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Bundles of Drugs Keep Washing Up in South Florida

People continue to find cocaine, marijuana on Sunshine State's beaches, especially in the Keys

(Newser) - Last month, a beachgoer in Palm Beach stumbled upon 65 pounds of cocaine along the shoreline, a find worth $1.5 million. But that hasn't been an isolated incident in South Florida, where people continue to discover packages of drugs in the water and on local beaches, especially in...

Police: Fake Dating Profile Invited Men for Sex, Meth

Suspect and victim have never met but have dated the same man

(Newser) - The threatening texts and phone calls began in October. The 36-year-old Key West woman blocked the calls, only to have them start up again from other numbers. "You think texts are bad, next is your house and your job," Florida police said Vanessa Marie Huckaba told her at...

'Without Hesitation,' Pregnant Woman Takes on Shark

Margot Dukes Eddy jumped into Florida waters when she saw husband getting attacked

(Newser) - An Atlanta couple's vacation in the Florida Keys took a terrifying turn last weekend, ending with a surprising rescue. Per the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Andrew Eddy was on a private boat with his pregnant wife, Margot Dukes Eddy, and her family Sunday morning at Sombrero Reef...

Marco Is a Hurricane, and It's Not Alone

Tropical Storm Laura is also headed for the US coast

(Newser) - Marco became a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico Sunday on a path toward the Louisiana coast. Tropical Storm Laura battered the Dominican Republic and Haiti and headed to the same part of the US coast, also as a potential hurricane, the AP reports. It would be the first time...

Plan to Release 750M GMO Mosquitoes Gets Go Ahead
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Plan to Release 750M GMO Mosquitoes Gets Go Ahead

Florida Keys residents aren't happy about 'Jurassic Park' experiment

(Newser) - Male mosquitoes don't bite people—but Florida Keys residents still have concerns about plans to release 750 million of them in a mosquito control project starting next year. The plan to release the genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes received final approval from local authorities Tuesday, causing an outcry from...

Cops: Teen Girl Forced to Drive Couple Through Virus Checkpoint

Florida Keys are closed to non-residents

(Newser) - A couple trying to get into the Florida Keys, which are currently closed to non-residents amid the coronavirus pandemic, allegedly kidnapped a teenage girl to get them through a checkpoint. Police say Alexander Michael Sardinas, 37, and a 43-year-old female companion first tried to get through alone while in a...

One-Ton Great White Frolicking Off Florida Coast

Unama'ki, 2nd largest white shark tracked in NW Atlantic by nonprofit, started out in Nova Scotia

(Newser) - A giant she-shark has been working her way down the East Coast from Canada, and her latest sighting is in the waters off of Florida. CNN reports the 1-ton great white—named Unama'ki, a term used by the Mi'kmaq First Nations people to mean "land of the...

Mysterious Killer Is Striking Florida's Coral Reefs

Scientists are racing to identify the pathogen and find a cure

(Newser) - Something is turning healthy coral into ghostly skeletons along the Florida Reef Tract. As the third-largest barrier reef in the world, the 360-mile stretch of vitally important sea life provides a buffet of nutrients for plants and animals along the state's Atlantic coast. Now, scientists are racing to find...

Irma Regains Category 4, Bears Down on South Fla.

Winds at 130mph as massive storm shifts slightly west, throwing forecasters curveball

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma regained strength as it closed in on the Florida Keys early Sunday and forecasters monitored a crucial shift in its trajectory—just a few miles to the west—that could keep its ferocious eye off the southwest Florida coast and over warm Gulf water. The hurricane re-strengthened to...

A 1935 Florida Hurricane 'Sandblasted' People to Death

Inside the Great Labor Day Hurricane

(Newser) - The strongest landfall in US history was the Great Labor Day Hurricane, whose 185mph winds walloped Florida's Upper Keys in 1935. The Sun Sentinel in August 2015 took a look back at the deadly storm on its 80th anniversary, opening with this ominous line: It "was so powerful...

How the Search for an Elusive Fish Led to Filmmaker's Death

Rob Stewart disappeared while diving off the Florida Keys

(Newser) - On Jan. 31, Rob Stewart surfaced from his third dive of the day off the Florida Keys and gave the OK sign. Three days later, the award-winning documentary filmmaker's body was found on the ocean floor . Outside dives into what went wrong and the one question that persists following...

Body of Filmmaker Who Disappeared in Florida Found

Rob Stewart was diving in the Florida Keys when his crew lost sight of him

(Newser) - The body of an award-winning Canadian filmmaker was found Friday, three days after he disappeared while diving in the Florida Keys, the BBC reports. Rob Stewart, 37, was diving at the site of a shipwreck Tuesday while filming a sequel to his 2006 documentary Sharkwater. He disappeared after surfacing following...

Filmmaker Disappears While Diving Off Florida Keys

Rob Stewart may have passed out while diving near a shipwreck

(Newser) - A well-known underwater filmmaker from Canada is missing in the Florida Keys. CBC reports 37-year-old Rob Stewart was filming at the site of a shipwreck for a sequel to his 2006 documentary Sharkwater on Tuesday evening. Stewart and his diving partner were using closed-circulation rebreathing devices, which are good for...

Next in GMO: Mosquitoes?
 Next in GMO: Mosquitoes? 

Next in GMO: Mosquitoes?

FDA is reviewing whether to unleash them in Florida Keys

(Newser) - No word on whether "annoying buzzing" can be genetically eliminated, but the FDA is looking at whether it will allow genetically modified mosquitoes to be unleashed in the Florida Keys, in the name of stopping the spread of Dengue and chikungunya viruses. As the AP reports, British researchers have...

Dog Eats Nasty Toad, Gets 'Mouth-to-Snout' CPR

Florida dog had fallen unconscious in a canal

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a Florida dog owner gave his pooch mouth-to-mouth resuscitation—or "mouth to snout," he calls it—in an effort to save the dog's life, the Miami Herald reports. Andrew Burtschin, 29, returned from a boating trip to his Key Largo home on Oct. 1...

Google Street View Maps Florida's Reefs

Images could appear online as soon as this week

(Newser) - You may soon be able to explore the wonders of the Florida Keys from the comfort of your home. Google is taking its Street View mapping technology beneath the waves, using round, SVII cameras to snap images "over an area up to 20 times larger than what's available...

Florida Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in Keys

Overturns ban, applies only to Monroe County

(Newser) - A judge in the Florida Keys overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage today after a legal challenge by gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens. The ruling by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia applies only to Monroe County, which primarily consists of the Keys, and...

She Did It! Nyad Finishes Epic Cuba-Fla. Swim

Swimmer completes 110-mile journey on 5th, final try in 35 years

(Newser) - The fifth try was indeed the charm: Diana Nyad has completed her 35-year-old odyssey to become the first swimmer to cross the Florida Straits Cuba without a shark cage. She was in the water roughly 53 hours, reports CNN . Nyad's team posted this message earlier on her website : "...

Key West Could Be Underwater by 2113

Florida Keys prepare for sea level rise

(Newser) - According to federal flood-planning directives, the ground floor of the Stock Island fire station in the Florida Keys should be built up 9 feet. Instead, county authorities went a foot and a half beyond that—just in case. Nearby parks, roads, and bridges also may be elevated. The sea level...

Cousteau Grandson Spending October Underwater

Fabien Cousteau looks to break grandfather's record

(Newser) - While you're spending October planning what candy you'll hand out on Halloween, Fabien Cousteau will be spending the month underwater. He's aiming to spend a record-breaking 31 days in the deep blue, surfacing on October 31, on the 50th anniversary of his grandfather Jacques Cousteau's record-setting...

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