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Florida defies DOJ with voter roll purgeupdated: Wed Jul 04 2012 09:19:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to Florida Rep. Tom Rooney about the politics of purging the state's voter rolls.

Tropical Storm Debby hits Floridaupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 11:38:00

Tropical Storm Debby slams parts of Florida, pummeling the region with high winds and heavy rain.

Tropical Storm Debby spawns fatal tornado in Florida, drenches coastupdated: Sun Jun 24 2012 21:40:00

The expansive, stalled Tropical Storm Debby lashed Florida on Sunday, spawning apparent tornadoes in the central part of the state that killed one woman, a county spokeswoman said.

Air Force Osprey crash at Florida base injures fiveupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 07:24:00

An Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed Wednesday during a routine training mission north of Navarre, Florida, injuring five crew members aboard, a military official said.

Justice Department lawsuit challenges Florida voter purgeupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 17:42:00

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to stop the state of Florida from purging voters from registration rolls.

DOJ says it will sue Florida over voting rolls purgeupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 01:27:00

In the latest volley in the ongoing battle over Florida voter lists, the Justice Department has sent a letter stating it will take legal action against the state, citing violations of voting rights laws.

Florida intent on denying people the right to voteupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 08:39:00

It wouldn't be an election year without Florida exhibiting its usual despicable efforts to keep residents from voting.

Disney cruise ship rescues 4 men off Floridaupdated: Tue May 29 2012 13:50:00

A Disney cruise liner stopped to rescue four men signaling for help near Key West, Florida, a spokeswoman for the company said Tuesday.

Rainmaker Beryl poses flood threat in Southupdated: Tue May 29 2012 13:10:00

After dumping more than a foot of rain in at least one location, Tropical Depression Beryl continued to soak the South on Tuesday, prompting flood watches and warnings from Florida to North Carolina.

Timelapse of Tropical Storm Berylupdated: Tue May 29 2012 13:10:00

iReporter Fabian Lorenz shot this video of Tropical Storm Beryl outside his attic in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Weakened Beryl still dumping rain on Southeastupdated: Tue May 29 2012 09:29:00

After ruining Memorial Day plans along the Florida and Georgia coasts, the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl are forecast to bring more rain to the Carolinas.

Charlotte v. Tampa: Convention city smackdownupdated: Thu May 24 2012 11:12:00

Why wait for the election in November? The political convention host cities are already going head-to-head as part of our Destination USA project pitting rival cities against each other. Tampa, Florida, will host the Republican National Convention August 27-30, while Charlotte, North Carolina, will host the Democratic National Convention September 3-6.

Students, teachers at south Florida school complain of rashupdated: Wed May 16 2012 16:16:00

A southern Florida high school was placed in lockdown for a time Wednesday after a dozen students and two teachers complained of itchy rashes, officials said.

Members of white supremacist group arrested in Floridaupdated: Wed May 09 2012 17:21:00

Railroad ties, cement pilings and other debris reportedly mark the entrance to Marcus and Partricia Faella's rural Florida compound, situated on the edge of a wildlife management area marketed by tourism officials as a good spot for hikers, campers and bird watchers.

Fla. to review 'Stand Your Ground' lawupdated: Wed May 02 2012 08:15:00

Florida will review its "Stand your Ground" law, but the task force includes many supporters.

Federal judge issues injunction against drug testing of Florida state employeesupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 13:31:00

A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction against Florida Gov. Rick Scott's order to test most state employees for drug use, according to a ruling filed Thursday.

Sides of Florida you may have never seenupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 11:11:00

CNN's John Zarrella takes us on a tour of the Florida you don't see in all those campaign stops, but probably should.

8 mistakes weekend travelers makeupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 09:49:00

Not that long ago Budget Travel asked readers if it would be worth flying six hours to a destination if you only had four nights to spend there. And surprisingly, the majority said yes! So the next question is: how do you make the most of a short break?

A non-fan's spring training pilgrimageupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 15:44:00

Growing up in New York City, there are a few things I never imagined myself doing, like driving a car, living in a house or attending big high school games like the ones I'd seen on TV.

