October 28

  • Poll: Obama leads in Florida, Ohio   UPI / 8:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain in the two key battleground states of Ohio and Florida, a poll indicates.
  • CentCom lines up vehicles for ceremony   UPI / 4:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Military records show the military spent about $56,000 to rent vehicles for the change-of-command ceremony at U.S. Central Command.
  • Biden ties McCain to Bush economic policy   UPI / 4:14PM
    OCALA, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Democratic U.S. vice presidential nominee Joe Biden said Tuesday John McCain is "promising to continue" President George Bush's economic policies.
  • Monday, October 27

  • King cobra bites wildlife center volunteer   UPI / 11:44AM
    HOMESTEAD, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A Florida man remained hospitalized in serious condition Monday after being bitten on his forearm by a 13-foot king cobra.
  • Sunday, October 26

  • Palin: Wardrobe story 'ridiculous'   UPI / 8:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said in Florida Sunday news reports on the $150,000 spent on clothing for her and her family are "ridiculous."
  • More design flaws found in Ares I rocket   UPI / 3:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- More problems have been found with the design of the next-generation manned U.S. spacecraft launch rocket, leading some to wonder if it will ever be built.
  • Saturday, October 25

  • Kentucky Blown Away at Florida   AP / 8:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Sure, Kentucky faced long odds going into The Swamp to face Florida. Its defense was banged up, and the Gators figured to be well-rested and sharp following an open date after a 30-point win over LSU.
  • Friday, October 24

  • More allegations against Mahoney surface   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- More allegations have arisen in the sex scandal surrounding Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Fla., accusing him of not revealing the breadth of the transgressions.
  • Rays Rebound to Top Phillies to Even World Series at 1   AP / 12:44AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After losing the opener of the World Series to Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Rays were ready to hear the same kind of things they had been listening to all season long.
  • Thursday, October 23

  • Rise in Florida Home Foreclosures Continues   AP / 5:34PM
    Oct. 23--Foreclosures in Florida continued to rise in September, as job losses, declining property values and adjusting mortgage payments pushed nearly 50,000 new homeowners into default, according to new data released Thursday.
  • Endeavour is moved to its new launch pad   UPI / 5:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Endeavour was moved Thursday from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Launch Pad 39A in preparation for a Nov. 14 liftoff.
  • Poll: Obama ahead in 3 key swing states   UPI / 3:14PM
    HAMDEN, Conn., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain continues to trail Sen. Barack Obama in Ohio and Pennsylvania, while closing the gap in Florida, a poll released Thursday indicates.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer Phil Sheridan Column: Phil Sheridan: 100 Wins Down, 3 More to Go   AP / 4:35AM
    Oct. 23--ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The team of 10,000 losses won the 100th game of its magical season last night, and it was a thriller.
  • Wednesday, October 22

  • Michelle Obama thanks military families   UPI / 5:35PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama, campaigning for her husband Barack Obama in Florida Wednesday, said the country has to do better for military families.
  • Noe set to be transferred to Ohio prison   UPI / 5:24PM
    TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Prison officials say they are preparing to send jailed Republican Party activist Tom Noe from Florida to his home state of Ohio to begin an 18-year sentence.
  • Usher only singer booked for 'Secret' show   UPI / 5:05PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. recording artist Usher will be the only musical guest to perform on the upcoming "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," CBS said Wednesday.
  • Scientists see flow of gas from a quasar   UPI / 2:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. astronomers say a bit of serendipity has given them a surprise view of a never-before-observed event that occurs during the birth of a galaxy.
  • Tuesday, October 21

  • Men charged with robbing lobster traps   UPI / 10:14PM
    MARATHON, Fla., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Three Florida men have been charged with robbing another fisherman's traps and bringing in hundreds of tails from undersized spiny lobsters.
  • Obama attacks McCain on economy   UPI / 9:14PM
    LAKE WORTH, Fla., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Presidential contender Barack Obama presided over a session on the economy Tuesday in Florida, joined by four Democratic governors from swing states.
  • Embattled Rep.'s wife files for divorce   UPI / 2:54PM
    NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The wife of a Florida U.S. congressman who had admitted to extramarital affairs has filed for divorce, records show.
  • 'Love-struck' astronaut's case continues   UPI / 1:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Prosecutors say items found in former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak's car trunk should be admitted as evidence in an alleged attack on a romantic rival in Florida.
  • Early Fla. voting sees lines, malfunctions   UPI / 12:24PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Early U.S. election voting in Florida has resulted in malfunctioning vote scanners and long lines at polling places, officials say.
  • Hulk Hogan's son released from prison   UPI / 10:24AM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The 18-year-old son of professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan has been released from a Florida jail after serving five months for felony reckless driving.
  • Monday, October 20

  • Atlantis completes rollback trip   UPI / 2:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency Monday completed the "rollback" of space shuttle Atlantis from its Kennedy Space Center launch pad to the Vehicle Assembly Building.
  • Children more affected by secondhand smoke   UPI / 1:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Children may be more affected by secondhand smoke than adults, U.S. researchers said.
  • Smoking, sex of patient affects pain   UPI / 1:34AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Smoking and the sex of the patient can impact the effectiveness of various pain treatments, U.S. researchers said.
  • Sunday, October 19

  • Republicans say McCain has botched race   UPI / 6:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. presidential nominee John McCain is being hammered by some within his own party and the conservative media for the way he has run his campaign.
  • U. of Florida not missing dorm telephones   UPI / 1:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The removal of all land-line telephones from the University of Florida in Gainesville's dormitories saves nearly $600,000 a year, a school official says.
  • ALCS: Red Sox 4, Rays 2: Tampa Bay Facing End of Dream Season   AP / 7:35AM
    Oct. 19--ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Boston no longer is the only team in danger in the American League Championship Series.
  • Saturday, October 18

  • House launches Mahoney ethics probe   UPI / 11:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee say they will question Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Fla., about sexual harassment allegations.
  • Rays' Upton: 'It's a Little Road Bump'   AP / 11:35AM
    Oct. 18--ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Rays missed their opportunity to go for the jugular in ALCS Game 5 Thursday night at Fenway Park. They were on the verge of ending the Red Sox's season, having taken a 7-0 lead in the top of the seventh. The Sox were beyond vulnerable, needing to make up seven runs with seven outs left.
  • Friday, October 17

  • McCain campaign sign sparks outrage   UPI / 7:44PM
    POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A controversial sign in one of Republican presidential nominee John McCain's Florida offices links Democrat Barack Obama to dictators, sources said.
  • Young cranes begin guided migration   UPI / 6:34PM
    JUNEAU CITY, Wis., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Fourteen young whooping cranes began their first migration Friday from Wisconsin to Florida, although two made the first stage of the trip by truck.
  • McCain declares Florida 'must win'   UPI / 6:24PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has declared Florida a "must win" state in his quest for the White House.
  • Spokesman: We think Caylee is alive   UPI / 5:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the lawyers representing the mother of a missing Florida girl Friday denied telling CNN lawyers in the case believe Caylee Anthony is dead.
  • Obama pushes Fla. Democrats to vote   UPI / 2:44PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The Obama presidential campaign is trying to raise Democratic voter turnout in key areas of traditionally Republican Florida, campaign officials said.
  • Thursday, October 16

  • Man selling swampland headed to prison   UPI / 12:34PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A 77-year-old man convicted of selling swampland in Miami-Dade County, Fla., will soon be headed to prison, an appeals court has ruled.
  • Wednesday, October 15

  • Resveratrol prevents fatty liver in mice   UPI / 10:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Resveratrol found in grapes, red wine and peanuts, prevents alcoholic fatty liver in mice, U.S. researchers have determined.
  • Space shuttle Atlantis ready for rollback   UPI / 3:35PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says space shuttle Atlantis is ready to be moved from Launch Pad 39A to the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building.
  • Wounded loggerhead returns to sea   UPI / 1:44PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- "Johnny" the sea turtle has returned to the Atlantic Ocean after spending three months in a Florida turtle hospital recovering from a machete attack.
  • Tuesday, October 14

  • Stem cell research breakthrough reported   UPI / 1:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists said they have discovered that as embryonic stem cells turn into various cell types, DNA replication and organizational changes also occur.
  • Fla. docs sign McCain health petition   UPI / 1:44PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- More than 90 Florida doctors are seeking the health records of Republican U.S. presidential nominee John McCain to guarantee he is in good health.
  • Monday, October 13

  • Commander: U.S. Special Forces changing   UPI / 4:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. special forces branches are changing their missions from high-profile anti-terrorism raids to "indirect action" such as training, their commander says.
  • Manatee succumbs after trip to Florida   UPI / 1:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Employees at SeaWorld in Florida were mourning the death Monday of Dennis the manatee.
  • Sunday, October 12

  • Florida festival to offer diverse films   UPI / 4:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Organizers of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in Florida say the upcoming event will feature widely diverse movies.
  • Manatee leaves Cape Cod for Florida   UPI / 1:05PM
    BOSTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Marine conservationists in Massachusetts say a manatee who strayed far north of his habitat has been captured and is on his way to warmer waters in Florida.
  • Friday, October 10

