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  • Florida Planned Parenthood clinic evacuated; 6 treated

    May 23, 2016 12:05 PM

    SARASOTA, Fla. - A Planned Parenthood clinic in Florida has been evacuated because of an unknown substance, and six people have been taken to a hospital for evaluation. Sarasota Police Department spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said in a news release that 38 people inside were evacuated at 10:45 a.m. Monday.... more »
  • Killer Nile crocodiles in Florida? Experts say it's possible

    May 19, 2016 3:10 PM

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Burmese python might have to step aside: It's possible the animal is no longer Florida's scariest invasive species. Researchers have confirmed that three Nile crocodiles were captured near Miami, and they more of the man-eating reptiles could still be out there, although no one can... more »
  • Gator thought to be dead takes chomp out of man's thumb

    May 9, 2016 9:24 AM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Authorities say a Florida man was bitten by an alligator after he mistook it for dead. Orlando television station WESH reported Sunday that 41-year-old Bryan Rohm was bitten on the thumb and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Lake County Sheriff's Office says Rohm... more »
  • Florida school board blocks transgender kids from choosing restroom

    April 27, 2016 4:28 PM

    OCALA, Fla. - A north Florida school board has approved a measure to limit restrooms to students based on their birth sex, not their gender identity. The Marion County School Board approved the ban - effective Wednesday morning - during a meeting Tuesday. The decision came despite a warning from... more »
  • Florida school board votes to restrict transgender bathroom choices

    April 23, 2016 3:45 PM

    OCALA, Fla. - A school board in north Florida plans to restrict access to school bathrooms based on a person's biological gender. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the Marion County School Board reached a consensus on Thursday on a resolution to ban transgender students from using bathrooms for the gender... more »
  • 3 bodies, 1 survivor found from boat that sank off Florida

    April 11, 2016 10:20 AM

    STUART- Officials say three bodies and one survivor have been found from a boat that sank off the Florida coast. The Martin County Sheriff's Office says two bodies were found Monday in St. Lucie Inlet and another on a beach. Further details weren't immediately released. Three men and a child... more »
  • Police charge Trump campaign manager with battery of a reporter

    March 29, 2016 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - Florida police have charged Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski with battery in connection with an incident earlier in the month involving a reporter. Police in Jupiter, Florida issued Lewandowski a notice Tuesday to appear before a judge on May 4 for the misdemeanor charge. A surveillance video... more »
  • LSU softball falls to Florida in final game

    March 26, 2016 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Even with a rally in the sixth inning, the Florida Gators proved to be too much for the LSU Tigers softball team. No. 6 LSU (26-8, 3-6 SEC) was down by four points but cut Florida lead to just two in the sixth inning. The... more »
  • Woman fights to keep 125-pound pound pet alligator

    March 17, 2016 5:50 PM

    FLORIDA - A Florida woman is fighting to keep her 125-pound alligator after denied a permit. The alligator, Rambo, “eats at the dinner table, sleeps in my bed and follows me around like my dogs,” 55-year-old owner Mary Thorn says. Thorn says she calls Rambo her “second son.” Thorn added... more »
  • Carson buries 'the hatchet,' endorses Trump for president

    March 11, 2016 12:01 PM

    PALM BEACH, Florida - Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he and Donald Trump have "buried the hatchet" after months of political wrangling, and he is endorsing the GOP front-runner's White House bid. At a press conference in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday, Carson, who left the race earlier... more »
  • SUV plows through McDonald's lobby

    March 3, 2016 8:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities responded to the McDonalds on Florida Boulevard at Wooddale Drive after a car drove through the lobby early Thursday morning. The wreck happened a little after 5 a.m. According to franchise owner John Valluzzo, EMS took the driver of the vehicle away shortly after the crash. A... more »
  • Police cruiser involved in crash on Florida Blvd at Sherwood; 2 injured

    March 3, 2016 7:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Emergency crews responded to a multi-vehicle wreck involving a Baton Rouge police cruiser early Thursday morning. According to Baton Rouge EMS, two people were transported to the hospital with uknown injuries. The crash happened on Florida Boulevard at Sherwood Forest Boulevard around 6 a.m. At least... more »
  • Blakeney's career-high 32 leads LSU past Florida, 96-91

