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  • Police: Clerk, 80, beaten, gagged during robbery

    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Police say an 80-year-old Winter Haven store clerk is in serious condition following an attack by a robber who posed as a customer. The incident unfolded Tuesday afternoon at Elonka's Fashions. Winter Haven police say the man initiated small talk with the clerk before...

  • 1 Fantasy 5 player wins $200,542.41 jackpot

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — One "Fantasy 5" game player has selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot worth $200,542.41. Florida Lottery officials said Wednesday that the winning ticket was purchased in Orlando. The 231 tickets matching four numbers won $140 each. Another 7,582 tickets...

  • No Lucky Money winner; jackpot now $1.2M

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The "Lucky Money" jackpot rose to $1.2 million after no winner claimed the jackpot. Lottery officials said Wednesday two tickets matched 4-of-4 numbers to win $3,660.50 each; 29 tickets won $553 each for picking 3-of-4 plus the Lucky Ball number; 629 tickets won $75...

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 17

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. MIAMI BEACH PREPARES FOR EXTREME HIGH TIDES Miami Beach officials say some of the new storm water pumps under construction across the city will be working by the time extreme high tides emerge later this...

  • Polemical Cuban pop group to take stage in Miami

    MIAMI (AP) — A controversial Cuban pop group will perform in Miami, despite the objections of some exile groups. Several exile organizations have protested Buena Fe's upcoming performance. The band participated in a birthday celebration for Fidel Castro earlier this year. They also took part in...

  • Officials euthanize black bear found near condos

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A black bear that was tranquilized after climbing a fence at an ocean-front condominium complex in Jacksonville has been euthanized. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported Tuesday that it found the bear behaving strangely in Green Cove Springs...

  • Miami Beach prepares for extreme high tides

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Miami Beach officials say some of the new storm water pumps under construction across the city will be working by the time extreme high tides emerge later this fall. Officials will give an update Wednesday on the construction. Upgrades to the city's storm water system...

  • Man sought over missing Florida woman kills self

    MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a man sought for questioning in the disappearance of a South Florida woman killed himself when approached by deputies in the Florida Keys. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said 33-year-old Roy Blanco died Tuesday of a self-inflicted stab wound to the abdomen. A...

  • Man who killed student sentenced to death

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — An escaped Louisiana inmate convicted of killing a Florida State graduate student in northeast Florida has been sentenced to death. Following a jury's recommendation, a St. Johns County judge sentenced 43-year-old Kentrell Feronti Johnson on Tuesday. He was previously...

  • Uninsured rate remains unchanged in Florida

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The rate of Floridians without health insurance stayed the same in 2013 from the previous year, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Twenty percent of Floridians lacked health insurance last year, down slightly from a rate of 20.1 percent in...

  • Universities want boost in aid for needy students

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida universities say they need millions to deal with the fallout from changes to the state's popular Bright Futures scholarship program. The Board of Governors is expected this week to discuss a request to boost financial aid that goes to students who come from...

  • Group: No one should leaflet in public schools

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Wisconsin-based group that advocates on behalf of atheists and agnostics says though it recently won the right to distribute its materials in Orange County public schools, it doesn't think any religious or non-religious group should be allowed to. The Freedom From...

  • Florida marks 10th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan, which remains one of the costliest tropical storms to ever make landfall in the U.S. Ivan came ashore just west of Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Sept. 16, 2004, as a Category 3 storm. The large hurricane's strong...

  • 29 Cuban migrants reach land in Florida Keys

    LOGGERHEAD KEY, Fla. (AP) — Twenty-nine Cuban migrants have been rescued after reaching land in the Florida Keys. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports the migrants reached Loggerhead Key Monday morning. Once on land, they approached a National Park Service building....

  • Dems set to spend record amounts in Florida governor's race

    The Democratic Governors Association gave Charlie Crist $1.5 million Monday, bringing its total investment to about $5.6 million, according to the Miami Herald.



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