9-year-old dies when tractor-trailer hits school bus in Floridaupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 22:07:00

A 9-year-old boy was killed Monday when the school bus he was on turned in front of a fully loaded tractor-trailer and was hit broadside, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Florida shooting renews debate over 'stand your ground' lawsupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 21:22:00

In the months after the Florida Legislature passed a law in 2005 allowing residents to use deadly force to protect themselves no matter where they were, gun-control advocates plastered the state with fliers bearing warnings to tourists.

Valedictorian facing deportation gets reprieve in Floridaupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 14:56:00

A Florida high school valedictorian and her sister, who were facing deportation, instead were meeting with with lawmakers Wednesday after being granted a reprieve.

Searchers scour waters between Florida, Bahamas for cruise passengerupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 18:11:00

A Canadian woman was nowhere to be found when her cruise ship docked in Florida, prompting an FBI investigation and a Coast Guard search Thursday between Palm Beach and the Bahamas, authorities said.

Dougherty sister pleads guilty in multistate crime spreeupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 04:44:00

One of three siblings accused of robbing a bank and trying to kill police officers last year has accepted a plea deal that calls for at least nine years in prison, according to court documents.

CNNMoney: Homes in foreclosure decline by 130,000updated: Wed Feb 08 2012 09:07:00

Slowly, but surely, the foreclosure crisis seems to be abating.

Church Pleads for Florida Crash Survivorupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 12:55:00

15 year old Lidiane Carmo lost her entire family in a deadly Florida crash. But she may face another threat: deportation.

FAQ: What's at stake tonight in Florida?updated: Tue Jan 31 2012 20:27:00

With the results from the critical Florida primary coming in tonight, here are a few answers to the top questions:

Gingrich, Romney grudge match in Floridaupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 20:27:00

Florida may not go his way, but Newt Gingrich remains confident he'll win the GOP nomination. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

CNNMoney: Worst place to lose your job: Floridaupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 13:11:00

If you lose your job in Florida, chances are you won't find another one any time soon.

Florida voters voice their concernsupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 10:14:00

From the cigar factory to the senior center, voters talk about what they are looking for in a candidate.

It's not your grandpa's Floridaupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 22:39:00

Florida is the traditional tie-breaking primary in the January gantlet -- but there's very little that's traditional about the Sunshine State. It is a sprawling cross section of 10 media markets and one of the most diverse states in the nation, containing communities of voters across the political spectrum.

High stakes in upcoming Florida primaryupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 10:26:00

CNN's Candy Crowley reports on the high stakes in Tuesday's Florida Republican presidential primary.

Florida is a tie-breaker but no game-enderupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 10:26:00

The four survivors of the Republican primary process intend to keep on keeping on after Florida. They all see the White House from their campaign headquarters.

Going after Florida's Latino voteupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 12:18:00

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney fight for the key constituency in Florida. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

GOP, don't blow it with Florida's Latinos updated: Thu Jan 26 2012 12:18:00

On behalf of all those Latino voters who have figured out that the Obama administration is the most hostile to Latino immigrants of any administration in the last half century and who are looking for an alternative, let me say this to the Republican presidential candidates: "Bienvenidos to Florida! Now, behave yourselves."

Florida's Latino voters will be a factor in the primaryupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 15:27:00

As the attention of the nation turns toward Florida ahead of its primary election, the Latino vote has emerged as an important factor.

Cash-flush Brazilians flock to Floridaupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 09:51:00

Cash-flush Brazilians are looking for deals, and Miami is the place to find them. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

Florida's tourism gets a boost from a Brazilian invasionupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 09:51:00

"Oi -- Sejam bem-vindos!" -- meaning "Hi, welcome!" -- is a Portuguese phrase heard more and more these days at Florida's tourist spots.

Florida, manatees brace for frigid nightupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 19:49:00

Winter weather greeted southerners as they returned to work Tuesday following the New Year's holiday weekend, with freezing temperatures replacing the surprisingly warm weather of recent days.