    February 27, 2016 11:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Antonio Blakeney scored a career-high 32 points, hitting eight straight free throws in the last 28 seconds, and LSU ended a three-game losing streak with a 96-91 victory over recently struggling Florida on Saturday night. Ben Simmons had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the... more »
  • In Florida, Trump looms as cloud in Rubio's Sunshine State

    February 26, 2016 12:51 PM

    MIAMI - Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is a part-time Florida resident - and a full-time problem for the home-state senator running for president, Marco Rubio. Rubio is counting on Florida to reshape the Republican contest that Trump has dominated by winning three of the first four states to vote. Rubio's... more »
  • Woman in coma after alleged Craigslist roommate attack

    February 20, 2016 3:02 PM

    MIAMI - A South Florida woman is hospitalized in a coma after she was allegedly attacked by a roommate she recently found on Craigslist. Court records show 35-year-old Byron Mitchell is jailed on attempted murder charges in the Valentine's Day attack on 23-year-old Danielle Jones. Mitchell has entered a written... more »
  • Florida couple wins share of $1.6B Powerball

    February 17, 2016 3:21 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida couple has cashed in the second of three winning tickets from last month's $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot. Seventy-year-old Maureen Smith and 55-year-old David Kaltschmidt will take the lump sum payment of about $327.8 million. Kaltschmidt said at a news conference Wednesday that they... more »
  • Airline to begin flight service between New Orleans, Destin

    February 12, 2016 5:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A public charter airline will add a seasonal nonstop service from New Orleans to Destin, Florida. GLO Airlines announced Thursday that the service from Louis Armstrong International Airport to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport will begin March 25 and will run through Sept. 5. The flights are scheduled for... more »
  • CDC sends Florida 950 kits to test for Zika virus antibodies

    February 9, 2016 5:12 PM

    SARASOTA, Fla. - Federal health officials have sent the state of Florida an additional 950 kits to test for viral antibodies in people who have shown Zika symptoms after traveling to affected countries. Gov. Rick Scott's office released a statement Tuesday saying none of the 16 Zika cases confirmed in... more »
  • Fla. man arrested for tossing alligator thru Wendy's drive-thru window

    February 9, 2016 11:33 AM

    LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - While alligators are pretty common sight throughout the Sportsman’s Paradise and the Sunshine State alike, the last place you’d expect to to encounter a flying version of the reptile is when you're waiting to collect your four-piece order of spicy chicken nuggets and medium-sized Frostie. A... more »
  • Woman facing charges after overnight crash into building

    February 9, 2016 12:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The driver of a car that crashed into a pawn shop overnight was booked into jail on DWI charges, authorities released Tuesday. WBRZ was first to break the story on WBRZ.com after the crash late Monday. Then, it appeared at least one person was injured and... more »
  • 2015 sets record for most shark attacks, with 98 worldwide

    February 8, 2016 7:10 PM

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone. The Florida Museum of Natural History released the numbers Monday. Scientists say the previous record was 88 attacks in 2000. International Shark Attack File curator George Burgess says attacks... more »
  • Businessman pleads guilty to embezzling $1M from restaurants

    February 4, 2016 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Florida businessman has pleaded guilty to charges he embezzled nearly $1 million from the bankruptcy estate for a company that operated more than two dozen Popeyes fast-food restaurants in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old William "Wil" Ros, of Cortez, Florida, used some... more »
  • Florida, vulnerable to Zika virus, gets ready for fight

    February 4, 2016 2:40 PM

    MIAMI - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state has three new cases of Zika and he's adding a fifth county to his health emergency declaration. Scott said Thursday at a news conference in Tampa that the 12 cases in Florida are all from people who became infected with the... more »
  • Today: Duplantier murder suspects set for grand jury hearing

    February 4, 2016 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A grand jury is expected to meet today to determine the official indictments against the two men accused of killing an elderly couple in Baton Rouge. Ernesto Alonso, 42, and Frank Garcia, 48, were arrested in connection to the kidnapping and murders of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier. The... more »
  • Florida governor declares Zika emergency

    February 3, 2016 3:22 PM

    TAMPA - Gov. Rick Scott has declared a health emergency in four counties due to the Zika virus. At least nine cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been detected in Florida. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease while traveling to affected countries.... more »
  • Crocodile takes morning dip in Florida Keys swimming pool

