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Toddler dies after being pulled from Florida pond

BOCA RATON — A toddler was pulled from a pond in a suburban Florida neighborhood shortly after being reported missing. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto tells news outlets report that divers found the child Sunday afternoon in pond behind the child’s home near Boca Raton. The child’s name and age have not[…]

State to increase cybersecurity for elections

TALLAHASSEE — Saying there is a “growing threat” to Florida’s election systems, the state may spend nearly $2.4 million in the coming year on cybersecurity efforts designed to protect election-related software and systems from outside hackers. Gov. Rick Scott included the request, which initially came from state election officials, in budget recommendations he gave to[…]

Man charged with DUI after crash with police cruiser

OCALA — A Florida man who authorities say cut off a police cruiser, causing a crash, has been charged with DUI with property damage. News outlets report Ocala police officer Daniel Collier was on his way to a call early Saturday morning when a car driven by 30-year-old Latrell Bertran Jay cut in front of[…]

Florida sees record tourism numbers despite hurricane

MIAMI — Florida is still getting a record number of tourists even though the state was hit by a devastating hurricane. Gov. Rick Scott will announce Monday at a Miami ice cream boutique that a record 88.2 million visitors came to the state during the first nine months of 2017. That represents a 3.3 percent[…]

50 years after crash in Vietnam, family to receive tags

COCOA BEACH — The children of an U.S. Air Force Captain are going to receive his dog tags 50 years after his helicopter crashed in Vietnam. Florida Today reported U.S. Rep. Bill Posey on Monday will present Richard Kibbey’s identification tags to his relatives during a ceremony at Patrick Air Force Base. North Vietnamese anti-craft[…]

Florida man back at Supreme Court with 1st Amendment case

MIAMI — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a First Amendment case brought by a Florida man who previously won a landmark ruling from the justices on whether his floating home was a house, not a boat subject to easier government seizure under laws that govern ships and boats. This time, the justices[…]

Deputies rescue 82-year-old woman from sinking car

PLANT CITY — Two deputies rescued an 82-year-old Florida woman from a sinking car that had landed in a pond. News outlets report Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies Benjamin Thompson and Trent Migues responded to the scene Saturday evening and pulled Leona Evans from her SUV. The Florida Highway Patrol says Evans had veered off the[…]