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Wanted: 'Extremely Rare Blood' for Sick Toddler

Donors for Florida girl need 'O' or 'A' blood type, with parents 100% Pakistani, Iranian, or Indian

(Newser) - A toddler in Florida has spurred a hunt for compatible blood donors, and the requirements are incredibly rigid. The little girl, identified as Zainab, 2, was diagnosed just a few weeks ago with neuroblastoma , a rare kind of blood cancer that typically only strikes children ages 5 and younger, WPLG... More »

Burglar Has Odd Plan for Snack Machine

But it doesn't exactly work out, police say

(Newser) - This burglar knew his target—a vending machine—but couldn't seem to get much out of it, WECT reports. Surveillance video shows the man at Miami's Dominion Tower apartment building pushing a vending machine into an elevator, where police say he took it to the eighth floor. "... More »

4 American Tourists Die in Rafting Accident

Rafts overturn, men thrown into Costa Rica river during bachelor party celebration

(Newser) - Just two days earlier, the men from Miami had arrived in Playa Hermosa de Jaco for a bachelor party celebration. On Saturday, that Costa Rican celebration turned deadly for four of the party attendees during a river rafting expedition after several rafts flipped over on the Naranjo River; a local... More »

Police Told to Arrest Innocent Blacks: Probe

Former Florida police chief faces federal charges

(Newser) - Need to pin a crime on someone? Just pick up a black person. That was allegedly the unwritten policy of Miami-area police who have been accused of civil-rights violations, the Miami Herald reports. According to charges in federal court, former chief Raimundo Atesiano and two officers of the Biscayne Park... More »

Miami High School Chided for Caged Tiger at Prom

Christopher Columbus High School defended the move

(Newser) - One Miami high school's prom was really on theme, much to the displeasure of some students and parents. Christopher Columbus High School went with a "Welcome to the Jungle" theme for Friday night's prom, and the decorations carted into the Double Tree Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center... More »

Teachers in This County Could Soon Live at School

Miami-Dade in preliminary planning stages for apartments on school grounds

(Newser) - Home is where the heart is, and maybe soon for some South Florida teachers, where the whiteboard is. Miami-Dade County has worked up a rough draft of plans for apartments on school properties in an effort to make housing for teachers more affordable and the commute obviously easier, per the... More »

Cables Were Being Tightened Before Bridge's Deadly Collapse

Brand-new FIU bridge flattened cars

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a "signature project" that people would identify with Florida International University. Instead, it's the scene of a still unexplained tragedy that left at least six people dead. At least nine injured people were pulled from the rubble Thursday after a pedestrian bridge collapsed... More »

Bridge Collapses 5 Days After Installation; Multiple Fatalities

Pedestrian bridge was installed near Florida International University on Saturday

(Newser) - Officials say several people are dead after a new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a road near the Florida International University campus Thursday in Miami, CBS Miami reports. According to the Miami Herald , the 950-ton bridge was installed Saturday to provide pedestrian access between FIU's main campus and an area... More »

Nightclub Closed Over Woman on White Horse

The Mokai Lounge loses its license

(Newser) - A bit featuring a scantily clad woman riding bareback on a white horse has prompted officials to shut down a Florida nightclub, the AP reports. Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales announced Friday that he was revoking the Mokai Lounge's business license. A video went viral Thursday night that... More »

Drake Drops $200K on Strangers in Miami

Good deeds will feature in upcoming music video

(Newser) - Further showing Canadians to be oh so nice, rapper Drake surprised a hotel maid with a spa visit, a lobster dinner, and a $10,000 shopping spree—though, to be fair, Odelie Paret truly deserved it. The mother of five, born in Haiti, has spent that last 20 years cleaning... More »

Boy Handcuffed, Hospitalized; Parents Allege 'Police Abuse'

7-year-old had reportedly hit teacher in Miami school

(Newser) - The parents of a 7-year-old boy acknowledge their son acted badly when he hit a teacher last week at Miami's Coral Way K-8 Center. But his mom says her "heart is broken" after the boy was taken away in handcuffs, then hospitalized for a mental evaluation against his... More »

Hopes of Saving Teen With Facial Tumor 'Not Realized'

Emanuel Zayas died Friday night due to kidney and lung complications

(Newser) - A 10-pound tumor with the potential to suffocate or break the neck of the Cuban 14-year-old whose face it was covering was successfully removed in Miami, but then things took a turn. The Miami Herald reports Emanuel Zayas died Friday night due to kidney and lung complications at the Holtz... More »

Hannibal Buress' Arrest Caught on Video

The comedian was charged with disorderly intoxication last night in Miami

(Newser) - Stand-up comedian and actor Hannibal Buress was arrested last night, and there's a video going around social media documenting his heated exchange with the arresting officers. Miami police say they arrested Buress, 34, at 10:30pm on misdemeanor disorderly intoxication charges in the Wynwood neighborhood, the Miami Herald reports.... More »

Parents Can Buy 'Peace of Mind' at Fla. School for $120

Via a bulletproof backpack insert that some are questioning

(Newser) - A Miami private school's store is now open, but this year, in addition to mascot-themed athletic wear, students can soup up their backpacks, too. Or rather their parents can, because the backpack insert at the nondenominational Florida Christian School costs $120, reports the Miami Herald . That's because it'... More »

Congressional Candidate Claim: I've Ridden an Alien Spaceship

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she's kept in touch with alien abductors since incident at age 7

(Newser) - ET, phone … Miami? The Miami Herald reports on a GOP congressional candidate out of the South Florida city who once said she's remained in contact with aliens (though telepathically, not by phone) ever since she was abducted at age 7 by "three blond, big-bodied beings" who took... More »

10 US Cities So Fun You Won't Be Able to Stand It

Las Vegas is America's No. 1 recreation spot

(Newser) - Variety is the spice of life—and also one of the metrics WalletHub used to figure out what the most fun cities in America are. The site looked at 150 of the most populated cities in the US, examining nearly 60 gauges that indicate a good time will likely be... More »

Irma's 'Chainsaw Sister' Had to Google Instructions

Sister Margaret Ann of Miami has become an internet sensation

(Newser) - The Florida nun who became an internet sensation when video emerged of her—dressed in full habit—wielding a chainsaw to clear downed trees after Hurricane Irma says she had to look up instructions on how to start the tool. "I actually had to Google it to find out... More »

Trump's Social Media Chief Posts Wrong Irma Video

He thought it was of flooding in Miami

(Newser) - President Trump's social media chief had to post a retraction Sunday after sharing a video that he wrongly believed showed the impact of Hurricane Irma. "Here is Miami International Airport. STAY SAFE!!" tweeted White House social media director Dan Scavino, posting a video of flooding at an... More »

As Hurricane Irma Rages, Woman Delivers Own Baby

Doctors talked her through the delivery over the phone

(Newser) - Miami is getting hit with such strong winds from Hurricane Irma that fire and rescue crews are having to choose which calls are safe enough to respond to, and that left one local woman on her own when it came time to deliver her baby. The Miami Herald reports that... More »

Irma Regains Category 4, Bears Down on South Fla.

Winds at 130mph as massive storm shifts slightly west, throwing forecasters curveball

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma regained strength as it closed in on the Florida Keys early Sunday and forecasters monitored a crucial shift in its trajectory—just a few miles to the west—that could keep its ferocious eye off the southwest Florida coast and over warm Gulf water. The hurricane re-strengthened to... More »

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