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Youngest Woman on US Death Row Calls It 'Life Row'

Emilia Carr and fellow inmate Tiffany Cole don't believe they'll ever be executed

(Newser) - One out of every 25 inmates on death row is innocent, according to PNAS —and Emilia Carr and Tiffany Cole say they're in that demographic. That's not the only thing they have in common: They're both among the youngest women on death row in the US... More »

Bodies in Florida Cemetery Are All Missing

Residents want to know, where did the bodies go?

(Newser) - Florida developers want to build townhouses on a 3-acre plot of land that once housed a black cemetery. But residents are raising a question first: What happened to all the bodies buried there? The Deerfield Beach City Commission will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss the development, continuing a 40-year... More »

Cops Quietly Using Secret Spy Tool to Find Suspects

Critics say cell-tower simulators violate civil liberties, 4th Amendment

(Newser) - A device police can use to pinpoint a suspect's location with what some say is 100% reliability may just sound like the latest cool tool in a cop's catch-a-criminal arsenal. But the surveillance instrument used by the Tallahassee PD since 2007 is worrying the ACLU, judges, and citizens... More »

No Charges for Fla. Gun-Twirling Guy Who Killed Pregnant Lady

Gun went off, killing Katherine Hoover and son

(Newser) - Katherine Hoover was five months pregnant when she died horrifically in July after William DeHayes accidentally shot her while twirling his handgun; the son she was carrying, already named Rehlin, also died in the incident. The Daily Beast revisits the case in Florida, and finds Hoover's family fighting with... More »

Couple Visits 3 Disney Parks Around World in One Day

Diane and Michael Greening hit Tokyo, Anaheim, and Orlando on Valentine's Day

(Newser) - If you were impressed by these two guys riding every ride in one day at Orlando's Walt Disney World in November, this couple has them beat. In 1999, Michael and Diane Greening of San Diego celebrated their first wedding anniversary at Anaheim's Disneyland, and every anniversary since they'... More »

Woman, 80, Has Florida Judge Cracking Up

Dolores Sheinis prefers 'Sweetheart' to 'Your Honor'

(Newser) - It's not everyone who could get away with calling the judge "sweetheart" in court, but 80-year-old Dolores Sheinis pulled it off with aplomb in Florida's Broward County. Sheinis was in court on charges of violating an injunction to stay away from her ex-husband—it's complicated; they'... More »

Drunk Pair Rudely Awakened in Dumpster Love Nest

Why yes, the Sunshine State strikes again

(Newser) - It takes a good stretch of the imagination to get from a hot night at the casino to the back of a garbage truck, but a couple from America's hotbed of strange and often illegal activity has this morning given us such a tale: As the Tampa Bay Times... More »

Guy Lists 'Drug Dealer' as Occupation, on Arrest Report

Florida.

(Newser) - Robert Michael Phillips has seven felony convictions and more than a dozen arrests on his resumé—which he apparently feels earns him the right to list his occupation as "drug dealer," reports the Palm Beach Post . The slight problem being that he did so not on an... More »

Cause of Eagles' Illness: Eating Euthanized Animals?

Advocates say birds have been poisoned by remains near shelter

(Newser) - Over the past two years, wildlife rehabilitators in Florida have found 10 struggling bald eagles—some of whom have died—at a landfill near an animal shelter. And they tell the Ocala Post they can explain the phenomenon: The eagles, a rep for the Animis Foundation suggests, have been eating... More »

Lawmaker Calls Texas 'Crazy,' Cites Dildo Law

Rep. Alcee Hastings lobs verbal bomb at House meeting

(Newser) - A Florida lawmaker says Texas is just plum "crazy"—and he cites a state dildo law to make his point, CNN reports. Rep. Alcee Hastings started the fracas Monday at a House Rules Committee debate when he called Texas "crazy" for rejecting federal health care expansion. Well,... More »

Puzzler for Florida Court: What Is Sexual Intercourse?

Gay sex doesn't count, lawyer in HIV case claims

(Newser) - What does "sexual intercourse" mean in Florida? The state's Supreme Court justices are pondering the question in a case that threatens to weaken a 1986 law requiring HIV-positive people to reveal their infection before having "sexual intercourse." A defense lawyer told the court yesterday that Florida'... More »

Hunt Is On for Fugitive Treasure-Hunter's Loot

Investors want bounty worth millions they say Tommy Thompson got on 'Ship of Gold'

(Newser) - Deep-sea treasure hunter Tommy Thompson made headlines in 1988 when he found the legendary "Ship of Gold" (aka the USS Central America) shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina, which sank to the ocean floor with thousands of pounds of gold in 1857. Now he's in the news... More »

Manatee 'Flash Mob' Closes Down Fla. Springs

Three Sisters Springs flooded with more than 300 manatees from high tides, cold

(Newser) - When the mercury drops and the tides rise, manatees often infiltrate Three Sisters Springs in Florida's Crystal River Wildlife Refuge to rest up and get warm—and there was such an influx this week that the US Fish and Wildlife Service closed the springs down to swimmers, snorkelers, and... More »

Cops: Man Tried to Circumcise Baby Nephew

Allegedly took knife to 20-month-old while dad was out

(Newser) - A Florida dad who left his sleeping toddler with two of his brothers-in-law while he picked up some groceries Saturday evening came home to a horror scene after police say one of the baby's uncles tried to circumcise the 20-month-old with a knife, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. Larry Leroy... More »

'Zombie Cat' May Go Up for Adoption

Humane Society says it won't give 'Bart' back to owner

(Newser) - Bart the "zombie cat" might be getting a new home. The Humane Society of Tampa says it won't return the cat to its owner after learning new information about Bart's "home environment" and how he came to be buried. Among other things, it appears that the... More »

'Good, Absurd' News for Woman Jailed Over Warning Shot

Marissa Alexander released from prison as part of a plea agreement

(Newser) - Initially sentenced to 20 years behind bars, Marissa Alexander is out after three. The Florida mother of three—who fired what she said was a warning shot at her estranged husband during a fight in 2010—was released Tuesday as part of a November plea deal. She pleaded guilty to... More »

What Not to Ask a Cop: 'Hey, Let Me Use Your Gun'

Man allegedly tried with 2 different officers

(Newser) - When you're in need, it sometimes makes sense to go to the police. When you're in need of a gun to shoot people you're mad at, not so much. Police in Boynton Beach, Florida, say 38-year-old Deondrae Hall shouted to an officer entering the station, "Hey,... More »

Buried Cat Returned to Owner—Alive

Owner Ellis Hutson is utterly floored

(Newser) - Florida resident Ellis Hutson grieved when a car ran over his cat. He was simply stunned when his cat, since buried, clawed its way out and refused to die, ABC News reports. "I was so shocked," says the 52-year-old landscaper. "I didn’t know really what to... More »

'Most Famous' Great White Shark Back in Florida

Katharine the shark is an Internet hit

(Newser) - A 2,300-pound shark with her own Twitter account (bio: "Misunderstood girl just tryin' to get some fish") has reappeared a few miles off the coast of Florida, marking a winter homecoming. UPI calls Katharine "maybe the most famous shark on the Internet": She was tagged as... More »

Car, Remains May Solve 36-Year-Old Mystery

Missing young couple's vehicle found at bottom of Florida canal

(Newser) - The last time anyone saw Dana Null, 15, and Harry Wade Atchison, 19, was when they drove off together in his Dodge Coronet in 1978. It now appears they never made it out of Florida's Broward County. A maintenance worker found Atchison's car yesterday at the bottom of... More »

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