    January 21, 2016 12:05 PM

    ISLAMORADA - A crocodile apparently decided a morning dip in a Florida Keys swimming pool was just the thing. Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin says an Islamorada homeowner called about 7:30 a.m. Thursday to report the croc in his pool. A photo provided by the sheriff's office shows... more »
  • Gators rally past Tigers 53-45

    January 17, 2016 4:23 PM

    GAINSVILLE, Fla. - Eleanna Christinaki scored 15 points and No. 20 Florida rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat LSU 53-45 on Sunday despite horrendous foul shooting. The Gators (15-3, 3-2 SEC) trailed 38-33 entering the fourth quarter but Ronni Williams made two layups and Christinaki had a 3-pointer... more »
  • Florida beats LSU 68-62 despite big game from Simmons

    January 9, 2016 4:14 PM

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - John Egbunu scored 13 points, including six in the final 2:08, and Florida beat LSU 68-62 Saturday. Dorian Finney-Smith and Justin Leon added 14 apiece for the Gators (10-5, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who bounced back from a 14-point loss at Tennessee. Star freshman Ben Simmons... more »
  • US wildlife officials decide on manatee status petition

    January 7, 2016 11:49 AM

    MIAMI - Federal wildlife officials will announce their decision on a petition to reclassify Florida's iconic manatees as "threatened" instead of "endangered." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon in Miami to discuss its review of the manatee's status. A Florida business group... more »
  • Authorities: Girl zip-tied in playhouse, couple charged

    January 6, 2016 6:12 PM

    SARASOTA, Fla. - A Florida radiologist and his wife are facing child abuse charges after authorities say they routinely tied up a 12-year-old girl who lived at their home and confined her to a playhouse. Local media outlets report 51-year-old Eugenio Erquiaga and 53-year-old Victoria Erquiaga turned themselves in... more »
  • Man arrested after wreck with Mississippi officer

    January 2, 2016 12:14 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A 28-year-old Florida man has been arrested on suspicion of DUI after police say he caused an accident that sent a Mississippi police officer and another driver to the hospital. Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel tells multiple news outlets two officers responded to a single-vehicle accident on... more »
  • Police: Florida mom mistakes daughter as intruder, kills her

    December 30, 2015 1:23 PM

    ST. CLOUD - Police in central Florida say a mother mistook her daughter for an intruder and shot her to death. St. Cloud police Sgt. Denise Roberts said Wednesday the mother was asleep when she heard someone enter her home late Tuesday. The mother told police she heard footsteps approaching... more »
  • Florida woman accused of killing, stuffing her child in suitcase

    December 30, 2015 1:16 PM

    CALLAWAY - A Florida Panhandle woman is accused of killing her young child and stuffing the body in a suitcase. Bay County Sheriff's spokeswoman Ruth Corley said in a news release that the woman's boyfriend went to a fire department Tuesday to report that 27-year-old Egypt Moneeck Robinson had killed... more »
  • Florida woman arrested for eating, drinking wine in Walmart store

    December 28, 2015 7:25 PM

    LECANTO, Fla. - Sheriff’s deputies in Florida arrested a woman at a Walmart on Tuesday after she was accused of eating sushi, the better part of a rotisserie chicken and chicken rolls while drinking wine and driving a motorized shopping cart around the store. The Citrus Country Sheriff’s Office... more »
  • Surfing Santas catch waves at Florida beach

    December 24, 2015 5:22 PM

    COCOA BEACH, Fla. - Hundreds of surfers dressed as Santa caught the waves and celebrated on the shore in what has evolved into an annual tradition at Florida's Cocoa Beach. Organizers of the seventh annual Surfing Santa event say they distributed 500 wristbands Thursday for surfers who wanted to... more »
  • Disney, Universal, SeaWorld parks adding enhanced security

    December 17, 2015 12:04 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Officials at Disney, Universal and SeaWorld's Florida theme parks say they are adding enhanced security measures, including metal detectors, inside and outside of venues ahead of the busy holiday season. All three parks will be using metal detector screening. Disney will be randomly selecting guests for... more »
  • 13-year-old arrested in stabbing at Florida nudist resort

