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Stephen Bannon May Be Guilty of Voter Fraud

He was registered to vote at a vacant home in Florida

(Newser) - The Guardian did a little digging and discovered Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump's new campaign CEO , may be guilty of a bit of felony voter fraud. The Atlantic calls this "particularly embarrassing" because Bannon is currently in charge of a presidential campaign that has been warning of voter fraud... More »

9 Injured in Florida Mall 'Shooting' That Actually Wasn't

Popping balloons led to a mass panic

(Newser) - "All I heard was the word 'gun' and knew I had to get out of there," says one shopper who was at Orlando's Florida Mall Thursday. "I left [my mom] a voicemail that there was someone shooting in the mall and that I was OK,... More »

'Divine Intervention:' Boy 4th to Survive Brain-Eating Amoeba

Quick-thinking doctors and a happy coincidence saved Sebastian DeLeon, 16

(Newser) - A 16-year-old South Florida boy has made a miraculous recovery after becoming infected with a rare brain-eating amoeba. Sebastian DeLeon is only the fourth person in the US to survive an infection by the Naegleria fowleri parasite, which he contracted while swimming, Florida Today reports. On Aug. 5, the teen... More »

Man Robbed, Murdered After Date With Woman He Met Online

Adam Hilarie, who has a 5-year-old daughter, thought the date was going well

(Newser) - A 27-year-old Florida father was robbed and murdered Friday after going on a date with a woman he met online, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Adam Hilarie met 18-year-old Hailey Bustos on the dating website Plenty of Fish and went out with her Thursday. They ended up going back to his... More »

What Saved Crying Toddler in Overturned Boat

'Please God send someone now ... please hurry,' mom pleaded in 911 call

(Newser) - Rescuers scrambling to rescue a 23-month-old after a boat crash in Cocoa, Fla., on Friday night could hear the toddler crying, but they couldn't figure out where she was. Those tense moments gave way to relief as Kennedy Bossard was located underneath the overturned boat, frightened but OK, 45... More »

Mosquitoes Now Spreading Zika in Miami Beach

Five new cases confirmed in Miami

(Newser) - Mosquitoes are spreading Zika in a whole new area of Miami, the CDC announced Friday. USA Today reports five new cases of mosquito-spread Zika have popped up in a 1.5-square-mile area of Miami Beach, including popular tourist area South Beach. In fact, three of the five patients were visiting... More »

900 Students Skipped School After Twitter Threats

Four Orlando-area schools were named

(Newser) - More than 900 students were absent from Orlando-area schools on Thursday after authorities say a man on Twitter threatened to shoot students and put pipe bombs inside campuses, per the AP . There were reportedly 379 absences at Orange's Liberty Middle School, 357 at Orlando's Boone High School, 174... More »

Sources: Zika Is Spreading in Miami Beach

Feds may advise against travel to entire county

(Newser) - In a development that will alarm Florida tourist authorities as well as pregnant women, sources tell multiple news outlets that mosquitoes are spreading Zika in Miami Beach. A health official tells the New York Times that a cluster of cases probably spread by mosquitoes has been found in the city,... More »

Fla. Face-Eating Suspect: 'I've Got a Psycho Side'

Austin Harrouff now in stable condition: police

(Newser) - "It's like he just—changed." That's how Austin Harrouff's mom described her son's behavior to a 911 operator Monday after the 19-year-old fled a Florida restaurant following an argument with his father, reports the Miami Herald . Mina Harrouff said her son had been acting... More »

How Flakka Can Turn Man to Cannibal

Drug alters mood, leads to paranoia

(Newser) - The disturbing murder of a couple in Florida is just the latest case linked to flakka to make headlines recently—but what is flakka? Also known as Alpha-PVP or "gravel," the drug looks like tiny white or pink stones—like those you might find at the bottom of... More »

Cops: College Student Caught Chewing on Victim's Face

Austin Harrouff allegedly stabbed a couple to death

(Newser) - Deputies say they arrived at the scene of a fatal stabbing Monday in Florida to find a 19-year-old college student "grunting and growling" and biting off pieces of one of the victims' faces, the Miami New Times reports. Austin Harrouff, a student and fraternity member at Florida State University,... More »

Woman Reaching for Soda Nearly Loses Hand to Alligator

When doing the Dew is a definite don't

(Newser) - A woman trying to get a soda can she dropped into the water in the Everglades had her hand nearly bitten off by an alligator, the AP reports. Kimberly Ann Sexton, 49, was trying to retrieve a Mountain Dew can she dropped on Friday when the animal attacked her hand,... More »

Judge Bans Guy From Ordering Pizza

Fla. man accused of harassing restaurants

(Newser) - In Sebastian, Florida, pizza delivery is not a right, it is a privilege reserved for people whose name is not Randy Riddle. A judge banned Riddle from ordering pizza as a bail condition after the 49-year-old was accused of harassing numerous pizza restaurants, TCPalm reports. During a three-week reign of... More »

Mom, 62, Charged After Son Fatally Beats Her Newborn

Kathleen Steele left kids inside van, say police

(Newser) - The fact that a 62-year-old woman recently gave birth to a daughter is newsworthy—as is the fact that she left that newborn and two sons, aged 3 and 6, alone in a locked van for 38 minutes while she was inside a store. But that's just the beginning... More »

Cop Who Killed Woman in Drill Has Checkered Past

He was forced to resign from previous post

(Newser) - The Florida police officer who accidentally fired real bullets during a role-playing drill, killing a 73-year-old woman , doesn't exactly have a spotless record. During his rookie year with the Miramar Police Department in 2013, Lee Coel, 28, was accused of excessive force on two occasions before investigators determined he... More »

Man Shoots Unarmed Ex at Denny's, Claims Self-Defense

Florida's Sean Barnes is the latest to invoke Stand Your Ground law

(Newser) - Sean Barnes admits he followed his ex-girlfriend into a Denny's bathroom, then shot her in the face. But as for the resulting attempted murder charge, Barnes says he acted in self-defense in August 2013 in accordance with Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, reports the Miami Herald . Police... More »

Once Jailed for Road Rage, Florida Man Is Victim of It

Gary Lynn Durham was shot dead Wednesday morning

(Newser) - Gary Lynn Durham was on probation until 2017, but didn't live to see it end. The Florida man, who had served a decade in prison in connection with a 2001 road-rage incident that ended in a man's death, was himself killed in what police say was another case... More »

Cop Kills Woman, 73, by Mistake in Role-Playing Drill

Mary Knowlton, 73, was picked at random to participate

(Newser) - In what's being described as a "horrible accident" by Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis, a 73-year-old Florida woman was mistakenly shot dead while participating in a citizen police academy designed to better relations between officers and the community they serve. The "shoot or don't shoot"... More »

The Zika Situation Gets Worse in Florida

4 new cases of locally-transmitted Zika announced

(Newser) - Florida's governor has announced four new cases of Zika virus infection that health officials believe were spread by mosquitoes in a Miami neighborhood, the AP reports. Florida now has 21 people who contracted the virus locally. According to a statement Tuesday from Gov. Rick Scott's office, the Florida... More »

Orlando Gunman's Dad Spotted at Clinton Rally

He says Trump 'has no solutions'

(Newser) - The mustachioed man in a red ball cap standing behind Hillary Clinton at a rally Monday night in Florida might have seemed ordinary, but his appearance is getting quite a lot of attention. That's because the man, Seddique Mateen, is the father of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, reports... More »

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