  • Cape Cod manatee may get air trip to Fla.   UPI / 3:06PM
    DENNIS, Mass., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- An injured manatee discovered in a Massachusetts harbor may get an air trip back to Florida if would-be rescuers can trap it.
  • Thursday, October 9

  • Florida counterfeiting network broken   UPI / 6:54PM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Authorities have broken up a statewide counterfeiting network that stole millions of dollars from Florida banks for more than a decade, police said.
  • Airborne dolphin knocks woman out   UPI / 6:24PM
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman visiting Florida was knocked unconscious Thursday by a dolphin that jumped into a boat on the Intracoastal Waterway, her family said.
  • Cuban exiles irked by aid cutoff rule   UPI / 4:54PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Cuban exiles in Florida say they're frustrated Washington cut off their ability to aid relatives on the island struggling after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
  • Police embracing fuel-efficient cars   UPI / 11:24AM
    LAUDERHILL, Fla., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Police across the United States have begun using more fuel-efficient vehicles due to the ongoing economic crisis, police officials say.
  • Women need less smoking to up colon risk   UPI / 12:14AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Women require less tobacco exposure than men to have a significantly higher risk of colorectal cancer, U.S. researchers say.
  • Probiotics help irritable bowel syndrome   UPI / 12:05AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Probiotics ease symptoms and help normalize bowel movement frequency in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, U.S. researchers say.
  • Tuesday, October 7

  • Suit filed on behalf of baby born in john   UPI / 9:05PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A lawyer is suing a Florida hospital for a toddler, saying she suffered brain damage when her mother -- unaware she was pregnant -- gave birth in a toilet.
  • Poll: Obama has narrow lead in Florida   UPI / 8:54PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama has a narrow lead over Republican John McCain in the battleground state of Florida, a poll indicates.
  • Permanent Florida watering bans eyed   UPI / 3:34PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Florida water managers say they are flushing billions of gallons out to sea even as they consider permanent lawn watering bans to deal with future droughts.
  • Monday, October 6

  • Air pollution linked to appendicitis risk   UPI / 3:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Adult onset appendicitis is a common condition whose cause is unclear, but Canadian researchers have linked it to air pollution.
  • Palin says Obama will raise taxes   UPI / 2:14PM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told a Florida rally Monday Barack Obama wants to establish almost $1 trillion in new programs.
  • Sunday, October 5

  • Florida woman struggling since 'Makeover'   UPI / 1:14PM
    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A Florida woman says she is in danger of losing the home created for her charity by the hit ABC TV series "Extreme Makeover."
  • Friday, October 3

  • Obama support surges in Florida   UPI / 8:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has gained ground in the battleground state of Florida, political analysts say.
  • Thursday, October 2

  • Helio Castroneves Charged With Tax Evasion   AP / 7:34PM
    MIAMI -- Helio Castroneves -- winner of both the Indianapolis 500 and reality TV show "Dancing with the Stars" -- will soon be doing the tango with the IRS over multimillion-dollar tax-evasion charges in Miami federal court, U.S. authorities said.
  • Warm mothering mitigates delinquent gene   UPI / 2:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Adolescent males who possess a certain type of variation in a specific gene are more likely to flock to delinquent peers, U.S. researchers said.
  • Clinton event marked by heat, hot comments   UPI / 9:05AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- More than two dozen people were treated for heat exhaustion during a speech by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in Florida, officials said.
  • Wednesday, October 1

  • Obama moves up in 3 biggest swing states   UPI / 3:35PM
    HAMDEN, Conn., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Barack Obama gained ground in the three largest swing states, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, a poll released Wednesday indicates.
  • NASA assigns crew for STS-129 mission   UPI / 3:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has assigned the crew for space shuttle Discovery's STS-129 mission, which is targeted for launch in October 2009.
  • Tuesday, September 30

  • Study: Global warming is bad for Florida   UPI / 3:14PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Two university studies find global warming will have significant economic impacts on Florida's coasts
  • Cabana to be Kennedy Space Center director   UPI / 12:34PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says William Parsons, director of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will leave the agency in mid-October.
  • Whale calf euthanized   UPI / 12:14PM
    KEY LARGO, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Marine conservationists say they were unable to save a baby pygmy sperm whale found entangled in mangroves in Florida's middle Keys.
  • Report: Everglades restoraton slowed   UPI / 9:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A team of scientists says there has been scant progress made on a government promise to stop pollution and restore wetlands in the Florida Everglades.
  • Monday, September 29

  • Fla. county sets record for shark attacks   UPI / 12:44PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Officials in Volusia County, Fla., said Monday their county set a record for shark attacks in a year when a surfer was bitten the day before.
  • Sunday, September 28

  • Navy seeks sonar range in coastal Florida   UPI / 8:35PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has decided to seek a controversial sonar training range off the coast of Florida rather than off the coast of North Carolina, officials said.
  • Saturday, September 27

  • Mighty Tebow Fails on 4th-and-1 As Florida Falls to Mississippi   AP / 9:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The blue eyes were uncontrollably red.
  • Thursday, September 25

  • Caylee's mother target of lawsuit   UPI / 11:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Florida resident Casey Anthony, whose 3-year-old daughter Caylee has been missing for months, ruined another woman's reputation, a lawsuit alleges.
  • Wednesday, September 24

  • Teen chosen for prosthetic TV show   UPI / 11:44PM
    OKEECHOBEE, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Florida teenager who lost his left arm in a battle with an alligator has been picked to receive a high-tech artificial limb on the TV show "The Doctors."
  • Rapper DMX hospitalized in Florida   UPI / 3:44PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- DMX's lawyer said the U.S. hip-hop artist was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness in Florida this week.
  • Proposal would ban butts from beach   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Miami Beach commissioner wants to ban smoking on the beaches of one of South Florida's most famous resorts.
  • NASA announces revised launch dates   UPI / 2:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency announced a revised launch date for the Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.
  • Jewelers in legal battle over diamond   UPI / 11:54AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Diamante the Diamond Manufacturers should be reimbursed for buying a diamond that was lost by its true owner in West Palm Beach, Fla., the jeweler alleges.
  • Tuesday, September 23

  • Child killer to be executed in Florida   UPI / 12:05PM
    STARKE, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Authorities say child killer Richard Henyard was to become the 66th person executed in Florida since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
  • Two space shuttles at their launch pads   UPI / 10:54AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency, for the first time since July 2001, has two space shuttles on launch pads at the same time at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Monday, September 22

  • Autistic man charged in Fla. stab case   UPI / 1:35PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Florida courts are facing a challenge in dealing with a rare instance of an autistic man being accused of a violent crime, observers say.
  • Florida duck deaths blamed on botulism   UPI / 11:44AM
    COCONUT CREEK, Fla., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The deaths of at least 15 ducks in Coconut Creek, Fla., likely were caused by botulism, a wildlife official says.
  • Traditional men may make more money   UPI / 1:54AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Men who believe in traditional gender roles earn more money than men who don't, but women who believe in gender roles make less, U.S. researchers said.
  • Sunday, September 21

  • Obama team includes Buffett, Voelker   UPI / 1:14PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama is consulting with billionaire investor Warren Buffett as he assesses the financial industry bailout plan.
  • Study: Pythons unlikely to spread far   UPI / 12:34PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A recently published study finds that invasive Burmese pythons are unlikely to spread far beyond South Florida.
  • Obama blasts McCain on deregulation   UPI / 8:14AM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama criticized his Republican rival over comments in which he praised the deregulation of the financial industry.
  • Saturday, September 20

  • McCain slightly ahead of Obama in Fla.   UPI / 10:54PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Republican presidential nominee John McCain holds a slim lead over Democrat Barack Obama in Florida, a poll released Saturday indicates.
  • Endeavor readied for potential rescue duty   UPI / 3:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- NASA officials say they have moved the space shuttle Endeavor onto a Florida launch pad in case it's needed for a space rescue mission.
  • Obama: Florida win would ensure victory   UPI / 1:44PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says if he can win Florida in the general election he will be headed to the White House.
  • Friday, September 19

  • Stunning Rally in Ninth Shocks Twins Back to Life: Alexi Casilla, Adam Everett Deliver As the Twins Gain a Game on the White Sox.   AP / 5:34PM
    Sep. 19--ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Twins were tired of walk-off losses, tired of bullpen meltdowns, tired of watching opponents hit balls over the fence.
  • Endeavour moved to launch pad   UPI / 5:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Endeavour was moved to a launch pad Friday as an emergency precaution, U.S. space officials said.
  • Not Enough Evidence for Charges Against Ex-Rep. Foley   AP / 3:34PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Florida officials have closed their two-year state investigation against U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, saying they found "insufficient evidence" for filing criminal charges for allegedly sending salacious electronic messages to underage congressional pages.
  • Obama gives qualified OK to financial fix   UPI / 2:24PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama gave qualified support Friday to the Bush administration's efforts to bring stability to U.S. financial markets.
  • Dead soldier's family seeks military info   UPI / 9:14AM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A Florida couple, awaiting return of their son's body from Iraq, say the U.S. military has kept them in the dark as to how he died.
  • Thursday, September 18

