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 NEWS OF FLORIDA

  Saturday, 2-Aug-2014 00:29 EDT
Observances recall Challenger disaster
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
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.

Critics: Four Loko still available in Fla.
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
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
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
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.

Meningitis confirmed in 2 Fla. prisoners
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
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.

County IQ and county crime rates linked
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
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
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.

Volunteers go after air potatoes
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
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.

Travel company offers dentistry in the sun
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.

Atlantis tagged for final shuttle mission
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
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.

TIger Woods hospital nurse alleges slander
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
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
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.

Computer makes 3D images from flat photos
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.

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