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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.

Photo Essay: Christmas in America's oldest city – St Augustine Special

Twinkling lights, twinkling eyes and happy faces await those who wish to go back in time and experience the holidays as the first settlers in America did nearly 450 years ago in St. Augustine, Fla.

Florida’s Public Service Commission does everything but serve the public Commissioned

In Florida, as in most states, utility companies wield enormous power over both consumers and the elected officials who are meant to regulate them. This influence inevitably leads to conflicts of interest.

Op-Ed: Ten years later, photographer still remembers Hurricane Charley Special

Punta Gorda - It was 10 years ago that a reported tropical storm Charley was to make landfall about 90 miles north of Tampa as a weak category 2 hurricane. Instead, it made a sudden sharp right-hand turn and 30 minutes later, hit Charlotte Harbor as a category 4 storm.

Cat-eating Burmese python captured in Florida

Port St. Lucie - They can grow up to 23-feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds, and they are the apex predator of Florida's Everglades. We're talking about the Burmese python, a non-native species that has gotten loose, reproduced and taken over our southernmost state.

Monstrous red tide bloom moves in on Florida

A monstrous red tide bloom, the largest seen in Florida since 2006 is advancing on the state's beaches. It has already killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico, and officials are now concerned about health risks if it washes ashore.
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Behind the Scenes at the RNC
Behind the Scenes at the RNC
Behind the Scenes at the RNC
Behind the Scenes at the RNC
Stone sign in the Spring House at Ponce de Leon s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.  The Spring...
Stone sign in the Spring House at Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. The Spring House is a beautiful 60-year old coquina building that encompasses the original spring that was recorded in a seventeenth century Spanish land grant. 9/9/13
Flagler College  once the Hotel Ponce de Leon.  St. Augustine  FL
Flagler College, once the Hotel Ponce de Leon. St. Augustine, FL
Jacksonsville  Fla.  9/8/13
Jacksonsville, Fla. 9/8/13
Joined by Florida s state trapper (right)  the officers lay out the alligator. Before loading the ga...
Joined by Florida's state trapper (right), the officers lay out the alligator. Before loading the gator into the trapper's truck, the alligator is measured, weighed and tagged.
Peacock at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. St. Augustine  Fla. 9/9/13
Peacock at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. St. Augustine, Fla. 9/9/13
A restaurant on bank of the Weeki Wachee River.
A restaurant on bank of the Weeki Wachee River.
The scene in Tarpon Springs  Florida where the shooting took place.
The scene in Tarpon Springs, Florida where the shooting took place.
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Picture of a red tide
Picture of a red tide
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View of part of the atrium in Columbia Restaurant.  St. Augustine  FL
View of part of the atrium in Columbia Restaurant. St. Augustine, FL
Starke resident Daniel Cooney and his two sons defended the separation of church and state by showin...
Starke resident Daniel Cooney and his two sons defended the separation of church and state by showing up to protest the monument.
Behind the Scenes at the RNC
Behind the Scenes at the RNC
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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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
A typical bank scene along the river.
A typical bank scene along the river.
This photo was taken with a Kodak 16 MP digital camera with a 5x optical aspheric lens.
This photo was taken with a Kodak 16 MP digital camera with a 5x optical aspheric lens.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.

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