  • Suit alleges large Florida mortgage fraud   UPI / 5:54PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Florida prosecutors filed suit against 10 companies and 15 people they say were involved in a $37 million real estate straw mortgage scheme.
  • A lower calorie diet may help save muscle   UPI / 2:05PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A restricted-calorie diet, started in early adulthood, may stymie a mitochondrial mishap that may add to muscle loss in aging adults, U.S. researchers said.
  • Wednesday, September 17

  • Gas price gouging alleged in Florida   UPI / 9:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Consumers have flooded the Florida attorney general's office with complaints of hurricane-related gasoline price gouging, state officials said Wednesday.
  • Obama plans $39M Florida vote effort   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The chief campaign strategist for Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama says he's directing a $39.3 million get-out-the-vote effort in Florida.
  • Rays Beat Red Sox In Last At-Bat   AP / 7:34AM
    Sep. 17--ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Once again, the Red Sox threatened to reclaim the lead in the American League East. Once again, the Rays held on for another day.
  • Tuesday, September 16

  • Muslim leaders blast 'bigoted' DVD   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A documentary DVD distributed to Florida newspaper subscribers has angered some Muslims who claim it incites hatred toward them.
  • Monday, September 15

  • McCain promises finance regulatory reform   UPI / 3:25PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Republican presidential nominee John McCain said Monday the Wall Street crisis is "frightening" and promised to "never put America in this position again."
  • Sunday, September 14

  • Organizers register Fla. ex-cons to vote   UPI / 7:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Organizers in Florida are seeking to register convicted felons to vote, following a change in state law last year that allows ex-cons to vote.
  • Florida doctors guilty of Medicare fraud   UPI / 4:54PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Two Florida doctors have admitted to conspiring to defraud Medicare of $110 million by billing the federal health insurance program for bogus HIV treatments.
  • Saturday, September 13

  • Judge tosses out charges against Kelis   UPI / 11:24AM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A judge in Miami-Dade County, Fla., has acquitted the hip-hop singer Kelis on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
  • Friday, September 12

  • Deep pit aimed at saving beaches   UPI / 9:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Officials in Florida's Broward County want to blast a 7-acre sand hole into the ocean floor to help save the county's southern beaches from erosion.
  • More charges for Snipes' tax adviser   UPI / 7:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Eddie Ray Kahn, the Sorrento, Fla., man who served as actor Wesley Snipes' tax adviser, reportedly has been named in a 12-count federal indictment.
  • Judge Cites Flaws As Steroids Case Tossed: Soares to Appeal Ruling Won By 5 Florida Pharmacy Operators   AP / 7:34AM
    Sep. 12--ALBANY -- A judge threw out a criminal indictment Thursday against five operators of an Orlando pharmacy who were identified by Albany County prosecutors as the primary targets of a multistate drug investigation that drew national attention.
  • Thursday, September 11

  • Poll: Palin helps boost McCain   UPI / 7:54PM
    HAMDEN, Conn., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Republican presidential nominee John McCain has gained support in Florida and Pennsylvania, a poll indicates.
  • Endeavour's move to launch pad set   UPI / 4:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it will move space shuttle Endeavour to a Kennedy Space Center launch pad to act as a safety stand-by for space shuttle Atlantis.
  • Surgeon suing over charity hand injury   UPI / 12:14PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed by a surgeon in Nassau County, Fla., alleges he suffered a hand injury while sitting in a dunking booth for charity.
  • Biochemist finds clue to evolution   UPI / 12:05AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A researcher at Florida State University says he's found a mechanism in proteins that helps explain evolution at molecular levels.
  • Wednesday, September 10

  • Griese to Start at Quarterback for Buccaneerss in Place of Struggling Garcia   AP / 9:35PM
    TAMPA, Fla. -- The return of Jeff Garcia, a Pro Bowler in 2007, was supposed to bring stability to the quarterback position that Tampa Bay Coach Jon Gruden has coveted.
  • Grandparents say they believe Caylee alive   UPI / 6:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- An attorney representing the grandparents of missing Florida toddler Caylee Anthony says the couple believe the child is still alive.
  • Hearing set in astronaut love triangle   UPI / 2:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A Florida appeals court has scheduled a hearing next month in the case of former astronaut Lisa Nowak accused of attempting to kidnap a romantic rival.
  • State Farm in Fla. to refund $120 million   UPI / 12:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- State Farm in Florida has agreed to refund policy owners $120 million after neglecting credit for wind protection, state regulators said.
  • No sign of six missing Florida boaters   UPI / 11:34AM
    STUART, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said Wednesday that searchers have yet to find six boaters who vanished with their craft in St. Lucie Inlet, Fla.
  • Monday, September 8

  • United Airlines hit by 5-year-old news   UPI / 3:54PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- United Airline's stock value plunged Monday after a 5-year-old news story was posted on a Florida newspaper's Web site.
  • New facts about flightless birds reported   UPI / 2:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say flightless birds known as ratites, such as Australian emus, don't share a common ancestor as once believed.
  • Two shark attacks at Florida beach   UPI / 12:35PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Two surfers at a beach in Ponce Inlet, Fla., say they were bitten by a shark within minutes of one another.
  • Father and son tread water for 15 hours   UPI / 11:14AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Rescuers in Florida say an autistic boy and his father survived 15 hours in shark-infested waters before the U.S. Coast Guard spotted them.
  • Sunday, September 7

  • Favre's Frisky and Jets Are 1-0   AP / 8:34PM
    MIAMI -- The football sailed so high and for so long, you weren't sure if it had "interception" written all over it or "Goodyear." And when it finally parachuted in the direction of Jets receiver Chansi Stuckey, well, if he had signaled for a fair catch, you couldn't blame him.
  • Police: Con artist stole Picasso etchings   UPI / 4:14PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Suspected con artist Marcus Patmon stole two Pablo Picasso etchings from a gallery in Palm Beach, Fla., police allege.
  • Fla. women convicted as illegal midwives   UPI / 3:24PM
    BRADENTON, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Two Florida women practiced midwifery illegally, a jury has decoded after a retrial of their case.
  • Emails from NASA head show discontent   UPI / 1:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Emails from the head of the U.S. space agency NASA suggest he is frustrated with efforts to return to the moon by 2020.
  • Friday, September 5

  • Boeing workers angry at strike delay   UPI / 3:24PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Contract negotiations between Boeing and its largest union moved to Orlando, Fla., as the clock ticked down on an extended strike deadline.
  • Canadians snap up U.S. homes   UPI / 2:54PM
    GULFPORT, Fla., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Canadians make up the largest portion of foreign buyers of U.S. homes, buying nearly one-quarter of them, a U.S. real estate trade association says.
  • Thursday, September 4

  • Family fights over woman's life support   UPI / 6:24PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida court holds in its hands the life of a 57-year-old woman, whose husband and mother disagree over whether she should be taken off life support.
  • Wednesday, September 3

  • Woman tried for sale of goggles to Iran   UPI / 2:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A Florida federal trial is under way of a woman who allegedly conspired to supply U.S. military night-vision goggles to Iran.
  • City's 'trash talk' ban leads to lawsuit   UPI / 1:24PM
    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A Florida city commissioner has filed a civil rights suit over a motion he claims goes too far in muzzling discussion about trash collection.
  • Yankees Bats Cushion Win No. 17 for Mussina   AP / 7:34AM
    Sep. 3--ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mike Mussina took a giant leap in his quest to win 20 games with a 7-2 win over the Rays last night. But the Yankees couldn't even take a small step toward playoff-picture relevance.
  • Tuesday, September 2

  • Biden: Children not campaign fodder   UPI / 7:35PM
    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday candidates' children are off-limits, saying it's "common decency."
  • Hanna Targets Bahamas, Cuba, Florida   AP / 6:34PM
    Hurricane Hanna drifted south-southeast Tuesday, advancing on the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, U.S. forecasters in Miami said.
  • Thawing permafrost may hike global warming   UPI / 12:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S.-led study suggests greenhouse gas emissions from previously frozen organic carbon in soil might be larger than previously believed.
  • Monday, September 1

  • Bullies can enjoy high social status   UPI / 5:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Whether a child is beginning kindergarten or finishing high school, 100 percent of children are touched by bullying, a U.S. author says.
  • Sunday, August 31

  • Williams Receives Contract Extension   AP / 8:35PM
    DAVIE, Fla. -- Ricky Williams admits he's still in the NFL because no other profession pays him as handsomely as professional football.
  • Depp plays guitar for benefit concert   UPI / 12:44PM
    POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Hollywood star Johnny Depp played guitar with members of his old band at a benefit concert in Pompano Beach, Calif., People magazine reports.
  • Saturday, August 30

  • NASA chief: Can shuttle fly after 2010?   UPI / 2:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said he wants to know if the U.S. space shuttle can fly beyond its planned retirement in 2010, an e-mail shows.
  • Mets Edge the Marlins   AP / 12:34AM
    MIAMI -- The New York Mets apparently got a little too comfortable on Friday watching their lead over the Phillies expand from the clubhouse sofa. They could thank the Cubs for that.
  • Friday, August 29

