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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.

Florida beach ravers tie with Trump for 'most foolish' during pandemic

Los Angeles - US students who defied coronavirus warnings to keep partying on Florida beaches during their spring break have been crowned the year's "most foolish" Americans in a new survey -- tied with President Donald Trump.

4 dead after US jewelry heist leads to carjacking, chase, shootout

Miami - Two armed jewelry thieves trying to escape the scene of their heist on Thursday hijacked a delivery truck, took its driver hostage, then led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a deadly shootout, authorities in the US state of Florida said.

Afrojack to headline 2020 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida

Miami - Fans of world-renowned electronic music superstar Afrojack are in for a treat. He will be headlining the 2020 Ultra Music Festival.

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta headed to Florida

Fans of the classic film "Grease" are in for a treat. Lead actors Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta will be coming to Florida this December for three events.

Florida's timber farmers still face uncertainty after Michael

On October 10, 2018, Category 5 Hurricane Michael, with winds exceeding 160 mph (255 kph), came ashore on Florida’s northern Gulf Coast. The storm killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes - while destroying the region's timber industry.

Drone Racing League is headed to Orlando, Florida, this October

Orlando - On October 8, 2019, the Drone Racing League will be holding an event in Orlando, Florida, at the Addition Financial Arena .

Tropical system over Bahamas could be Tropical Storm by weekend

The National Hurricane Center's 11:00 a.m. advisory forecasts the tropical system developing near the Bahamas is expected to become a named tropical storm Saturday.

Odds just got better for tropical depression or storm by Friday

A tropical disturbance is likely to become a tropical depression or storm by Friday and could pose a threat to the Bahamas, Florida and other parts of the Southeast Coast or Gulf Coast, including areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

Some storm-savvy Floridians shrug, others flee or bunker down

Port Saint Lucie - Michael James was boarding over the last two windows of his house on Florida's east coast. The first gusty blasts of wind were announcing Hurricane Dorian's imminent arrival, and most residents had fled.

Florida starts evacuations as Category 4 Hurricane Dorian grows

Hurricane Dorian has grown into a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 131 mph. The latest update from the National Hurricane Center has the track east of where it had been for much of the day Thursday.

Dorian becomes a potentially catastrophic Category 3 storm

Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 3 storm and is still gathering strength as it moves toward Florida, where it could make landfall as soon as late Monday as a Category 4 hurricane.

In latest update — Dorian could hit Florida as Category 4

Hurricane Dorian is forecast to be a Category 4 hurricane when it makes landfall in Florida over Labor Day weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center's latest advisory.

Op-Ed: Siberian melt double global warming rate, worse to come

Sydney - After all these years of drivel, millions of square miles of Siberia are turning into a bog. Warming is at twice the 2C “meltdown” rate at an average of 4C. Winter snow is adding water to the region with spring melts.

Florida sued over law barring ex-cons from right to vote

Miami - Human rights groups on Friday sued Florida over a law that in effect denies more than a million ex-convicts the right to vote in the 2020 presidential election in the key swing state.

Miami Beach calls time as Spring Break party gets out of control

Miami Beach - Spring Break is a US holiday known for excessive partying, but in Miami Beach, one of the centers of festivities, residents have had enough.

A year after US school massacre, gun control remains elusive

Miami - On Valentine's Day of last year, a 19-year-old armed with a military-style assault rifle walked into his old high school in Parkland, Florida and slaughtered 17 people.

Democrat concedes to Republican in Florida governor race

Miami - Democrat Andrew Gillum announced Saturday he was conceding his hard-fought race for Florida governor to his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis, vowing to keep fighting until he wins an election.

Florida headed for recounts as Republican challenger sues

Washington - Key results in this week's US elections hung in the balance Thursday, two days after polling, with accusations flying of voter fraud and corruption, as several races appeared headed for recounts.

Review: Duane Betts takes fans on a musical ride in 'Downtown Runaround' Special

On November 1, rising singer-songwriter Duane Betts released his new music video for his song "Downtown Runaround." He premiered the video on Billboard.

Hurricane Michael is now a very dangerous Category 3 storm

"Hurricane Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in decades," Gov. Rick Scott said. "It will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous. You cannot hide from this storm."

