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Florida governor signs emergency concealed carry bill into law

The governor of Florida has signed a new bill that allows gun owners in the state to carry concealed firearms without a permit during a state of emergency.

Two children shot while riding school bus in Florida

Jacksonville - Two public school children riding in a school bus have been shot in Jacksonville, Florida. It is believed the shooter or shooters were outside the bus when the incident occurred.

Op-Ed: Woman who damaged Satanic Temple seeks funds for war on Satan Special

Tallahassee - Last December, Susan Hemeryck created a stir when she allegedly vandalized a holiday display put up by The Satanic Temple. She was arrested for her trouble, on a charge of criminal mischief. However, the charge was dropped in March.

Inside the civil rights movement for people with disabilities Special

One in six children in the United States will have a developmental delay or disability. Developmental disabilities begin during the developmental period of life, either prior to birth or during infancy.

Florida jailhouse guards arrested in murder plot linked to KKK

Jacksonville - Three prison guards arrested in Florida Thursday are members of the Ku Klux Klan and it's alleged that they used Klan meetings to plan the murder of a black inmate upon his release.

Heated protests over four-year-old Florida boy's circumcision

Boynton Beach - An estranged Florida couple's fight over whether or not to circumcise their son has been going on for four years, involving a prolonged court battle, protests and now, a national debate over whether circumcision is necessary.

'Numerous bodies' found in Florida home, cops search for killer

New Port Richey - The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is investigating an early morning shooting that left "numerous" people dead in a new Port Richey mobile home today.

Two die in shooting at Florida shopping mall

Melbourne - Two people were killed and a third wounded Saturday in a shooting at a shopping mall in central Florida, authorities said.

Pacquiao traveling to Florida, London to attend social function

While waiting for a word from potential opponent Floyd Mayweather, Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao will soon be traveling to Florida, USA and London, England to grace important social functions.

Same-sex couples wed in Florida as gay marriage ban ends

Miami - Scores of same-sex Florida couples tied the knot early Tuesday after the state's ban on gay marriage ended.

Florida: 'Catholic Warrior' arrested for damaging Satanic display

Tallahassee - Apparently a display by the Satanic Temple that showed an angel falling into a pit of flames with the message "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple" was not one Florida woman's cup of eggnog. Susan Hemeryck, 54, began trying to remove the display.

Police officer shot and killed in Florida Sunday

Tarpon Springs - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Department is reporting that a Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed this morning. The shooting took place at 3 a.m. this morning on Grand Avenue, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Berreda.

Go south for the winter to St. Augustine, Florida Special

Saint Augustine - Wintertime may be the perfect season for those living in colder climates to head south. A scenic and historic destination worth the trip is St. Augustine. One landmark in America's first city is America's first parish and there are many others to see.

Florida gives Satanists right to erect 'Angel in Hellfire' scene

Miami - In 2013, Florida passed a law which gave equal representation to Christians, Jews, secular humanists, atheists, and Pastafarians, thus allowing them to construct testaments to their own faith (or lack thereof) on the grounds of the state Capitol.

The Sabal Trail Pipeline: Were there other options? Commissioned

The many critics of Florida’s Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline have already made numerous compelling arguments why the project is an unnecessary boondoggle.

Florida public school sets grade minimum

A public school in Florida has instituted a hard floor along its grading scale to help students pass classes that they were on the brink of failing.

Holiday Fla. sinkholes growing in number

Holiday - Several residents of the Pasco Mobile Home Park in Holiday, Florida have taken up temporary residence at a local hotel because of the fear of additional sinkholes forming in their neighborhood.

Fascinating history found at the Castillo de San Marcos Special

Saint Augustine - Built by Spaniards on Matanzas Bay between 1672 and 1695, the Castillo de San Marcos (Castle of Saint Mark) is a remarkable historical site. View a sample of the sights offered at this fortress.

Seniors hold the key to Florida’s marijuana vote

Tallahassee - Citizens in Florida are deciding, as part of the U.S. midterm elections, whether to legalize medical marijuana. Poll watchers think that seniors are key to the outcome rather than younger people.

A menu of St. Augustine, Florida restaurants to choose from Special

Saint Augustine - Restaurants in the oldest city in America feature everything from luscious seafood to traditional Cuban and Spanish favorites served in Florida’s oldest restaurant. The selections showcased will make your mouth water.

Police flush out man accused of stealing restaurant plumbing

St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg, Fla. police have arrested a homeless man accused of stealing plumbing parts from toilets in a number of restaurants in the area. The alleged thief is one Brian Rinda, said to be 28 years old.

The Public, or the Utilities: Florida PSC’s True Customer Commissioned

Inside the story of when Florida Power & Light announced its selection of Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC. to build a $3 billion, 500-mile natural gas pipeline through three states.

World OutGames Miami launches crowdfunding effort

Miami Beach - The WorldOut Games has announced they are launching a crowdfunding effort to aid participants who are in need of assistance to attend the event in Miami, Fla., in 2017.

Snake in the dashboard causes scare on I-95 in Virginia

Two men driving a U-Haul truck from New Hampshire to Florida got quite a scare Friday morning when a snake poked its head out of the dashboard. To make matters worse, the men were driving along heavily-traveled Interstate 95 in Virginia.

Den of deadly venomous snakes seized in Florida home

West Palm Beach - Responding to a complaint from a neighbor, police in West Palm Beach Florida, found themselves in a home that was a virtual den of snakes. They also found the owner of said snakes, who seemed to have trouble keeping his story straight.

Mother drives with baby in trunk to avoid being cited

A 19-year-old Florida mother drove with her five-month-old infant in the trunk of her car to avoid being cited for not having a car seat.

Op-Ed: The Red Cross — Talking with Volunteer first responders Special

Between 2012 and 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 62.2 million Americans volunteered in some way. This is one-fifth of the country's population giving approximately eight billion hours at a value of $173 billion.

Court shuts downs $11 million diploma mill in Florida

For years, a few companies in Florida have been offering high school "diplomas" from "accredited" schools to consumers for a flat fee.

Citrus greening hits Florida's orange supply

Miami - Florida produced 104 million boxes of oranges last year. This was half the amount from 10 years ago. The reason? An infection called citrus greening.

Mom turned in by 7-year-old son for allegedly cooking meth

Edgewater - A Florida mom faces drug and child neglect charges after her son revealed "mommy's bad stuff" in the trunk of her car to their landlord.
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Cinemark Paradise 24 movie theater in Davie, Florida. This photo was taken with a Kodak 16 MP digital camera with a 5x optical aspheric lens.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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Satellite photo of Florida
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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