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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[…]

Man pleads guilty in wife’s disappearance at sea

MIAMI — A man with dual British and Australian citizenship whose newlywed wife went missing at sea as the couple sailed off the Bahamas on a belated honeymoon pleaded guilty Monday to an involuntary manslaughter charge in federal court. Lewis Bennett, 41, entered the plea at a hearing Monday in Miami. He faces a maximum[…]

Crews fight tireless enemy to save only Everglades we’ve got

BOYNTON BEACH — The slashing of a machete through underbrush — a distinct metallic ting as regular as a metronome — marked the battleground in South Florida’s fight against a tireless enemy whose only needs are sunshine and soil. Deep in the last remaining intact portion of the northern Everglades workers hired under a new[…]

Yoga shooter appeared to have made misogynistic videos, posted on YouTube

TALLAHASSEE — A brooding military veteran and former teacher appeared to have made videos in which he railed at women and blacks, years before he fatally shot two women at a Florida yoga studio, wounded five other people and then killed himself. The Friday evening shooting at a busy upscale shopping plaza jolted the state[…]

Man gets 32 years in fatal Florida robbery

WEST PALM BEACH — A third person has been sentenced in a fatal robbery in Florida. The Palm Beach Post reports that 28-year-old Jose Cosme-Sella was sentenced Wednesday to 32 years in prison. Jurors previously convicted him of second-degree murder and robbery. Authorities say 50-year-old Armando Robles was found dead in a Lake Worth vacant[…]

Father, daughter killed when struck by car on Halloween

DAVIE — A South Florida man and his 5-year-old daughter died after being struck by a car while trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Davie police and family members say 46-year-old Carlos Alvarado Amaya and his daughter, Heidy Orellana Cruz, were struck Wednesday along with his 2-year-old daughter, Kaylee, who suffered a minor injury. She was released[…]