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Florida man attacks deputy, K-9 with bare hands when cornered in washroom: report

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:31:54 GMT

A Florida man trying to avoid arrest ran away from a deputy, broke into a neighbor's house and put on some of his neighbor's clothes to try to disguise himself on Wednesday, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Javier Erazo, 33, of Lakeland was wanted in the burglary and theft of a neighbor's house a few days earlier.

Earthquake hits Indonesia's Java island; 1 death confirmed amid collapsed buildings

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:31:53 GMT

A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's most populous island of Java on Friday night, collapsing buildings and killing at least 1 person. The quake struck at 11:47 p.m. and triggered a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline that was lifted about two hours later.

'Multi-kilo dealers' arrested in Seminole, sheriff says

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:54:49 GMT

Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma, center, with drugs and guns seized during a drug ring bust. Members of a suspected drug ring arrested this week brought 25 to 30 kilograms of cocaine into Central Florida every month, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said Friday.

2 Central Florida eateries on Florida's best food, drink list by The Daily Meal

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:54:48 GMT

Two Central Florida restaurants were included in The Daily Meal's inaugural " Best Food and Drink in Florida for 2018 " list. The food-centric website picked the best in Florida from about 29 categories spanning best bar to best fried chicken place.

Guest Editorial: We need clarity, not confusion

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:25:03 GMT

A proposed amendment to the state constitution that would give Floridians the right to "a clean and healthy environment" sends the right message in the wrong way.

USF names insider as regional chancellor for Sarasota-Manatee

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:15:44 GMT

An executive vice president at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will become the regional chancellor for the institution effective Jan. 2. USF System President Judy Genshaft named Karen Holbrook to the post and introduced her as regional chancellor at the USF Board of Trustees Thursday.

Low tomato volume sees high prices

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:06:27 GMT

With tomato prices soaring above $35 per carton in mid-December, some customers are cutting back, and shippers expect market conditions will be tight into the new year. Set back by Hurricane Irma in September, season-to-date shipments of Florida tomatoes this fall have totaled 3.44 million cartons through Dec. 9, down 54% from 7.4 million cartons the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Snow birds ditch beach, head to shops

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:49:13 GMT

"You get so used to heat and so then you're like freaking out when it drops just a little bit," one shopper said. Some Floridians shopping at the Palm Beach Outlets say they're missing the warmer temperatures.

House GOP forges ahead with plan to include defense in spending bill

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:44:25 GMT

House Republicans are moving ahead with a strategy to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown after next Friday, daring Democrats to oppose full-year defense funding and an extension of children's health insurance. The House Appropriations Committee released legislation on Wednesday evening that would keep the government open through Jan. 19. It would also fund the Defense Department through September 2018 and avert automatic sequestration cuts that would otherwise take effect, as well as extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for the next year.

Florida has settled just 1 storm-related price-gouging case

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:42:30 GMT

Florida got thousands of complaints about price-gouging when Hurricane Irma hit, but so far Attorney General Pam Bondi's office has settled just one case. ACE Hardware warned customers hurricane supplies would be non-refundable.

BOOGIE Wonderland

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:39:06 GMT

JaMario Stills always seems to be in a thoughtful kind of motion; his love of - and dedication to - theater, palpable.

Russell Simmons Accused of Rape, Sexual Harassment By Multiple Women

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:36:39 GMT

Three women accused record mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault, and another claimed he sexually harassed her, in a new New York Times exposé. The stories span decades, from 1988 through 2014, and suggest patterns in Simmons' alleged behavior.

FWC charges 3 in connection to shark dragging video

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:29:14 GMT

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office announced the charges in connection to a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speed. All three suspects turned themselves in on Tuesday.

PSC Approves Florida's First Renewable Natural Gas Program

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:23:39 GMT

The Florida Public Service Commission today approved a Renewable Natural Gas program for Peoples Gas System , marking the first time a Florida natural gas utility will offer biogas producers the option of delivering RNG into its distribution system. RNG-biogas that has been processed to meet pipeline quality standards-is produced from materials such as wastewater treatment plants, landfills, municipal solid waste, livestock manure, and agricultural waste.

Record numbers are signing up for Obamacare in Florida as enrollment...

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:02:59 GMT

With just four days left to enroll for health insurance on the federal exchange, advocates for the Affordable Care Act say Florida is headed for a record-breaking year. Florida has the most enrollees out of any state that offers the federal exchange, with 802,711 people having signed up as of Dec. 2. More from the Florida Atlantic University is hoping to become home to some of the top young scientists in the United States.

Leesburg man wins $5 million in Florida Lottery scratch-off game

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:36:32 GMT

Talk about an early Christmas present - an 80-year-old Leesburg man won $5 million in the Florida Lottery's Gold Rush Doubler scratch-off game. The lucky winner, Waldo Banks, decided to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3,725,000, according to the lottery.

Ambulances to carry patients from old Florida Hospital Apopka to new one

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:42:18 GMT

New Florida Hospital Apopka, set to open in December 2017, will likely transform health care and economic development on the west side of Orange County's second-largest city. New Florida Hospital Apopka, set to open in December 2017, will likely transform health care and economic development on the west side of Orange County's second-largest city.