  • TNT pays tolls to promote new series   UPI / 7:44PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- TNT is treating motorists to free tolls in parts of Atlanta, Orlando, Fla., Philadelphia and Chicago this weekend to promote its new series "Raising the Bar."
  • Fla. wildlife seeks high ground after Fay   UPI / 7:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The flooding that followed Tropical Storm Fay in Florida has driven animals from their homes, forcing humans to cope with alligators, snakes and fire ants.
  • Thursday, August 28

  • Florida man fatally bitten by fire ants   UPI / 10:54PM
    CHULUOTA, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Florida man became another victim of Tropical Storm Fay when he died after being bitten by fire ants that had been washed into his home.
  • NASA delays Atlantis move to launch pad   UPI / 5:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has postponed space shuttle Atlantis' scheduled move to its Kennedy Space Center launch pad.
  • Surfer bitten by shark in Fla.   UPI / 4:44PM
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark Thursday morning at a beach on the northeast coast of Florida.
  • Wednesday, August 27

  • Republican nominates Obama at DNC   UPI / 6:24PM
    DENVER, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Republican Iraqi war veteran from Florida nominated Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., to be the Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Wednesday.
  • Deputy fired in missing child probe   UPI / 2:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- An Orange County sheriff's deputy has been fired for lying about his relationship with Casey Anthony, the mother of missing Florida 3-year-old Caylee Anthony.
  • Space shuttle to move to its launch pad   UPI / 12:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency is planning the first liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A since it was damaged during a May launch.
  • Tuesday, August 26

  • Florida surfer attacked by shark   UPI / 1:44PM
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A 20-year-old surfer in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., suffered an injury to his foot after being attacked by a shark last weekend, authorities say.
  • Monday, August 25

  • Dolphins Fans Hope 13 is a Lucky Number As Pennington Named Starting Quarterback   AP / 8:34PM
    MIAMI -- Only in Miami, where the Dolphins have been plagued by years of misfortune at quarterback since Dan Marino retired, would the unluckiest of numbers still be treated with the highest of respect.
  • Disney World upgrades campground   UPI / 1:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Walt Disney World says it's starting a large-scale renovation of its Fort Wilderness Campground in Florida, improving its Internet and cable television access.
  • Fay is Downgraded, Exits After Long, Destructive Run   AP / 12:34PM
    Aug. 25--TALLAHASSEE -- Tropical Storm Fay exited Florida Sunday after a weeklong rampage that killed 11 people and left in its wake a trail of destruction that forced a presidential disaster declaration and another round of evacuations from flooded areas.
  • Candidate sues opponent for libel   UPI / 12:34PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A candidate for Florida's 9th Congressional District has filed a civil action for libel against one of his opponents in Tuesday's Democratic primary.
  • Saturday, August 23

  • Man charged with $214M fraud scheme   UPI / 4:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A man who set up a Florida company that claims to have its own currency has been charged with trying to defraud the Bank of America of more than $200 million.
  • Florida county issues water safety warning   UPI / 2:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- State officials say no one should go swimming in waters off the coast of Broward County, Fla., following possible sewage and septic spills in the area.
  • Rush guitarist's son agrees to settlement   UPI / 1:44PM
    NAPLES, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The son of Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has agreed to settle his lawsuit against the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, Fla., attorneys say.
  • Thursday, August 21

  • Fire guts mansion owned by Nicklaus' son   UPI / 1:34PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A mansion being built in the town of Jupiter, Fla., for the son of golf star Jack Nicklaus has been destroyed by fire, a family spokesman says.
  • Author: McCain among 'lucky' generation   UPI / 1:04PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is part a "lucky" generation of 41 million U.S. citizens that have benefited from historical events, an author says.
  • UPI NewsTrack TopNews   AP / 12:34PM
    Fay 'taking time' in 3rd Florida landfall MIAMI, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Miami forecasters said Tropical Storm Fay was "taking its time" in making a third landfall in northeastern Florida Thursday.
  • Woman completes U.S. walk for troops   UPI / 12:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A Florida woman says her cross country walk found support for U.S. troops nationwide.
  • Kennedy Space Center reopening delayed   UPI / 9:54AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency's planned partial reopening of the Kennedy Space Center was delayed Thursday because of slow-moving Tropical Storm Fay.
  • Wednesday, August 20

  • Tropical Storm Fay may turn inland   UPI / 8:54PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The center of Tropical Storm Fay was back over water Wednesday evening, but U.S. forecasters said it may have plans for northern Florida
  • Surfer who hit wall in critical condition   UPI / 11:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The kite surfer who slammed into a building because of Tropical Storm Fay remains in critical condition at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hospital.
  • Bush lists veterans, security successes   UPI / 9:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The United States has provided greater support for veterans and modernized military tactics for the war on terror, U.S. President George Bush said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, August 19

  • Obama defends patriotism against McCain   UPI / 3:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama defended his patriotism to vets in a speech criticizing his rival John McCain's tactics.
  • Fay forces closing of Kennedy Space Center   UPI / 8:34AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. space agency officials closed the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday for 24 hours because of the threat posed by Tropical Storm Fay.
  • Monday, August 18

  • Caregivers take longer to fall asleep   UPI / 11:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they were surprised to find caregivers of dementia patients took longer to fall asleep.
  • McCain slams Obama on Iraq war policy   UPI / 1:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain slammed his likely electoral rival, Barack Obama, Monday over his stance on the Iraq war.
  • Parents' expectations can harm self-esteem   UPI / 12:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- College students' want to meet parents' expectations, but students and parents often have different perceptions of those expectations, U.S. researchers said.
  • Sunday, August 17

  • MLB: Chicago Cubs 9, Florida 2   AP / 6:34PM
    Reed Johnson capped an eight-run, eighth-nning rally Sunday with a three-run double that lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 9-2 win over the Florida Marlins.
  • Semi-subs becoming drug, security risk   UPI / 3:54PM
    KEY WEST, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Drug-smuggling semi-submersible vessels could also become a means of bringing weapons into the United States, counter-terrorism experts fear.
  • Anthrax suit aided by mental illness   UPI / 3:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Reports of mental illness suffered by a U.S. anthrax researcher have boosted the outlook for a Florida attorney suing the federal government.
  • Obama outlines space plan   UPI / 3:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama says he wants the United States to lead the international space endeavor by sending astronauts back to the moon.
  • Friday, August 15

  • McCain raises $27 million in July   UPI / 2:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Fla., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain raised $27 million in July, his best showing of the presidential campaign though expected to be dwarfed by Barack Obama's take, officials say.
  • Airborne agrees to $30 million redress   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Airborne Health Inc. of Bonita Springs, Fla., will pay $30 million to settle a false advertising lawsuit, the Federal Trade Commission said Friday.
  • Wednesday, August 13

  • Florida environmentalists balk midstream   UPI / 2:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Environmental groups in Florida have asked a federal judge to delay a ruling that could threaten a larger environmental deal, sources said.
  • Study: Pythons unlikely to leave Florida   UPI / 2:04PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- New research suggests Burmese pythons will find little suitable habitat outside South Florida and the Everglades -- contrary to previous studies.
  • Study determines why chili peppers are hot   UPI / 2:04PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S.-led international team of scientists has solved a long-standing evolutionary mystery involving the spicy hotness of chili peppers.
  • Tuesday, August 12

  • Early Florida voting goes flawlessly   UPI / 2:44PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Turnout was light but Florida voters reported no problems with new optical scan equipment after the first day of early voting in local elections.
  • Monday, August 11

  • Voter registration drives aim at ex-felons   UPI / 8:14AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Voter outreach efforts aimed at ex-felons are underway in several U.S. states where their voting rights have been restored.
  • Sunday, August 10

  • Black anthem remembered 40 years later   UPI / 2:34PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The black anthem, "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud," is still important 40 years after it was first released, a Florida radio station manager says.
  • Obama volunteers comb salons for voters   UPI / 1:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Campaigners for likely Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama say they're combing Florida barbershops and beauty salons to find unregistered voters.
  • Fla. woman accused of illegal file-sharing   UPI / 1:04PM
    STUART, Fla., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A 20-year-old woman in Hobe Sound, Fla., illegally shared 419 copyrighted songs online, a federal lawsuit alleges.
  • Friday, August 8

  • Marine bacteria might help fight cancer   UPI / 11:44AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found a marine compound that inhibits cancer cell growth in lab tests and that might lead to new anti-cancer drugs.
  • Thursday, August 7

  • McCain to return unusual donations   UPI / 9:44PM
    RIVERSIDE, Calif., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- John McCain's U.S. presidential campaign said Thursday it would return donations raised by the Jordanian business partner of a prominent Florida fundraiser.
  • BRIEF: Feds Charge Keys Man With Lobster Poaching   AP / 5:34PM
    Aug. 7--MIAMI -- A Florida Keys commercial fisherman is facing federal charges for allegedly poaching thousands of lobsters and damaging the environment.
  • Mother of 'D.C. Madam' opposing photos   UPI / 1:14PM
    TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The mother of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called "D.C. Madam," says photographs of her daughter's suicide in Tarpon Springs, Fla., should not be released.
  • Wednesday, August 6

