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Cyberattack Hit Pensacola Hours After Shooting

'We're still trying to figure out what's happened'

(Newser) - On the heels of the tragic attack in Pensacola, Fla. , came a virtual attack. "The city of Pensacola is experiencing a cyberattack that began this weekend that is impacting our city network, including phones and email at City Hall and some of our other buildings," Mayor Grover Robinson... More »

For Hundreds of Walmart Shoppers, 'Wonderful News'

Chicago Bears' Khalil Mack paid off 300 holiday layaway accounts at store in Fort Pierce, Fla.

(Newser) - A Walmart in Florida took to Facebook on Friday with some "wonderful news" for its customers: Someone had paid off all of the store's active holiday layaway accounts. The bighearted person who did so, per CNN : Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, who opened his wallet to help out... More »

Just Before Base Shooting, an Anti-US Rant on Twitter

Tweets appear to have been posted on Mohammed Alshamrani's account, officials say

(Newser) - The killings have not been ruled terrorism, but tweets criticizing the US were posted about two hours before the shootings at the naval base in Florida on Friday. The rant appears to have gone up on the account belonging to Mohammed Alshamrani, the Saudi aviation student named Saturday night by... More »

Post-Attack, US Officials Take a Stand on Saudis

And that stand is to keep standing together

(Newser) - Top US defense and military officials on Saturday reaffirmed America's continued commitment to and relationship with Saudi Arabia after a Saudi Air Force student's deadly attack at a Navy base in Florida, the AP reports. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and others attending a security conference in California played... More »

Family of UPS Driver Killed in Fla. Shootout Wants Answers

Frank Ordonez and an innocent bystander died, along with 2 robbery suspects

(Newser) - As the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement continue to investigate the hijacking Thursday of a UPS truck in Florida that led to four deaths in a police shootout, the family of the deceased UPS driver is speaking out. Roy Ordonez tells CNN that his brother, 27-year-old Frank Ordonez,... More »

In This State, Thief Is Targeting a Particular Breed

2 French bulldogs went missing in Palm Beach County, Fla.; one has been recovered

(Newser) - Investigators in Florida's Palm Beach County are searching for a dog thief targeting a particular high-end breed. The first French bulldog reported missing was Arthur, sheriff's officials said, per the AP . The tan and brown Frenchie had been inside a kennel in a home that was burglarized Monday.... More »

Artist Cashes In Big Time With ... Bananas Taped to Wall

2 of Maurizio Cattelan's creations have gone for $120K each; a third is set at $150K

(Newser) - For everyone who's ever dreamed of hitting it big, file this story out of Florida in the "why didn't we think of this" catalog. Artnet reports on a piece called "Comedian," by known prankster-artist Maurizio Cattelan, on display at the Art Basel Miami Beach show... More »

4 Shot Dead After UPS Truck Hijacked

Cops chased suspects for 20 miles

(Newser) - Four people were shot dead after a robbery and truck hijacking came to a bloody end at an intersection in Miramar, south Florida. FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro says the two robbery suspects, a UPS driver, and a person in a nearby vehicle were killed in a shootout... More »

Woman Fakes Medical Issue to Get Bigger Seat on Plane

She was detained after flight returned to Pensacola

(Newser) - A Florida woman thought faking a medical issue would get her a bigger seat on an American Airlines flight from Pensacola to Miami, authorities say. Instead, the Friday morning flight returned to Pensacola after the woman said she was having trouble breathing, officials tell NBC . The aircraft was evacuated after... More »

High School Replaces Frogs With Synthetics

In a first, PETA helps fund the switch

(Newser) - The learning is real in biology class, but at a high school in Florida, the frogs are not. Students at JW Mitchell High in New Port Richey dissected synthetic frogs last month for the first time, CNN reports. PETA provided funding for the frogs to SynDaver, a company that says... More »

Trump Holds 'Homecoming' Rally in Florida

He slams 'maniacs' behind impeachment process

(Newser) - Prompting a profane chant. Describing his own speeches as “ranting and raving.” Advising the governor of Florida to not always wear a jacket so people know he’s not fat. Now a Florida man, President Trump held what his campaign dubbed a “homecoming rally” near Miami on... More »

They Were Driving to a Camping Trip. Then the Train Came

Florida woman, 2 young grandsons killed on tracks that had no gates or signals

(Newser) - A Florida woman and her two grandsons were killed by a passing Amtrak train on Saturday afternoon as she drove the Cub Scouts to an overnight camping trip near West Palm Beach, per the AP . The train carrying some 200 passengers collided with the family’s Subaru Outback at the... More »

Dog Takes Over Driving When Owner Steps From Car

Max circles cul-de-sac in reverse, for an hour

(Newser) - Instead of chasing a car in circles, a dog in Florida took the wheel Thursday as humans helplessly watched the car do loops in a cul-de-sac. Max, a black Lab retriever, moved into the driver's seat after his owner mistakenly turned into the cul-de-sac in Port St. Lucie. The... More »

Cops: Bank Robber Told Teller He Had Given Him Too Much

Florida man said he only wanted $1.1K

(Newser) - Sandy Hawkins is an unusual bank robbery suspect in several ways: He is 73 years old, he said he wanted to be caught—and he told the teller he had given him too much money, police say. The Florida man is accused of robbing a Boca Raton branch of Wells... More »

Radar Detects Long-Forgotten Coffins at High School

Abandoned black cemetery is discovered in Tampa

(Newser) - Some 145 coffins found beneath a Florida high school are believed to belong to a forgotten African-American cemetery—and it's not the only one in Tampa. "This hurts. Deeply," says Yvette Lewis, president of the Hillsborough County branch of the NAACP. A ground-penetrating radar survey showed the... More »

Woman Who Milkshaked Matt Gaetz Gets Time

Florida rep 'pleased' as Amanda Kondrat'yev sentenced to 15 days in jail

(Newser) - The woman who threw a drink at Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz outside a town hall meeting in June will spend 15 days in jail. Amanda Kondrat'yev, who pleaded guilty to assault on a member of Congress in August, was sentenced Monday to the jail time plus a year... 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 »

Dirty-Money Expert Might Spend His Life in Prison

But University of Miami professor Bruce Bagley insists he's done nothing wrong

(Newser) - A money-laundering expert in Florida is facing charges of, you guessed it, money laundering. Bruce Bagley, 73, was arrested Monday for allegedly laundering at least $3 million in illegal Venezuelan money, the Miami Herald reports. But the University of Miami professor—who has served as an expert witness and testified... More »

Mega-Yacht Blaze Is 'Biggest Fire Loss' in Fla. City's History

2 superyachts in Fort Lauderdale were worth $23M

(Newser) - It took 100 firefighters more than four hours Saturday morning to bring a smoke- and flame-spewing blaze under control at a Fort Lauderdale marina. By the time they'd put out the worst of it, the inferno had caused what the city's Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan now says is... More »

Wife Won't Like Florida Man's Excuse for Speeding

John Pickard allegedly told police he'd been unfaithful

(Newser) - A Florida man caught driving recklessly told police he "needed to get home in a hurry because he was cheating on his wife." That's according to an arrest affidavit naming John Earl Pickard, 52, who Tarpon Springs police say was driving 90mph in a 55mph zone on... More »

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