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Teen Stolen at Birth Has Kind Words for 'Mom,' Not for 'Dad'

'You were nothing to me,' Alexis Manigo writes of man who supposedly raised her

(Newser) - She was born Kamiyah Mobley and snatched from her then-16-year-old mother out of a Florida hospital room when she was just hours old—but for the next 18 years, she was raised as Alexis Manigo, and she loved that life. "From that one mistake I was given the best... More »

Up to 95 Dolphins Die in Everglades

They became stuck in mangroves and on mudflats

(Newser) - At least 82 dolphins, including juveniles and calves, have died in a mysterious incident in a remote section of Florida's Everglades National Park. Officials say 95 dolphins—a particular species known as false killer whales, which typically swim at depths of 3,000 feet—were seen stranded in the... More »

Police: Florida Cop-Killer Placed in Victim's Handcuffs

Cops say 'maniac' is off the streets

(Newser) - The suspect in the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer was captured Tuesday night after eluding a massive manhunt for more than a week, authorities say. Orlando Police Chief John Mina says Markeith Loyd, 41, was flushed out of an abandoned house and taken into custody, ending a manhunt... More »

'Single Worst Case' of Child Murder in Miami Still in Flux

'I did not kill my baby,' Ana Maria Cardona says of horrific death of 3-year-old son

(Newser) - The body of 3-year-old Lazaro Figueroa, dressed in a lollipop-adorned T-shirt, was found underneath a bush in Miami Beach in November 1990. Injuries on his body showed "Baby Lollipops" had been a victim of extreme domestic violence, and as Jaquira Diaz writes for Rolling Stone , local law enforcement and... More »

8 Injured in Shooting at Miami's MLK Park

2 suspects are being questioned

(Newser) - Miami-Dade police say eight people—five of them juveniles—have been wounded in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, the AP reports. Police spokesman Detective Daniel Ferrin says in a news release that two suspects are being questioned about the Monday afternoon shooting. He says two firearms... More »

Wife of Pulse Orlando Mass Shooter Arrested

Noor Salman reportedly charged with aiding and abetting, obstruction

(Newser) - The wife of the shooter who killed 49 people in the June attack on the Pulse Orlando nightclub has been taken into custody. Noor Salman, who was interviewed for hours after the attack, was arrested at her San Francisco-area home by FBI agents and is expected in federal court Tuesday,... More »

One Dad's Joy, Another's Heartbreak in Kidnap Case

Kamiyah Mobley, 18, reunited with biological parents; man who raised her is overwhelmed

(Newser) - The biological family of an 18-year-old snatched when she was a newborn is rejoicing at her discovery, but one person who's not celebrating is Charles Manigo. The baby he named Alexis Kelly—the baby he thought was his daughter—was really Kamiyah Mobley, who was allegedly abducted by his... More »

Teen Allegedly Abducted as Newborn Cries, Calls Out to 'Mama' at Hearing

Kamiyah Mobley was raised as Alexis Manigo

(Newser) - Heartbreaking video shows Kamiyah Mobley, the 18-year-old abducted as a newborn and raised by a family not her own, sobbing and reaching out toward the woman accused of kidnapping her all those years ago. Gloria Williams, 51, who is accused of posing as a nurse and taking Mobley from her... More »

He Took Out 262 Library Books a Month —and Was Fictional

Library scheme sought to 'save' books

(Newser) - Sorrento, Fla., is not home to the country's most avid reader, though it would appear that way based on the East Lake County Library's records. They show that a man by the name of Chuck Finley checked out 2,361 books over a nine-month period last year, including... More »

Fans Freak as Famous Shark Returns to Florida

Welcome back, Katharine

(Newser) - One of the world's most famous sharks has returned to Florida to the delight of her 43,000 Twitter followers. The 14-foot-long great white, Katharine, tagged off Cape Cod by OCEARCH in 2013, stuck her dorsal fin out of the water Sunday long enough for her tracker to register... More »

Girl Gets Back Teddy Bear Lost in Airport Shooting

10-year-old dropped special bear as family fled

(Newser) - Yards from where workers finished the cleanup from the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, a girl was reunited Tuesday with the teddy bear she left behind while fleeing. Courtney Gelinas, 10, smiled as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport spokesman Greg Meyer opened the trunk of his SUV to reveal Rufus, the teddy... More »

'Let's Be Legendary:' Clemson Wins With 1 Second

Takes title in 'one of the greatest games of all time'

(Newser) - Deshaun Watson took the snap, rolled right, and with one of the easiest throws he had to make all night, completed Clemson's journey to the top of college football. A frantic fourth quarter and a championship rematch between Clemson and Alabama was decided with one second left on a... More »

Laptop May Have Saved Man's Life in Airport Shooting

'If I didn't have that backpack on, the bullet would have shot me'

(Newser) - A 37-year-old man says his school-issued laptop may have saved his life during Friday's deadly shooting at a Florida airport, the Miami Herald reports. Steve Frappier, a school counselor from Atlanta, flew into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for an education conference. After shoving his laptop in his backpack, he... More »

Florida Shooting Suspect Spoke to FBI in November

Esteban Santiago said the government was controlling his mind

(Newser) - A law enforcement official says the Florida airport gunman told the FBI in November that the government was controlling his mind and was forcing him to watch Islamic State group videos. The official says agents in Anchorage, Alaska, completed their interview with 26-year-old Esteban Santiago and called the police, who... More »

5 Dead in Shooting at Florida Airport

The shooter is reportedly in custody

(Newser) - A shooting Friday at a Florida airport left five people dead and eight others injured, the Washington Post reports. According to ABC News , authorities have the shooter in custody. The incident happened at baggage claim in Terminal 2 of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The terminal was evacuated. Hundreds of... More »

Sisters Trying to Visit Dying Father Kicked Off Flight

'The most inhumane, deplorable thing I've ever seen any human being do'

(Newser) - Two sisters say their father died without them by his side because they were kicked off an Allegiant Air flight Monday in Florida, WKMG reports. Trisha Baker and Debbie Hartman were waiting for takeoff when Baker received a text about their father, who was in hospice in North Carolina. The... More »

Boy Grows Hair for 2 Years for Best Reason

Tyler Boone endured taunts, being called a girl for friend Gabby Ruiz, who has alopecia

(Newser) - For two years, Tyler Boone has been growing his hair out, and a few days after Christmas the 10-year-old finally had his 12-inch tresses shorn—not as part of some evolving tween aesthetic, but because the kid with the "super-big heart" was donating it to a friend who suffers... More »

Couple Dies With 3 Kids in Backseat

Authorities suspect a drug overdose played a role

(Newser) - A Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted a car parked along the interstate with its hazard lights on around 1:30am Saturday and stopped to investigate. He found a couple dead on the side of the road nearby and their three children still strapped into their car seats, the Daytona Beach ... More »

Miami Cops Fired After Alleged 'Target Practice' Racist Jokes

They allegedly joked about using primarily black neighborhoods for target practice

(Newser) - Three new police officers were fired for making comments on a group chat about using Miami's primarily black neighborhoods for target practice, the AP reports. Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes, and Bruce Alcin were let go on Dec. 23, after an internal affairs investigation concluded that they violated department... More »

Viewers Watch With Bated Breath for Bald Eagle Hatchings

Live feed out of Fort Myers, Fla., should show 2 eggs hatch at any moment

(Newser) - "We have a PIP in one egg!! The hatching process has begun." That's the excited message on a Southwest Florida real estate website that's been documenting a local bald eagle and her mates via live cam for four years. The big event everyone's now waiting... More »

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