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2 teenage girls from Maine face animal cruelty charges after kitten put in microwave oven

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine –  Authorities say two teenage girls from Maine put an 8-week-old kitten in a microwave oven...

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine –  Authorities say two teenage girls from Maine put an 8-week-old kitten in a microwave oven and turned it on. South Portland police began investigating after getting numerous tips when a...

Third porn actor to test HIV-positive puts pressure on industry

News of a third adult-film actor testing positive for HIV is putting new pressure on both the industry and state lawmakers....

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Third porn actor to test HIV-positive puts pressure on industry
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News of a third adult-film actor testing positive for HIV is putting new pressure on both the industry and state lawmakers. The HIV cases have added fuel to a push for a statewide mandate for condom...

Washington state unveils proposed legal pot industry regulations

Washington state has unveiled proposed regulations for the legal pot industry nearly a year after voters passed a ballot...

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Washington state unveils proposed legal pot industry regulations
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Washington state has unveiled proposed regulations for the legal pot industry nearly a year after voters passed a ballot initiative legalizing small amounts of marijuana. The Washington State Liquor Control Board announced that 334...

New Florida Laws effective July 1, 2013

TALLAHASSEE — The state’s $74.1 billion budget kicks in on Monday along with nearly 200 new laws approved by...

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New Florida Laws effective July 1, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE — The state’s $74.1 billion budget kicks in on Monday along with nearly 200 new laws approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott. The fiscal package includes roughly $1 billion...

Supreme Court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act

In a major ruling, the Supreme Court on Tuesday voided a provision of the Voting Rights Act that determines...

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Supreme Court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act
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In a major ruling, the Supreme Court on Tuesday voided a provision of the Voting Rights Act that determines which state and local governments have to seek federal permission to change their voting laws....

Supreme Court Rules That Pre-Miranda Silence Can Be Used In Court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says prosecutors can use a person’s silence against them if it comes before he’s...

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Supreme Court Rules That Pre-Miranda Silence Can Be Used In Court
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says prosecutors can use a person’s silence against them if it comes before he’s told of his right to remain silent. The 5-4 ruling comes in the case of...

Putin denies he stole Super Bowl ring from New England Patriots owner

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he did not swipe New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring, but...

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Putin denies he stole Super Bowl ring from New England Patriots owner
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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he did not swipe New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring, but Putin’s spokesman said the Russian leader will reimburse him with another ring. Kraft said at...

Zimmerman jurors to be sequestered up to a month

SANFORD, Fla. — The jurors and alternates selected to hear the trial of the man accused of killing Trayvon...

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Zimmerman jurors to be sequestered up to a month
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SANFORD, Fla. — The jurors and alternates selected to hear the trial of the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin will be sequestered, a judge ruled Thursday afternoon. Judge Debra Nelson announced during the...

Bank robbery suspect wants NSA phone records for his defense

One South Florida man accused in a series of bank robbery attempts is hoping the recent revelation that the...

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Bank robbery suspect wants NSA phone records for his defense
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One South Florida man accused in a series of bank robbery attempts is hoping the recent revelation that the federal government is secretly keeping millions of U.S. phone records could help his defense. Terrance...

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of...

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NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily
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The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largesttelecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The order, a copy...

Islamic group: Slain man was unarmed, shot by FBI agent 7 times

An Islamic group Wednesday called for a federal civil-rights investigation of last week’s fatal shooting of an Orlando man...

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Islamic group: Slain man was unarmed, shot by FBI agent 7 times
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An Islamic group Wednesday called for a federal civil-rights investigation of last week’s fatal shooting of an Orlando man by an FBI agent investigating his connection to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. And the Tampa director...

Man accused of putting baby in freezer held on $1M bail

TACOMA, Wash. –  Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a 25-year-old Washington man accused of putting his...

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Man accused of putting baby in freezer held on $1M bail
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TACOMA, Wash. –  Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a 25-year-old Washington man accused of putting his 6-week-old daughter in a 10-degree freezer for about an hour to stop her crying. Doctors...

Crews search for survivors after massive twister strikes near Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City medical examiner’s office says the death toll from a massive tornado that churned through Oklahoma City...

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Crews search for survivors after massive twister strikes near Oklahoma City
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The Oklahoma City medical examiner’s office says the death toll from a massive tornado that churned through Oklahoma City Monday has been downgraded from 51 to at least 24. “To date, 24 deceased victims...

Girl faces felony charges in connection with same-sex relationship

An 18-year-old Sebastian River High School student is facing lewd and lascivious activity charges in connection with her relationship...