Suspicious white powder scare in Floridaupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 16:34:00

West Palm Beach Fire Rescue responded to a white powder exposure at the Palm Beach County State Attorneys Office.

3 dead in Florida medical helicopter crashupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 06:23:00

Three people -- a surgeon, a medical technician and a pilot -- were killed Monday when a medical helicopter crashed in Florida, the Mayo Clinic said.

Police: Man killed with assault rifle outside Florida mallupdated: Sat Dec 24 2011 05:40:00

A shooting outside a crowded Florida mall on Friday night left one man dead and more than 100 shell casings at the scene, authorities said.

16-foot python devours deer in Floridaupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 18:40:00

A Burmese python slithering through the Everglades proved that her eyes weren't bigger than her stomach, swallowing intact a 76-pound deer.

22 arrested in Florida as part of 'pill mill' crackdownupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 17:49:00

Law enforcement officers arrested 22 people Friday in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, as part of an effort to shut down so-called pill mills distributing illegal prescription drugs.

Federal judge temporarily bars Florida's welfare drug-test lawupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 22:08:00

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a controversial Florida law requiring all welfare applicants to be drug-tested.

Florida courthouse evacuated after employees feel illupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 18:15:00

A courthouse in Coral Gables, Florida, was evacuated Thursday afternoon after several employees reported feeling ill, fire officials said.

Severe weather sweeps Florida; 50 homes damagedupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 14:20:00

Severe weather has damaged more than 50 homes in several Florida towns, officials said, and schools in the Florida Keys were canceled Wednesday because of heavy rain and frequent lightning. No serious injuries were reported.

Florida governor visits NASA facility to talk jobsupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 11:23:00

Florida's governor sent a message to the aerospace industry Tuesday: the state supports Kennedy Space Center's future.

Justices deal with Ten Commandments display, Florida murder appealupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 20:07:00

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from an Ohio judge who wanted to post a copy of the biblical Ten Commandments in his courtroom.

Florida eases penalties for teen sextingupdated: Sat Oct 01 2011 18:08:00

Before Saturday, a Florida teenager who sent or received nude photos or video could have been charged with a felony and forced to register as a sex offender.

Florida seeks to move primary date, upending GOP calendar updated: Fri Sep 30 2011 02:39:00

A Republican-appointed commission in Florida could turn the 2012 GOP presidential nominating calendar topsy-turvy Friday if it goes ahead with plans to shift the state's primary to January 31.

First on CNN: Florida will likely hold Jan. primary, threatening presidential calendarupdated: Wed Sep 28 2011 09:59:00

Florida is now expected to hold its presidential primary on the last day in January 2012, a move likely to throw the carefully arranged Republican nominating calendar into disarray and jumpstart the nominating process a month earlier than party leaders had hoped.

Lawmaker pushes to repeal Florida law that makes cohabitation a crimeupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 17:43:00

A Florida lawmaker is pushing to repeal a state law that makes it illegal to cohabitate with someone who is not their spouse, and makes it a crime punishable by a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Florida sheriff's detectives ask court to bill Casey Anthony $293,123updated: Wed Aug 24 2011 17:23:00

The Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office spent $293,123.77 on detective work in the disappearance of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in 2008, according to authorities, and it wants to be reimbursed.

CNNMoney: Burt Reynolds faces foreclosure in Floridaupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 13:35:00

Burt Reynolds could lose his waterfront mansion in Florida after failing to make mortgage payments for almost a year.

Florida officer recounts run-in with fugitive Dougherty siblingsupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 12:08:00

A Florida police officer who was shot at by three fugitive siblings said Thursday he was glad the trio was apprehended without any civilian or police casualties.

Officials fear for infants born to prescription drug addictsupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 18:19:00

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug overdose deaths in Florida are up a staggering 265% since 2003. But it's not just the deaths that have Florida officials worried; it's the births.

Pill abuse hits Florida babiesupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 18:19:00

Florida sees an alarming spike in the number of babies born addicted to pills. CNN's Amber Lyon investigates.

