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1K Christmas Trees Lifted From Fla. Costco

2 trailers crammed with trees taken from Kendall superstore

(Newser) - The holiday season kicked off with a bah-humbug bang this week with reports of an ambitious theft from a Florida Costco. Miami-Dade police are trying to find two 53-foot semi-truck trailers crammed with 500 Christmas trees each, taken sometime between 8pm and midnight Tuesday from outside the Kendall warehouse, the... More »

Alabama Woman Missing in 2011 Tornado Found in Florida

Police think she may have moved without telling her family

(Newser) - A 53-year-old Alabama woman reported missing by her family following a series of deadly tornadoes in 2011 has been found safe and sound—in Florida, AL.com reports. And no, she probably wasn't blown there. The tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa in April 2011 killed dozens of people and damaged... More »

Rams Player Shot Twice in Head Near Miami: NFL

Stedman Bailey in 'critical, but stable, condition' after Tuesday night shooting

(Newser) - St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey is in "critical, but stable, condition" in a Florida hospital, per a team statement, after he was shot Tuesday night in Miami Gardens, Fla., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. A source confirmed to NFL.com that 25-year-old Bailey was sitting in a... More »

79-Year-Old Shot Dead Hours Before Retirement

Family members were waiting at home to celebrate

(Newser) - A robbery a month ago at the Liquor Market in Boynton Beach, Fla., helped Ali Arezoumandifar's family convince him it was finally time to retire. The 79-year-old liquor store clerk had chased after a man in a black mask who stole $300 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets on Oct.... More »

Sofia Vergara- Joe Manganiello Knot Is Now Tied

Couple married in Florida surrounded by friends and flowers—lots of flowers

(Newser) - A new modern family got its start Sunday night in Palm Beach, Fla., as Sofia Vergara wed Joe Manganiello in a flower-filled ceremony at the Breakers resort, People reports. The 43-year-old actress and her 38-year-old beau stood in front of guests including Reese Witherspoon, Channing Tatum, and Vergara's Modern ... More »

Pet Owners Fuming Over Doggie DNA Request

Florida condo association aims to curb pet poop

(Newser) - Some Florida condo owners are steaming after their homeowners association asked them to submit their dog's DNA in order to fine owners who don't pick up after their pets. Residents of Harbor Landing in Destin, Fla., said they received a letter last week and some feel it's... More »

Inside America's Most Expensive 'House' for Sale

The 4.4-acre estate comes with night club, ice skating rink, IMAX cinema, and more

(Newser) - When construction tycoon Robert Pereira got hold of a sprawling ocean-front Florida estate through a trust in 2001, he envisioned turning it into a luxurious home for his family, friends tell the Guardian . But after spending seven years (and $100 million, a third of which was financed by Bank of... More »

Giants Fan Tried to Torch Massive Bucs Flag

He was arrested; flag failed to burn

(Newser) - A Florida man identified by the Tampa Tribune as a New York Giants fan got more than a little carried away after his team's 32-18 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and tried to torch a giant Bucs flag outside team headquarters, police say. Daniel Raboni, 32,... More »

Detective 'Too Drunk' to Receive MADD Award

Michael Szeliga apparently had a few

(Newser) - A Florida sheriff's deputy—who's now a full-fledged detective—apparently got so drunk at a Mothers Against Drunk Driving conference that he couldn't receive an award for making 100 DUI arrests, WFTV reports. According to lengthy report, Pinellas County deputy Michael Szeliga arrived at a Fort Lauderdale... More »

8th-Grade Girl Gets Detention for Hugging Classmate

Ella Fishbough violated her middle school's 'inappropriate touching' clause

(Newser) - "It was literally like a second." That's how long 14-year-old Ella Fishbough tells WKMG a supposedly "inappropriate" behavior lasted, one that has landed her in detention at Jackson Heights Middle School in Oviedo, Fla. Her offense? A quick hug she gave a classmate before the first... More »

