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Found: Woman Who Went Missing During Half-Marathon

Florida's Melissa Kitcher now safe after taking wrong turn that had her wandering for 12 hours

(Newser) - A Florida woman who became lost during a half-marathon trail run was found past nightfall after wandering around a 25,000-acre park for nearly 12 hours, per the AP . The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Melissa Kitcher was in good spirits after being found Sunday evening. She says she made a wrong... More »

Cops: Drunk 'Postal Grinch' Busted Opening Packages

For drugs, natch

(Newser) - A Florida man is being accused of being a Christmas Grinch after authorities say he broke into a post office and tried to steal packages, reports the AP . Francis Keller, 56, was arrested by the Boynton Beach Police Department and charged with burglary. Police say they found him inside a... More »

Surprise Find: Florida Python Ate 3 Deer

This is not good news for the Everglades ecosystem

(Newser) - Wildlife officials in Florida have known for a while that Burmese pythons have been eating their way through the Everglades, but the study of one particular snake has surprised them with the extent of that appetite: The 15-foot female had eaten three white-tailed deer in the 90 days before her... More »

Florida Boy Calls 911 to Invite Deputies to Thanksgiving

And one showed up

(Newser) - While his mother was preparing food in the kitchen, a 5-year-old Florida boy called 911 to invite law enforcement officers over for Thanksgiving dinner, the AP reports. Monica Webster of the Walton County Sheriff's Office tells the News Herald that with all the bad calls they receive every day,... More »

Miami Beach's Sand Comes From Elsewhere ... Problematically

It's pumped up sand from seafloor, and now that nearby sand is tapped out

(Newser) - Sand may seem like an infinite natural resource, but as cities with beaches around the world know all too well, it's anything but. And Miami Beach, Fla., is standing at a crossroads now that it, along with the US Army Corps of Engineers, has spent years pumping up sand... More »

Man Arrested for Cruelty After 700-Mile Horse Journey

He rode Trigger from SC to Florida

(Newser) - A South Carolina man's planned horseback journey from Greenwood to Key West ended in Miami Wednesday when he was arrested for animal cruelty. The South Florida SPCA says it received multiple calls about Trigger, the tired and hungry horse being ridden by 36-year-old Christopher Emerson, ABC reports. Police say... More »

Florida Man Willing to Part With Truck to Find Missing Dog

'The truck is replaceable, the dog is not'

(Newser) - When it comes to his dog or his truck, there's no question which one Florida man James O'Sicky loves most. "The truck is replaceable, the dog is not," the 31-year-old Jacksonville resident tells Action News Jax . After O'Sicky's 3-year-old pit bull mix Buddy Boy... More »

Cops: Woman Fires Gun at Guests Who Wouldn't Leave

Miss Manners would not approve

(Newser) - A cautionary tale out of Florida for anyone hosting guests this week or, more to the point, anyone who is a guest: Police say a woman fired a handgun at visitors who wore out their welcome and ended up striking two people in the leg with bullets, reports NBC Miami... More »

4 Different Cities, 4 Different Cop Shootings in One Day

Sunday saw officer killed, 3 wounded, with 3 of the shootings apparently targeted

(Newser) - It was a tough Sunday for law enforcement across the country, with four separate shootings leaving one police officer dead and three wounded, CBS News reports. And three of the attacks appear to have targeted their victims, authorities say: Detective Benjamin Marconi in San Antonio, Texas, was killed while writing... More »

Oldest Remaining Tuskegee Airman Dies

Willie Rogers 'lived by the greatest commandment—to love one another'

(Newser) - The oldest remaining member of the Tuskegee Airmen has died. Willie Rogers of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Friday from complications of a stroke. He was 101. Rogers served in logistics and administration as part of the US Armed Forces' first all-black aviation squadron during World War II, but only revealed... More »

Girl Could Face Charges for Using Toddler Knife at Lunch

She brought it to school to cut a peach, share with a friend

(Newser) - An 11-year-old honor student has been suspended for six days for bringing a knife to her Florida middle school—a child's butter knife, which she used at lunchtime to cut a peach, Local 10 reports. "This is a set of a spoon, fork, and knife for toddlers—one... More »

3 Alarming Stats From Florida Under 'Stand Your Ground'

Homicides have spiked, including those of African-Americans

(Newser) - For years, people have claimed "Stand Your Ground" laws have led to an increase in violence . A new JAMA study suggests their observations were right, at least in Florida. It finds homicides in the state spiked 24% from 82 per month from 1999 to October 2005, when Florida's... More »

Zimmerman Had Quite the Night Wednesday

He claimed he was assaulted, used racial slur at bar: cops

(Newser) - George Zimmerman claims a black man hit him at a bar near Sanford, Fla., on Wednesday, but that's not the same story police are telling. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says Zimmerman became belligerent and used a racial slur at the Corona Cigar Company after officers were called... More »

'No Way Everyone Is Dead in There': Pulse Footage Released

Videos show tense scenes inside, outside club

(Newser) - The Orlando Sentinel and ABC News have obtained police body camera footage that shows tense scenes inside and outside the Pulse nightclub during the June 12 mass shooting that killed 49 people. In the two dozen videos released under a public records request, officers can be seen arriving at the... More »

For 60 Years, This Bedbug Fell Off the Fla. Map. Now It's Back

Tropical bedbug has potential to wreak more havoc than regular variety

(Newser) - The last time a tropical bedbug was confirmed in Florida, the average price of a new home was less than $10,000 , and Perry Como topped the charts. But USA Today reports this jacked-up cousin of the regular bedbug has now apparently made a reappearance in the Sunshine State, after... More »

Orlando to Buy Pulse Nightclub, Turn It Into Memorial

City pays $2.25M for the massacre site

(Newser) - The city of Orlando, Florida, has announced plans to purchase the Pulse nightclub and eventually convert the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history into a memorial, the AP reports. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that the city has reached a deal... More »

Potential Trouble for GOP: Huge Clinton Lead in Florida Latinos

Politico: She's up 30 points, which one pollster sees as 'terrifying' for Republicans

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton might have a problem among black voters in Florida , but she certainly does not among Latinos, a bipartisan poll suggests. It shows Clinton with a 30-point lead over Donald Trump, 60% to 30%, among 800 likely Hispanic voters in the Sunshine State. Trump leads among Cuban-Americans, who historically... More »

Mom Who Gave Birth in Car Must Pay $7K Delivery Room Fee

'That's a little outrageous,' says Paula D'Amore

(Newser) - There was no ambulance, no epidural, and no hours of labor in a delivery room—yet a Florida woman who gave birth this year says she still faced a hefty hospital bill that included a $7,431 delivery room charge. "I think that's a little outrageous," says... More »

Hillary Clinton Might Have a Black Voter Problem

African-Americans aren't turning out for early voting like they were in 2012

(Newser) - No one really expected Hillary Clinton to be able to match the historic levels of black voter turnout seen by President Obama in 2008 and 2012, but that doesn't mean it's going to be less of a problem for her in some important states, the New York Times... More »

Pulse Orlando Gunman's Wife: 'He Had No Remorse'

Noor Salman gives first interview since June attack

(Newser) - "I was unaware of everything," says Noor Salman in her first interview since her husband killed 49 people at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. As the FBI considers pressing charges against her, including lying to authorities, Salman tells the dark tale of her marriage to Omar Mateen. Six months... More »

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