  • No Obama ads on Fla. gas pumps   UPI / 9:24PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Gas Station TV Wednesday denied reports it would run campaign ads for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama atop gas pumps in Florida.
  • McCain camp apologizes to ousted reporter   UPI / 2:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A Florida newspaper says John McCain's campaign extended a personal apology to an African-American reporter who was ejected from a rally.
  • Monday, August 4

  • Florida business accused of Medicare scam   UPI / 1:24PM
    DORAL, Fla., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Manassas Medical Center of Doral, Fla., has allegedly been collecting Medicare funds in exchange for non-existent services, alleged participants say.
  • NASA assigns crew for space mission   UPI / 12:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has assigned a crew for space shuttle Atlantis on its STS-128 mission to the International Space Station set for launch next July 30.
  • Lab results needed in missing child case   UPI / 11:15AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Florida authorities said they hope to learn this week whether a stain and hair samples from her mother's car are linked to missing 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.
  • Sunday, August 3

  • Obama to DNC: Seat Fla., Mich. delegates   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Likely presidential nominee Barack Obama has asked the Democratic Party to grant Florida and Michigan delegates a full vote at the convention, officials say.
  • Obama says not bugged by new McCain ads   UPI / 11:05AM
    TITUSVILLE, Fla., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama says the latest digs from Republican rival John McCain are not getting under his skin.
  • Saturday, August 2

  • Obama promises a better NASA   UPI / 7:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, at a forum in Florida, said he would not cut the NASA budget if he is elected.
  • Priority Bank is 8th U.S. bank to fail   UPI / 8:04AM
    BRADENTON, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Assets of First Priority Bank, the eighth U.S. bank to fail this year, have been transferred to other institutions, federal authorities say.
  • Friday, August 1

  • Report: Obama open to offshore drilling   UPI / 8:34PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama Friday said he is open to drilling for oil off the Florida coast if it is part of "an overarching package."
  • McCain outlines education plans   UPI / 5:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- John McCain used a speech before the National Urban League in Florida to pledge support of the Education Equality Project, an educational opportunity program.
  • Obama reveals $50 billion stimulus package   UPI / 5:14PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Likely Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama unveiled a $50-billion emergency stimulus plan that includes energy rebates of up to $1,000.
  • Hecklers say Obama doesn't address race   UPI / 3:34PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Hecklers at a Florida event Friday challenged Sen. Barack Obama about not talking enough about race after the Democrat was accused of playing the "race card."
  • Formosan termites spreading in Florida   UPI / 12:04AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- Formosan subterranean termites, also known as "super termites," are spreading through Florida, an entymology professor said.
  • Thursday, July 31

  • Rivers drops F-bomb at Girl Scouts benefit   UPI / 11:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- Comedienne Joan Rivers reportedly used the F-word repeatedly and referred to some women as whores at a Girl Scouts fundraiser in Florida.
  • 3 lobster divers dead, 2 missing in Fla.   UPI / 10:44PM
    MIAMI, July 31 (UPI) -- The mini-season for lobsters in Florida has turned deadly with three known deaths and two divers missing in the first two days.
  • Wednesday, July 30

  • Thief makes off with 106 sea turtle eggs   UPI / 8:44PM
    FLAGLER BEACH, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- A total of 106 sea turtle eggs were stolen from a nest in Flagler Beach, Fla., where two other nests were tampered with, officials say.
  • Fla. partly foils alleged Lebanon con   UPI / 3:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- Florida officials say a Lebanese con man nearly tricked a state agency out of almost $6 million, but the plot was discovered before all the money disappeared.
  • Disney resort rooms to get 'Pirates' theme   UPI / 2:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- Walt Disney World has unveiled plans to give some rooms at its Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort in Orlando, Fla., a "Pirates of the Caribbean" makeover.
  • Pop music's Pearlman informant in cop slay   UPI / 2:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- Pop music impresario Lou Pearlman was a jailhouse informant against an alleged Florida cop killer, newly released police records indicate.
  • Alleged bedbug victim sues Fla. hotel   UPI / 2:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- A woman has filed a lawsuit against an Orlando, Fla., hotel claiming she was bitten by bedbugs when she stayed there two years ago.
  • Judge affirms public's right to know   UPI / 2:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- A Florida judge has refused to keep secret the records of phone calls and jail house visits to the mother of missing 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony.
  • Judge strikes part of Everglades law   UPI / 2:34PM
    MIAMI, July 30 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Miami has struck down key parts of a controversial Florida law that contained a revised schedule for cleaning up the Everglades.
  • Tuesday, July 29

  • Elderly man held in DeVita shooting   UPI / 2:14PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., July 29 (UPI) -- Police say they have arrested an 80-year-old Miami Beach man for allegedly shooting a prominent restaurateur to death.
  • Monday, July 28

  • Damon trying to lose 'Informant' weight   UPI / 9:34PM
    MIAMI, July 28 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Matt Damon says he is working hard to lose the 30 pounds he packed on for his upcoming big-screen drama, "The Informant."
  • Study: High CO2 environment damages reefs   UPI / 6:54PM
    MIAMI, July 28 (UPI) -- Reefs may erode in areas with high carbon dioxide levels because the "glue" binding coral skeletons to larger reef structures is missing, a U.S. study found.
  • Golf fertilizing suspected in fish kill   UPI / 4:04PM
    TAMARAC, Fla., July 28 (UPI) -- Florida conservation officers are investigating the deaths of hundreds of fish whose carcasses have been seen bobbing in a canal and a golf course lake.
  • Friday, July 25

  • Florida surfer bitten by shark   UPI / 7:24PM
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., July 25 (UPI) -- A 17-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark off the Florida coast Friday, officials said.
  • Thursday, July 24

  • AutoNation to trim staff 5 percent   UPI / 6:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 24 (UPI) -- The largest U.S. auto retailer, AutoNation, said it would cut 1,300 store positions in an effort to trim costs after a slumping second quarter.
  • Study: High CO2 environment damages reefs   UPI / 6:14PM
    MIAMI, July 24 (UPI) -- Reefs may erode in areas with high carbon dioxide levels because the "glue" binding coral skeletons to larger reef structures is missing, a U.S. study says.
  • Teen surfer survives shark bite   UPI / 4:14PM
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., July 24 (UPI) -- A 15-year-old Florida surfer said he plans to hit the waves again after a shark attack sent him to the hospital.
  • U.S. appeals court upholds Fla. pledge law   UPI / 3:54PM
    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., July 24 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court has upheld a parent's right to keep a student from saying the Pledge of Allegiance, despite a Florida law requiring students to recite it.
  • Wednesday, July 23

  • Plane crashes into new town hall   UPI / 2:54PM
    OCEAN RIDGE, Fla., July 23 (UPI) -- A bankrupt Florida developer survived after crashing a small plane into the unfinished municipal complex in the town of Ocean Ridge, Fla.
  • McCain returns businessman's donation   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- The campaign of likely Republican U.S. presidential nominee John McCain says it has divested a large donation from a legally troubled Florida businessman.
  • Tuesday, July 22

  • Kazmir No Ray of Sunshine for Floundering A's   AP / 9:34AM
    Jul. 22--ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A's hitters could use a collective jolt of confidence these days, and Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Scott Kazmir is hardly the best source for that.
  • Monday, July 21

  • Dolphins Deal Taylor to Redskins   AP / 4:15AM
    MIAMI -- At sunrise, it was still an unresolved mess that had lasted months and appeared destined to last even longer. At sunset, it was done. And one of the greatest defensive players in Miami Dolphins history was gone.
  • Friday, July 18

  • Tooth loss may have psychological effects   UPI / 6:14AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 17 (UPI) -- Some 20 million teeth are extracted annually in the United States, leaving many people to deal with the effects of a less than perfect smile, researchers said.
  • Thursday, July 17

  • Pearlman may have to pay interest on $300M   UPI / 11:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 17 (UPI) -- Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg has asked a Florida judge to order Lou Pearlman to pay interest on the $300 million he owes those he fleeced.
  • Text messages part of shooting trial   UPI / 3:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 17 (UPI) -- The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., police chief's wife allegedly sent her spouse a text message asking the location of his gun before shooting at him, say police.
  • Wednesday, July 16

  • 'Simpsons Ride' hits 1 million-rider mark   UPI / 12:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 16 (UPI) -- "The Simpsons Ride" at Universal Orlando has hit the million-rider mark, the Florida theme park announced.
  • Florida solar plants OK'd by state panel   UPI / 12:04AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- The Florida Public Service Commission gave its approval Tuesday to a plan to build the first commercial solar power plants in the state.
  • Tuesday, July 15

  • Rare snail kite nests found in Florida   UPI / 7:54AM
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- Rare Everglade snail kite nests have been found in Florida's Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, conservationists said.
  • Monday, July 14

  • Red lights keep turtles on track   UPI / 11:14PM
    JUNE BEACH, Fla., July 14 (UPI) -- A Florida beach community has added special filters to lights along an oceanfront roadway to keep sea turtles from losing their way.
  • Universal Orlando plans Potter attraction   UPI / 6:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 14 (UPI) -- A ride, shop and eatery reportedly are being refurbished and will reopen as part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Orlando.
  • Florida company runs out of 'Chicken Soup'   UPI / 3:34PM
    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- Health Communications, Inc. has stopped publishing new titles of the popular "Chicken Soup for the Soul" literary series, the Florida publisher's owner says.
  • Diabetics should prepare before disaster   UPI / 3:05PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 14 (UPI) -- U.S. endocrinologists urge diabetics to take precautions before a hurricane, wildfire, flood or other disaster happens.
  • Sunday, July 13

