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'Unusual Mortality Event' declared as manatee deaths surge

Miami - Environmentalists are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of Florida’s waterways after the deaths of more than 600 manatees so far this year, three times the average rate.

Florida homes evacuated as wastewater leak risks 'catastrophic' flood

Miami - Emergency crews in central Florida were working Sunday to prevent an environmental catastrophe at a leaking reservoir that risked sending millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater toward nearby homes and into the Tampa Bay.

Miami Beach residents reel from hard-partying crowds

Miami Beach - Hordes of drunken revelers ignoring the pandemic have forced parts of Miami Beach into a state of emergency but, just blocks away, locals organize trash collection and do yoga in the morning calm.

Miami Beach declares state of emergency over uncontrollable crowds

Miami Beach - Throngs of revelers flocking to Miami Beach in Florida for spring break have become so uncontrollable that authorities declared a state of emergency Saturday and imposed a curfew meant to quash the party.

Humbled Trump seeks warmer welcome in Florida

Miami - President Donald Trump will leave Washington in disgrace next week, destined for a warmer welcome in Florida, where some supporters are so gung-ho they recently wrote his name on the back of a fat, lumbering manatee.

Florida looking at making python a new menu item

Florida's invasive pythons might just become a happy-hour special if it turns out the snakes are safe enough to eat. But first state officials have to figure out if they contain too much mercury.

Jerry Pritchett talks 2020 'World's Strongest Man' competition Special

Jerry Pritchett chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about the upcoming "World's Strongest Man" competition, which runs from November 11 to 15 in Florida, and full television coverage will air on CBS Sports and CBS starting in December.

Eta may take circuitous path to Florida and Gulf early next week

Tropical depression Eta — the 28th named storm of the season, which plowed through Central America at hurricane strength this week — is regaining intensity and headed towards South Florida.

For Florida Latinos, Trump's tough talk against socialism rang true

Miami - President Donald Trump's big win in Florida owes much to his strident denunciation of leftist governments in Latin America, which resonated loud and clear with conservative Hispanics in the southeastern state.

Golf cart war: politics-riven Florida retirees see red (or blue)

The Villages - Hurled insults, physical attacks and pleas for police protection: It sounds like the fallout of a gang turf war or the scene of an inner city riot.

Tropical Storm Laura forms — Threatens Florida and Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Laura formed Friday in the eastern Caribbean and forecasters said it poses a potential hurricane threat to Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast. A second storm also may hit the U.S. after running into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Tropical depression to become a hurricane as it eyes Florida

Two tropical depressions have now formed in the Atlantic Ocean, and both are expected to strengthen into tropical storms in the coming days, with one expected to reach hurricane status as it approaches Florida.

Florida sheriff bans face masks among officers

Miami - A Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks -- and banned the safety gear from his office -- even as the southern US state has hit record daily coronavirus death tolls.

Florida hits another record virus death toll as hurricane looms

Miami - Hurricane Isaias was barreling towards Florida on Friday, a day after the state registered a record 253 coronavirus deaths and authorities closed down some COVID-19 testing centers to prepare for the looming storm.

After pounding Puerto Rico, T.S. Isaias set it sights on Florida

Tropical Storm Isaias is dumping flooding rain on parts of the Caribbean and could eventually track near Florida this weekend and possibly other parts of the East Coast early next week as a Category 1 Hurricane.

Florida reports third straight single-day COVID-19 death record

Florida reported 252 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours on Thursday, its third straight single-day record total of COVID-19 fatalities. The state also added 9,956 new cases, bringing its total to more than 461,000 infections.

Florida to close virus test centers with storm looming

Miami - Florida will close its coronavirus testing centers on Thursday, a day after the state reported a record 216 deaths from the disease, as authorities batten down for a looming storm.

Florida to feel some effects of Tropical Storm Isaias by weekend

Tropical Storm Isaias has formed in the Atlantic, and Florida may feel the first impacts from the storm as soon as this weekend, but it's too early to know any details.

Tropical Storm warnings issued ahead of possible TS Isaias

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Lesser Antilles as a disturbance east of the islands is expected to become Tropical Storm Isaias before it sweeps into the islands Wednesday.

Child hospitalizations from Covid-19 surge 23 percent in Florida

West Palm Beach - Just weeks before schools are expected to open across Florida, the numbers of new cases of coronavirus in children, along with hospitalizations have surged.

Man arrested for pulling gun when asked to wear mask in Florida

Miami - A man was arrested for pointing a gun at a fellow shopper who asked him to wear a mask because of the coronavirus pandemic at a Walmart store in Florida, police in the US state said.

Florida teachers sue to stop school openings as virus rages

Miami - Florida's main teachers union on Monday sued Governor Ron DeSantis and other authorities to stop schools from reopening in August, as the state has become a US epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida sets new coronavirus record with over 15,000 cases

Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours on Sunday, a day after Walt Disney World in Orlando reopened and anti-mask activists held a rally at a nearby restaurant.

Trump in coronavirus-stricken Florida for high-dollar fundraiser

President Donald Trump is visiting coronavirus-stricken Florida for a high-dollar campaign fundraiser hosted in Hillsboro Beach by Troy Link, chief executive officer of Link Snacks Inc.

Florida shatters single-day record for new coronavirus cases

Florida on Saturday reported at least 11,445 new coronavirus cases, the state’s largest number of daily cases so far, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Health.

Florida gambles on reopening, as virus numbers rise

Miami Beach - Florida is reporting record daily totals of new coronavirus cases, but you'd never know it looking at the Sunshine State's increasingly busy beaches and hotels.

Venezuelans inured to crisis show coping skills in pandemic Miami

Miami - Hop into an Uber in Miami before the pandemic and it was easy to hear a driver speaking Spanish with an accent from Venezuela -- many of its people ended up here after fleeing an economic meltdown back home.

Passengers from virus-hit ships start leaving Florida

Fort Lauderdale - Passengers from a virus-hit cruise ship and its sister vessel, also struck with a handful of cases, started heading home Friday from Florida, after being stranded at sea for days.

Virus-hit cruise ship arrives in Florida -- and another on way

Fort Lauderdale - A virus-hit cruise ship with dozens of ill passengers and crew docked in Florida on Thursday after being barred from several South American countries, concluding a harrowing time at sea for those stranded aboard.

Virus-hit cruise ship nears US port, awaits final approval

Fort Lauderdale - A virus-hit cruise ship with dozens of ill passengers and crew neared Florida on Thursday, awaiting final clearance to dock after being barred from several South American countries.
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