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Soon to Be Legal in Florida: Living in Sin

Bill would repeal 1868 law banning cohabitation

(Newser) - Soon, the 500,000-plus couples currently "living in sin" in Florida will, at least, not be breaking the law of the land. The state legislature is moving to repeal the 1868 law that makes unwed cohabitation illegal, Reuters reports. And while it sounds rather funny, it's not always... More »

8 Killed in Church Van Accident

10 others in vehicle injured, 2 of them critically

(Newser) - A church van returning from a trip to Fort Myers, Fla., crashed in Glades County this morning around 12:30am, killing eight people. The van was apparently traveling on State Road 78 when it ran a stop sign at Highway 27, crossed all four lanes of the highway and a... More »

How a Florida Hotel Gets Spring Breakers Out of Bed

It blasts an epic wake-up call, of course

(Newser) - Partying into the wee hours, then sleeping past noon. That's the circle of life for college kids on spring break in Florida. Or it was, until a Holiday Inn Resort in Panama City Beach started blasting "The Circle of Life" from The Lion King each morning at 11am.... More »

2 Ruinous Termite Species Have Mated in Florida

"They're two bad ones, too," says not-encouraging-sounding bug expert

(Newser) - Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world—and, as with so many other Florida hookups, the results are disturbing. Asian and Formosan subterranean termites are two of the most destructive termite species in the world, responsible for much of the estimated $40 billion... More »

Teen Kills Brother, 6, Then Himself During Dinner: Cops

Older brother injured in what Florida cops say was prompted by fight over food

(Newser) - An evening meal among three brothers ended in tragedy yesterday evening in Hudson, Fla. A 13-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother, cops say, then wounded his 16-year-old brother before killing himself, the AP reports. The boys' mother was at work and an 18-year-old brother wasn't around. What... More »

Scary Find Awaits Florida Woman Under Her Bed

61-year-old discovers alleged burglar hiding there

(Newser) - Not your ideal evening at home: A Florida woman looking for her cats last week reached under the bed, and instead of feeling fur, she made contact with human flesh, the Sun-Sentinel reports via Gawker . Police say the 61-year-old Palm Springs resident was touching Christian Vatovec, 25, a burglar who... More »

Why Teens Tied Dog to Tracks: She Was 'Too Sweet'

4 face charges as Cabela continues recovery

(Newser) - Police say they've found the individuals who shot a pit bull and tied the dog to railroad tracks in Sulphur Springs, Fla. Teenagers Natwan Callaway and Bobby Hollinger, both 17, decided to "get rid of" female dog Cabela after she was purchased to fight other dogs, but was... More »

'Always Hope': Search Goes on in Black Hawk Crash

Some remains recovered; military searches for those presumed lost

(Newser) - All 11 soldiers and Marines on board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in heavy fog off the Florida Panhandle Tuesday night are presumed lost, but officials stress that they are still engaged in a search-and-rescue mission that will go on for as long as necessary. There were definitely... More »

Human Remains Found in Black Hawk Crash Off Florida

7 Marines, 4 National Guard soldiers presumed dead

(Newser) - Eleven military personnel are missing after an Army helicopter crashed last night during a training exercise in the Florida Panhandle, and an anonymous official tells the AP they are presumed dead. "We have found some human remains," Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland tells NBC News . Seven... More »

Florida to Workers: Don't Say 'Climate Change'

'Nuisance flooding' suggested instead of 'sea-level rise'

(Newser) - At Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, employees whose jobs include preparing for the effects of climate change and sea-level rise say life got a little tougher after Rick Scott took office in 2011 and the use of terms like "climate change," "global warming," and "... More »

Vets Save Leg of Dog Shot, Tied to Tracks

Cabela 'came through surgery with flying colors'

(Newser) - Rumors of the demise of Cabela's leg were premature: The Florida mutt found shot and tied to railroad tracks , her front right leg shattered by a bullet, pulled off something of a miracle, reports WTSP . "Cabela came through surgery with flying colors and four legs," says the... More »

Cops Save Dog That Was Shot, Tied to Tracks

Cabela is recovering after ordeal, amputation

(Newser) - A young mixed-breed dog in Florida is recovering after a sickening ordeal—and a dramatic rescue. Police in Tampa discovered the dog, who had been shot three times, tied to railroad tracks after investigating reports of gunshots in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood and hearing whimpering Wednesday evening, reports NBC News... More »

Lawyer: Client Brought Body to Me in Pickup Truck

John Marshall showed up with man he killed in self-defense, Fla. attorney says

(Newser) - In a scenario that seems better suited to an episode of Better Call Saul than a small law firm in southwest Florida, an attorney says one of his clients showed up at his office yesterday afternoon, said he had killed a neighbor, and revealed he had the body in his... More »

Police Chief Goes for '2-Girl Special,' Gets Fired

Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson says he's sorry

(Newser) - A Florida police chief got arrested Friday for allegedly soliciting a prostitute and was promptly fired just 10 months into his tenure, NBC Miami reports. According to an arrest report , Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson called a number in a "two-girl special" prostitution ad and negotiated a $100... More »

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 »

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