    December 15, 2015 3:25 PM

    LOXAHATCHEE - Police have charged a 13-year-old boy in a stabbing at the Florida nudist resort where he lives. An 18-year-old woman was wounded Sunday at the Sunsport Gardens Naturist Resort in Loxahatchee. Palm Beach County Sheriff's spokeswoman Therese Barbera said in a news release Tuesday that the boy is... more »
  • Florida arms seller can't confirm gun's link to Paris attacks

    December 12, 2015 3:13 PM

    DELRAY BEACH - A Florida-based online arms seller says it can't confirm that a gun it sold is linked to Islamic militants in the Paris attacks. The head of a Serbian arms factory told The Associated Press this week that the M92 semi-automatic pistol's serial number matched one delivered to... more »
  • Second Duplantier murder suspect en route to Baton Rouge

    December 8, 2015 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police confirmed Tuesday that the second man accused of killing a Baton Rouge couple is on his way back to Louisiana from Florida, where he was arrested. A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson said 48-year-old Frank Garcia is flying in to be booked into the East Baton... more »
  • No. 2 Alabama clinches playoffs with 29-15 win over Florida

    December 6, 2015 12:28 AM

    ATLANTA - Heisman Trophy favorite Derrick Henry rushed for 189 bruising yards and No. 2 Alabama locked up its spot in the College Football Playoff, beating No. 18 Florida 29-15 with a dominating defensive performance in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday. The Crimson Tide (12-1, No. 2 CFP) held... more »
  • Condo board wants pet DNA to track down poopers

    November 21, 2015 3:45 PM

    DESTIN - Some Florida condo owners are steaming after their homeowners association asked them to submit their dog's DNA in order to fine owners who don't pick up after their pets. Harbor Landing residents said they received a letter last week and some feel it's an invasion of privacy. The... more »
  • Extradition hearing scheduled for today in Duplantier murder case

    November 19, 2015 9:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- One of the men accused of murdering a Baton Rouge couple is due in court today for an extradition hearing. Ernesto Alonso was arrested in Hollywood, Florida last month in connection to the deaths of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier. He's currently being held in Florida, but District Attorney... more »
  • Rubio releases GOP charge card statements from 2005-06

    November 7, 2015 7:39 PM

    MIAMI - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has released two additional years of charge card statements in response to questions about his personal spending as a state lawmaker in Florida. The American Express card statements were released by the campaign Saturday and cover expenses in 2005 and 2006. During that... more »
  • Woman in Florida stripped, poured ketchup on herself at diner

    October 30, 2015 7:02 PM

    MIAMI BEACH - Police have arrested a woman who they say lay naked on a table at a South Beach diner and poured ketchup on herself. Witnesses told Miami Beach police a topless Angelic Valle turned over tables and chairs at Johnny Rockets earlier this month, then removed the bottom... more »
  • Plane catches fire at airport; passengers evacuate on slides

    October 30, 2015 7:17 AM

    DANIA BEACH, FL.- A jet plane's engine caught fire as it prepared for takeoff from Florida and more than 100 passengers had to evacuate using emergency slides. Officials say one person was seriously injured. Dozens of passengers could be seen in video footage Thursday gliding down the slides of the... more »
  • Gov. Jindal signs paperwork to move along extradition for double murder suspect

    October 29, 2015 5:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a warrant for the extradition of a man accused of robbing and then beating a Baton Rouge couple to death. Gov. Jindal signed and sent a requisition for rendition to Florida Governor Rick Scott Thursday afternoon, requesting the return of 42-year-old... more »
  • Google may bring ultra-fast Internet to Oklahoma, Florida

    October 28, 2015 4:22 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW - Google is adding Oklahoma City and two cites in Florida to the list of communities in line for its ultra-fast Internet service. The plan announced Wednesday would bring the "Google Fiber" service to Jacksonville and Tampa in Florida in addition to Oklahoma City if company officials can... more »
  • Passenger hit, dies after getting out of car to check tow straps

    October 26, 2015 9:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man from Port Allen died Monday morning when he got out of the car he was riding in to check on the straps used to tow a car behind him. State Police said Delvonte Wiley, 22, and Timothy Bird, 53, were towing an SUV with a... more »
  • Ponzi scheme accomplice gets reduced sentence