Cops: Burglar Drops In for Dinner, Literally

They don't make restaurant ceilings like they used to

(Newser) - A would-be thief allegedly decided to drop in for dinner—literally—at a Florida eatery Tuesday evening, WESH reports. Police say diners at Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet in Daytona Beach heard noises coming from the ceiling shortly before 30-year-old Justin Grimes fell through it. Patrons sprung into action, holding... More »

Shark Bites Florida Tourist 'to the Bone'

The woman then punched the shark

(Newser) - A Colorado woman is recovering from a serious shark bite and a less serious shark-punching wound after fighting off an attacker at a Florida beach on Sunday. Jill Kruse, 28, was bitten on her calf "to the bone" when the shark attacked her at Cocoa Beach on the state'... More »

Aliens Have a Soft Spot for Florida, Apparently

State has second-most UFO sightings in the country: group

(Newser) - Quick, name a UFO hot spot around the US. If northwest Florida didn't come to mind, maybe it should have. As the Tallahassee Democrat reports, the Big Bend region in the state has had all kinds of sightings dating back to the 1970s. In recent years, 50 sightings in... More »

Florida Executes Man Who Killed His Own 5-Year-Old

Jerry Correll's victims included his 5-year-old daughter

(Newser) - A Florida man was executed Thursday nearly three decades after he was convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife, young daughter, and two in-laws. Jerry Correll, 59, was pronounced dead at 7:36pm at Florida State Prison after receiving a lethal injection. The execution came after the US Supreme Court rejected... More »

Exploding E-Cig Severely Injures Florida Man

Officials blame the e-cigarette's lithium battery for the explosion

(Newser) - There's got to be a less dramatic way to quit smoking. WPTV reports a Florida man is in the hospital after his e-cigarette exploded in his face Monday, leaving him with a badly burned face and neck. Ema Richardson found her 21-year-old brother Evan Spahlinger on the floor and... More »

$200K Show Horse Stolen, 'Filleted' for Meat: Fla. Cops

Champion jumper was butchered by someone who knew what they were doing

(Newser) - Just a couple of days after two Florida bodybuilders were arrested for starving their horses, an even more gruesome equine crime has been reported in Manatee County. "Your new horse is missing" was the first piece of bad news Debbie Stephens got on Sunday, per the New York Times ... More »

Fla. Shuts Down Bear Hunt After Bloody 2 Days

State's first bear hunt in 21 years comes to an early end after hunters kill 295

(Newser) - Hunters hoping to take advantage of Florida's weeklong bear hunt—the first in 21 years—have had to shoulder their rifles after just two days. "I have signed the order to close the hunt," Nick Wiley of the state's wildlife commission said Sunday after 295 bears... More »

Accident Wipes Mom's Memory of Dead Baby, Husband

A car slammed into the back of the family's vehicle in Florida: police

(Newser) - Not only did Ivelisse Martinez lose her husband and baby in a car crash in Florida last week, she also lost all memory of them. Authorities say Jose Vargas Rosario, 35, and Martinez, 27, were stopped at a red light in Altamonte Springs on Oct. 16 when a Mercury Grand... More »

Plainclothes Cop Kills Man Stranded on Roadside

Police say Corey Jones, 31, was armed during confrontation

(Newser) - A Florida police officer fatally shot a black man who was having car trouble early Sunday. Nouman Raja of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department was in plainclothes and an unmarked police cruiser when he arrived at Corey Jones' broken-down car off Interstate 95 around 3am, reports NBC News . Police... More »

Alleged Jewelry Thieves Left Parting Gift in Guest Book

Tip: Don't leave contact info if you're going to lift valuables from an art gallery

(Newser) - Signing the guest book at a wedding or funeral: fine. Signing one at an art gallery you're accused of stealing from: not the best idea. That's what one Florida couple allegedly did Saturday night when they visited ICFA Gallery in Palm Beach, reportedly lifting the owner's gold... More »

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