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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 »

2 Men Charged With Blowing Up ATMs

They were arrested after Georgia blast

(Newser) - Two men are facing federal charges in Florida for using small explosions to rob ATMs in the Tampa Bay area, authorities said Monday. The US Attorney's Office in Tampa has charged Mawdo Malick Sallah, 33, of Clearwater, Fla., and Kirk Douglas Johnson, 34, of Anderson, SC, with conspiring to... More »

'Imbecile' Rebels Flout Coronavirus Lockdowns

From Germany to France to Florida, people are still out and about

(Newser) - Young German adults hold "corona parties" and cough toward older people. A Spanish man leashes a goat to go for a walk to skirt confinement orders. From France to Florida to Australia, kitesurfers, college students and others crowd the beaches. Their defiance of lockdown mandates and scientific advice to... More »

Spring Breakers Get the Coronavirus

15 Florida students test positive for COVID-19

(Newser) - Spring breakers partied hard in Florida last week despite the coronavirus pandemic and now, well, some bad news: Five from the University of Tampa have tested positive for COVID-19, WKBN reports. The school says they were "traveling together with other UT students during spring break" and "are self-isolating,... More »

Grim Find in Case of Missing Colorado Boy

Officials say body found in Florida Panhandle is likely that of Gannon Stauch

(Newser) - Officials in Florida are delivering some bad news in the case of missing Colorado boy Gannon Stauch . CNN reports that a body was found in the Florida Panhandle this week, and it's likely that of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch, who vanished from Colorado Springs in January. Per a release from... More »

Man, 34, Dies of COVID-19 Weeks After Disney Trip

He visited Florida theme parks before getting sick

(Newser) - A 34-year-old California man has become the state's latest coronavirus fatality—weeks after he visited Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Relatives say Pasadena-area resident Jeff Ghazarian flew to Orlando from Los Angeles for a work trip on March 2 and stayed longer to visit the theme parks with... More »

Guy Arrested on Same Odd Charge Twice in One Week

Florida's LeRoy Stotelmyer accused of impersonating a law officer

(Newser) - Hand it to LeRoy Stotelmyer, he doesn't give up. The Florida man was arrested Friday for allegedly impersonating a law officer only days after being arrested on the very same charge, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The 60-year-old's latest alleged offense: impersonating an officer to avoid paying a $2... More »

After 4 Years, Remains of Missing Fla. Girl Found

Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Diana Alvarez murder case

(Newser) - Four years after she disappeared from her Florida home in the middle of the night, the body of 9-year-old Diana Alvarez has been found. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office tells the Daily Beast that the girl's remains were found by surveyors in a wooded area of Osceola County.... 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 »

The Latest Coronavirus Puzzle: Ski Resorts

Meanwhile, Miami Beach and Georgia make changes to prevent infection

(Newser) - Ski resorts in the US are grappling with how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as most planned to stay open as ski season nears an end, the AP reports. Some resorts are closing enclosed gondolas or aerial trams while others are encouraging skiers to ride lifts with... More »

Arrest in Murder Case Comes After Odd Offer

Woman was trying to sell victims' pickup for $200, explaining why they didn't need it

(Newser) - Police have made three arrests in the murder of a couple who were killed in their own bed near Haines City, Fla., and the break in the case came in a strange way—involving a $200 offer for the victims' truck. Coverage:
  • The murders: Between two and three weeks ago,
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A Jarring Notification on Flight: You Have Coronavirus

JetBlue bans passenger who found out his test came back positive

(Newser) - A passenger who flew from New York to Florida found out he tested positive for the new coronavirus while on the plane, and now he won't be flying JetBlue anymore. CNN reports that, per the airline, the unidentified man got the notification of his test results while traveling from... More »

Sanders' Remarks on Cuba Could Cost Him Big in Florida

Biden has advantage among various demographics, including Hispanics, ahead of Tuesday's primary

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign is struggling after Joe Biden's big wins in recent primaries, and another important state on the horizon also doesn't look particularly promising for the Vermont senator. Marc Caputo writes for Politico that after "Michigan broke Bernie Sanders' heart Tuesday, Florida looks ready to... 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 »

The Plane Just Missed Her Home: 'Truly a Miracle'

Father, son, and Labrador retriever heading to Fla. for spring break walk away from accident unscathed

(Newser) - A father and son's vacation was marred right from the get-go when their plane just missed a Florida airport runway and crashed into a tree in a local homeowner's yard. Per the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office , 47-year-old Jason Dougherty and his son Caleb, 22, both from Kansas,... More »

Florida Voters Were Registered Falsely as Republicans: Charges

Woman faces 10 felony counts

(Newser) - A woman in Florida faces charges after officials said she registered voters as Republicans without their consent. Cheryl Hall was working for Florida First, the New York Times reports. The group is bankrolled by an organization that backs President Trump, America First Policies. Hall was charged Thursday with 10 felony... More »

Was Killer Face-Biter Insane? Here's One Take

A psychiatrist says Austin Harrouff was, in fact, out of his mind

(Newser) - A prosecution psychiatrist says a Florida college student was legally insane when he fatally attacked a couple outside their home, chewing off part of the man's face, court documents filed this week show. Gregory Landrum's finding bolsters the case of Austin Harrouff's attorneys, who are planning to... More »

They Were Searching the Sand. The Metal Detectors Went Crazy

Florida men find 22 silver coins from 1715 shipwreck, could be worth $7K

(Newser) - They set to work with metal detectors on Florida's appropriately named Treasure Coast and are now the proud owners of 22 silver coins thought to be 300 years old. Jonah Martinez, who's been hunting treasure in South Florida for 24 years, says he and fellow treasure hunter Cole... More »

Rider and Horse Die in Devastating Equestrian Fall

Rotational fall claims the lives of Katharine Morel and Kerry On

(Newser) - A Florida equestrian competition turned doubly devastating Saturday after a rider and her horse both died in a terrible fall. Katharine Morel of Canada was riding Kerry On on a cross-country course at Altoona's Rocking Horse Winter III Horse Trials, a United States Eventing Association-recognized competition, when the horse... More »

Footage of 6-Year-Old's Arrest: 'Please, Give Me 2nd Chance'

Florida police officer fired after restraining, arresting Kaia Rolle after a tantrum

(Newser) - A police officer's bodycam shows a 6-year-old Florida girl crying and begging officers not to arrest her as zip ties are fastened around her wrists at a charter school. The video Kaia Rolle's family shared with the Orlando Sentinel and other outlets Monday shows the girl being arrested... More »

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