    October 26, 2015 9:00 PM

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - One of the cogs in the wheel of a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme got two-and-a-half years in prison instead of the maximum five because he helped prosecutors in the case against a disbarred lawyer who operated the scam. Michael Szafranski pleaded guilty to wire fraud... more »
  • Accused Duplantier killer has first appearance before judge Play Video

    October 22, 2015 12:54 PM

    FT. LAUDERDALE - The man accused of kidnapping and murdering a Baton Rouge couple had his initial court appearance in Florida early Thursday morning as he awaits extradition proceedings. A judge said 42-year-old Ernesto Llerena Alonso of Baton Rouge would be held with no bond pending extradition back to... more »
  • Ex-Republican Gov. Crist running for Congress as a Democrat

    October 20, 2015 10:55 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is running for Congress as a Democrat in an attempt to return to politics after losing a U.S. Senate bid in 2010 and the governor's race last year. Crist made the announcement Tuesday in his hometown of St. Petersburg. Crist served... more »
  • Les Miles looking ahead to Western Kentucky

    October 19, 2015 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On Monday after successful 7-point win over the visiting No. 8 Florida Gators, LSU Football Head Coach Les Miles says he already has his sights set on their next opponent in the form of Western Kentucky. LSU will come into the game ranked No. 5 in... more »
  • Florida Senate to remove Confederate battle flag from seal

    October 19, 2015 2:14 PM

    TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Senate is removing the Confederate battle flag from the chamber's official seal. The entire Senate on Monday agreed to revise the seal that now contains the battle flag along with four other flags that have flown in Florida. The Senate seal is located prominently in the Senate... more »
  • How do you like your 'gator? COOKED, say fans tailgating Friday night Play Video

    October 17, 2015 12:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Ask people how they like their alligator around LSU, and they'll tell you any way you can fix it: fried, smoked, grilled, or soaked in a gumbo. "[I add] celery, four bell peppers, chicken broth, six pounds of onion...tomato," one person tailgating Friday night said as... more »
  • High expectations going into LSU vs Florida Play Video

    October 16, 2015 2:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been an eventful week for No. 6 LSU and No. 8 Florida, and is stacking up to be an even-more eventful weekend. LSU is coming off an unexpected home game after they hosted South Carolina due to flooding in that state. While crowds were much... more »
  • Investigator says 2 killed when plane crashed into Florida mobile home

    October 14, 2015 11:37 AM

    PALM SPRINGS, Fla. - A Florida man says he was outside when a small plane crashed into his mobile home. Domingo Galicia says he immediately started screaming Tuesday night for his 21-year-old daughter Banny, who was inside the home and presumed dead. "It was like a bomb," Galicia told reporters... more »
  • Coast Guard ending search for cargo ship's crew

    October 7, 2015 2:00 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Coast Guard has told family members it is ending its search for 33 missing crew members from a U.S. cargo ship that sank last week during Hurricane Joaquin. The father of a missing crew member said the Coast Guard will end its search for survivors... more »
  • Passholders face higher prices or limits at Disneyland

    October 5, 2015 11:45 AM

    ANAHEIM, Calif. - Disney is raising prices for annual pass holders to its Disneyland and California Adventure parks. An anytime pass, which used to cost $779, now costs $1,049. That pass comes with free parking and unlimited downloads of park photos. Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown told the Los... more »
  • Louisiana prison escapee found in Florida

    September 13, 2015 11:58 AM

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Authorities have captured an inmate who escaped from Louisiana after a two-day manhunt that ended in the Florida Panhandle. A Bay County deputy saw Christopher Dale Stringer walking through the dunes near the beach along the Bay and Walton County line Saturday night. Authorities said... more »
  • Man dressed as Power Ranger charged with pointing fake gun

    September 10, 2015 6:33 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Authorities say a Florida man dressed as the Red Power Ranger was arrested near a Tampa public pool following reports that he pointed a gun at someone and made a threatening statement. Police say officers responded to a 911 call at the Bobby Hicks Pool Thursday... more »
  • Florida arms maker creates 'Tactical Crusader' assault rifle

