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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.

Strength in numbers for sober travelersupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 09:35:00

Sue and her husband loved to go on ski vacations, skiing on the slopes all morning and starting their drinking at lunchtime. Sue, who asked that her last name not be used, wasn't always sure the next morning what she had said or done -- or if she had apologies to make to anyone.

Elderly woman dies, girl among 4 rescued after boat sinks off Florida Keysupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 12:45:00

After treading water for about 20 hours, a 4-year-old girl and three others were rescued Sunday by Coast Guard crews off the Florida Keys, though an 80-year-old woman drowned before she could be reached.

Save the date for 'Bridesmaids'updated: Thu Jun 30 2011 16:02:00

Kristen Wiig and Wendi McLendon-Covey talk weddings, "SNL" and what they've done in the name of being a good friend.

The high cost of being a bridesmaidupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 16:02:00

Friends have asked Brianne Bricker to be their bridesmaid so many times, that this summer she finally had to say "no."

How much does it cost to be a bridesmaid?updated: Thu Jun 30 2011 12:23:00

Friends have asked Brianne Bricker to be their bridesmaid so many times, that this summer she finally had to say "no."

Two boomers, passions and retirementupdated: Thu May 12 2011 12:00:00

They are both baby boomers, both still living their dreams, but only one of them is feeling secure about retirement. She has her eyes on valuable coins, while he is following butterflies.

A tale of two boomersupdated: Thu May 12 2011 12:00:00

They are both following their dreams, but only one has a secure future. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

Pilot whales beach themselvesupdated: Fri May 06 2011 17:18:00

Volunteers work through the night to save beached pilot whales. WSVN reports

What pushes cohabiting couples into marriage?updated: Thu Nov 18 2010 09:35:00

You've been living with the love of your life for months or years. Things are going great. So why get married at all and possibly mess up a good thing?

Fewer couples saying 'I do,' poll findsupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 09:35:00

Belinda Luscombe, TIME, breaks down new marriage poll saying 40 percent of Americans believe marriage is obsolete.

Nyad delays attempt to break distance-swim recordupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 13:47:00

Extreme swimmer Diana Nyad has temporarily called off her marathon Cuba-to-Key West swim, citing bad weather and slow progress on government permissions, she tells CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Extreme swimmer Diana Nyad postponesupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 13:47:00

Extreme swimmer Diana Nyad postpones swim until 2011 due to weather, water temp.

Nonpartisan Florida group pushes to address children's issuesupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 22:35:00

The marching band and the waving flags gave it the look and feel of a political rally.

Milk Party strikes political chordupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 22:35:00

CNN's John Zarrella reports on a grassroots movement in Florida that focuses on children's issues.

Coral reefs sending a warning signalupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 09:16:00

I work at an inland university in chilly upstate New York. Around here, many people feel a little global warming is good and there is really nothing that they can see or hear that will make them feel differently. News of warming sea surfaces and bleached coral reefs inspire little response when there's a chill in the air and the ocean is hundreds of miles away.

Kelly McGillis, girlfriend join in civil unionupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 10:49:00

Actress Kelly McGillis and sales executive Melanie Leis, who have known each other since 2000, were joined in a civil union this week, The New York Times reports.

Final kill of Gulf oil well on hold as crews fish for drill pipeupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 20:56:00

Three weeks after BP plugged its crippled Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico with cement and mud from above, crews are "fishing" for pieces of drill pipe that need to be removed from inside the well's blowout preventer before crews can move on to the "bottom kill" -- the permanent fix for the well.

Finding stolen piece of history may not be easy taskupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 12:38:00

For more than 20 years, the bulletproof museum case housed a small piece of yesteryear: a gold bar recovered from a sunken Spanish galleon. Today, its case is broken, littered with black fingerprint dust. The treasure is gone. Stolen. Two thieves were caught in the act by the museum's security cameras.

Gold bar theft caught on cameraupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 12:38:00

Police are baffled over the theft of a gold bar from a Florida maritime museum. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

Gold bar theft a real whodunnitupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 10:14:00

It's been nearly a week since two modern-day pirates walked into the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida, and made off with a $550,000 gold bar.

No arrests yet in theft of gold bar from museumupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 21:24:00

Authorities Friday were checking fingerprints and clarifying video images showing the theft of a $550,000 gold bar from a museum in Key West, Florida.

