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10 Safest, Least Safe Cities in America

Nashua, NH, comes in at No. 1; Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is at the bottom of the list

(Newser) - When seeking a place to settle down, safety is usually at the top of home seekers' priority list. WalletHub scoured more than 180 cities nationwide, looking at natural-disaster risks, financial perils, and the safety of homes and communities in general. The site used nearly three dozen key safety indicators in... More »

These 10 Cities Better Hope They Avoid a Hurricane

The damage would be brutal: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Florida may be the place to go for sunshine, but it's the place to escape if a hurricane hits. The state is home to a number of the US cities that are "vulnerable to the greatest damage" at the hands of a hurricane, reports 24/7 Wall St , which... More »

Spirit Cancels Multiple Flights, Melee Breaks Out

Police called to the scene at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport

(Newser) - Spirit Airlines customers were not happy when as many as nine flights were canceled Monday night at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport—in fact, they were so unhappy, police had to be called in. Video posted by onlookers and witness reports detail a massively chaotic scene, complete with yelling... More »

Muhammad Ali's Son May Sue Over Airport Detention

Attorney says Ali Jr. was held for 2 hours because he's Muslim

(Newser) - The family of Muhammad Ali is threatening a lawsuit after one of his sons was detained at a Florida airport and asked about his religion. Customs officials held Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, for about two hours at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when he flew in from Jamaica with his... More »

Internet Sleuth Busts Cheater in Half-Marathon

Jane Seo cut the course, then biked it to get GPS data

(Newser) - Jane Seo's second-place finish at the Fort Lauderdale half-marathon Sunday was impressive, not least because race times showed she'd kept a pace of about seven minutes per mile for the first half of the race, but managed 5:25 per mile in the second. As an internet sleuth... More »

Saddam Interrogator Leading Fort Lauderdale Investigation

George Piro met with Saddam daily, worked to gain his trust

(Newser) - The FBI agent who interrogated Saddam Hussein alone for months after the former Iraqi leader's capture is now leading the investigation into the Florida airport shooting rampage blamed on an Iraq war veteran. George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami field office, was Saddam's... More »

In Lauderdale Chaos, 12K Stranded, 25K Lost Items

Airport struggles to sort through abandoned belongings in wake of shooting

(Newser) - Dan and Janice Kovacs and their two children were passing through airport security when the gunfire erupted. They were shoeless—with wallets, passports, and carry-on items on a conveyer belt—when they sprang into the masses running to safety, reports the AP . Now they're among stranded travelers at Fort... More »

Lauderdale Shooting Suspect Charged, Could Face Death

Esteban Santiago is charged as authorities try to figure out motive

(Newser) - While investigators try to figure out the motive of an Iraq war veteran accused of killing five travelers and wounding six others at a busy airport in Florida, the suspected gunman was charged and could face the death penalty, reports the AP . Esteban Santiago, 26, was charged with an act... More »

FBI Hasn't Ruled Out Terrorism in Airport Shooting

Suspect was a 'changed man' after Iraq service

(Newser) - The FBI hasn't ruled out any motive—including terrorism—in Friday's mass shooting at a Florida airport . George L. Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami office, says the agency will track the movements of alleged gunman Esteban Santiago, 26, in what is expected toe... More »

Fly to Cuba Starting Next Month for $99

JetBlue first domestic airline to offer commercial flights, with others soon to follow

(Newser) - For the first time in more than half a century, a domestic airline will be offering commercial flights to Cuba, and the price looks right. Consumerist reports that starting Aug. 31, JetBlue will be hosting three-times-a-week puddle-jumping jaunts from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara, about... More »

Naked Guy Gets Trapped on Drawbridge

Florida firefighters nervously watch him for 2 hours

(Newser) - Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge. The South Florida Sun Sentinel quotes witnesses as saying the unidentified man was walking across the Florida East Coast Railway railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale yesterday morning when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to... More »

90-Year-Old in Trouble for Feeding Homeless—Again

'Nice guy' Arnold Abbott says he'll keep dishing out meals

(Newser) - A simple citation couldn't keep Arnold Abbott off the streets of Fort Lauderdale, where he's been feeding the homeless for more than two decades. The 90-year-old man, charged Sunday with violating a new ordinance that clamps down on public feeding of the homeless, dished out meals at a... More »

Parrot Saves Sleeping Couple From Fire

Pearly woke up his human pals in the middle of the night

(Newser) - NBC Miami has a tale of a hero parrot credited with saving the lives of a Fort Lauderdale couple who were sound asleep during a house fire. "What we heard was a screeching like we've never heard before," Laurajean Niesel tells the Sun-Sentinel . "We thought... More »

Gay Pride Has a Momentous Weekend

First green card issued to gay couple as pride parades held, anthem turns hit

(Newser) - Following last week's Supreme Court decisions , it was a big weekend for gay pride. Two days after the court struck down DOMA, a gay Fort Lauderdale couple was able to get a green card, the Miami Herald reports—making them the first same-sex married couple to do so. Music... More »

Millionaire Missing From Florida Yacht

Guma Aguiar's empty yacht runs aground in Fort Lauderdale

(Newser) - A Florida millionaire's yacht came ashore this week—without the millionaire. Fort Lauderdale police are hunting for Brazilian-born Guma Aguiar after his empty yacht beached with the ignition running and lights on. The Coast Guard suspended its search yesterday after 70 hours hunting for the missing man in vain,... More »

In Florida, Get Limo Rides, Botox, Booze at ... Dentist

Or get a massage with your teeth cleaning

(Newser) - Who said going to the dentist had to be boring and/or terrifying? A dental office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has turned getting your teeth inspected into a luxurious event, complete with champagne, massages, and a personal concierge who will make you limo and dinner reservations, reports the Sun Sentinel . Dr.... More »

Gayest City in America Is .... Salt Lake?

It's got real 'queer cred,' says the Advocate

(Newser) - The Advocate has crunched the numbers to determine the "gayest cities in America." This isn't some census-based survey, but rather a "decidedly objective" equation that factors in everything from the number of elected LGBT officials to the presence of nude yoga classes. And the winners are:... More »

Feds: 'Psychic' Family Scammed $40M

Claimed they spoke to God, made a fortune

(Newser) - If only they were real psychics, maybe they would have seen this coming. A Florida family has been indicted for running a psychic advice business that scammed clients out of $40 million over two decades, reports the Miami Herald . In "Operation Crystal Ball," federal prosecutors charged 10 people... More »

Expect Tar Balls in Miami, Fort Lauderdale

But most of the Eastern Seaboard should be safe

(Newser) - The bad news is that the Florida Keys, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale have a good chance—from 61% to 80%—of seeing tar balls wash ashore as a result of the Gulf spill. The good news is that the rest of the Eastern seaboard should be safe, predicts the National... More »

Fla. Man to Smoke 115,000th Joint

Feat earns him world record for cannabis consumption

(Newser) - He set the bar high and smoked the competition. Irvin Rosenfeld, a 56-year-old stockbroker from Fort Lauderdale, will toke his way into the record books today by smoking his 115,000th joint. The best part: It's completely legal. "Yep, provided by Uncle Sam," Rosenfeld told NBC Miami . "... More »

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