    September 8, 2015 3:03 PM

    APOPKA, Fla. - A Florida assault rifle manufacturer has released a firearm aimed specifically at combating Islamic extremism. The Spike's Tactical Crusader is a new version of the AR-15 assault rifle with the Bible verse Psalm 144:1 laser-etched into the weapon and is adorned with shield and cross decorative... more »
  • New Mexico State bus robbed during Florida game

    September 6, 2015 1:42 PM

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - University of Florida police say electronics, computers and other items were stolen from a New Mexico State team personnel bus during Saturday's game. Brad Barber of the university police department says the bus, which carried football staff members, was parked outside the stadium in a secure area.... more »
  • Arby's apologizes after worker refuses to serve officer

    September 2, 2015 5:15 PM

    PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - The Arby's restaurant chain is apologizing after an employee at a South Florida location refused to serve a police officer. Pembroke Pines Police Chief Dan Giustino says the Atlanta-based company's chief executive officer and senior vice president of operations contacted him Wednesday afternoon, just hours after... more »
  • OneRepublic to perform during LSU halftime

    August 31, 2015 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU athletics officials announced Monday the rock band OneRepublic will perform at halftime of the LSU-Florida football game this year on Oct. 17. LSU Director of Athletics and Vice Chancellor Joe Alleva said a second "world-renowned" act would also be announced soon to perform at a... more »
  • Florida prepares as Tropical Storm Erika nears

    August 28, 2015 12:09 PM

    St. PETERSBURG - Fla. - All of Florida is watching Tropical Storm Erika as the disorganized system makes its way over Hispaniola. Dennis Feltgen of the National Hurricane Center in Miami said as of 11 a.m. Friday, the forecast shows the storm hitting the state Monday. The forecast path... more »
  • Breakfast with 2une In: St. Francisville's Polos and Pearls Play Video

    August 21, 2015 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The town that's two miles long and two yards wide, better known as St. Francisville, is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. This morning News 2's Kylie Dixon was at the historical museum in St. Francisville to learn more about the town's Polos and Pearls... more »
  • State: Skim milk with no added vitamins is 'imitation'

    August 19, 2015 3:55 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Ocheesee Creamery in the Florida Panhandle produces all-natural skim milk from grass-fed cows with absolutely nothing added, yet the state says they have to call it "imitation." And while they argue about it, the dairy is dumping hundreds of gallons of skim milk down the drain... more »
  • The real "Hamburglar"

    August 18, 2015 9:12 PM

    CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA- A McDonald's employee recognized a man from surveillance video in a recent break-in and called police when he showed up in the drive-thru. Police dubbed the robber as the "Hamburglar". The burglary happened ten-days ago and the building security system was damaged, but nothing appeared to... more »
  • $140M in conservation work proposed for Gulf of Mexico

    August 13, 2015 5:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ten watersheds around the rim of the Gulf of Mexico - from Florida to Texas - are being looked at as sites for $140 million in proposed conservation projects under a plan to restore the Gulf from BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill. This money comes from... more »
  • Vandals attack vacation home of dentist who killed Cecil

    August 5, 2015 11:10 AM

    MARCO ISLAND - Police in southwest Florida say vandals spray-painted the words "lion killer" on the garage door of the vacation home owned by a Minnesota dentist who has been identified as the hunter who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. Marco Island police Capt. David Baer says the vandals... more »
  • Coast Guard says search for missing boaters isn't done

    July 29, 2015 12:54 PM

    TEQUESTA, Fla. - A Coast Guard spokesman says the search for two teen boaters who went missing off the coast of Florida is ongoing. Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss, the spokesman for the Florida Coast Guard district, said Wednesday: "There is no plan to suspend the search today." ... more »
  • FBI: Islamic State sympathizer charged in backpack bomb plot

    July 28, 2015 3:33 PM

    MIAMI - A man described by the FBI as an Islamic State sympathizer has been charged with plotting to detonate a backpack bomb on a Florida beach. A criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday charges 23-year-old Harlem Suarez of Key West with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in... more »
  • Coast Guard still optimistic about missing teen fishermen

    July 28, 2015 11:59 AM

    The Coast Guard says it's still optimistic two teenage fishermen missing at sea can be found alive. Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss says Tuesday that three Coast Guard cutters, a Navy ship and an airplane are still searching from the waters off Daytona Beach, Florida, north through Savannah, Georgia,... more »
  • Coast Guard finds capsized boat, teen fishermen still missing