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Girl faces felony charges in connection with same-sex relationship
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An 18-year-old Sebastian River High School student is facing lewd and lascivious activity charges in connection with her relationship with another student, according to WPTV.com. Kaitlyn Hunt is accused of being involved with a...

FBI opens criminal probe of tax agency, audit cites disarray

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday he had ordered the FBI to open a...

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FBI opens criminal probe of tax agency, audit cites disarray
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday he had ordered the FBI to open a criminal probe in a growing scandal over the Internal Revenue Service‘s targeting of conservative political...

92 people arrested in prostitution investigation

Undercover detectives spent four days investigating online e-commerce prostitution websites leading to 92 arrests, officials said. Between Wednesday, May...

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92 people arrested in prostitution investigation
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Undercover detectives spent four days investigating online e-commerce prostitution websites leading to 92 arrests, officials said. Between Wednesday, May 8 and Saturday, May 11 the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested men and women who...

OJ Simpson heads to court to seek freedom in ‘Hail Mary motion’

LAS VEGAS –  Like a recurring nightmare, the return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas courtroom come Monday...

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OJ Simpson heads to court to seek freedom in ‘Hail Mary motion’
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LAS VEGAS –  Like a recurring nightmare, the return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas courtroom come Monday will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and in the process...

Strippers in Seminole handed counterfeit cash passed by ‘most wanted’ fugitive, feds say

One of the U.S. Secret Service‘s most wanted fugitives is finally behind bars in Orange County and after a...

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Strippers in Seminole handed counterfeit cash passed by ‘most wanted’ fugitive, feds say
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One of the U.S. Secret Service‘s most wanted fugitives is finally behind bars in Orange County and after a ruling Friday in federal court, he will remain there. Elton Paige, a freelance musician and...

Fla. school district confirms teacher’s resignation after racy photos surface online

STUART, Fla. —A local teacher was asked to resign after some racy pictures of her surfaced online. Olivia Sprauer...

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Fla. school district confirms teacher’s resignation after racy photos surface online
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STUART, Fla. —A local teacher was asked to resign after some racy pictures of her surfaced online. Olivia Sprauer taught English at Martin County High School. The district confirmed to WPBF 25 News on...

Orange sheriff’s sergeant arrested on DUI charge

An off-duty Orange County sheriff’s sergeant was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge late Sunday after he hit the...

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Orange sheriff’s sergeant arrested on DUI charge
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An off-duty Orange County sheriff’s sergeant was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge late Sunday after he hit the rear of a moving car, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Sgt. Kevin Meyer, 50, was...

Flagler mother attacked by five pitbulls

A Flagler County mother stayed behind while her six-year-old daughter ran home when she spotted a group of pitbulls...

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Flagler mother attacked by five pitbulls
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A Flagler County mother stayed behind while her six-year-old daughter ran home when she spotted a group of pitbulls in their Daytona North neighborhood late Sunday. Brandy Bookamer, 27, faced the five dogs about...

Orlando’s Lake Highland Prep will drug-test students

Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando plans to begin drug-testing all of its students in grades seven through 12...

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Orlando’s Lake Highland Prep will drug-test students
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Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando plans to begin drug-testing all of its students in grades seven through 12 in the fall, school officials have told parents. “We’re convinced this will give us a...

Orlando might keep alcohol flowing downtown till 3 a.m.

Orlando is working on a far-reaching proposal for its thriving and sometimes out-of-control nightclub scene downtown, including banning those...

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Orlando might keep alcohol flowing downtown till 3 a.m.
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Orlando is working on a far-reaching proposal for its thriving and sometimes out-of-control nightclub scene downtown, including banning those younger than 21 from most clubs and giving bar patrons an extra hour to drink....

NBA’s Jason Collins comes out as gay Collins is 1st active openly gay athlete in 4 major American pro team sports

It’s the biggest move of his career and it’s off the court. Jason Collins, who played with the NBA’s...

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NBA’s Jason Collins comes out as gay Collins is 1st active openly gay athlete in 4 major American pro team sports
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It’s the biggest move of his career and it’s off the court. Jason Collins, who played with the NBA’s Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards this season, has disclosed that he is gay, making him...

American woman jailed in UK for forcing daughter, 14, to get pregnant

An American woman is in a United Kingdom prison after repeatedly forcing her 14-year-old daughter to inseminate herself with...

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American woman jailed in UK for forcing daughter, 14, to get pregnant
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An American woman is in a United Kingdom prison after repeatedly forcing her 14-year-old daughter to inseminate herself with donor sperm, because the mother wanted another baby and could not conceive or adopt more...