  • Mystery disease threatens Fla. state tree   UPI / 8:04PM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- Florida agricultural experts say they are working to learn more about a mysterious disease that is killing sabal palms -- the state tree.
  • Plaintiff: Stadium vote would kill lawsuit   UPI / 2:04PM
    MIAMI, July 13 (UPI) -- Auto dealer Norman Braman says he will drop his lawsuit that is stalling plans for a new Florida Marlins stadium if the public is allowed to vote on the plan.
  • Dolphin with no tail fitted for new fin   UPI / 11:34AM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- A dolphin at a Florida rescue center was sized up for a new prosthetic fin designed to allow her to swim with more flexibility, marine experts say.
  • Saturday, July 12

  • Florida Dems outdo GOP in new voters   UPI / 7:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Ga., July 12 (UPI) -- Florida's Democratic Party has registered more than six times as many new voters this year as the state GOP has, elections officials said.
  • Blimp helps monitor Florida Straits   UPI / 4:44PM
    MIAMI, July 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. government has leased a 197-foot blimp to help catch drug smugglers and rescue sea-goers in the Florida Straits, officials said.
  • Thursday, July 10

  • Cosmonauts remove explosive bolt in space   UPI / 9:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 10 (UPI) -- Two space station cosmonauts removed an explosive bolt from their Russian descent capsule Thursday in a spacewalk meant to smooth out their landing.
  • Foster child removed from transplant list   UPI / 4:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 10 (UPI) -- A Florida hospital took a foster child off its organ transplant waiting list, officials said, because the state can't guarantee the child will have a home.
  • Nursing homes being put out of business   UPI / 2:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 10 (UPI) -- U.S. nursing homes where the frail elderly had been cared for are being put out of business by daughters and assisted living facilities, authors say.
  • Wednesday, July 9

  • Fort Lauderdale fireworks fizzle again   UPI / 4:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- For the second year in a row, a technical glitch interrupted the July Fourth fireworks display in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Crashed experimental plane had car engine   UPI / 4:14PM
    PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- An airplane mechanic says that a plane that crashed in South Florida was an experimental aircraft equipped with a converted Corvette engine.
  • Tuesday, July 8

  • BRIEF: Dontrelle Willis Has Cortisone Shot in Right Knee   AP / 7:34PM
    Jul. 8--Tigers left-hander Dontrelle Willis has received a cortisone injection in his troublesome right knee and is returning to the club's Class-A farm club in Lakeland, Fla., to resume his pitching program, the club announced today.
  • Monday, July 7

  • As Wife Files, A-Rod Hires Shaq's Divorce Attorney   AP / 7:34PM
    MIAMI -- New York Yankee Alex ''A-Rod'' Rodriguez has hired Miami attorney Ira Elegant to represent him in his divorce from wife Cynthia.
  • Florida considering gun safety classes   UPI / 3:26PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- Florida is considering offering classes in gun safety to high school students to spice up their choices for physical education.
  • Asian orchid right at home in Florida   UPI / 3:26PM
    MIAMI, July 5 (UPI) -- A tiny orchid from Southeast Asia appears to be making a home for itself in Southeast Florida, botanists said.
  • Snail kites disappearing from Everglades   UPI / 3:26PM
    MIAMI, July 5 (UPI) -- A measure taken to protect one endangered bird in the Florida Everglades, the Cape Sable seaside sparrow, may be driving the Everglades snail kite out.
  • A Wild Victory for Busch: Coke Zero 400 Ends Under Yellow, With Edwards Finishing Second   AP / 3:26PM
    Jul. 6--DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kyle Busch, the hottest driver in NASCAR, and the Sprint Cup tour leader, added to his lead with yet another victory last night, his sixth of the season, now at the halfway mark.
  • The Orlando Sentinel, Fla., David Whitley Column: NASCAR's Way of Ending Races is Too Confusing   AP / 3:26PM
    Jul. 6--DAYTONA BEACH
  • Friday, July 4

  • Snipes allowed to leave country to film   UPI / 4:16AM
    OCALA, Fla., July 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. District judge in Florida has granted actor Wesley Snipes's request to leave the country to work on two movies.
  • Scientist hones cancer therapy strategies   UPI / 4:16AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist says he's using high-powered computers to create cancer treatments involving a new class of tumor-killing drugs.
  • Scientists name tree-killing fungus   UPI / 4:16AM
    ASHEVILLE, N.C., July 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it has officially named the fungus that is killing redbay and other Florida, Georgia and South Carolina trees.
  • Rays Sweep Red Sox   AP / 4:16AM
    Jul. 3--ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- -- It is far too early to draw any conclusions about what took place the past three nights at Tropicana Field. Nearly three months of baseball are left.
  • Polish sailor returns to face sentencing   UPI / 4:16AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- A Polish national who arranged phony marriages while serving in the U.S. Navy has voluntarily returned to Florida for sentencing.
  • Wednesday, July 2

  • Bomb cleanup begins in Fla. neighborhood   UPI / 4:15AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun a $10 million cleanup of World War II-era bombs buried below a Florida neighborhood, officials said.
  • Judge allows IRS to seek Swiss data   UPI / 4:15AM
    MIAMI, July 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge in Miami Tuesday allowed the Internal Revenue Service to seek a Swiss bank's list of accounts to hunt for U.S. citizens who may be dodging taxes.
  • Tuesday, July 1

  • Miracle fruit turns sour into sweet   UPI / 1:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- A Florida grower said demand is rising for a red berry nicknamed "miracle fruit" that can make sour things taste sweet.
  • Loggerhead sea turtles returned to sea   UPI / 1:54AM
    SEBASTIAN INLET, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- Scientists in Florida returned 142 loggerhead sea turtles to the Atlantic Ocean Monday after two years in captivity.
  • Monday, June 30

  • Land deal requires borrowing $1.7 billion   UPI / 3:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- Financing a $1.75 billion-dollar public land purchase in the Everglades in Florida would require borrowing $1.7 billion, local officials said.
  • Disabled man urges leniency for deputy   UPI / 2:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- A disabled Florida man who was dumped from his wheelchair by a jailer is urging officials to spare the deputy from going to trial.
  • NASA awards Kennedy space center contract   UPI / 10:04AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has given a Chevy Chase, Md., firm a contract to provide information and communications support at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Michael Phelps Sets World Record in 400 Individual Medley; Katie Hoff Breaks Women's Record   AP / 12:34AM
    OMAHA, Neb. -- Michael Phelps actually fell behind Sunday
  • Sunday, June 29

  • Latino stars come out for Obama   UPI / 4:54PM
    MIAMI, June 29 (UPI) -- A handful of Latino musicians, actors and celebrities are urging their fans to support Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama.
  • Disney World to close six nightclubs   UPI / 4:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- Walt Disney World is shuttering six nightclubs at its Pleasure Island, hoping to make Downtown Disney more family friendly, the company said.
  • Police investigate anti-Obama vandalism   UPI / 3:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- Sixty city vehicles in Orlando, Fla., were spray-painted with hate messages against likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, police say.
  • More natural Everglades plan re-evaluated   UPI / 2:34PM
    MIAMI, June 29 (UPI) -- Environmentalists see an opportunity for a more natural Florida Everglades restoration plan than state and federal officials had said was possible.
  • Saturday, June 28

  • Convention showcases green products, cars   UPI / 4:54PM
    MIAMI, June 28 (UPI) -- Dozens of firms are gathering this week at Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's summit on climate change, showcasing eco-friendly products, including cutting-edge cars.
  • Launch pad repairs priced at $2.7 million   UPI / 1:14AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 28 (UPI) -- U.S. space officials said it will cost about $2.7 million to repair a launch pad damaged when the shuttle Discovery launched last month.
  • Friday, June 27

  • Report: Sewage leaking into Fla. waters   UPI / 10:44PM
    MIAMI, June 27 (UPI) -- Beach closures in Florida will continue as long as state and local governments continue to use the state's coastal waters as a dumping ground, a study says.
  • Human cord blood may help ALS patients   UPI / 7:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have slowed the progress of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease in mice, using cells from umbilical cord blood.
  • Triathlete dies after ocean event   UPI / 4:44PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., June 27 (UPI) -- A South Florida triathlete, who defied rough waters, has died after being pulled from the ocean by lifeguards who tried to warn her.
  • 400-pound gator kills Florida dog   UPI / 4:24PM
    BAYOU GEORGE, Fla., June 27 (UPI) -- A 400-pound alligator turned a dog walk into a nightmare for a Florida pet owner.
  • Calif. governor opposes offshore drilling   UPI / 2:14AM
    MIAMI, June 27 (UPI) -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, speaking at a climate change conference in Florida, said advocates of offshore drilling are "blowing smoke."
  • Thursday, June 26

