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84 Pregnant Women in Florida Have Tested Positive for Zika

At least 1 baby has been born with microcephaly

(Newser) - Not only are locally acquired Zika cases on the rise in Florida, but 84 pregnant women have tested positive for the virus in the state, including at least 15 who've already given birth, say health officials. It isn't clear how many of those pregnancies had complications, but doctors... More »

Grandma Living in Trees for 25 Years Told to Destroy Home

Miami-Dade County officials says Shawnee Chasser's treehouse is unsafe

(Newser) - For almost a quarter-century, Shawnee Chasser has returned home in the evenings to a house in the trees, the latest one a wooden two-story structure built high above the ground on the Florida property where her late son used to live. But Miami-Dade County officials are now ordering the 65-year-old... More »

Teacher Can't Speak Spanish, Doesn't Get Spanish Gig, Sues

Florida teacher says she's 'otherwise fully qualified' for the job

(Newser) - A Florida schoolteacher has filed a workplace discrimination lawsuit against her employer for turning her down for a job teaching Spanish—even though she doesn't speak Spanish, the News & Observer reports. Tracy Rosner, who teaches third grade at Coral Reef Elementary in Palmetto Bay, alleges in her federal... More »

Happier Reunion for Judge Who Recognized Inmate as Classmate

Mindy Glazer showed up to cheer Arthur Booth on as he was released from jail

(Newser) - Last summer, an emotional video of a Florida burglary suspect appearing before a judge who turned out to be his middle school classmate went viral. Almost 10 months later, Arthur Booth was released from jail Tuesday—and Judge Mindy Glazer was there to wish him well and see him on... More »

Lawsuit: Coors Light Is Not the Taste of the Rockies

The beer is brewed at locations throughout the US

(Newser) - That can of Coors Light in your hand may have a picture of the Rocky Mountains on it, but that doesn't mean the beer within was actually brewed anywhere near the Rockies. And Joaquin Lorenzo isn't happy about it. In fact, he's filed a lawsuit in Florida'... More »

Feds Rein in Shell Games With Ritzy Real Estate

Feds to start IDing, tracking secret buyers of high-end homes

(Newser) - Those planning on scooping up a high-end property on the sly—i.e., paying cash via a shell company—may soon have to come up with a new game plan. The Treasury Department announced Wednesday it will start making title insurance companies ID secret buyers of property going for more... More »

Jeb Bush Registered to Vote as 'Hispanic'

Bush spokeswoman can't really explain why that happened

(Newser) - Jeb Bush seems to have erred in filling out his 2009 voter-registration application in Miami-Dade County—specifically in the "Race/Ethnicity" field, which he checked "Hispanic," the New York Times reports. The Times notes Bush's deep ties to the Hispanic community—including his Mexican wife, his fluent... More »

Cat Burglars Steal 87-Year-Old's 500 Canaries

Miami cops recover 150 birds, still hunting for thieves

(Newser) - Bird-lover Manuel Sanchez has taken care of canaries for 20 years. So he was heartbroken when thieves stole all 500 of his yellow friends, reports the Miami Herald . But with canaries going for up to $30 each at pet stores, that equals a potential haul of $15,000 for the... More »

Florida Estate Sells for Record $47M

Miami-Dade property has a beach imported from Bahamas

(Newser) - Another sign that luxe housing is making a rebound? A Florida estate has sold for $47 million, a record for Miami-Dade County, reports the Wall Street Journal . The buyer was an unidentified Russian. The newly built estate was initially on the market for $60 million, but even with the price... More »

Florida Candidate Changes Name to .Com Address


(Newser) - On the congressional ballot in Florida this November, voters will see the name of one of the candidate's websites: . That's because Eddie Gonzalez, a contender for the spot in the House of Representatives, legally changed his name to, yes,, reports AP . "Since I'... More »

Miami Fire Captain Blames 'S**tbag Parents'

Captain Brian Beckmann lets loose on Facebook

(Newser) - A Miami-Dade fire captain weighed in on the Trayvon Martin shooting last week with a withering Facebook message—apparently aimed at Martin's parents, Huffington Post reports. "Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman," wrote Captain Brian... More »

'Me So Horny' Rapper Runs for Miami-Dade Mayor

Former 2 Live Crew frontman's slogan reads 'I'm dead serious. Are you?'

(Newser) - The next mayor of Florida's most populous county could be ... the former frontman of 2 Live Crew. Luther "Luke" Campbell is one of 11 candidates running in the May 24 special election to replace Carlos Alvarez as mayor of Miami-Dade County. Despite building his legacy in what some... More »

Miami-Dade Mayor Ousted

Carlos Alvarez recalled by huge margin

(Newser) - An overwhelming majority of voters in Miami-Dade county have decided to chuck their mayor out of office before the end of his term. Almost 90% of voters chose to oust Carlos Alvarez in the biggest recall of a local politician in American history, the Miami Herald reports. Alvarez, a Republican,... More »

Miami Police Buy Spy Drone

Some residents have privacy concerns

(Newser) - Soon, America’s fearsome spy drones will prowl the sky in Kandahar, Waziristan, and … South Beach? The Miami-Dade Police Department has struck a deal to buy a drone, WSN-TV reports. Many residents aren’t particularly happy about this, but police are eager to have “an eye up there,... More »

Florida City to Turn Toilet Water Into Drinking Water

Pembroke Pines to inject treated sewage into the water supply

(Newser) - Within three years, Floridians from Miami to Boca Raton could be drinking sewage—albeit nice, treated sewage. Pembroke Pines plans to build a $47 million facility that will pump 7 million gallons of treated sewage a day into the aquifer that supplies Broward, Miami-Dade, and part of Palm Beach County,... More »

Miami Schools Plan 'Sexting' Curriculum

Effort to combat practice includes warnings on safety, law

(Newser) - The Miami-Dade school district is going all out in its attempt to stomp out “sexting,” the Miami Herald reports. The superintendent says he wants to work with law enforcement to develop the nation's top sexting program, including a special curriculum to educate students of all ages about the... More »

Early Voters Mob Fla. Polls

(Newser) - The start of early voting in Florida today brought hordes to polling places, forcing voters to contend with long lines and voting machine failures, the Miami Herald reports. Miami-Dade and Broward counties added a million registered voters each to their rolls this year. The crowds signaled the usefulness of the... 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 »

Suspected Cop Killer Shot Dead

Miami-Dade police corner fugitive after daylong dragnet

(Newser) - Miami-Dade police last night cornered and shot dead the man suspected of killing one cop and wounding three others with an assault rifle yesterday morning. Officers tracked Shawn Sherwin LaBeet to a suburban apartment complex and fired when they saw he was heavily armed. "He's dead and you can... More »

Miami Police Hunt Cop Killer

Suspect killed one officer, wounded three others

(Newser) - Miami-Dade police are searching for a suspect who killed one officer and wounded three today, possibly with an AK-47, after his car was stopped while driving erratically. The pursuit was complicated when police misidentified a man whose wallet had been stolen as the gunman, before naming Shawn Sherwin Labeet as... More »

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