Caught on camera: Men steal goldupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 21:24:00

A rare treasure recovered from an ancient Spanish ship has been stolen from a museum in Florida.

Florida confirms 24 cases of dengue fever in Key Westupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 23:17:00

The Florida Department of Health confirmed an increase in the number of cases of dengue fever acquired in the Key West area.

'Indescribable, crazy pain': Surviving dengue feverupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 10:46:00

Jeanette Potter was in the Atlanta airport when she started to feel a bit off.

Exec: BP will emerge 'stronger and safer'updated: Tue May 18 2010 15:01:00

The oil spill debate heats up on Capitol Hill as BP's president says the company will learn from the terrible event.

Researchers: Unlikely Keys tar balls stem from Gulf oil spillupdated: Tue May 18 2010 15:01:00

Tar balls found on a Florida Keys beach Monday, while not believed to be from a massive Gulf of Mexico spill, are nevertheless raising fears that oil will spread along the coastlines of Florida and beyond.

Stimulus money restoring crumbling fort off Floridaupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 21:03:00

Weather and time have inflicted more damage to Fort Jefferson than hostile cannon fire ever did.

Hemingway's home gets literary honorupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 14:28:00

The Key West, Florida, home where Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote for nearly a decade was designated a Literary Landmark on Sunday.

In the Southeast: Warmer days are here againupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 12:01:00

Higher temperatures are bringing some relief to the Southeast and should remain in place despite stormy weather expected for the coming weekend, weather forecasters said Tuesday.

Deep freeze may hike OJ pricesupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 12:01:00

CNN's Felicia Taylor looks at how freezing temperatures might have an effect on the cost of orange juice. Report: Greg Norman and Chris Evert Finalize Divorceupdated: Mon Jan 11 2010 19:14:00

The sports legends, who married in 2008, dissolve their marriage quietly in Florida

FSB: Diving for shipwrecked lootupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 10:28:00

The air tastes warm and salty, and the midmorning sun glints off the turquoise waves that sway the Dare.

10 things every traveler should doupdated: Thu Jun 25 2009 15:25:00

Visiting a new town is like having a conversation. Places ask questions of you just as searchingly as you question them. And, as in any conversation, it helps to listen with an open mind, so you can be led somewhere unexpected. The more you leave assumptions at home, I've found, the better you can hear whatever it is that a destination is trying to say to you.

Warship sunk off Florida to create artificial reefupdated: Wed May 27 2009 19:40:00

The USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a retired U.S. Navy warship, embarked on a sedentary new career Wednesday on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico.

Warship sunk to create reefupdated: Wed May 27 2009 19:40:00

The USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg was intentionally sunk in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Key West's historic street reopens after fireupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 21:52:00

Key West's historic Duval Street reopened Monday morning after a fire swept through a building housing three well-known businesses and temporarily shut down other popular spots on the island city's main street.

Key West's ruby shoe is coming down!updated: Tue Dec 30 2008 09:14:00

It's one of the few New Year's Eve parties in America where straight guys think twice about kissing a stranger at midnight.

FSB: New for '09: GPS tour guidesupdated: Tue Dec 30 2008 04:39:00

Today's penny-pinching travelers actually benefit tourism entrepreneur Lee Little, founder and CEO of BarZ Adventures in Austin. Business is booming for his three-year-old company, which sells Palm-like GPS-enabled tour-guide devices. Called Rangers, they play audio and video keyed to points of interest at the user's location, such as a national park.

Eight rebellious U.S. regions and secessionist effortsupdated: Tue Dec 02 2008 08:36:00

We all know about the Confederate states leaving the Union. But that was far from the only secessionist movement in American history. Here are some rebellious regions you won't find in too many history books.

Longboat Key offers serenity nowupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 09:47:00

Like any sun-drenched beach paradise, Longboat Key offers water sports, biking and tennis, but the best way to enjoy the island may be by doing nothing at all.

Top 10 bed-and-breakfast townsupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 11:10:00

Now's a prime time to enjoy a cozy bed-and-breakfast. Whether you want to trek a nature trail or shop along a dock, these places offer a great escape. Tex., La. Preparing for Ike's Landfallupdated: Tue Sep 09 2008 10:00:00

The Gulf Coast watched anxiously as Hurricane Ike trudged toward areas still cleaning up after Gustav, with disasters pre-declared in much of eastern Texas Ike Turns West, Misses Florida Keysupdated: Mon Sep 08 2008 15:00:00

Residents in the Florida Keys breathed a sigh of relief Monday as a fierce Hurricane Ike turned west on a path away from the low-lying island chain

Tourists, residents scramble to flee Caribbean as Ike strengthensupdated: Sun Sep 07 2008 16:26:00

Ike strengthened to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm Saturday near the Turks and Caicos Islands with winds near 135 mph, said the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.