California bill would let illegal immigrants serve on juries

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in...

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California bill would let illegal immigrants serve on juries
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury...

Gang leader impregnated 4 prison guards while running contraband scheme, authorities say

A Maryland gang member is accused of running a scheme to smuggle contraband into prison by “corrupting” 13 female...

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Gang leader impregnated 4 prison guards while running contraband scheme, authorities say
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A Maryland gang member is accused of running a scheme to smuggle contraband into prison by “corrupting” 13 female prison guards from behind bars, four of whom he impregnated. A federal indictment says Tavon...

Supreme Court Rules No Automatic Deportation for Minor Marijuana Possession

A 26-year-old Jamaican who has resided in the US since he was three should not automatically be deported for...

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Supreme Court Rules No Automatic Deportation for Minor Marijuana Possession
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A 26-year-old Jamaican who has resided in the US since he was three should not automatically be deported for being caught with a small amount of marijuana, the US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The...

Florida lawmakers move to end permanent alimony, as governor weighs legislation

Florida could become one of the first states in the country to overhaul the alimony system by ending life-long...

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Florida lawmakers move to end permanent alimony, as governor weighs legislation
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Florida could become one of the first states in the country to overhaul the alimony system by ending life-long payments and allowing judges to change existing deals — if Gov. Rick Scott signs the...

Miranda Rights Won’t Be Read For Boston Bombing Suspect

WASHINGTON — A Justice Department official says the Boston Marathon bombing suspect will not be read his Miranda rights...

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Miranda Rights Won’t Be Read For Boston Bombing Suspect
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WASHINGTON — A Justice Department official says the Boston Marathon bombing suspect will not be read his Miranda rights because the government is invoking a public safety exception. That official and a second person...

CISPA passes House despite privacy concerns

The House passed the controversial Cyber Sharing and Intelligence Protection Act (CISPA) Thursday by a 288 to 127 vote, ignoring...

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CISPA passes House despite privacy concerns
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The House passed the controversial Cyber Sharing and Intelligence Protection Act (CISPA) Thursday by a 288 to 127 vote, ignoring the alarms of civil liberties groups as it sent it on to the Senate for...

California man says he was ‘murdered’ night wife allegedly cut off his penis

SANTA ANA, California –  The estranged husband of a woman charged with severing his penis said it was as...

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California man says he was ‘murdered’ night wife allegedly cut off his penis
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SANTA ANA, California –  The estranged husband of a woman charged with severing his penis said it was as though his life ended the evening of the attack. “She murdered me that night,” the...

OPD officer hits pedestrian, leaves scene

ORLANDO, Fla. —An Orlando police officer is under investigation, accused of striking a pedestrian and leaving the scene. The...

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OPD officer hits pedestrian, leaves scene
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ORLANDO, Fla. —An Orlando police officer is under investigation, accused of striking a pedestrian and leaving the scene. The incident was caught on video by a city of Orlando security camera. The investigating officer...

Michigan judge holds self in contempt, pays $25 fine after his smartphone disrupts hearing

IONIA, Mich. –  A Michigan judge whose smartphone disrupted a hearing in his own courtroom has held himself in...

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Michigan judge holds self in contempt, pays $25 fine after his smartphone disrupts hearing
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IONIA, Mich. –  A Michigan judge whose smartphone disrupted a hearing in his own courtroom has held himself in contempt and paid $25 for the infraction. The Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and MLive.com report Judge...

IRS tells agents it can snoop on emails without warrant, internal documents show

The Internal Revenue Service believes it doesn’t need permission to root through emails, texts or other forms of electronic...

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IRS tells agents it can snoop on emails without warrant, internal documents show
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The Internal Revenue Service believes it doesn’t need permission to root through emails, texts or other forms of electronic correspondence, according to recently released internal agency documents. The documents, which were obtained through a...

Patient claims local dentist removed all of his teeth without permission

The family of a 21-year-old autistic man claims their loved one spent the last two days in the hospital....

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Patient claims local dentist removed all of his teeth without permission
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The family of a 21-year-old autistic man claims their loved one spent the last two days in the hospital. Christopher Crist has been fighting an infection allegedly at the hands of an Indianapolis dentist....

Orange County, FL commission votes to add 80 red-light cameras

Commissioners voted Tuesday to put red-light cameras at 80 locations, adding to 10 spots in Orange County. Officials said...

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Orange County, FL commission votes to add 80 red-light cameras
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Commissioners voted Tuesday to put red-light cameras at 80 locations, adding to 10 spots in Orange County. Officials said the winning vendor will be paid nearly $16 million, while the county is projected to...

