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Florida calls off execution

Miami - Authorities in Florida suspended the upcoming execution of a death row inmate, after the US Supreme Court found problems with how the state sentences people to death.

Grandma died after snake bit boy at Disney park, family alleges

Orlando - An Alabama family alleges that an escaped snake at Disney's Animal Kingdom plopped out of a tree and bit a boy, leading to the death of the boy's grandmother. Matt Morgan, the family's attorney, said Thursday that the family plans to sue Disney World.

Lizard found in organic salad winds up as class mascot

Princeton - Buy an organic salad, get a free lizard. That's what happened when Sally Mabon unwrapped a bundle of tatsoi greens — she and her kindergartener, Faye, wound up with a three-inch-long green anole lizard tucked inside.

Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter addresses arrest on social networks

Singer Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys has addressed his recent arrest in Key West, Florida, via his social networks.

Curing citrus greening with lasers

Tampa - A new method for tackling the serious citrus greening disease has been proposed. This involves powering a laser beam towards citrus leaves. Initial trials have proved successful.

Florida: Mother shoots, kills daughter she mistook for intruder

Orlando - A Florida woman woke up right before midnight Tuesday and shot at and killed a person she thought was an intruder. But it was no intruder; instead she allegedly shot her 27-year -old daughter, who was pronounced dead on Wednesday.

Alleged criminal re-arrested for stealing to pay legal fees

Edgewater - Some learn the hard way. A 27-year-old Edgewater man who was arrested for allegedly running a stolen gift card ring, was jailed a second time after posting bail, when he attempted to sell an additional 1,000 gift cards to pay his legal fees.

Country legend John Anderson struck gold in 2015 Special

This year, one of the finest vocalists of the last 40 years - in any genre - put out his first studio album in nearly a decade and, as one would hope, it's a worthy addition to his impressive back catalogue. He filled Digital Journal in on the details.

Florida burglary suspect hides in pond, gets eaten by alligator

Palm Bay - An accused burglar in Florida made the mistake of his life when he decided to evade police by hiding in a pond and wound up being eaten by an 11-foot alligator.

Pinch of DNA to reconstruct a suspect's face may help Fla. police

Coral Gables - For over two years, he has lurked in the shadows, terrorizing more than a dozen women and confounding police. Sometimes he touches women's feet or hair. Sometimes he sexually assaults them.

Woman stabbed at art show, onlookers think it's 'performance art'

Miami - Patrons at a Miami art show on Friday thought they were watching performance art, but what they were actually watching was a violent crime. During a show at Art Basel Miami, a woman stabbed another woman in the arms and neck.

Teacher compliments each student every single day

Jacksonville - A special education teacher in Florida starts off each day by taking the time to compliment every single one of his students.

The man who fights the war against children Special

Approximately nine children in 1,000 has been either abused or neglected in the United States. In 2013, the number of victims was estimated at 679,000 children.

Op-Ed: Taxpayers hit with legal fees in states that fought gay marriage

It's been two months since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage and declared it a constitutionally protected civil right, and now, attorneys general and governors who battled against it are receiving a pricey thank-you note for their loss.

Fla. teen kills masked intruder who turns out to be his father

St. Petersburg - A man wearing a ski mask who broke into his former girlfriend's house and threatened her with a gun early Tuesday morning was shot dead, allegedly by their teenage son, authorities say.

Listeria fears spark recall of over 9,000 cases of frozen corn

More than 9,000 cases of frozen corn are being recalled by Bonduelle USA Inc., due to potential Listeria contamination, the Food and Drug Administration announced in a press release on Monday.

Op-Ed: Donald Trump's companies seek to import and hire 1,100 employees

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has based his political platform on keeping jobs in America, but his companies have turned around and sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000. Hypocrisy much?

Op-Ed: Surfing waves for Special Olympics Florida Special

Polynesian surfing has been practiced for over a thousand years. Westerners first caught a glimpse of surfing in 1767 off the coast of Tahiti when the British Royal Navy’s crew of the HMS Dolphin visited the island.

BP agrees to settle claims from 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

New Orleans - Oil giant BP Plc has agreed to pay nearly $19 billion in penalties to U.S. and state agencies to resolve claims still outstanding from a 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 and ravaged the southern U.S. coastline.

New Guinea flatworm posing serious threat to Florida

One of the world's most notorious invasive species has made its way to the U.S. mainland. The New Guinea flatworm is a large, predatory land flatworm that eats snails and earthworms, making it a threat to local ecosystems.

Inside Florida's horse industry Special

“Horses built America.” ~Kathy Brown, Founder of Martin County Horse Council, Martin County, Florida In 1776, General George Washington developed the first American Cavalry, used to patrol the Atlantic coast during the American Revolution.

A Single mom’s dream: Sheriff deputy retirement Special

Dreams still come true. Major Jenell Atlas recently retired from Florida's Martin County Sheriff’s Office after a 26-year career.

Florida man threatens suicide, cops shoot him dead

Justin Way was a recovering alcoholic who'd been on the wagon for five weeks. Then he lost his job. He became suicidal and had a setback. Way's girlfriend Kaitlyn Christine Lyons found him drinking a bottle of vodka and lying in bed with a large knife.

Bounce house flies in air and injures three children

Three children playing inside a bounce house were injured when a waterspout came onshore and lifted it in the air in Fort Lauderdale.

Sadistic dentist accused operating 'house of horrors'

A Florida dentist accused of torturing his young patients has agreed to cease practicing dentistry amidst a series of lawsuits from former clients.

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.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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