Crist: Ike a 'dangerous storm'updated: Sun Sep 07 2008 16:26:00

Florida Governor Charlie Crist holds a news conference on Hurricane Ike preps.

Tourists, residents ordered out of Keys as Ike strengthensupdated: Sat Sep 06 2008 23:51:00

Visitors to the Florida Keys were told to pack up and leave Saturday because of the threat from Hurricane Ike, swirling in the Caribbean.

CNNMoney: Manage your vacation during hurricane seasonupdated: Fri Aug 29 2008 10:10:00

All eyes are on Tropical Storm Gustav as it heads toward the Gulf. If you're planning on traveling during this hurricane season, here's what you need to know.

Twisters spotted as Fay sweeps across southern Floridaupdated: Tue Aug 19 2008 22:00:00

At least seven possible tornadoes were reported Tuesday in eastern Florida as Tropical Storm Fay battered parts of the state with high winds and heavy rain, the National Hurricane Center said.

Fay could become hurricane, forecasters sayupdated: Mon Aug 18 2008 09:27:00

Tropical Storm Fay moved over the western end of Cuba on Monday morning on its march toward the eastern Gulf of Mexico and Florida Keys, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Storm Fay Hits Florida Keysupdated: Sat Aug 16 2008 18:00:00

Two years since a hurricane last lashed at Florida, many residents were taking a wait-and-see attitude Monday as a strengthening Tropical Storm Fay bore down on the Florida Keys and Gulf Coast

7 tourist traps you loveupdated: Fri May 09 2008 15:21:00

Back in September, Budget Travel asked for feedback about bona fide, no-holds-barred tourist traps that readers loved anyway. Here are the top picks.

Review: 'Fool's Gold' a product of idiotsupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 12:34:00

The words "bad romantic comedy" may now add up to a redundant phrase, but "bad" is still a relative concept.

Key West's dead raised to learn their secretsupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 12:45:00

At the historic Key West Cemetery, the remains of seven unknown souls were exhumed recently from a pauper's crypt.

Cemetery of the unknownsupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 12:45:00

Susan Candiotti reports on unidentified bodies being exhumed in Florida to extract DNA in hopes of solving cold cases.

Fly like a seagullupdated: Wed Jun 27 2007 10:18:00

The thrill of a seaplane isn't just in the water landing. Here's what you'll see on North American flights.

Tropical storm forms as hurricane season opensupdated: Fri Jun 01 2007 17:53:00

Tropical Storm Barry formed in the Gulf of Mexico and set sail for Florida on Friday -- the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Top 10 floating innsupdated: Wed May 02 2007 09:56:00

Sleep like a sailor -- at least for a night or two.

Travel Troubleshooter: A lost ticket mysteryupdated: Fri Apr 27 2007 10:51:00

DeeVon Quirolo's airline tickets are missing in action. But instead of honoring her reservation, her airline forces her to buy an expensive walk-up fare from Key West, Florida, to Washington, D.C. Who's responsible for the lost paper ticket -- and who should pay for Quirolo's new one?

Fortune: Agent for Cuban baseball defectors convictedupdated: Thu Apr 12 2007 21:58:00

How's this for irony: baseball agent Gus Dominguez will almost certainly go to prison for helping Cuban ballplayers flee Fidel Castro's Communist regime to freely peddle their talents to the highest bidder.

Your e-mails: Making their markupdated: Tue Aug 29 2006 17:20:00

Hurricane Katrina survivor Rockey Vaccarella towed a FEMA-style trailer more than 950 miles to thank President Bush on Wednesday for the government's help in rebuilding the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast.

Cuban migrant dies in high-speed dash to Floridaupdated: Sat Jul 08 2006 17:16:00

A woman died after the Coast Guard chased and captured a speedboat carrying 31 Cuban migrants and three suspected immigrant smugglers about 4 miles off the coast of Boca Chica, Florida, on Saturday, the Coast Guard said.