Florida lawmakers cry foul after Jay-Z, Beyonce travel to Cuba for anniversary

Beyonce’s and Jay-Z’s trip to Cuba has angered two Cuban-American politicians who are demanding information on whether the couple’s...

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Florida lawmakers cry foul after Jay-Z, Beyonce travel to Cuba for anniversary
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Beyonce’s and Jay-Z’s trip to Cuba has angered two Cuban-American politicians who are demanding information on whether the couple’s visit to the communist island was licensed. U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart of...

FDLE manager resigns after being accused of misusing state credit card

An official with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Alcohol Testing Program has resigned amid accusations that she used...

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FDLE manager resigns after being accused of misusing state credit card
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An official with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Alcohol Testing Program has resigned amid accusations that she used her state-issued credit card to pay for a cruise and personal shopping trips. Laura Barfield...

Man found with 1M child porn images faces judge; Police: Man downloaded more illegal images than anyone in state

LEESBURG, Fla. —A man who authorities said downloaded more child porn than anyone in the state will go before...

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Man found with 1M child porn images faces judge; Police: Man downloaded more illegal images than anyone in state
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LEESBURG, Fla. —A man who authorities said downloaded more child porn than anyone in the state will go before a judge Friday. ohn Shearen, 51, was taken into custody at a Wild Harbor Lane...

Judge Belvin Perry suspends GPS monitoring

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —Orange-Osceola County Chief Judge Belvin Perry announced on Tuesday that he has suspended the entry of...

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Judge Belvin Perry suspends GPS monitoring
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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —Orange-Osceola County Chief Judge Belvin Perry announced on Tuesday that he has suspended the entry of new individuals into the GPS program for criminal cases until further notice. The decision comes...

Murders on rise in Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —The number of murders in Orange County is higher than in the first quarter of the...

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Murders on rise in Orange County
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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —The number of murders in Orange County is higher than in the first quarter of the two previous years. In Orange County, there have been 19 murders between Jan. 1 and...

Ex-cop shoots firefighter in road rage incident

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. —A Flagler County firefighter was shot by an ex-Flagler Beach police officer in a road rage...

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Ex-cop shoots firefighter in road rage incident
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. —A Flagler County firefighter was shot by an ex-Flagler Beach police officer in a road rage incident, police said. Deputies said, Nathaniel Juratovac, 40, shot 30-year-old Jared Parkey at least twice...

Drug dog sniff is unconstitutional search, Supreme Court rules

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police cannot bring drug-sniffing police dogs onto a suspect’s property to...

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Drug dog sniff is unconstitutional search, Supreme Court rules
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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police cannot bring drug-sniffing police dogs onto a suspect’s property to look for evidence without first getting a warrant for a search, a decision which may...

Supreme Court takes up landmark gay marriage case

The Supreme Court launched into a historic hearing on gay marriage Tuesday morning, as the justices weigh the first...

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Supreme Court takes up landmark gay marriage case
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The Supreme Court launched into a historic hearing on gay marriage Tuesday morning, as the justices weigh the first of two cases that could have sweeping implications for the states. Tuesday’s arguments will center...

Clean-up begins after severe storms move through central Fla.

WINDERMERE, Fla. —People across central Florida will be picking up from what severe storms, and possible tornadoes, left behind...

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Clean-up begins after severe storms move through central Fla.
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WINDERMERE, Fla. —People across central Florida will be picking up from what severe storms, and possible tornadoes, left behind on Sunday. Teams from the National Weather Service will be surveying damage to determine if...

Teens locked woman, 89, in car trunk for 2 days, police say

DOVER, Del. – Delaware State Police have charged five teenagers in the carjacking and kidnapping of an 89-year-old Lincoln...

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Teens locked woman, 89, in car trunk for 2 days, police say
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DOVER, Del. – Delaware State Police have charged five teenagers in the carjacking and kidnapping of an 89-year-old Lincoln woman. Police said Thursday that Margaret E. Smith was locked in the trunk of her...

UCF students shocked over planned attack

ORLANDO, Fla. —Some University of Central Florida students want more security and others are rallying against guns after what...

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UCF students shocked over planned attack
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ORLANDO, Fla. —Some University of Central Florida students want more security and others are rallying against guns after what law enforcement considers a close call. “I can’t even talk about it. it hasn’t even...

Gideon v. Wainwright Anniversary

WASHINGTON — It is not the happiest of birthdays for the landmark Supreme Court decision that, a half-century ago,...

