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Florida Citizen Pulls Over Cop for Speeding

'Um, I don’t know how fast I was going'

(Newser) - It is the best pulled-over-for-speeding story you'll read in a long, long time. It's out of Florida, of course, where CBS Miami reports that a woman spotted a police cruiser flying down the highway without its emergency lights on and decided to pursue. "He passed me with... More »

Cops: Boy, 8, Stole Mom's Gun to Rob Store

Florida has decided not to pursue charges

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy in Florida used a loaded gun to try to rob a store where he was barely tall enough to see over the counter, police say. A clerk at King Foods and Meat Bazaar in West Palm Beach tells WPTV that the boy walked in on Wednesday night... More »

'Bonnie and Clyde' Stay One Step Ahead of Cops

They're suspected in robberies across 4 states

(Newser) - A Missouri couple is allegedly robbing its way across the American South with the FBI and US Marshals hot on its heels, AL.com reports. "I guess they see themselves as some kind of modern-day Bonnie and Clyde,'' one Missouri lawman says. The crime spree may have... More »

Florida Declares Zika Emergency

9 cases have been reported in 4 counties

(Newser) - The Zika virus is now officially a public health emergency in Florida, where at least nine cases have been detected in four counties. Gov. Rick Scott signed the emergency order on Wednesday to cover Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough, and Santa Rosa counties, WESH reports. State health officials say all nine cases... More »

Dead Woman Found in Motel Room With 2 Monkeys

Also discovered: an "incoherent" man and a note

(Newser) - Police in North Port, Fla., on Friday discovered a dead woman, two live monkeys, and a note in a room at the local Budget Inn, CNN reports. Also in the room was an "incoherent" man, who received medical treatment before being questioned. The Capuchin monkeys were in crates and... More »

Family: Snake Bit Boy at Disney Park, Grandma Died

Disney says incident is being 'mischaracterized'

(Newser) - An Alabama family says an escaped snake at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando dropped from a tree and bit a boy, which led to the death of the boy's grandmother. The family's attorney, Matt Morgan, said Thursday that the family plans to sue Disney World, the AP... More »

Old Woman Gets Rude Wake Up From Bizarre Animal

'When they both got a look at each other, they both freaked out'

(Newser) - A 99-year-old Florida woman probably felt like she'd seen it all. Maybe now she has. The Miami Herald reports the poor woman woke up Tuesday with a strange animal sleeping on her chest. She—understandably—started screaming, and the creature hid in her attic. “I don’t know,... More »

Kalashnikovs Soon to Be Made in Florida

Kalashnikov USA gets approval for factory in Pompano Beach

(Newser) - Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles will be soon be made in Florida. Pompano Beach recently gave Kalashnikov USA permission to assemble the guns in the city, CNNMoney reports. UPI reports that the company will build a factory there, and the Sun-Sentinel adds that the 40,000-square-foot facility will ultimately bring 54... More »

Doctor in Uber Attack: Here's Why I Snapped

Anjali Ramkissoon is very sorry

(Newser) - Anjali Ramkissoon, the Florida doctor suspended after video of her assaulting an Uber driver went viral, is very sorry. "I was extremely stressed out that day," she tells Good Morning America . "It was probably one of the worst days of my life and I was caught at... More »

Female Miami Doctor Suspended After Uber Confrontation

Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon could face termination after video goes viral

(Newser) - A Miami doctor is in hot water after video surfaced showing her in an altercation with an Uber driver on Sunday night. Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident at Jackson Health System, has been placed on administrative leave, per a statement, and an internal investigation "will determine if... More »

Mom With Kids in Back Seat Foils Carjackers

2 suspects fled after she fought them off

(Newser) - Just call her Supermom: A 21-year-old woman was pumping gas at a gas station in Hialeah, Fla., Monday night when two people in ski masks attempted to carjack a car at another pump. When the driver sped off, they turned to her car, say police. As the suspects tried to... More »

Fired Burger King Worker Takes It Out on Uniform: Cops

Things got heated at Florida restaurant

(Newser) - A Burger King worker apparently wanted to have it his way as he was fired from the Florida restaurant where he worked—so he allegedly flame-broiled his uniform. That's what 24-year-old Timothy Alejandro Ortiz is accused of doing after he was terminated from a Palencia location last week, the... More »

Florida Brings Back Python Challenge

Last time, 1.6K hunters killed just 68 snakes

(Newser) - Three years after a month-long hunt involving 1,600 hunters bagged a grand total of 68 pythons , Florida is bringing back the "Python Challenge." The hunt, part of efforts to get rid of the invasive species that is squeezing native wildlife like opossums out of the Everglades, kicks... More »

Cops: Woman Attacks Fiancé Over Recycled Ring

She believed he'd given the exact same engagement ring to an ex

(Newser) - A Florida woman allegedly attacked her fiancé after realizing—at least in her mind—that she wasn't the first woman to whom he'd given the exact same engagement ring, the Smoking Gun reports. Inga Daftartiene was watching TV and drinking wine at home last Friday when she decided... 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 »

Supreme Court: Fla. Death Penalty System Unconstitutional

It was found to violate the right to trial by jury

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court declared Florida's death penalty system unconstitutional on Tuesday, opening the possibility of new hearings for at least some of the 390 inmates currently on death row in the state, the AP reports. In an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court ruled the system violated the right... More »

Toddler Drives Toy Car Onto Florida Highway

'I was shocked'

(Newser) - Talk about born to be wild. A 3-year-old boy in Florida headed out on the highway, looking for adventure, in a motorized toy car this week, narrowly avoiding traffic, ABC News reports. A grownup motorist called 911 Wednesday after seeing the toddler—clad in a T-shirt and diaper—attempting to... More »

Woman Forced to Leave Hospital Was on Ground 18 Minutes

Dashcam video released in Florida incident

(Newser) - The Florida woman who died after being forcibly discharged from a hospital collapsed outside, and lay on the ground for almost 18 minutes before a doctor readmitted her, according to police dashcam video released Wednesday. Tallahassee's Calhoun Liberty Hospital called police after 57-year-old Barbara Dawson was discharged but refused... More »

Jewelry Thief's Crime Spree Spans 5 States

Woman and male accomplice have stolen $450K in bling: cops

(Newser) - A woman believed to be in her 20s or 30s held employees of a Jared Vault jewelry store in Mebane, NC, at gunpoint on Monday before making off with jewelry piled into a shopping bag. But this wasn't her first rodeo: The FBI says the same brunette has robbed... More »

Cops: Dad Smothered Son While Playing Video Games

Boy, 6, suffocated on Christmas Eve

(Newser) - Authorities say a 6-year-old Florida boy is dead after his father pinned him against a couch while the man and his girlfriend played video games Christmas Eve. Local media outlets report that 31-year-old James Dearman was charged Thursday with aggravated manslaughter of a child. A Sarasota County Sheriff's Office... More »

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