How adventurous should your family vacation be? updated: Fri Jun 23 2006 10:20:00

When Lauryn Axelrod plans a vacation with her teenage son Josh, she begins with one question: What new cultural and physical experiences do I want to give my child?

13-year-old arrested in fatal hit-run of snorkelerupdated: Tue May 30 2006 08:11:00

A 13-year-old boater was arrested Monday after authorities said he hit and killed a 6-year-old snorkeler, then sped away.

Near New Orleans, but a world awayupdated: Mon Apr 17 2006 09:33:00

On the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, near the end of the causeway that leads across this salty bowl of water to New Orleans, a red and white sign beckons. The sign, attached to Morton's Seafood Restaurant, reads: "Hot boiled seafood when arrow is flashing."

CNN Future Summit genetics forumupdated: Mon Apr 17 2006 07:52:00

Genetic research is unlocking our fundamental understanding of what it means to be human. In the future, it may allow us to change what it means to be human. We want to know what you think about genetic research.

Wilma delivers blow to Floridaupdated: Mon Oct 24 2005 01:07:00

Hurricane Wilma battered Florida with heavy rain, widespread flooding and damaging winds for about six hours Monday before heading out to the Atlantic and regaining strength.

Wilma rockets toward southwest Floridaupdated: Sun Oct 23 2005 04:03:00

Hurricane Wilma strengthened as it picked up forward speed across the Gulf of Mexico with landfall expected along Florida's southwest coast early Monday, forecasters said.

Hurricane Rita lashes Florida Keysupdated: Tue Sep 20 2005 19:38:00

Thousands of residents of the Florida Keys hunkered down as Hurricane Rita lashed the islands with blinding rain and winds Tuesday afternoon.

With Rita strengthening, Galveston orders evacuationupdated: Tue Sep 20 2005 01:42:00

With Hurricane Rita intensifying as it treks westward through the Gulf of Mexico, the mayor of Galveston declared a state of emergency Tuesday night.

Governor orders evacuation of Keysupdated: Mon Sep 19 2005 04:21:00

Gov. Jeb Bush ordered the Florida Keys evacuated in anticipation of Tropical Storm Rita, which was forecast to become a hurricane Tuesday morning.

Forecasters: Katrina to aim for Mississippi, Louisianaupdated: Fri Aug 26 2005 01:29:00

Hurricane Katrina will make a "big shift" to the west on its way across the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to reach dangerous Category 4 intensity before making landfall Monday afternoon in Mississippi or Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said Friday.

Your e-mails: Hurricane experiencesupdated: Sat Jul 09 2005 11:38:00 asked readers to share thoughts about how they've been affected by hurricanes. Here is a sampling from the responses, some of which have been edited:

Dennis nears U.S.updated: Sat Jul 09 2005 05:47:00

Hurricane Dennis, which has strengthened to a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph, brushed by Key West, Florida, on its way to a predicted direct hit on the U.S. Gulf coast.

CNNMoney: The perfect level of 'rich'updated: Tue Jun 07 2005 18:14:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The notion of "rich" is frequent fodder for headlines. In the past month alone we've learned:

FSB: Mission: Accomplishmentupdated: Tue Mar 01 2005 00:01:00

It's not yet noon on Sunday, and I have completed my workout, enjoyed breakfast, attended church, and now sit writing my column for FSB. This month's topic was suggested by the magazine's editorial...

Ivan's projected path shifts westwardupdated: Sat Sep 11 2004 13:49:00

Florida's Gulf Coast residents should spend Saturday stocking up on supplies or making plans for a possible evacuation as Hurricane Ivan follows an uncertain path closer to them, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said.

American Quest: Florida feelingsupdated: Mon Aug 02 2004 05:47:00

From the retirement home in Boca Raton, to the Latinos on Miami Beach, from the conservative voters on the Space Coast to the dropouts in Key West, I have traveled Florida to get a feeling of what this election is all about.

FSB: Going Native How I learned to pay heed to local business customs.updated: Sat May 01 2004 00:01:00

Whenever I think of expanding a business into a new territory, I remember the lessons I learned in 1988, when the NBA announced that the Orlando Magic would bring basketball to the town that Mickey...

FSB: Spend Two Nights With Me Then maybe I'll hire you. By the way, do you cheat on your spouse?updated: Thu Apr 01 2004 00:01:00

I have followed with interest and astonishment the Martha Stewart trial and conviction. Here is a world-famous entrepreneur whose venerated brand has been irrevocably tainted by serious allegations...