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Gideon v. Wainwright Anniversary
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WASHINGTON — It is not the happiest of birthdays for the landmark Supreme Court decision that, a half-century ago, guaranteed a lawyer for criminal defendants who are too poor to afford one. A unanimous...

Court overturns convictions of Arizona woman on death row

A federal appeals court overturned the convictions of an Arizona woman who was sentenced to die after being found...

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Court overturns convictions of Arizona woman on death row
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A federal appeals court overturned the convictions of an Arizona woman who was sentenced to die after being found guilty of orchestrating a gruesome plot to murder her 4-year-old son for insurance money in...

Lawmaker calls for Internet cafe crackdown after arrests

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Wednesday’s resignation of Florida’s lieutenant governor and the arrests of almost five dozen people in six...

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Lawmaker calls for Internet cafe crackdown after arrests
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Wednesday’s resignation of Florida’s lieutenant governor and the arrests of almost five dozen people in six states shows the need for a crackdown on Internet cafes in Florida, a prominent state...

Fla. lawmakers mull drone policy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Florida lawmakers are considering proposed limitations on drones being used by law enforcement agencies across the state....

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Fla. lawmakers mull drone policy
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Florida lawmakers are considering proposed limitations on drones being used by law enforcement agencies across the state. A bill has already passed a state senate panel. If approved, the proposal would require...

State judge halts Bloomberg ban on large sugary drinks in New York City

A New York judge is forcing the Bloomberg administration to take a big gulp — striking down its groundbreaking...

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State judge halts Bloomberg ban on large sugary drinks in New York City
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A New York judge is forcing the Bloomberg administration to take a big gulp — striking down its groundbreaking and controversial limit on the size of sugary drinks in New York City shortly before...

Smuggling in South Florida ranges from the dangerous to the bizarre

Drug smuggling seems so passé. Recent cases of illegal trade in South Florida suggest a more diverse menu of...

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Smuggling in South Florida ranges from the dangerous to the bizarre
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Drug smuggling seems so passé. Recent cases of illegal trade in South Florida suggest a more diverse menu of commodities is emerging that answer unusual market demands. The rogue state of Iran is one...

Maine town considers mandatory gun ownership

BYRON, Maine – Another Maine town is considering making gun ownership mandatory. Byron Head Selectman Anne Simmons-Edmunds said Thursday...

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Maine town considers mandatory gun ownership
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BYRON, Maine – Another Maine town is considering making gun ownership mandatory. Byron Head Selectman Anne Simmons-Edmunds said Thursday that all three members of the board favor the measure and she expects residents to...

Paul ends Senate filibuster of CIA nominee over drone concerns after nearly 13 hours

Nearly 13 hours after he started, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., ended a dramatic, old-fashioned filibuster early Thursday morning —...

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Paul ends Senate filibuster of CIA nominee over drone concerns after nearly 13 hours
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Nearly 13 hours after he started, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., ended a dramatic, old-fashioned filibuster early Thursday morning — having held the floor for most of the day and night to rail against the...

Pregnant woman stabbed 30 times by relative

OCALA, Fla. —An Ocala woman and her unborn child are in critical condition after she was stabbed more than...

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Pregnant woman stabbed 30 times by relative
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OCALA, Fla. —An Ocala woman and her unborn child are in critical condition after she was stabbed more than 30 times. Officials said they were called to a home on Northeast 12th Avenue at...

Investigation launched after pilot spots ‘drone’ near JFK airport

The pilot of a commercial jetliner spotted a drone aircraft hovering near his plane as he landed at JFK...

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Investigation launched after pilot spots ‘drone’ near JFK airport
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The pilot of a commercial jetliner spotted a drone aircraft hovering near his plane as he landed at JFK Airport yesterday, according to sources. The Joint Terror Task Force is now probing the sighting...

U.S. baby’s HIV infection cured through very early treatment

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A baby girl in Mississippi who was born with HIV has been cured after very early...

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U.S. baby’s HIV infection cured through very early treatment
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CHICAGO (Reuters) – A baby girl in Mississippi who was born with HIV has been cured after very early treatment with standard HIV drugs, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday, in a potentially ground-breaking case...

Florida bill filed to allow medical marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Florida lawmakers will consider medical marijuana during the upcoming legislative session. Qualified patients would be able to...

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Florida bill filed to allow medical marijuana
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Florida lawmakers will consider medical marijuana during the upcoming legislative session. Qualified patients would be able to possess and use medical marijuana for treatment of certain conditions, as long as they have...

Key provisions of Voting Rights Act appear in jeopardy after high court argument

Central parts of an election law dating back to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the Voting Rights...