Florida's debated welfare drug-screen measure kicks inupdated: Sat Jul 02 2011 22:21:00

A controversial law requiring adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screening has gone into effect in Florida.

Four shot execution style in pharmacyupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 22:00:00

New York authorities are searching for a gunman wanted in the killings of four people inside a Long Island pharmacy.

Painkillers are a gateway to heroinupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 22:00:00

This past winter, I found myself following a drug dealer and his crew up the dark stairway of a triple-decker apartment building on the outskirts of Boston. Reaching a unit on the top floor, the young man pulled a gun from his waistband and set it on a coffee table next to a digital scale and a pile of drugs.

Flames kill 2 Florida firefighters, injure 2 othersupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 00:24:00

A pair of firefighters died in north Florida on Monday while battling the Blue Ribbon wildfire in Hamilton County, the Florida Division of Forestry said.

CNNMoney: Florida teachers sue state in pension disputeupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:28:00

Florida teachers have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the state from requiring them to contribute 3% of their pay towards their pensions.

Nearly 400 wildfires burning in lightning-hammered Floridaupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 16:12:00

As many as 30 to 40 new wildfires have been breaking out daily in Florida amid persistent dry conditions, fire officials said Wednesday.

Florida firm agrees to settlement over toxic drywallupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 21:47:00

A Florida company that was sued after thousands claimed they used toxic drywall imported from China agreed to a $55 million preliminary settlement Tuesday.

Fires nearing Florida wildlife refugeupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 19:10:00

Two fires have merged, coming dangerously close to protected areas in Florida's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Alleged Starbucks voyeur found dead in Florida hotelupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 04:01:00

A man accused of placing a hidden camera in the unisex bathroom of a Starbucks was found dead in a hotel room in Punta Gorda, Florida, on Sunday, police said.

Florida brush fire threatens Indian reservationupdated: Thu Jun 09 2011 19:43:00

Firefighters in Florida executed a controlled burn Thursday to try to keep a large brush fire from reaching property belonging to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians west of Miami.

Bath salts banned in Floridaupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 05:58:00

Florida outlaws bath salts, a synthetic drug that has been compared to cocaine and methamphetamines. WJHG reports.

1,600-plus Florida beachgoers stung by jellyfish, county officials sayupdated: Tue May 31 2011 17:17:00

More than 1,600 people within a 10-mile stretch of central Florida's Atlantic beaches have been stung in the past week by a distinctive species of jellyfish not indigenous to North America, a rescue official said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Where people are oldest - Maine tops Floridaupdated: Fri May 27 2011 14:46:00

Florida may have the reputation as a big draw for retirees, but it's actually the northern end of the Eastern Seaboard that has the most aged population in America.

CNNMoney: Florida pulls plug on rocket-docket foreclosure courtsupdated: Wed May 25 2011 13:49:00

Say bye-bye to Florida's rocket-docket foreclosure courts.

Websites enable sexual predators, Florida sheriff's department saysupdated: Tue May 10 2011 18:02:00

A Florida sheriff who just arrested 22 men caught in an online undercover operation blames the policies of the Internet sites used by sexual predators.

Florida rejects federal fundsupdated: Tue May 10 2011 06:24:00

Gov. Rick Scott turns down federal funding for a high speed rail project saying "the risks outweigh the benefits."

Rejected by Florida, U.S. reallocates $2 billion for high-speed railupdated: Tue May 10 2011 06:24:00

Rail riders along the California coast and the Boston-Washington "Northeast Corridor" are set to reap much of the benefits from $2 billion that Florida policymakers had earlier rejected for high-speed rail development.

CNNMoney: Florida to cut state unemployment benefitsupdated: Tue May 10 2011 05:24:00

Florida residents would no longer get up to 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits come 2012, under a bill state lawmakers approved late last week.

CNNMoney: State unemployment benefits in the crosshairsupdated: Mon May 09 2011 14:36:00

The jobless may soon find their state unemployment check is not in the mail.

