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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 »

This Is Last Known Photo of Missing Florida Mom

Tricia Todd appeared to be 'in good spirits,' sheriff says

(Newser) - It's been nearly a week since Tricia Todd vanished in Florida , and police have now released the last known surveillance photo of her in the hope of jogging memories. In the photo taken in a Publix supermarket in Hobe Sound Tuesday night, the 30-year-old Air Force vet is smiling... More »

No Sign of Florida Mom for Nearly a Week

Ex-husband to be interviewed

(Newser) - The search for a missing Florida woman who was scheduled to pick up her 2-year-old daughter from her ex-husband's house is now approaching a full week. Tricia Todd, 30, was supposed to collect the girl Wednesday morning, but ex Steven Williams says she never showed up; he then brought... More »

Boys Lost at Sea Seen in Newly Released Video

Perry Cohen, Austin Stephanos seen departing in boat

(Newser) - An investigation into two teen boys lost at sea has turned up never-before-seen video of their departure, but an attorney for one of the boys' families fears investigators may be giving up, CBS News reports. "I think that the video was released because the Florida Wildlife Commission has decided... More »

Her Prison Job Terrified Her. What Was Scary Were the Guards

Employees kept quiet about abused inmates at Dade Correctional Institution

(Newser) - Harriet Krzykowski felt abandoned—and terrified. A new counselor at Dade Correctional Institution's mental-health ward in 2010, the then-30-year-old heard about guards taunting and starving inmates, so she told her superior. That's when guards began abandoning Krzykowski in areas packed with potentially dangerous prisoners. "It scared the... More »

Pilot: I Saw Missing Teen Floating on Makeshift Raft

'No doubt about it'

(Newser) - A pilot claims he spotted one of two missing Florida teens adrift at sea aboard a makeshift raft two days after the friends disappeared during a fishing trip last summer, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Bobby Smith was aiding in the search for Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos when his... More »

6 Best US Cities for Lazy People

Florida is the place to be

(Newser) - Too bad moving involves getting off the couch. Realtor.com has found the 10 best US cities "where lazy folks can thrive," based on several factors, including average sleep and work hours, the number of spas and hot tubs, access to services like dog walking and grocery delivery,... More »

Coast Guard to 'Bubble Man' Running on Ocean: Um, No

Coast Guard says safety first, stops ultrarunner after just 2 days

(Newser) - Ray "Reza" Baluchi set out to "show children that anything is possible if you want it." Unfortunately for him, the US Coast Guard set out to show him that safety comes first. Baluchi, a 44-year-old ultra marathoner, planned to run from Pompano Beach, Fla., across the Atlantic... More »

Three Girls Drowned. Did Deputies Watch It Happen?

Families suggest cops could have done more

(Newser) - The families of three Florida teens who drowned in a stolen car are suggesting sheriff's deputies could have done more to save them, the Miami Herald reports. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has forcefully rebutted those allegations in this Facebook post . The office released hours of dashboard footage... More »

Zoo on Mauled Zookeeper: It's Her Fault

Stacey Konwiser seemingly broke the rules

(Newser) - A zookeeper killed by a Malayan tiger at the Palm Beach Zoo met her end by entering an area she should have avoided, the zoo's top official says. Stacey Konwiser, 38, who was mauled on April 15, apparently broke zoo safety rules by going inside the cat's sleeping... More »

Boat of Florida Teens Lost at Sea Found off Bermuda

A Norwegian vessel spotted it

(Newser) - The boat carrying two Florida teens who were lost at sea during a fishing trip last July has been recovered 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda, the Palm Beach Post reports. The crew of a homeward-bound Norwegian vessel spotted the capsized 19-foot single-engine boat in March. "It was... More »

Happier Reunion for Judge Who Recognized Inmate as Classmate

Mindy Glazer showed up to cheer Arthur Booth on as he was released from jail

(Newser) - Last summer, an emotional video of a Florida burglary suspect appearing before a judge who turned out to be his middle school classmate went viral. Almost 10 months later, Arthur Booth was released from jail Tuesday—and Judge Mindy Glazer was there to wish him well and see him on... More »

Man Who Landed Gyrocopter on Capitol Lawn Gets 4 Months in Jail

The former mail carrier says it was a protest of money in politics

(Newser) - A Florida man who piloted a one-person gyrocopter through some of the most restricted US airspace and landed on the lawn of the Capitol last year, was sentenced Thursday to 120 days in jail, the AP reports. Douglas Hughes, 62, has said his April 15, 2015, flight in the bare-bones... More »

Cops: Right-to-Die Advocate Killed His Wife First

Both were found dead at a Florida nursing home

(Newser) - An 81-year-old man who had long fought for people's right to die a dignified, peaceful death died violently along with his wife early Tuesday, police say. Frank Kavanaugh, a member of the Final Exit Network's national advisory board, was found dead from gunshot wounds along with his 88-year-old... More »

In Florida for Dad's Memorial, Man Drowns Saving Daughter

William Moritz died saving 6-year-old caught in rip current

(Newser) - As a GoFundMe page set up in his honor notes, William Moritz died doing "what any great father would do": saving his young daughter. The 28-year-old Michigan man was in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., for his own father's memorial service, per Action News Jax , but a morning swim on... More »

Tiger Kills Zoo's 'Tiger Whisperer'

Beloved staff member mauled at Palm Beach Zoo

(Newser) - The chief tiger keeper at the Palm Beach Zoo was killed on Friday by one of the animals she loved. Stacey Konwiser, 38, was attacked in a tiger enclosure as she prepared to give a "Tiger Talk" to visitors, CNN reports. Cops had to tranquilize the 13-year-old male Malayan... More »

What Life Is Like When You're Allergic to Your Own Sweat

'One step shy of being allergic to breathing or blinking'

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Florida woman says her life has been destroyed by horrible allergies. But it's not pollen, cats, or peanuts she's allergic to; it's her own sweat and tears. "You don't realize how much your body sweats until you become allergic to it," Julie... More »

Cops: Man Turns Himself in After Stealing a TV...in 1989

Police think that was 'pretty cool' of him

(Newser) - Police say a man charged with stealing a television in Connecticut 27 years ago flew from his Florida home and voluntarily turned himself in last weekend after recently learning there was a warrant out for this arrest, the AP reports. Police in Norwalk, Connecticut, tell the Hour that 60-year-old Randy... More »

'Diabetes Here I Come' Note Offends Starbucks Customer

Florida man has two sisters with Type 1 diabetes

(Newser) - A Starbucks customer in Florida wasn't too pleased to see something printed in place of his name on a freshly made grande white mocha: "DIABETES HERE I COME." (See a tweeted image of the offending cup here .) But the still-unidentified man had a personal reason to... More »

How a Billionaire's Move to Florida Could Screw NJ

The loss of David Tepper's taxes is horrible news for the Garden State

(Newser) - New Jersey, already struggling with its budget, could face a massive shortfall next year—all because one guy chose to move to Florida, Bloomberg reports. In fairness, that guy was the wealthiest man in the state. Hedge-fund manager David Tepper has an estimated worth of $10.6 billion, and after... More »

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