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Key provisions of Voting Rights Act appear in jeopardy after high court argument
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Central parts of an election law dating back to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the Voting Rights Act, appeared to be in jeopardy Wednesday after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in...

Court rejects Florida law requiring drug testing for welfare recipients

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a temporary ban on a law requiring drug testing of...

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Court rejects Florida law requiring drug testing for welfare recipients
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a temporary ban on a law requiring drug testing of Florida’s welfare recipients. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled that a...

Part-time judge accused of having ‘sexual relations’ with inmate

INDIANAPOLIS – A northern Indiana lawyer who’s also a part-time judge faces disciplinary charges on accusations she had an...

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Part-time judge accused of having ‘sexual relations’ with inmate
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INDIANAPOLIS – A northern Indiana lawyer who’s also a part-time judge faces disciplinary charges on accusations she had an inappropriate relationship with a client while she was his public defender. The Indiana Commission on...

Horse meat found in Ikea’s Swedish meatballs

STOCKHOLM – Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe’s widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they...

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Horse meat found in Ikea’s Swedish meatballs
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STOCKHOLM – Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe’s widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in...

Local synthetic-drug arrest may affect cases nationwide

When federal agents arrested Ilan Fedida of Ormond Beach and roughly 90 others across the country last year in...

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Local synthetic-drug arrest may affect cases nationwide
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When federal agents arrested Ilan Fedida of Ormond Beach and roughly 90 others across the country last year in the first nationwide synthetic-drug takedown, authorities boasted of using every tool at their disposal to...

Marion County, FL schools consider paddling again

OCALA, Fla. —Paddling students who misbehave may be coming back to Marion County elementary schools. It could happen if...

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Marion County, FL schools consider paddling again
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OCALA, Fla. —Paddling students who misbehave may be coming back to Marion County elementary schools. It could happen if two newly elected school board members can convince others on the board. While the two...

Joe Biden’s tip for self-defense: Get a shotgun

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s advice for self-defense: Buy a shotgun, not an assault rifle. Biden,...

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Joe Biden’s tip for self-defense: Get a shotgun
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s advice for self-defense: Buy a shotgun, not an assault rifle. Biden, who is spearheading a push for President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals, dispensed this off-the-cuff...

Man charged with harassing manatee

A Fort Pierce man has been charged with petting and lifting a young manatee partially out of a St....

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Man charged with harassing manatee
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A Fort Pierce man has been charged with petting and lifting a young manatee partially out of a St. Lucie County creek in January, which authorities said amounts to harassing the animal. Ryan William...

Mississippi fixes oversight, formally ratifies 13th Amendment on slavery

File this under “I thought they did that already.” Due to a procedural glitch the last time around, the...

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Mississippi fixes oversight, formally ratifies 13th Amendment on slavery
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File this under “I thought they did that already.” Due to a procedural glitch the last time around, the Mississippi government this month formally ratified the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery. It comes a bit...

Hundreds injured by blasts as meteor falls in Russia

A meteor streaked through the sky and exploded Friday over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic...

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Hundreds injured by blasts as meteor falls in Russia
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A meteor streaked through the sky and exploded Friday over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring more than 750 people. The spectacle...

Bloomberg: Marijuana Arrests In NYC Will Mean A Desk Appearance Ticket, Not A Night In Jail

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that those arrested in New York City for possessing small amounts of marijuana will...

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Bloomberg: Marijuana Arrests In NYC Will Mean A Desk Appearance Ticket, Not A Night In Jail
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that those arrested in New York City for possessing small amounts of marijuana will no longer have to spend a night in jail. The new measure, set to take...

Barry Bonds seeks dismissal of felony conviction

SAN FRANCISCO – It has been slightly more than nine years since prosecutors and grand jurors alike grilled a...

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SAN FRANCISCO – It has been slightly more than nine years since prosecutors and grand jurors alike grilled a defiant Barry Bonds for hours about his relationship with performance enhancing drugs. One rambling answer...

DCF worker arrested on child-porn charges

The Florida Department of Children and Families is moving to fire an employee who was arrested on child-pornography charges,...

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The Florida Department of Children and Families is moving to fire an employee who was arrested on child-pornography charges, the agency announced Monday. Edward Krakowski, 58, was placed on leave after his arrest Friday....

Pope Benedict XVI to resign at month’s end, cites deteriorating ‘strength’

ROME — Pope Benedict surprised the world on Monday by saying he no longer had the mental and physical...

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ROME — Pope Benedict surprised the world on Monday by saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to cope with the demands of his ministry, becoming the first pontiff to step...