Fortune: Grab a second-home bargainupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 12:14:00

People selling second homes in sunny locations couldn't have asked for a better marketing pitch than the winter of 2011. With snow turning Northern roads into ice rinks and closing airports and schools, the Sunbelt would seem to be more desirable than ever. The only glitch is the real estate hangover from the Great Recession.

Hundreds begin protests against Florida immigration billsupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 17:58:00

With less than two weeks before the scheduled last day of the Florida legislative session, demonstrators against the state's proposed immigration bills are putting on a full court press.

Riled about rail: Why all the anger over high speed trains?updated: Thu Apr 21 2011 10:10:00

"Stop the Train" was, literally, a rallying cry for post-Tea Party Republicans this past November.

White powder sent to congressman called 'non-biological threat'updated: Fri Apr 08 2011 20:57:00

A white substance mailed to a Florida congressman's campaign office on Friday was "not a dangerous material," emergency officials said.

Tornado touches down in Floridaupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 05:42:00

Strong storms sweep through areas of Florida as CNN's Chad Myers reports.

Pilot killed in Florida air show crashupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 06:52:00

A pilot performing stunts in an east Florida air show died in a fiery crash Saturday when the Russian military plane he was flying broke from formation and plummeted to the ground, officials said.

CNNMoney: Florida courts face $72.3 million deficit from foreclosure freezeupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 17:51:00

Florida desperately needs more foreclosures ... or its court system does, at least.

CNNMoney: Nearly 20% of Florida homes are vacantupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 16:14:00

It's not always easy to feel sorry for sunny Florida. But they just got hit with another blow.

Florida agency defends its work after children found in canalupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 22:04:00

Child welfare officials Tuesday defended their involvement with the family of a woman whose two children were found dead in a south Florida canal, saying Felicia Brown "deserved a chance to have her children back."

Soldier facing rape charge captured in Floridaupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 05:59:00

A U.S. soldier who escaped Army custody while facing a rape charge in California has been returned to Los Angeles County, authorities said Monday.

Florida teen to be tried as adult in parents' deathsupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 15:53:00

A 14-year-old Florida teen accused of gunning down his parents faces manslaughter charges and will be tried as an adult, the Collier County State Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Officials investigated safety of kids found dead in Florida canalupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 18:02:00

Child protective investigators in Florida had "prior involvement" with the family of the two children found dead in a canal this month, an official said Tuesday.

Florida woman charged with murder of adopted daughterupdated: Sat Mar 05 2011 21:13:00

The adoptive mother of a Florida girl found dead in a plastic bag in her husband's truck has been charged with first-degree murder, police said Saturday.

2nd person tried to warn about alleged abuse of Florida twinsupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 03:41:00

A second person tried to warn authorities about alleged abuse of a Florida brother and sister days before one was found dead and the other doused in dangerous chemicals, according to a child abuse hotline call released this week.

Children's bodies packed into luggage, dumped in Florida canalupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 22:09:00

Police are trying to identify the bodies of two children found stuffed into luggage and floating in a south Florida canal on Wednesday.

Florida crews trying to contain two major wildfiresupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 09:48:00

Two major wildfires have burned more than 18,000 acres along Florida's eastern coast, state officials said Tuesday.

Therapist tried to warn about alleged abuse of Florida twinsupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 08:42:00

A therapist tried to warn authorities about alleged abuse of a Florida brother and sister days before one of them was found dead and the other found doused in dangerous chemicals in a pest control truck on the side of a highway, according to a phone call released this week.

States hope to cash in on Florida's rejection of rail fundsupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 08:19:00

Florida's decision this week to shun federal funding for high-speed rail has set off an auction house-like frenzy among some states hoping to get a bigger piece of the pie.

Soldier facing rape charge captured in Floridaupdated: Sat Feb 19 2011 12:30:00

A soldier who escaped Army custody while facing a rape charge has been captured at Daytona Beach, Florida, authorities said.

Why did Fla. children slip through cracks?updated: Fri Feb 18 2011 13:07:00

The tragic case of Jorge Barahona of Florida is yet another reminder of the shortcomings of the nation's child protective service systems.

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