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Fatal attack linked to dating website prompts police warnings

Auburndale - Authorities nationwide are warning internet users who arrange dates with strangers online to be a lot more careful in the wake of the slaying of a Florida man who met a woman online who allegedly arranged to have him robbed and killed.

Miami residents fret over pesticide used to fight Zika

Miami - People at the epicenter of America's first homegrown outbreak of the Zika virus are worried that one of the weapons being used to fight it amounts to a cannon rather than a fly swatter.

Review: Florida Georgia Line revisit their roots on album number three

One of bro-country's hottest double acts, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are about to enter the fray once again with 'Dig Your Roots,' released worldwide on August 26. How does this record compare to its predecessors? Digital Journal found out.

Zika travel warning issued for Miami neighborhood: US

Miami - Zika fears prompted US health authorities on Monday to issue a travel warning for a small section of Miami where local mosquitoes have spread the virus to 14 people, officials said.

Study: San Francisco has highest rate of pot smoking in U.S.

Washington - San Francisco, the gleaming city by the bay and financial center of the West, now has another title to add to its allure: marijuana capital.

Florida officials say local Zika transmission 'likely'

Miami - Florida health officials said Friday they believe that four people have been infected locally with Zika, in what would be the first evidence that mosquitoes carrying the virus are present in the continental United States.

Four arrested in Florida for using stun gun to discipline kids

Lakeland - Four Polk County, Florida adults have been arrested for using a stun gun to discipline children living in their home, according to local authorities.

Police in Florida shoot black man lying on ground

Washington - An unarmed black man trying to help an autistic man was shot and wounded by Florida police while lying on the ground with his arms raised in the air and pleading with officers to hold their fire.

Florida algae bloom afflicts economy, sea life

Stuart - Every night Tim Robinson sleeps in his boat, which floats atop a blanket of foul-smelling bright green slime.

Florida sees its first microcephaly birth from Zika virus disease

Florida's governor announced on Tuesday a woman from Haiti gave birth to a child with microcephaly, a first for Florida, bringing to five the number of babies born in the U.S. with the birth defect related to Zika virus disease.

Op-Ed: How did Orlando nightclub shooter escape FBI scrutiny?

Fort Pierce - Even if nothing more than misery and alarm comes from last week's mass shooting in a Florida nightclub, at least U.S. law enforcement will have to stop taking bows over keeping the country safe from terrorism.

Video of huge alligator strolling across golf course goes viral

Palmetto - For those duffers playing golf in Florida, there are more than just the typical course hazards to keep an eye on. Alligators will occasionally stroll across the fairway or be hunkering down in a sand trap.

It's been confirmed — Nile crocodiles have invaded Florida

If you're planning a trip to Florida this summer, you might want to be careful of where you go, especially if it's anywhere near the Everglades. It has now been confirmed that yes, another new non-native species has invaded Florida.

Coast Guard rescues man running in bubble on the ocean — Again

Pompano Beach - An ultra-marathoner who likes to "run" in an enormous, inflatable bubble on the ocean may want to contemplate the cliche "No means no." That's because he was rescued by the Coast Guard for the second time, while trying to run from Florida to Bermuda.

Florida’s oranges continue to be hit hard by citrus greening

Miami - Cases of citrus greening continue to affect Florida’s orange groves. New figures indicate that up to 90 percent of the acreage and 80 percent of their trees are infected by the bacterial disease.

Trump, Clinton win in Florida: US networks

Washington - Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton won the presidential primaries in Florida, US networks projected -- big wins for the frontrunners in the 2016 White House race.Clinton was also projected to win the primary in North Carolina.

Pro-gun FL mom shot by son, 4, who 'gets jacked up' to shoot

Just one day after boasting about her four-year-old son's prowess with a gun, a proud gun-loving mom was shot. By her son. It seems that the boy found the loaded gun in mom Jamie Gilt's pickup truck and shot her as they drove down a Putnam County road.

GOP's last presidential nominee has discouraging words for Trump

Salt Lake City - Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the Republican Party nominee for president four years ago, blasted 2016 front-runner Donald Trump as a "fraud" and a "phony" Thursday in a speech at a Utah university.

Public outcry spurs Florida to drop Everglades fracking bill

Florida environmentalists have had a bit of good news after state lawmakers, bowing to public outcry, unexpectedly dropped a bill backed by the oil industry that would have promoted fracking in the ecologically sensitive Everglades.

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.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
A golf ball brought a little levity during the cleaning up of a home that was destroyed. The shirtle...
A golf ball brought a little levity during the cleaning up of a home that was destroyed. The shirtless man said to some people who stopped by to help he lost everything. The woman said "no you did not" and produced a golf ball she found under some debris on his property.
Large clay jars placed about the grounds of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park are early Span...
Large clay jars placed about the grounds of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park are early Spanish water urns called "TINAJONES." St. Augustine, Fla. 9/9/13
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Behind the Scenes at the RNC
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MELBOURNE, FLA: City hall in the central Florida city of Melbourne is shown.
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Herons and egrets sun atop dead pines in marsh.
Herons and egrets sun atop dead pines in marsh.
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I took my new camera on a test drive...
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Jacksonville, Fla. 2/8/14
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North Port Animal Control and Wildlife officer Winn Sell, with the help of two others (off photo) load the alligator into the back of the state trapper's truck. These alligators are either relocated or are euthanized.
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Crab legs at the Sunset Grille. St. Augustine Beach, FL
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Jacksonsville, Fla. 9/8/13
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I took my new camera on a test drive...
DEP’s chemists use a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometer to measure algal toxins.
DEP’s chemists use a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometer to measure algal toxins.
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People walk along the beach as waves from Tropical Storm Colin crash along the shore on Fort Myers Beach on June 6, 2016 in Fort Myers, Florida.
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Dexter McCluster (22) returns a punt for 36 yards and signals a first down for the Chiefs. Jacksonville, Fla. 9/8/13
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Pork Tenderloin Medallions and side of Harry’s Collard Greens at Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille. St. Augustine, FL
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Remember the Fourth of July, and the algae?
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Shops glow white and red from lights along St. George Street.
Brett Jenkins with Beginning Surfers at Jensen Beach
Brett Jenkins with Beginning Surfers at Jensen Beach

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