Tally in Florida python hunt holds at 50 snakes

MIAMI – More than 1,500 hunters are struggling to find more Burmese pythons as a public hunt for the...

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MIAMI – More than 1,500 hunters are struggling to find more Burmese pythons as a public hunt for the invasive species continues in the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said Friday that...

Mixing alcohol with diet drinks may get you more intoxicated

Mixing alcohol with diet soda may cut down on calories, but it could be making you more drunk. A...

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Mixing alcohol with diet soda may cut down on calories, but it could be making you more drunk. A new study, which is set to be published in the April edition of Alcoholism: Clinical...

Miami Teen Flips Off Judge

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/entertainment/miami-teen-flips-judge-and-gets-month-jail-video A South Miami-Dade teen who had the audacity to taunt a judge now has a month to think...

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http://www.opposingviews.com/i/entertainment/miami-teen-flips-judge-and-gets-month-jail-video A South Miami-Dade teen who had the audacity to taunt a judge now has a month to think it over. 18-year-old Penelope Soto appeared in bond court Monday, charged with possessing bars of...

Texas woman sues gym over ‘sexually suggestive’ exercises

A Dallas woman is suing L.A. Fitness after she says two trainers forced her to do sexually suggestive exercises...

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A Dallas woman is suing L.A. Fitness after she says two trainers forced her to do sexually suggestive exercises and behaved inappropriately towards her. CBS DFW reports Jaimie Johnson says her problems began when...

UCF ranked among Top 20 schools where students seek ‘sugar daddies’

The struggling University of Central Florida business major struck a deal. Needing money, she turned to a “sugar daddy”...

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UCF ranked among Top 20 schools where students seek ‘sugar daddies’
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The struggling University of Central Florida business major struck a deal. Needing money, she turned to a “sugar daddy” she found on a popular website. They had dinner. They had sex. Her take: $200....

Orlando police reorganization puts more officers downtown

Downtown residents and workers may notice an increase in Orlando police patrols, but there’s no cause for alarm. A...

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Downtown residents and workers may notice an increase in Orlando police patrols, but there’s no cause for alarm. A recent reorganization at the department has blended four former independent units into one bureau that...

Celebrity Mugshots!

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Cuban baseball defector returns home under new law

HAVANA (Reuters) – A decade after he defected to the United States to play Major League Baseball, Cuban pitcher...

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HAVANA (Reuters) – A decade after he defected to the United States to play Major League Baseball, Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras has returned to his homeland in the first test of the island’s liberalized...

U.S. set to execute first woman in more than two years

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set to execute Kimberly McCarthy by lethal injection on Tuesday, the first woman...

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set to execute Kimberly McCarthy by lethal injection on Tuesday, the first woman to be put to death in the United States in more than two years. The...

Sheriff says 911 not best option, urges residents to take firearms classes

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. set off alarm bells Friday with a radio spot some view as...

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. set off alarm bells Friday with a radio spot some view as a call for citizens to arm themselves. In the radio ad, Clarke tells residents personal...

Brazilian national reportedly occupies empty $2.5 million Florida mansion

Squatting never looked so good. A 23-year-old Brazilian national has reportedly moved into an empty $2.5 million Florida mansion,...

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Squatting never looked so good. A 23-year-old Brazilian national has reportedly moved into an empty $2.5 million Florida mansion, using an obscure state real estate law to stake his claim on the foreclosed Boca...

Oregon man accused of putting grandmother’s dog in oven

SALEM, Ore. – Deputies say a 20-year-old Oregon man was preparing to heat his enchilada lunch in a 350-degree...

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SALEM, Ore. – Deputies say a 20-year-old Oregon man was preparing to heat his enchilada lunch in a 350-degree oven, but when his grandmother’s dog nipped him, the animal went in instead. Kevin Dean...

Irish County Approves Drunk Driving Permits

IRELAND (KTVI) – A controversial measure that would allow drunk drivers to get driving permits was approved by the...

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IRELAND (KTVI) – A controversial measure that would allow drunk drivers to get driving permits was approved by the Kerry City Council on Tuesday, according to The HuffingtonPost.com. The measure would give a special...

What the FBI Doesn’t Want You To Know About Its “Secret” Surveillance Techniques

The FBI had to rewrite the book on its domestic surveillance activities in the wake of last January’s landmark...

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The FBI had to rewrite the book on its domestic surveillance activities in the wake of last January’s landmark Supreme Court decision in United States v. Jones. In Jones, a unanimous court held that...

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Man bit off woman’s thumb during fight

A 35-year-old Brevard County man is behind bars today after admitting he bit off his girlfriend’s thumb during a...

