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Universal to expand Harry Potter World with new ride and shops

Orlando - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando will soon add new shops, dining establishments, and a new thrill ride to Diagon Alley. Potter fans will recognize these iconic features from the books and movies.

Mobile phone saves life of Florida man in botched robbery attempt

Orlando - An Orlando gas station worker had a lucky escape when his mobile phone blocked a bullet fired at him by a robber. The attempted robbery took place last Monday morning at a Hess station in Winter Garden, Orlando.

FBI shot Todashev during interrogation before signing confession

Orlando - FBI have shot a Chechen man, a professional martial-arts fighter, during an interview related to April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a triple killing in Waltham, Mass., in September 2011.

Video: Raptors' DeMar DeRozan sinks game-winning shot vs Orlando

The high-scoring guard on the Toronto Raptors hit a fadeaway jumper in the dying seconds of Thursday's game against the Orlando Magic. DeRozan's 22 points and Amir Johnson's 21-10 double-double helped Toronto eke out a 97-95 road win.

Hand grenades found in downtown Disney trash can

Last night a maintenance worker in Downtown Disney found what looked like three hand grenades in one of the trash cans located on the site. It is being reported the grenades were hollowed out and pose no threat.

Op-Ed: Forget tax hikes and stop tax fraud

Woo hoo, Boo Boo! Houston just made another Top 5 list! Okay, maybe we should say “boo hoo” instead, because it's the list of US cities most likely to have big-time identity thieves stealing billions of dollars by filing fraudulent tax returns.

Lifeguard fired for saving man in 'unprotected' beach area

Hallandale - A Florida lifeguard was fired after he rushed to save a swimmer struggling to stay alive in the "unprotected" stretch of the beach, where visitors are warned to swim at their own risk.

Walt Disney World making progress on new 'Fantasyland'

Orlando - In 2009 Walt Disney World unveiled a plan to expand its Fantasyland section. The construction is anticipated to go until 2014, but reports say many attractions will be opening prior to this date.

NBA: Howard powers Magic past Raptors Special

Toronto - With all the speculation swirling around the NBA about whether Dwight Howard will be traded before this season’s trade deadline, the powerful centre looked unaffected in the pre-game shoot around moments before tipoff against the Toronto Raptors.

New video footage of Challenger Space Shuttle disaster unearthed

Cape Canaveral - Previously unseen footage of the Challenger disaster has surfaced over a quarter of a century after the tragic explosion that claimed the lives of seven crew members including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.

Sneaker causes riot in Florida, then on eBay with bid of $99,100

Orlando - More than 100 Orlando riot police officers wielding batons and shields, were called to the Florida Mall Foot Locker Thursday to break up a large crowd waiting for the midnight, first-come first-serve release of Nike's latest limited edition sneaker.

Op-Ed: Crime reporting - the British way and the American way

Bristol - Yesterday, the BBC morning news programme read out a complaint from a viewer about the coverage of the murder trial of Vincent Tabak. She called it voyeurish. If she'd seen the Casey Anthony trial coverage, she'd have freaked out.

Op-Ed: Casey Anthony hit by costs order

Orlando - The State of Florida has ensured that Casey Anthony will not profit from her notoriety for the foreseeable future by hitting her with a bill for nearly a hundred thousand dollars.

Op-Ed: The future for Casey Anthony

Orlando - Although she was acquitted of murdering her daughter, Casey Anthony’s legal problems continue, as do those of the people responsible for both monitoring and protecting her.

Op-Ed: How to Feel Better About the Casey Anthony Verdict

Orlando - Many justice-loving Americans were shocked when Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murder, manslaughter or aggravated child abuse.

Op-Ed: Jose Baez — past, present, and future

Orlando - When the jury acquitted Casey Anthony of all major charges at her murder trial, some people suggested the future looked bright for Jose Baez, but were they being over-optimistic?

Casey Anthony will not be released from jail, free July 13 or 17

Orlando - Casey Anthony charged and acquitted of murdering her child was in court this morning, to be sentenced on lying to police and received four years in jail, but because of time served, she could be out in a month.

Op-Ed: Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering Caylee

Orlando - Casey Anthony has been acquitted of the most serious charges, for murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter, but still has to go before the court on Thursday at 9am to answer to the charges of four misdemeanors (lying to police.)

Casey Anthony – a simplified timeline

Orlando - A simplified timeline for Casey Anthony and the murder of her daughter Caylee, compiled up until after her acquittal on July 5, 2011.

Casey Anthony trial – the jury is out

Orlando - The trial of the Florida woman accused of the murder of her two year old daughter is drawing to a close. We could have verdicts on all counts by Wednesday, or sooner.

Op-Ed: Casey Anthony trial – Jose’s finest hour

Orlando - After having relied on innuendo, insults and absurd conspiracy theories to pour scorn on the charge that his client murdered her young daughter, Jose Baez delivered a closing speech of epic proportions.

Op-Ed: Casey Anthony trial – the State’s closing speech

Orlando - Today is Sunday, and tomorrow is Independence Day; in this already unique murder trial, the jurors have been listening to closing arguments, and tomorrow they should begin their deliberations.

Florida activists arrested while attempting to feed the homeless

Orlando - At least twenty-one 'Food Not Bombs' volunteers have been arrested in a Florida park for feeding the homeless and other needy people who are struggling to survive in an economy that doesn't show any signs of improvement.

Casey Anthony: Defense rests, Casey doesn't take stand

Orlando - The case of the State of Florida v Casey Marie Anthony is drawing to a close as the Defence rested its case without putting the defendant on the stand.

Op-Ed: Casey Anthony trial - alleged mistress of George Anthony called

Orlando - The trial of Casey Anthony for the murder of her young daughter Caylee continued with the defense unable to impeach the evidence relating to how the child died.

Op-Ed: The problem with Anthony defense attorney Jose Baez

Orlando - As a record number of bloggers followed the live testimony in this controversial murder trial, lead defense attorney Jose Baez plumbed new depths with his psychological torture of George Anthony.

Op-Ed: Casey Anthony trial – Baez humiliates his own witness

Orlando - Yesterday at one point today, there were 80,000+ live bloggers on WFTV watching the murder trial that has gripped a nation and the world, and as usual, it was bad news for the defense.

Op-Ed: Casey Anthony trial — train wreck in the courtroom

Orlando - The trial of Casey Anthony for the murder of her daughter Caylee continued yesterday afternoon with another disastrous performance by lead defence attorney Jose Baez.

Op-Ed: Casey Anthony trial – yet more trouble for the defense

Orlando - This morning, the trial of Casey Anthony for the murder of her daughter Caylee saw yet more setbacks for the defense as an expert witness was ridiculed, and a complaint of non-disclosure by lead attorney Jose Baez led to a stunning revelation.

Op-Ed: Judgment day looms for Casey Anthony and Levi Bellfield

Orlando - The trial of Casey Anthony for the murder of her two year old daughter Caylee is drawing to a close in Florida, as is another murder trial in London.
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