FSB: Catching the 5:15 A simple reporting system can help you keep tabs on your business.updated: Mon Mar 01 2004 00:01:00

In every one of my businesses, I have instituted a key communication tool called the Five-Fifteen. Each Friday, all employees and managers write a progress report that lands on their supervisor's d...

Fortune: Happy Trails When the East Coast Greenway is finished, you'll be able to ride a bike traffic-free from Maine to Key West.updated: Mon May 26 2003 00:01:00

Ten years and over $400 million in the making, the first 370 miles of the East Coast Greenway officially debut next month. The Greenwhat? Greenway--an ambitious plan to link 2,600 miles of urban,...

Money Magazine: Island Hopping The 100-mile drive across the Florida Keys is a classic winter road trip.updated: Sun Dec 01 2002 00:01:00

You're going to Key West? That doesn't seem like your kind of place." That's what most of my friends said when I told them my travel plans. The funny thing is, I never said I was going to Key West;...

Money Magazine: Island-hopping in the Keysupdated: Wed Nov 27 2002 14:18:00

You're going to Key West? That doesn't seem like your kind of place. That's what most of my friends said when I told them my travel plans. The funny thing is, I never said I was going to Key West.

Money Magazine: Marchupdated: Fri Mar 01 2002 00:01:00

Carrying on

Fortune: Terrorists Are Ruining My Middle Ageupdated: Mon Dec 24 2001 00:01:00

I hadn't known it before Sept. 11, but I was starting to enjoy middle age: hectic and insanely busy but generally pleasing and more or less free of friction, fear, anger, and anxiety. That old Joni...

FSB: Key Westupdated: Thu Nov 01 2001 00:01:00

Key West is one of those places in perpetual danger of declining into self-parody, a bland pastiche of palms and pastels adrift in the whatever daze of Margaritaville. Still, you can find pockets o...

FSB: Owning a Little R&R Where to find vacation-home getaways that are real retreatsupdated: Thu Feb 01 2001 00:01:00

When Scott and Susan Murray went shopping for a vacation home three years ago, they didn't look for a beach house in Miami or a cottage on Key West. "We wanted a place where we could really get awa...

Fortune: THE BEST OYSTER BARSupdated: Mon Mar 03 1997 00:01:00

The colder the water, the better the oysters, so now's the time to taste these raw, briny filter feeders. A couple of the restaurants below put on an air or two, but they're all still the sort of j...


JOE KENNEDY, a famous rich guy in his day, exited the stock market in timely fashion after a shoeshine boy gave him some stock tips. He figured that when the shoeshine boys have tips, the market is...

Money Magazine: DISCOUNTS OF 25% TO 60% ARE A SEA OF DREAMS FOR CRUISERSupdated: Thu Sep 01 1994 00:01:00

The recent overblown headlines about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease on a cruise ship have overshadowed the real news in cruising: A record shipbuilding spree now under way promises a tidal wa...

Money Magazine: WHERE TO GO IN AMERICA CALENDAR U.S.A. '91/'92updated: Fri Mar 01 1991 00:01:00

There's no better time to rediscover America. Not only will your U.S. dollars buy more in the U.S. than in Europe or the Orient, but you'll find an oversupply of bargain-priced hotel rooms, less ex...

Money Magazine: News About You and Your Money MEL FISHER'S PAYOFF: SINKIN' TREASURE updated: Sat Nov 01 1986 00:01:00

The late Tennessee Williams would have loved the bash for 1,000 in his adopted hometown of Key West. Everywhere one looked there was silver, gold, emeralds and other treasure from the Spanish galle...

Fortune: Diving for doubloonsupdated: Mon Aug 19 1985 00:01:00

Divers off the South Florida coast discovered a sunken Spanish galleon loaded with gold, silver, and copper that they say could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The find culminates a 16-ye...

Fortune: TAKE ME OUT NEAR THE BALL GAME Baseball, business, and dinner make a great triple play. But you've got to know where to eat.updated: Mon Jun 24 1985 00:01:00

Whether it's the ivy-and-brick antiquity of Wrigley Field or the indoor comfort of the Astrodome, a ballpark offers a unique forum for mixing business and pleasure. There's ample time for conversat...

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