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Flippant Spring Breaker Sorry for Coronavirus Comments

Brady Sluder gave now-infamous interview from Miami

(Newser) - The spring breaker whose flippant comments about the coronavirus pandemic went viral is now apologizing, USA Today reports. "I wasn't aware of the severity of my actions and comments," Brady Sluder posted on Instagram . "I'd like to take this time to own up to the... More »

Andrew Gillum Is Leaving Politics for Rehab

'This has been a wake-up call for me,' says former Florida gubernatorial candidate

(Newser) - Andrew Gillum is stepping back from politics and entering rehab after being found in a Miami Beach hotel room with an overdose victim and several bags of crystal meth. "This has been a wake-up call for me," he said in a statement Sunday night, per WESH . "Since... More »

To Make a Point, Eilish Sheds the Baggy Clothes

Singer critiques commentary on her body in world tour kickoff

(Newser) - Billie Eilish chose the kickoff of her world tour to address comments about her famously oversize clothes, and the body underneath. The singer, who turned 18 in December, has previously found issue with comments praising her clothes as a statement about the sexualization of women. Indeed, she's said such... More »

Florida Democrats Furious About Sanders' Cuba Remarks

He said not everything was bad under Castro

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton in Florida's primary in 2016—and after his remarks on 60 Minutes on Sunday night, the Democratic frontrunner may again struggle to win the state this time around. Sanders, asked about his 1985 remark that Cubans didn't rise up against Fidel Castro... More »

Miami Ferry Loses Car, Killing 2 Women Inside

Authorities investigate how the vehicle went overboard on the 7-minute trip

(Newser) - Two women were killed this week when the car they were sitting in fell off a ferry in Miami. The car sank to the bottom of the 50-foot channel, the Herald reports, where Miami-Dade Fire Rescue divers found their bodies. It's not clear how the Mercedes went into the... More »

Docs Sent Shooting Victim Home With a Band-Aid; Days Later, a Bullet

'She was having these terrible headaches and she felt something moving in her head'

(Newser) - A Miami woman wounded in a drive-by shooting was sent home from a hospital with a Band-Aid and antibiotics days before she was found to have a bullet lodged in her head, according to family. Shakena Jefferson was among three gay victims of the Feb. 11 shooting, which police are... More »

How 29-Year-Old's Arrest Led to Alleged 'Pillowcase Rapist'

Authorities believe Robert Eugene Koehler was building a 'dungeon' under his Florida home

(Newser) - More details are trickling out on a Florida man police believe raped more than 40 women in the Miami area over a five-year stretch in the '80s. In a Thursday presser, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said the DNA of registered sex offender Robert Eugene Koehler has been... More »

Before Miami's Super Bowl, a Massive Snake Hunt

'Python Bowl' participants to hunt down invasive Burmese pythons for cash and prizes

(Newser) - Miami's upcoming Super Bowl will mean death for dozens of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades—and wildlife officials say that's a good thing. The game's organizing committee is working with Florida to promote the Python Bowl, a 10-day contest that began Friday that will give out... More »

Cruise Line Passenger Plummets to His Death

Brian Rice died of blunt force trauma, authorities say

(Newser) - Four stories is a long fall—and sadly, Brian Rice didn't survive it. The Carnival Cruise Line passenger died of blunt force trauma Friday after plummeting from the ninth deck to the fifth as the vessel returned to Miami, People reports. Medical staff on Carnival Horizon rushed to his... More »

Here Are the 'Darkest Corners of America'

Trying to be good? Don't go to these 'sinful' cities IDed by WalletHub

(Newser) - A little bit of hedonism never hurt anybody—but in what WalletHub calls "the darkest corners of America," some of our worst vices are in overdrive. The site examined more than three dozens indicators of "evil deeds" in upward of 180 US cities, broken out into seven... More »

Flight Attendant Tells Customs He Has $100. It Was $9K

4 American Airlines flight attendants accused of smuggling $22K in cash into Miami

(Newser) - Four American Airlines flight attendants have been arrested on money laundering charges after police say they flew into Miami with more than $22,000 in cash. Carlos Alberto Munoz-Moyano was the first to be checked by customs at Miami International Airport after departing the flight from Santiago, Chile, on Monday.... More »

Judge: No Bail for Airline Worker After 'Disconcerting' Find

Prosecutors say mechanic who allegedly tampered with plane may have ties to terrorists

(Newser) - After American Airlines mechanic Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was arrested earlier this month and accused of tampering with the navigation system of a plane he'd worked on in July at Miami International Airport, he admitted he'd done so. But he told investigators it was done out of a... More »

'Seriously?????' Jaws Drop Over $10M Renaming Offer

It's hard to imagine going to BangBros Center

(Newser) - BangBros Center? Technically, possible—in reality, don't hold your breath. But the porn site best known for mixing sex with vans says it's offering $10 million to rename the Miami Heat's arena for 10 years once American Airlines' sponsorship ends this year, CNET reports. "We intend... More »

American Airlines Mechanic Accused of Sabotaging Plane

Feds say he did it to get more overtime

(Newser) - An American Airlines mechanic is accused of sabotaging a flight over stalled union contract negotiations. According to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in federal court, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani admitted during an interview Thursday that he tampered with a navigation system on the plane so that he could collect overtime... More »

Thinking of Retiring? Keep These Cities on Your Radar

The Sunshine State looks especially tempting for your golden years

(Newser) - Already thinking ahead on where you want to kick back once you stop punching a time clock for good? WalletHub scrutinized more than 180 US cities to suss out which ones seem most appealing for retirees, looking at nearly four dozen key metrics across four categories: affordability (including cost of... More »

They Heard a 'Dog' in the Plane's Belly. Then a Voice Asked for Water

Officials bust alleged stowaway in Miami on Swift Air flight from Havana

(Newser) - It sounded like a dog in the cargo hold of the Swift Air plane from Havana that had just landed in Miami early Friday. Then: "I'm not a dog." The voice from the belly of the private charter plane, officials say, was that of a Cuban stowaway,... More »

TSA Officers on Leave Over Noose at Airport

Racist display was seen in restricted area of Miami International Airport

(Newser) - Two TSA officers are on leave after a racist display featuring toy gorillas and a noose was discovered at Miami International Airport. The display (see it here ) was discovered July 21 in a baggage-screening area not accessible to the public, per CNN . A TSA employee tells the outlet that... More »

Improper Lane Change Cost NFL Player His Arm, Career

Still, Kendrick Norton of Miami Dolphins is grateful to be alive after July 4 crash in Miami

(Newser) - A young Miami Dolphins player lost his left arm after a July 4 car accident in Miami—and now police are laying blame for the crash on him. Citing a Florida Highway Patrol accident file seen by ESPN , USA Today reports that 22-year-old defensive tackle Kendrick Norton received a citation... More »

3 Shootings Linked to Florida Hip-Hop Festival

2 killed, 1 injured in weekend of violence

(Newser) - Police say it is too early to say whether three shootings tied to a Miami-area hip-hop festival are related. South Florida police agencies are comparing evidence Tuesday to determine whether the shootings have a link beyond the Rolling Loud Festival, which concluded Sunday, the AP reports. A bystander died after... More »

1 Dead, 2 Injured in Shooting Near Trump Resort

Man across street was killed by stray bullet

(Newser) - Police are investigating a shooting near one of President Trump's resorts in Florida that left one person dead and two others injured. Miami Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta says that a call came in at 1:41pm on Sunday stating that shots were fired at the Trump International Beach... More »

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