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Marco Rubio Puts Friendship Before His Senate Seat

Pressure building on him to change his mind in Florida

(Newser) - You know what they say, bros before strategically important Senate seats. Marco Rubio tells CNN he'd consider running for reelection to the Senate if only his "real good friend" Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera wasn't already running for the seat. "I think he's put in... More »

Ex Allegedly Confesses to Killing Missing Florida Mom

Air Force vet Tricia Todd was last seen in late-April

(Newser) - A US airman has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Florida mom and Air Force veteran last month, NBC News reports. Authorities say 30-year-old Steven Williams, the ex-husband of Tricia Todd, confessed to killing her on Tuesday and was arrested. Despite "gross inconsistencies" that "only... More »

6-Month-Old Water Skis Across Lake

Her parents say it was totally safe

(Newser) - A 6-month-old girl whose professional water-skier parents put her on junior-size water skis last week glided 686 feet across a man-made lake in what her parents say sets a youth record, the AP reports. Keith St. Onge said his daughter Zyla could have kept going if the boat hadn't... More »

Man-Eating Crocodiles Have Invaded Florida

The huge Nile crocodile is bad news for people, livestock, and other crocodiles

(Newser) - Huge, man-eating crocodiles may be hiding throughout the Florida wilderness, according to a study published last month in Herpetological Conservation and Biology. The Orlando Sentinel reports that DNA testing on three young crocodiles caught between 2009 and 2014 confirmed them to be Nile crocodiles native to Africa. Nile crocodiles can... More »

This Is the Most Dangerous Tree in the US

Don't eat the 'little apple of death'

(Newser) - Just like a pack of cigarettes, the manchineel tree comes with a health warning: "This tree is very TOXIC," reads a sign that adorns one specimen of the tropical plant, which grows in south Florida, South and Central America, and a few other locales. Just looking at the... More »

Cops: Guy Posed as Senator to Avoid Paying Loan

Sidney Hines' alleged scheme didn't work

(Newser) - A man's alleged scheme to make officials forget about his outstanding loan not only failed, but could put him behind bars for up to 15 years. Police say Sidney Hines, 67, received a federal HomeSaver Advance loan for about $6,000 in 2008 on his home in New Port... More »

Unable to Afford Meds, Man Kills Sick Wife: Cops

She was in 'excruciating' pain, says neighbor

(Newser) - William Hager watched his 78-year-old wife, Carolyn, suffer from medical problems, including arthritis, for 15 years. But when the couple could no longer afford her medication, an ominous idea popped into his head, per CNN . Authorities say Hager, 86, called police around 1pm Monday, allegedly telling responding deputies, "I... More »

WV Mom Dies While Getting 'Brazilian Butt Lift'

Heather Meadows, 29, traveled to Miami area for the procedure

(Newser) - A West Virginia mom who traveled to Florida to undergo cosmetic surgery died Thursday after police say she suffered medical complications during the procedure, WSVN reports. Heather Meadows, 29, who has a 6-year-old and a newborn, was rushed to a Hialeah ER from Encore Plastic Surgery and pronounced dead after... More »

Bite Victim Hospitalized With Shark Still Attached

People had been 'messing with' nurse shark at Fla. beach

(Newser) - A Florida woman hospitalized for a shark bite Sunday didn't need to describe the shark that bit her—because it was still attached to her arm. The 23-year-old woman had been bitten on the right arm by a small nurse shark that wouldn't let go even after a... More »

Pot Lover's Twitter Exchange With Cops Goes Viral

'There needs to be more weed in Florida'

(Newser) - "Who's in Sarasota, Fla., and has weed?" That was the question posed via Twitter earlier this month by a high school senior from South Dakota who was visiting Florida, The Frisky reports. (OK, more correctly, she wrote , "WHOS IN SARASOTA FLORIDA AND HAS WEED.") While... More »

Florida Divers Bring Up Signs of People 14K Years Ago

'Bering Strait theory' takes another knock

(Newser) - What divers found in a Florida sinkhole may help overturn a long-held theory—that people first colonized the Americas thousands of years ago by crossing the Bering Strait, the Guardian reports. Scientists say that fossilized dung, mastodon bones, and a stone knife discovered at the site near Tallahassee suggest people... More »

Florida Pizza Deliveryman Shot By Cops

He allegedly hit an officer with his car

(Newser) - Florida police shot a pizza delivery driver after authorities say he struck an officer with his vehicle, the AP reports. According to the Orlando Sentinel , police responded Friday to the Italian Garden Pizzeria in Winter Garden, about 15 miles west of Orlando, after a call about an employee assaulting the... More »

Army Vet After 48-Day Coma: 'I Want Taco Bell'

Who thought a bag of Crunchy Tacos could be this heartwarming?

(Newser) - An Army vet and father of two who, somewhat miraculously, woke from a 48-day coma last month in Florida had one thing on his mind: Taco Bell. USA Today reports 35-year-old Jake Booth slipped into a coma after his bronchitis turned into pneumonia and caused a heart attack. His family... More »

Busted on Facebook, Police Chief Gives Himself a Ticket

'It's the right thing to do'

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered who polices the police, the answer is, apparently, random Facebook users. The Orlando Sentinel reports that a Florida police chief issued himself a parking ticket after a photo circulated on Facebook showing his SUV blocking a sidewalk at City Hall. “Groveland Police Department is... More »

Hero Dog Saves 7-Year-Old Girl From Rattlesnake

He was bitten three times protecting the girl

(Newser) - When a venomous Eastern diamondback rattlesnake appeared in the backyard of a 7-year-old Florida girl, her German shepherd came to her rescue, refusing to back down despite multiple snakebites, the AP reports. Molly DeLuca was playing Wednesday with her 2-year-old shepherd, named Haus, when the snake showed up. Haus jumped... More »

Hammerhead Shark Likely Doomed by Woman's Need for Pics

'You definitely don't sit on top of it and take photos'

(Newser) - A Florida conservation group says a woman's desire to pose for photos with a hammerhead shark effectively sentenced the protected animal to death last Sunday. WFTX reports Lauren Dondero was on a Mother's Day fishing trip to Fort Myers Beach when she caught a hammerhead shark. After an... More »

Apple Can't Get Data From Missing Boater's iPhone

Mom of other missing teen wants to hand it over to other experts

(Newser) - Bad news for the parents of the two Florida teenage boys who disappeared while boating last summer : Apple can't get into the iPhone 6 belonging to one of the boys to retrieve the data it might hold inside, NBC reports. "Unfortunately, Austin's iPhone could not be restored... More »

In Just One Year, 53 Walmarts Called Police 16,800 Times

Fla. stores average 2 calls an hour instead of hiring guards

(Newser) - Walmart is letting taxpayers pick up the tab for securing its stores by relying on police instead of hiring its own guards, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis. In the four counties surrounding the bay, there were 16,800 calls to police from Walmart stores in 2014 alone. That... More »

Guy Takes 3 Days to Realize He Shot Himself

Medication for a back injury apparently masked the pain

(Newser) - Michael Blevins was cleaning his pistol at his home in Deltona, Fla., on Thursday when he accidentally shot himself in the arm, police say. It took him only three days to realize. The 37-year-old says he was holding his gun to his chest, away from his dog, when his back... More »

Case of Missing Florida Mom Is 'Mystifying' Police

Interview with ex-husband reveals little: cops

(Newser) - Police have now conducted a "long and detailed interview" with the ex-husband of missing Florida mom Tricia Todd , but they say they're no closer to figuring out her whereabouts. "Nothing in [Steven Williams'] lengthy interview … nor his polygraph exam indicated that he was involved or... More »

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