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Deadly Parasitic Creature Spreading Through S. Florida

Invasive New Guinea flatworm has migrated from Miami to southwest coast

(Newser) - You may think you can avoid coming into contact with the New Guinea flatworm by simply not visiting New Guinea, but the critter is closer to home than you might guess. Per the Palm Beach Post , the potentially deadly parasite is proliferating throughout South Florida, slithering from where it was... More »

Long-Lived Lobster Saved From Pot at Last Minute

Some think 'Larry' is more than a century old

(Newser) - Larry the Lobster lives another day, thanks to a group of rescuers who saved the 15-pound crustacean from ending up on Florida diners' plates, the Miami Herald reports. Even more astounding: Although figuring out a lobster's age is an inexact science, the owner of the restaurant that acquired Larry... More »

'Guacamole-Thick' Algae Causes Florida Emergency

'The smell is so bad it will make you gag,' one local resident says

(Newser) - Beaches are closed in South Florida, where a massive algae bloom has caused water to turn bright green and Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in four counties—Martin, St. Lucie, Lee, and Palm Beach—over Wednesday and Thursday, reports . Health officials are telling people... More »

South Florida Wants to Be 51st State—Over Climate Change

South Miami officials pass resolution due to rising sea levels

(Newser) - South Florida could be our 51st state if officials in South Miami get their way. Vice Mayor Walter Harris has put forth a resolution to split the state due to concerns over rising sea levels. "We have to be able to deal directly with this environmental concern, and we... More »

4 Dead Men Found in Water Off Florida Coast

Offcials say men had been in water a long time

(Newser) - Officials are still trying to determine the identities of four men whose bodies were found floating off the South Florida coastline. The bodies were discovered yesterday off Hollywood Beach. The Miami Herald reports the remains were taken to the Broward County medical examiner's office and the Broward Sheriff's... More »

Endangered Florida Habitat Getting a Walmart

Dwindling rockland is home to many rare species

(Newser) - A South Florida forest that's home to a trove of endangered and almost-endangered plant and animal species, including the bald eagle, indigo snake, and Florida bonneted bat, is about to be invaded by a far less rare creature: Walmart. The University of Miami this month sold 88 acres of... More »

Feds Nab 91 in $295M Medicare Fraud Sting

Accused 'treated' dead people, ran Florida housing scheme

(Newser) - The Obama administration notched yet another win for its Medicare fraud team yesterday, as the Justice Department announced the arrests of 91 fraudsters from across the country, accused of bilking Uncle Sam for a combined $295 million. “The defendants allegedly treated the Medicare program like a personal piggy bank,... More »

Kids' Bodies Stuffed in Luggage, Dumped in Canal

Florida police trying to identify children's bodies

(Newser) - The bodies of two children have been found stuffed in luggage in a South Florida canal and police divers are searching the area in case there are more. A girl aged between 6 and 12 was found in a duffel bag in the canal near Boca Raton, and a boy... More »

Jennifer Capriati's OD Accidental, Family Says

She's recovering 'fully and speedily'

(Newser) - Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati's overdose on a prescription medication was accidental, a family representative tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel . Capriati, 34, took too much of an unidentified medication and is "recovering full and speedily," said the spokeswoman, adding that published reports calling it a suicide attempt are... More »

Sharks Kill Kite-Surfer in Florida

Victim was in cardiac arrest when lifeguard brought him to shore

(Newser) - A kite-surfer died yesterday after being bitten by sharks in the waters off a southern Florida beach. A lifeguard swam out to find Stephen Schafer, 38, bleeding profusely from multiple wounds with a group of sharks in the area. The guard got him to shore, but he died at a... More »

GOP Finds Hope in Last-Ditch Fla. Candidate

Prisoner abuse scandal not impeding Congressional bid

(Newser) - South Florida Republicans are thrilled with Congressional candidate Allen West. They see the black Army veteran as a potential GOP standard bearer. There’s just one problem: In 2003, West was accused of abusing an Iraqi detainee and violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice. But some Republicans actually see... More »

Power Back On in South Florida

Blackout hit 4 million people

(Newser) - Floridians saw the light again last evening when power was restored after equipment failure at a single Miami substation caused a blackout which dominoed across South Florida, leaving millions without power for several hours. Most homes were back on the grid before nightfall, but why a single substation's failure could... More »

South Florida Quiet After Castro Resigns

Exile leaders stress need for democracy on island nation

(Newser) - Few South Florida Cubans bothered to celebrate Fidel Castro's retirement today, the Miami Herald reports. Exile leaders dismissed the power shift to Castro's brother Raul as politics as usual for the island nation. "Just because he has given up a title, doesn't mean he has given up power,''... More »

Ohio State No. 1 After Weekend Full of Upsets

Losses by LSU, Cal clear way to top for Buckeyes in first BCS rankings

(Newser) - The first bowl series rankings of the year released today declared traditional power and undefeated Ohio State the best college football team in the US; more surprisingly, the BCS combination of human polls with computer rankings placed South Florida second. They were helped when AP poll #1 LSU and #2... More »

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