  • 12 Miami beaches closed due to bacteria   UPI / 11:44PM
    MIAMI, June 26 (UPI) -- The Miami-Dade Health Department told swimmers to stay out of the water at 12 Miami-area beaches this week because of high levels of bacteria.
  • Brain machines that can learn are created   UPI / 3:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 26 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've created algorithms that can help devices known as brain-machine interfaces to learn as they are used.
  • Price of huge Florida land deal jumps   UPI / 2:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 26 (UPI) -- The price of a huge Florida land deal announced Wednesday jumped by roughly $500 million in 24 hours, state officials said.
  • Hospital sued for parting lesbian couple   UPI / 12:14PM
    MIAMI, June 26 (UPI) -- A Washington woman said she filed a federal lawsuit accusing a Miami hospital of "anti-gay animus" after workers refused to let her see her dying partner.
  • Firefighters kayak 1,000 miles for charity   UPI / 1:44AM
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., June 26 (UPI) -- Four firefighters who traveled from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Virginia Beach, Va., in kayaks to raise money for charity say they are glad to be home.
  • Wednesday, June 25

  • Study: Dry Tortugas has signs of recovery   UPI / 4:44PM
    MIAMI, June 25 (UPI) -- A team of 38 U.S. research divers has completed a 20-day biennial census, measuring how the protected status of the Dry Tortugas is working.
  • Countersuit filed in Elvis photo flap   UPI / 4:14PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., June 25 (UPI) -- A Florida firm hired to decontaminate the former headquarters of the National Enquirer after an anthrax incident is suing a developer who bought the building.
  • Homeless man gets prison for Bush threats   UPI / 2:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 25 (UPI) -- A homeless Florida man has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for making threats against President George Bush.
  • Better contractor info-sharing promised   UPI / 11:14AM
    WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. State and Defense departments say they will examine sharing contractor data more closely in the wake of accusations against a Florida arms dealer.
  • Tuesday, June 24

  • Elian legacy may haunt Obama in Miami   UPI / 4:54PM
    MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- Political analysts say the ties between members of Barak Obama's campaign staff and the Elian Gonzalez matter will cost Obama votes in Florida.
  • Police: Girl, 11, died during game   UPI / 3:34PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 24 (UPI) -- Investigators say that a young Florida girl hanged herself by accident while playing a "suffocation roulette" game.
  • U.S. Sugar to give up Everglades land   UPI / 3:34PM
    WELLINGTON, Fla., June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Sugar said Tuesday it agreed to sell 187,000 acres of Everglades land to the state of Florida for $1.7 billion.
  • Businessmen charged with Iran exports   UPI / 2:15PM
    MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors in Florida say two naturalized U.S. citizens have violated an export ban by selling military parts to Iran for use in its air fleet.
  • Fines levied against McCollum campaign   UPI / 2:15PM
    MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- The 2004 U.S. Senate campaign of Florida Attorney Gen. Bill McCollum has paid a $50,000 fine for failing to report all spending in a Republican primary.
  • Stranded whale euthanized in Florida   UPI / 2:15PM
    ISLAMORADA, Fla., June 24 (UPI) -- A female Beaked Whale has been euthanized after being stranded in the Florida Keys.
  • Rapper DMX arrested in Florida   UPI / 2:15PM
    MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- Earl Simmons, the hip-hop star known as DMX, has been arrested in Florida on a warrant for not having a valid driver's license, Miami-Dade police said.
  • Poll: Obama has big Florida lead   UPI / 2:15PM
    MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- A voter preference poll indicates U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is far ahead of likely Republican presidential nominee John McCain in the key swing state of Florida.
  • Trucks saving fuel through bugged engines   UPI / 4:16AM
    MIAMI, June 23 (UPI) -- Global positioning devices attached to truck engines are helping lower fuel costs for rental customers, Florida's Ryder Systems said.
  • Two killed in Florida plane crash   UPI / 4:16AM
    SEBRING, Fla., June 22 (UPI) -- A noted panther expert and a citrus grower have been killed in a plane crash in Florida, a state wildlife official said.
  • Dentist accused of causing man's death   UPI / 4:16AM
    WINTER PARK, Fla., June 22 (UPI) -- A Florida woman said she suing a dentist who allegedly dropped a medical instrument into her father's throat that caused him to die.
  • Jupiter rocket eyed by space enthusiasts   UPI / 4:16AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 22 (UPI) -- A rocket design so far eschewed by NASA could get the United States to the moon faster than current designs and save thousands of jobs in Florida, some say.
  • New definition for premature ejaculation   UPI / 4:16AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 (UPI) -- An International Society for Sexual Medicine panel of world experts presented a new definition of premature ejaculation at a meeting in Florida.
  • Mayors struggle to cope with foreclosures   UPI / 4:16AM
    MIAMI, June 23 (UPI) -- Mayors from across the United States say they need to find ways to deal with the ever-growing number of vacant or abandoned properties in their cities.
  • Saturday, June 21

  • Salmonella traced to raw, red tomatoes   UPI / 4:15AM
    ATLANTA, June 20 (UPI) -- Federal officials said Friday that 285 recent cases of salmonella poisoning in Texas originated in tomato farms in Mexico and Florida.
  • Bloomberg urges Jews to ignore Obama rumor   UPI / 4:15AM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., June 20 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday condemned false rumors that Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is a Muslim.
  • Florida munitions dealer arrested   UPI / 4:15AM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., June 20 (UPI) -- A Miami Beach, Fla., munitions dealer was arrested on charges of selling prohibited, misrepresented Chinese weaponry to the U.S. government, officials said.
  • Friday, June 20

  • Seminoles and N.Y. Yankees team up   UPI / 4:16AM
    NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees and the Seminole Tribe of Hollywood, Fla., are joining forces to build a chain of steak houses, it was announced Thursday.
  • Survey: Shoplifting likely on the rise   UPI / 4:16AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 19 (UPI) -- An ad-hoc survey found 74 percent of U.S. retailers suspect shoplifting has increased this year, the National Retail Federation says.
  • Thursday, June 19

  • Alzheimer's gene does not discriminate   UPI / 12:24AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 19 (UPI) -- Florida State University researchers say a gene that increases the risk for Alzheimer's disease does not discriminate by race.
  • Wednesday, June 18

  • NASA awards Kennedy Space Center contract   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it's selected EG&G Technical Services Inc. to provide institutional services at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Disney worker arrested for child porn   UPI / 1:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 18 (UPI) -- An employee at Florida's Walt Disney World was free on $15,000 bond Wednesday after being arrested on three counts of possessing child pornography.
  • Tuesday, June 17

  • Paper ballots replacing touch-screens   UPI / 11:34AM
    MIAMI, June 17 (UPI) -- Election administrators say paper ballots are making a big comeback this year after problems were encountered with touch-screen machines in 2004 and 2006.
  • Monday, June 16

  • HBO acquires rights to Duke lacrosse book   UPI / 11:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- HBO has acquired the film rights to the book "It's Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered."
  • Settlement reached in Tobias death case   UPI / 3:05PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- Relatives of wealthy hedge fund manager Seth Tobias, who was found dead in his Jupiter, Fla., pool last year, say they're dropping claims against his wife.
  • Engineer invents a 'flying saucer'   UPI / 1:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. aerospace engineer has designed a plasma-propelled flying machine that looks much like the "flying saucers" depicted in numerous movies.
  • Life support debate over stroke victim   UPI / 12:54PM
    OKEECHOBEE, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- Family members are battling over whether to remove a feeding tube from a Florida woman who remains paralyzed and speechless after a stroke seven months ago.
  • McClatchy to reduce staff by 10 percent   UPI / 12:54PM
    MIAMI, June 16 (UPI) -- The McClatchy Co., owners of the Miami Herald and Sacramento Bee, said Monday it would eliminate about 10 percent of its workforce.
  • Sunday, June 15

  • Dead rats in lab boxes worry residents   UPI / 9:54PM
    OCALA, Fla., June 15 (UPI) -- Residents of an Ocala, Fla., neighborhood say they are worried dozens of rotting rats found in and near unsealed laboratory boxes may pose a health danger.
  • Saturday, June 14

  • Oyster shell mats help restore reefs   UPI / 6:44PM
    TITUSVILLE, Fla., June 14 (UPI) -- Mats with oyster shells attached to them are contributing to the growth of oyster reefs in Florida's Mosquito Lagoon, experts say.
  • Shuttle Discovery lands safely in Florida   UPI / 1:24PM
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., June 14 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Discovery had a smooth landing Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, concluding an assembly mission to the International Space Station.
  • Friday, June 13

  • NASA examines 'bump' on Discovery rudder   UPI / 4:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 13 (UPI) -- Crew members on the U.S. space shuttle Discovery Friday reported seeing an object floating from the craft and a "bump" on the trailing edge of the rudder.
  • Thursday, June 12

  • NASA: Orion launch abort test stand ready   UPI / 4:16AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has unveiled a vertical test stand that will be used this summer to support its Constellation program.
  • Stem cell study explores placenta growth   UPI / 4:16AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 11 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists studying embryonic stem cells say they have explored the first fork in the developmental road -- the growth of an embryo or placenta.
  • GLAST lifts off and begins orbiting Earth   UPI / 4:16AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, lifted off at 12:05 p.m. EDT Wednesday and went into orbit around the Earth.
  • Tuesday, June 10