    July 26, 2015 3:17 PM

    TEQUESTA, Fla. - The Coast Guard reported Sunday they have found the capsized boat of two missing Florida teens who didn't return Friday from a fishing trip, but have not found the missing boys. Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos are both 14 years old, and were last seen Friday... more »
  • Florida's congressional districts rejected as gerrymandered

    July 9, 2015 11:23 AM

    TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Supreme Court is throwing out the state's congressional districts, saying the Republican-controlled Legislature violated a constitutional amendment approved by voters 2010. The ruling Thursday means new maps will have to be drawn for most of the state's 27 congressional districts before next year's election. A coalition... more »
  • Florida man faces sentencing for having sex on the beach

    July 6, 2015 9:19 AM

    BRADENTON, FL.- A man convicted of having sex on a Florida beach in front of families will soon learn how long he must spend in prison. Jose Caballero is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. He faces a possible 15 years in prison, but prosecutors say they will seek 2.5 years.... more »
  • Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

    July 2, 2015 9:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Thursday's settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean... more »
  • Fla. pizza delivery driver uncovers cockfighting operation

    June 23, 2015 5:55 PM

    POLK COUNTY, FL - Sheriff's deputies in Florida have busted up an illegal cockfighting ring and breeding operation after they received a tip from a pizza delivery driver. The driver learned of the rooster fighting activity when he delivered a pizza on Friday, June 19 during the middle of... more »
  • Two boys rescue children from burning home in Florida

    June 17, 2015 4:26 PM

    OAKLAND, Fla. - Two grade school boys who rescued a toddler and a baby from a fire say they didn't think twice about going into a burning home. Ten-year-old Isiah Francis and 11-year-old Jeremiah Grimes say they were watching YouTube and playing video games Tuesday when they smelled smoke coming... more »
  • Alligator with arrow in side euthanized after capture

    June 17, 2015 12:54 PM

    SUNRISE, FL - An alligator found in a South Florida neighborhood with an arrow in its side has been euthanized. Neighbors in the Sunrise area called police after seeing the gator. State-licensed trapper Bill Gilmartin says he got a call about the animal early Wednesday from the Florida Fish and... more »
  • Largest Florida county proposes citations for pot possession

    June 16, 2015 3:32 PM

    MIAMI - People caught with small amounts of marijuana could soon get a civil citation instead of a jail term in Florida's largest county, which may become the first in the state to treat marijuana possession as a non-criminal act. The Miami-Dade County Commission is considering a proposal to let... more »
  • George Zimmerman not seriously hurt after shooting

    May 11, 2015 2:35 PM

    LAKE MARY, FL - George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted two years ago of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager, has escaped serious injury in his latest involvement with gunfire. Zimmerman today was sprayed with glass from his car windshield and other debris when someone fired a gun... more »
  • Woman seeks rescue from boyfriend in online pizza order

    May 6, 2015 4:34 PM

    AVON PARK, FL - A central Florida woman who says her boyfriend was holding her and her children hostage sent a secret message asking for help in an online pizza order. Highlands County Investigators told WFLA-TV a Pizza Hut in Avon Park received an online order for pizza Monday afternoon... more »
  • Fingerprints catch 1959 killer

    May 5, 2015 8:54 PM

    ORLANDO, FLORIDA- A convicted killer who disappeared for more than 60 years was caught as police used a ruse to get his fingerprints. Frank Freshwaters escaped a prison farm in Ohio in 1959. Deputies and U.S. Marshals created a scenario where the man they had under surveillance had to... more »
  • Spring Break students suspended for charges in beach sex assault

    April 12, 2015 4:24 PM

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - A star college athlete and a classmate from Alabama's Troy University have been suspended after authorities discovered a cell phone video that allegedly shows them sexually assaulting a woman at a beach while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen... more »
  • La. lottery results, 80 million jackpot winner

    April 12, 2015 1:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says a ticket sold in Florida won the $80 million multistate Powerball jackpot on Saturday night. The Powerball jackpot is $40 million for Wednesday's drawing. There were no winners of the Louisiana Lotto or Easy 5 games. Louisiana Lotto players matching all... more »

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