Tropical system in Gulf of Mexico may be Hurricane by mid-week

An area of disturbed weather in the western Caribbean developed into Tropical Depression 14 early Sunday morning. It will strengthen further as Tropical Storm Michael and move into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Monday.

Country star donates $30,000 to Parkland High School's MSD Fund

On September 21, country star Justin Moore donated $30,000 to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School Fund in Parkland, Florida.

Tropical development possible in Atlantic over Labor Day weekend

It seems that the Atlantic hurricane season has awakened from its August nap, not wanting to miss the Labor Day weekend. Forecasters are watching a system in the Caribbean, which could make for a rainy holiday weekend in Florida or the Gulf Coast.

State of emergency declared in Florida due to toxic red tide

Tallahassee - Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a state of emergency in response to this year’s excessive red tide. The toxic algae bloom spreading across the West Coast of the state is leaving beaches covered with thousands of pounds of dead marine wildlife.

Florida's toxic algae bloom is worst in recent memory

Red tides have broken out in Florida for centuries. But scientists believe they may be getting worse after generations of unchecked development, water mismanagement and the new scourge of climate change.

Property crisis looms for coastal communities as sea levels rise

Sea level rise in the lower 48 states, primarily driven by climate change, is projected to worsen tidal flooding, putting as many as 311,000 coastal homes at risk of chronic flooding within the next 30 years.

Oh no, here we go again: Atlantic hurricane season

Marathon - Listen closely and you'll hear the groan of collective dread in Florida and the Caribbean: yes, it's already hurricane season again.
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Satellite image of Hurricane Charley has it slams into Charlotte Harbor  between Punta Gorda and Ft....
Satellite image of Hurricane Charley has it slams into Charlotte Harbor, between Punta Gorda and Ft. Myers.
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Satellite photo of Florida
Satellite photo of Florida
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The solar power systems were constructed by NASA and Florida Power & Light Company as part of a ...
The solar power systems were constructed by NASA and Florida Power & Light Company as part of a public-private partnership that promotes a clean-energy future. This site located on 10 acres produces about one megawatt of electricity for Kennedy to use.
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Officials work at the scene of a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75 at Paynes Prairie on Sunday  J...
Officials work at the scene of a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75 at Paynes Prairie on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, south of Gainesville, Fla.
Courtesy Matt Stamey/Gainesville Sun
View of part of the atrium in Columbia Restaurant.  St. Augustine  FL
View of part of the atrium in Columbia Restaurant. St. Augustine, FL
I took my new camera on a test drive...
I took my new camera on a test drive...
Casey Anthony in her first video blog
Casey Anthony in her first video blog
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Mangrove forest in Key Largo  Florida.
Mangrove forest in Key Largo, Florida.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
View of the Bridge of Lions over Matanzas River.  St. Augustine  FL
View of the Bridge of Lions over Matanzas River. St. Augustine, FL
Pilot whales beached on Florida coast
Pilot whales beached on Florida coast
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The oldest Wooden Schoolhouse along St. George Street.
The oldest Wooden Schoolhouse along St. George Street.
Gov. Rick Scott with USF President Judy Genshaft at a USF function.
Gov. Rick Scott with USF President Judy Genshaft at a USF function.
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Behind the Scenes at the RNC
Behind the Scenes at the RNC
Cinemark Paradise 24 movie theater in Davie  Florida. This photo was taken with a Kodak 16 MP digita...
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.
An uprooted palm preserved by water is home to a variety of salt and freshwater creatures including ...
An uprooted palm preserved by water is home to a variety of salt and freshwater creatures including crabs and brim fish.
Kathy Brown on Moonpie
Kathy Brown on Moonpie
A West Indian Manatee  a member of Order Sirenia in Florida waters.
A West Indian Manatee, a member of Order Sirenia in Florida waters.
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An aerial view of the southern tip of the Florida Everglades.  It is a flowing river of freshwater  ...
An aerial view of the southern tip of the Florida Everglades. It is a flowing river of freshwater, moving 0.25 miles per day out of Lake Okeechobee and into the Florida Bay.
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Sheriff s deputies respond to a call of multiple gunshots in New Port Richey  Florida on Monday.
Sheriff's deputies respond to a call of multiple gunshots in New Port Richey, Florida on Monday.
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