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10 US States Where Your Vices Can Run Amok

Nevada is the most sinful, Vermont the most upright

(Newser) - Lent begins next week, and for many, the denial of certain vices and bad behaviors in an attempt to give something up during the religious observance. In some states, though, the temptation may just be too much. WalletHub looked at nearly four dozen metrics in all 50 states across seven... More »

Behavioral Interventionist Allegedly Fractures Student's Skull

His supervisor was arrested, and more arrests are possible

(Newser) - A behavioral interventionist supervisor at a Florida school was arrested after, police say, one of his employees' behavioral inventions ended with a 12-year-old boy's skull being fractured. The boy was "acting out" at lunch and was placed in the "Room of Opportunity" at the AMI Kids school... 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 »

Taylor Swift's Dad Fights Off Burglar

Man reached penthouse through emergency stairwell

(Newser) - Taylor Swift's father recently fought a burglar who broke into his $4 million Florida penthouse, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Scott Swift returned to his home in the Vinoy Place Towers in St. Petersburg on Jan. 17 just moments after 30-year-old Terrence Hoover used an emergency escape stairwell to... More »

Attending Trump's Saturday Fundraiser Will Really Cost You

Entry fee for new Trump fundraiser this weekend: $580K per couple

(Newser) - President Trump has been to nearly 50 "intimate gatherings" with top-level GOP donors over the past two-plus years, per estimates by the Washington Post —but his latest will be his steepest of those fundraisers so far. Billionaire Nelson Peltz is the host, Peltz's estate in Palm Beach,... More »

A Dolphin Murder Is Followed by 2 More

Animals found dead within a week in Florida, prompting $20K reward

(Newser) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is offering $20,000 for information on a dolphin killer or killers after two animals were found dead within a week. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found a dolphin that appeared to have been shot in the face off Naples... More »

Teen Killed by Accidental Shot From BB Gun

Police investigating incident in Florida

(Newser) - Family members of a 17-year-old boy killed with a BB gun are demanding answers of the man whose 8-year-old son fired the fatal shot. Ivan Johnson, 17, died Feb. 4, three days after he was accidentally shot in the left eye, according to police in Tampa, Florida. Johnson was riding... More »

Mom Wrestles Otter That Attacked Her Teen

Florida teen is doing OK after some rabies shots

(Newser) - Otters may look cute and cuddly, but should you encounter one, you'll want to give it a wide berth. "If you see one up close, they are so beautiful. But they are vicious. Don’t mess with an otter. I’d rather barehand catch a bobcat probably than... More »

Teen Was Leaving School. Cop Threatened to Shoot

Florida high school student had an orthodontist appointment

(Newser) - William Miller, 17, was in a pickup truck trying to leave the campus of a Florida high school when, amid an argument with a school resource officer and a school discipline assistant, the officer—a deputy with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office—threatened to shoot the teen. Miller's... More »

Witness: Trooper's Killer Didn't Want to Pay for Towing

Joseph Bullock, 42, had stopped on an interstate to help

(Newser) - The driver of a disabled vehicle who shot to death a Florida trooper didn't want to pay for the car to be towed, a witness has said. Joseph Bullock , 42, was killed Wednesday after stopping to help the motorist on Interstate 95 in Martin County. A tow truck driver... More »

Florida Trooper Shot Dead While Helping Motorist

Suspect shot and killed by another officer after gunning down trooper Joseph Bullock, 42

(Newser) - An Air Force veteran who'd worked for the Florida Highway Patrol for nearly two decades was shot dead Wednesday morning while assisting a driver on a stretch of highway near Palm City in Martin County. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced that Joseph Bullock, 42,... More »

Why You Don't Hide Drugs in Bag Labeled 'Bag Full of Drugs'

'Our K-9’s can read,' Florida cops chortle

(Newser) - Two men charged with drug trafficking could have done a better job hiding their wares than using a package labeled "Bag Full of Drugs," Florida authorities say. Ian Simmons and Joshua Reinhardt, both 34, were pulled over in Santa Rosa County on Saturday after a trooper clocked them... More »

Her Dog Vanished in 2017. Then She Saw the Beer Can

Monica Mathis says she has no idea how Hazel got from Iowa to Florida

(Newser) - Monica Mathis has no idea how Hazel, missing for more than two years, got from Iowa to Florida—but Mathis is now excited to welcome her home to Minnesota. Hazel is Mathis' dog, a terrier mix who vanished from Mathis' yard in 2017. "She was an escape artist, she... More »

Terror Group Claims Deadly Florida Naval Base Shooting

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula releases video claiming the attack

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen claimed responsibility Sunday for last year's deadly shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola by an aviation student from Saudi Arabia, the AP reports. The shooter, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, was a member of the Saudi Air Force in training at the base.... More »

Wild, Herpes-Infected Monkeys Have Arrived

Rhesus macaque monkeys have arrived in northeast Florida

(Newser) - A species of herpes-infected wild monkeys are roaming around part of northern Florida for the first time, First Coast News reports. Authorities are warning residents of the First Coast—a northeast region along the Atlantic—as grainy eyewitness pics and videos of rhesus macaque monkeys are getting around, "The... More »

2 Dead in Gunfire That Erupted After Florida Funeral

A man and 15-year-old boy die at the scene in West Palm Beach, Fla.

(Newser) - A funeral gathering at a south Florida church turned tragic Saturday when gunfire broke out afterward and left two people dead, CNN reports. Police say an adult male and a 15-year-old boy died in the shooting at Riviera Beach, about five miles north of West Palm Beach. The AP adds... More »

'Erratic' Mar-a-Lago Driver Won't Go to Court: Officials

Hannah Roemhild, 30, is also an opera singer

(Newser) - The woman accused of driving through security near Mar-a-Lago on Friday is an opera singer who's refusing to appear in court, USA Today reports. Hannah Roemhild, 30, is slated to make an appearance Monday if deputies can get her there without endangering her or themselves, a judge said. The... More »

2 Women Arrested After Breach Near Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - Gunfire broke out near Mar-a-Lago on Friday after an SUV broke through security in what TMZ calls "a wild car chase." Seems the vehicle breached two checkpoints on its way to the main entrance of President Trump's resort, and the Florida Highway Patrol pursued, along with a... More »

Woman Drove Teen Son to Store, Which He Then Robbed: Police

Florida mother faces charges including child neglect

(Newser) - It's not unusual for a parent to chauffeur their children and their friends around town. But investigators in Florida say Amanda Chere Meador was more than a thoughtful parent, she was an accomplice, the Smoking Gun reports. After being driven to a Circle K store in Winter Springs with... More »

Boy, 9, Stabbed Sister, 5, Multiple Times: Police

Florida boy has been charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - Police responded to an apartment in Ocala, Florida, to find a horrific scene Monday: A 5-year-old girl stabbed multiple times. Even more horrific: Her 9-year-old brother is accused of the attack. He was arrested after officers arrived around 4:20pm, WFTV reports. He allegedly told police he thought about killing... More »

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