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Federal judge says Florida voters can fix ballot signature

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge early Thursday ordered that voters in Florida be given until this weekend to fix their ballots if they haven’t been counted due to mismatched signatures. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker came just hours before a 3 p.m. deadline counties have to finish recounts that could determine the[…]

Shooting suspect assaulted jail officer

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz attacked a detention officer at the county jail and now faces new charges including use of the officer’s electric stun device, authorities said Wednesday. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright confirmed in an email Wednesday that Cruz assaulted Sgt. Raymond Beltran around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Jail[…]

Wildlife officials: Watch out for migrating manatees

MIAMI — Florida wildlife officials are reminding boaters to slow down and watch out for manatees as they begin their annual trek toward warmer water. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release says the state has more than 6,000 manatees in rivers, bays and coastal waters. November is Manatee Awareness Month. Carol Knox,[…]

Florida man had ‘mother-of-satan’ bomb materials

LAKE HELEN — A Florida man is accused of having an explosive chemical that the terrorist group al-Qaida has dubbed the “mother of satan” in his Central Florida home. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Lake Helen police acted on a tip Tuesday when they went to the home of 37-year-old Jared Coburn and found triacetone[…]

Florida recount chugs along as more irregularities surface

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida’s election recount chugged along Tuesday as more irregularities are uncovered and a judge asked the warring sides to “ramp down the rhetoric,” saying it erodes public confidence in the elections for Senate and governor. One county revealed it had allowed some hurricane-displaced voters to cast their ballots by email — a[…]

Mishaps, protests and litigation overshadow Florida recount

FORT LAUDERDALE — Mishaps, protests and litigation are overshadowing the vote recount in Florida’s pivotal races for governor and Senate, reviving memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco in the premier political battleground state. All 67 counties are facing a state-ordered deadline of Thursday to complete their recounts, and half had already begun. Many other counties[…]

Suspicious package found at Florida airport deemed safe

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Broward Sheriff’s Office says a suspicious package that was found at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has been deemed safe. The Miami Herald reported that the sheriff’s office says the package was found just after 6:30 p.m. outside Terminal 4 on Sunday. The sheriff’s office posted on its Twitter page at about[…]

Florida election recount underway, tensions rise

FORT LAUDERDALE — The first election workers are recounting ballots Sunday in Florida’s bitterly close races for the U.S. Senate and governor, ramping up their efforts after the secretary of state ordered a review of the two nationally watched contests. Miami-Dade County election officials began feeding ballots into scanning machines Saturday evening. The tedious work[…]

Florida passes amendment to restore felons’ voting rights

ST. PETERSBURG — Florida added 1.4 million possible voters to the rolls when it passed Amendment 4, a measure restoring the voting rights of felons who have served their sentences. But whether those people register to vote — and which political party they ultimately support — remains to be seen. “The battle for the hearts[…]

Man to police: ‘the devil’ made him push grandma, cut child

BOYNTON BEACH — Investigators say a Florida man told them that “the devil” made him act out during a dispute that began as an argument with his grandmother over a television remote control and ended with a 3-year-old child being cut on the lip with a knife. A Boynton Beach police report says 24-year-old Ricardo[…]