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A 35-year-old Brevard County man is behind bars today after admitting he bit off his girlfriend’s thumb during a fight, floridatoday.com is reporting. Ricardo Marquis Davis of Palm Bay is being held on a...

Judge dismisses terror charges against Fla. Muslim cleric

MIAMI – Citing a lack of evidence, a federal judge on Thursday dismissed terrorism support and conspiracy charges against...

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MIAMI – Citing a lack of evidence, a federal judge on Thursday dismissed terrorism support and conspiracy charges against the younger of two Muslim clerics accused of funneling thousands of dollars to the Pakistani...

A Letter to the President: My Husband Is Not the “Bigger Fish to Fry” in Your Drug War

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: I am writing...

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President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: I am writing to you as a wife and mother of two young daughters, whose 34-year old husband,...

Teachers among 50 arrested in Seminole child-predator operation

Three teachers, a tourist from Turkey and a businessman from North Carolina were among 50 men arrested in the...

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Three teachers, a tourist from Turkey and a businessman from North Carolina were among 50 men arrested in the latest Central Florida undercover operation targeting child predators. Seminole County authorities on Monday announced details...

Downtown Orlando clubgoer stabbed in chest

ORLANDO, Fla. —A 19-year-old man was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition after he was stabbed...

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ORLANDO, Fla. —A 19-year-old man was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition after he was stabbed in the chest at a downtown club. Orlando Police Department officers were called to Bar...

Sheriff’s Office wants to fly drones over Orange County, FL skies

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is experimenting with two surveillance drones that it hopes to turn loose over Metro...

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is experimenting with two surveillance drones that it hopes to turn loose over Metro Orlando skies this summer. Sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson would not reveal specific uses for the...

Altamonte Springs, FL makeup artist sues Kardashian sisters

An Altamonte Springs makeup artist is suing the Kardashian sisters, alleging they stole the name of her cosmetics line....

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An Altamonte Springs makeup artist is suing the Kardashian sisters, alleging they stole the name of her cosmetics line. Lee Tillett is seeking $10 million in damages from the Kardashians and Boldface Group Inc.,...

Man Charged with Riding Horse Drunk

A Flagler County man was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of drug offender probation after...

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A Flagler County man was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of drug offender probation after pleading no contest to charges stemming for a drunken horseback ride in September, the newsjournalonline.com...

Florida Panel to Hear Casey Anthony’s Appeal on Misdemeanor Counts

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There is no doubt that Casey Anthony lied to detectives when she told them her...

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There is no doubt that Casey Anthony lied to detectives when she told them her 2-year-old daughter had been kidnapped by a babysitter. But a state appellate court is being...

Minor arrest records can keep college students out of job market

Every year, thousands of college students in Florida and across the nation leave home for the first time and...

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Minor arrest records can keep college students out of job market
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Every year, thousands of college students in Florida and across the nation leave home for the first time and make decisions with potential to affect their lives for years. Along with choosing career paths,...

White House mulls broader gun control:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing U.S. gun violence than just...

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing U.S. gun violence than just reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, the Washington Post reported on Sunday....

Flipping Off Police Officers Constitutional, Federal Court Affirms

WASHINGTON — A police officer can’t pull you over and arrest you just because you gave him the finger,...

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WASHINGTON — A police officer can’t pull you over and arrest you just because you gave him the finger, a federal appeals court declared Thursday. In a 14-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals...

Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Overton dies

TALLAHASSEE — Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben F. Overton, a Green Bay, Wisc., native who was the first justice...

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TALLAHASSEE — Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben F. Overton, a Green Bay, Wisc., native who was the first justice elected after merit-retention reforms in the 1970s, died Saturday in Gainesville after complications from heart...

Winter storm cancels handful of flights at OIA

By Walter Pacheco, Orlando Sentinel2:20 p.m. EST, December 26, 2012 The deadly winter storm that has grounded dozens of flights this...

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By Walter Pacheco, Orlando Sentinel2:20 p.m. EST, December 26, 2012 The deadly winter storm that has grounded dozens of flights this week continues to wreak havoc for holiday travelers around the country as the storm system...

What will it cost you? Fiscal deal failure would dent monthly budgets for millions

Families across the country might soon have to start trimming back their monthly budgets, with lawmakers running out of...

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Families across the country might soon have to start trimming back their monthly budgets, with lawmakers running out of time and ideas for averting a crushing set of tax hikes. President Obama, cutting his...

WTFL: Unmarried couples

may not commit “lewd acts” and live together in the same residence.

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may not commit “lewd acts” and live together in the same residence.