  • GLAST spacecraft awaits a Wednesday launch   UPI / 12:54PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency said all is ready for the often delayed launch of its GLAST spacecraft from Cape Canaveral aboard a Delta II rocket.
  • Activist sues OPEC for price-fixing   UPI / 12:14PM
    MIAMI, June 10 (UPI) -- A conservative U.S. activist and attorney, claiming OPEC is conspiring to fix oil prices, has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the cartel.
  • Griffey Hits No. 600 at Dolphin Stadium   AP / 12:34AM
    MIAMI -- You wouldn't know by looking at him, as he sits in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse, making small talk with reporters and swapping jerseys with his 14-year-old son, Trey, but Ken Griffey Jr. is about to make baseball history.
  • Monday, June 9

  • Producer accused in singer's disappearance   UPI / 1:05PM
    MIAMI, June 9 (UPI) -- The mother of Cuban reggae singer Elvis Manuel is accusing his associates in Miami of direct involvement in the April 7 voyage that left Manuel lost at sea.
  • NASA awards Kennedy Space Center contracts   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has selected contractors to provide fabrication of ground support equipment at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Sunday, June 8

  • Disgraced teacher contacts Hogan's son   UPI / 12:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- The incarcerated son of former wrestler Hulk Hogan has received a letter from a Florida teacher accused of having sex with underage students, police say.
  • State is Leader in Marriage Debate: On Eve of Legalization, Efforts Gear Up for Fall Ballots Here, in Florida.   AP / 6:34AM
    Jun. 8--Spouses for life. The pronouncement couldn't be simpler.
  • Saturday, June 7

  • Florida bids goodbye to Diddley   UPI / 9:54PM
    ARCHER, Fla., June 7 (UPI) -- Portions of north central Florida honored late rock 'n' roller Bo Diddley Saturday with a funeral and festival celebration, the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun said.
  • Estefan honored by cancer center   UPI / 4:44PM
    MIAMI, June 7 (UPI) -- Latino singer Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio have been honored in Miami by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the cancer center says.
  • Smits joins cast of Showtime's 'Dexter'   UPI / 12:54PM
    MIAMI, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Jimmy Smits will play an attorney on the Showtime original series "Dexter," Variety says.
  • Most snake bites caused by stupidity   UPI / 6:54AM
    MIAMI, June 7 (UPI) -- Snake bite victims in the United States tend to be young men who have had too much to drink, an expert says.
  • Friday, June 6

  • Hogan's son out of solitary   UPI / 2:54PM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., June 6 (UPI) -- Officials say Nick Bollea, wrestler Hulk Hogan's son, was transferred from an isolated cell to a part of Florida's Pinellas County Jail housing other teens.
  • Thursday, June 5

  • NASA again postpones GLAST launch   UPI / 5:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency again Thursday postponed the launch of its newest space telescope until at least next Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, June 4

  • Officials: Hurricane preparedness a must   UPI / 11:24PM
    MIAMI, June 4 (UPI) -- City of Miami officials are urging residents to make plans to stay safe in emergencies as the hurricane season begins.
  • Scientists study Crab Pulsar deceleration   UPI / 1:24PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- U.S.-led astronomers say they've moved a step closer to understanding how the spinning neutron star known as the Crab Pulsar is slowing down, losing energy.
  • Hulk Hogan's son to stay in solitary   UPI / 10:34AM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- A Florida judge has denied a request to release Nick Bollea, wrestler Hulk Hogan's 17-year-old son, from solitary confinement, a court spokesman said.
  • NASA again reschedules GLAST launch date   UPI / 4:15AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- First it was Tuesday, then it was Thursday and now the U.S. space agency has decided on Saturday for the launch of its newest space telescope.
  • Guitarist Bo Diddley Dies; Legacy Lives On   AP / 4:15AM
    Jun. 3--Bo Diddley, an original architect of rock 'n' roll whose signature rhythm provided the foundation for countless rock songs, died of heart failure on Monday in his Archer, Fla., home. He was 79.
  • Virginia governor opposes Navy move   UPI / 4:15AM
    NORFOLK, Va., June 3 (UPI) -- Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine says he sees no justification for the U.S. Navy's proposal to shift sailors and ships from Virginia to Florida.
  • Judge refuses to dismiss porn charges   UPI / 4:15AM
    TAMPA, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Florida declined Tuesday to dismiss some of the charges against a producer of pornographic movies.
  • Monday, June 2

  • Rock 'N' Roll Pioneer Bo Diddley Dead at 79   AP / 4:34PM
    Bo Diddley, who died Monday at age 79 in Florida, was as essential to the creation of rock `n' roll as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Little Richard, though he seldom got the credit or the accolades that were showered on his better-known peers.
  • Will Crist be McCain's running mate?   UPI / 1:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- A number of media outlets are speculating Republican Sen. John McCain will select Florida Gov. Charlie Crist as his running mate.
  • Study might lead to novel superconductors   UPI / 12:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- U.S. physicists say they've discovered unusual properties in a novel superconducting material that might lead to an entirely new kind of superconductor.
  • NASA sets Thursday for GLAST launch   UPI / 11:44AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has scheduled Thursday for the launch of its Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST.
  • Cars stuck in soft sand along Fla. coast   UPI / 8:44AM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- Officials in Daytona Beach, Fla., said they had to cut off traffic in parts of the city's beach when about 100 cars became stuck in abnormally soft sand.
  • Sunday, June 1

  • Black bear caught after reports   UPI / 3:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 1 (UPI) -- A black bear seen hanging around an Orlando resort has been caught, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission official believes.
  • Saturday, May 31

  • Fla., Mich. delegates will get half votes   UPI / 7:54PM
    WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- Democratic Party officials Saturday agreed to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations at the national convention but the delegates will only have half a vote.
  • Discovery enjoys successful launch   UPI / 6:14PM
    TITUSVILLE, Fla., May 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. space shuttle Discovery successfully lifted off Saturday from Cape Canaveral, Fla., space agency officials say.
  • Dean: Respect key to delegation decision   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- A decision on whether to seat any of Florida or Michigan's delegates at the Democratic convention should include respect for those involved, Howard Dean says.
  • Thursday, May 29

  • DNC seeks Florida, Michigan compromise   UPI / 9:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- The Democratic National Committee will meet Saturday to discuss seating the Florida and Michigan delegations at its August convention, officials said.
  • Wednesday, May 28

  • DHL Express to cut up to 1,800 jobs   UPI / 5:24PM
    PLANTATION, Fla., May 28 (UPI) -- Delivery giant DHL Express said Wednesday it would cut 1,500 to 1,800 jobs and shrink its package sorting operation by more than one third.
  • Judge tosses Fla. delegate suit   UPI / 4:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., May 28 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday ruled the Democratic National Committee has the right to make its own rules for party primaries and delegates.
  • Crist says McCain didn't discuss VP spot   UPI / 1:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 28 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said the topic of becoming John McCain's running mate did not come up during his recent visit to McCain's Arizona ranch.
  • Pro-Clinton group wants delegates counted   UPI / 9:05AM
    WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- WomenCount, a political action committee backing Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., says it will make a case for counting Michigan and Florida primary results.
  • DNC rules panel guards system's integrity   UPI / 8:24AM
    MCALLEN, Texas, May 28 (UPI) -- The political system's integrity is the main concern when Democratic rules committee members review the Florida-Michigan delegate issue, a panel member says.
  • Florida county watching for deadly amoeba   UPI / 2:05AM
    STUART, Fla., May 28 (UPI) -- Local health officials in Florida are warning residents that muddy ponds and lakes may harbor a deadly amoeba.
  • Tuesday, May 27

  • Police -- have gun will travel   UPI / 5:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- Officials say Florida police and retired law-enforcement officers can now carry guns nationwide after finally meeting federal safety standards.
  • Beach warnings up in Florida   UPI / 2:05PM
    MIAMI, May 27 (UPI) -- South Florida beaches are displaying warnings for swimmers about rip currents and jellyfish in the surf after deadly Memorial Day incidents, officials said.
  • GLAST to be launched next Tuesday   UPI / 1:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- The launch of the U.S. space agency's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, has been tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday.
  • Dean has a week to defuse delegate fight   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. political analysts are waiting to see if national Democratic leader Howard Dean can make a deal on convention delegates from Michigan and Florida.
  • NASA revises shuttle launch schedule   UPI / 12:14PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has revised two launch dates for 2008 space shuttle missions.
  • 2nd Hulk Hogan offspring involved in crash   UPI / 1:15AM
    CLEARWATER, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- A teen motorist in Florida lost control of his car while trying to switch lanes and crashed into a vehicle driven by Hulk Hogan's daughter Brooke, police said.
  • Monday, May 26

  • 2 Picassos stolen from Fla. gallery   UPI / 10:44AM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- Two paintings by famed artist Pablo Picasso, with a combined worth of about $450,000, have been snatched from a Florida art gallery, police said.
  • Florida man charged in caviar scam   UPI / 1:16AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- A Florida man is accused of illegally shipping American paddlefish overseas hoping to cash in on the declining sturgeon caviar industry, officials say.