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Florida-Bound Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Jersey

Crew smelled smoke on United Airlines flight just minutes after takeoff

(Newser) - A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at a New Jersey airport after the crew reported smelling smoke in the cockpit. Officials say Flight 800 had departed from Newark Liberty International Airport early Monday and was headed for Orlando, Fla., when the problem arose, per the... More »

He Arrested 2 6-Year-Olds. Now, the Police Chief's Decision

Dennis Turner terminated after 2 separate incidents at same school in Orlando

(Newser) - A school resource officer in Orlando who was suspended after arresting two young children last week has been fired. Orlando police are required to get a supervisor's approval before arresting any minor younger than 12 years old, but Dennis Turner didn't do that on Thursday when he took... 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 »

Parents Target Uber After 12-Year-Old Kills Herself

Benita Diamond's family says ride-sharing company should never have transported her to suicide site

(Newser) - Uber has a clear-cut policy listed on its site about transporting minors: If you're under 18, you can't ride without someone 18 or over, and drivers should turn away anyone they think might be underage. That policy is why a Florida mom and dad are now urging the... More »

America's 10 Best Cities for 'Staycations'

Honolulu is No. 1

(Newser) - Looking to start your vacation as soon as you clock your last hour at work? WalletHub looks at the best cities for "staycations," looking at more than three dozen metrics in the "Recreation," "Food and Entertainment," and "Rest and Relaxation" categories. Virginia Beach,... More »

10 Best US Cities for Business Startups

Orlando tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - Anyone stuck in a cubicle at a dead-end job has dreamed of either hitting it big in the lottery or of starting a business—and for the latter, there are certain US cities that may be just the ticket to making that dream become reality. WalletHub examined startup opportunities in... More »

TSA Agent Plunges Into Airport Atrium

Police say it was likely a suicide

(Newser) - An off-duty TSA worker fell to his death Saturday at Orlando International Airport in Florida in an apparent suicide, USA Today reports. The man in his 40s apparently jumped from a balcony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel after 9:30am and fell into the airport's "atrium area,"... More »

Man Allegedly Killed His Family Over 'Cam Girl' Obsession

Parents had barred Grant Amato from contacting Bulgarian woman: cops

(Newser) - Grant Amato was reportedly so invested in an online relationship with a Bulgarian woman he'd met on a porn site that his older brother feared he "would kill everybody." Authorities in Florida's Seminole County believe that's essentially what happened Friday, when the bodies of Cody... More »

SeaWorld Just Lost Another Orca

Kayla, 30, died after a brief illness at the theme park's Orlando location

(Newser) - A 30-year-old orca died Monday at SeaWorld's Orlando park after a brief illness, company officials say. A cause of death won't be known until a post-mortem examination is conducted, per SeaWorld. Kayla began showing signs of discomfort on Saturday, and veterinarians began treating her based on what they... More »

Looking for a Paycheck? Here's Where There's Work

WalletHub ranks US cities with the best prospects

(Newser) - New year, new you, new ... job? If you've been looking to switch things up employer-wise, January seems like a good month to start putting feelers out, and a good time overall: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' most recent jobs report notes the national unemployment rate has fallen to 3.... More »

These Are the 10 Best College Towns in the US

WalletHub ranked them based on cost of living, social environment, other factors

(Newser) - Think the quality of the education is the only important factor when choosing a college or university? Think again. Studies have suggested a school's location is just as important when it comes to student success—and there's also, of course, the cost of living to think about. WalletHub... More »

Mom on Stranger's Kind Act: 'I Cried My Way Up the Aisle'

Good Samaritan offered her his first-class seat when he saw her with baby, oxygen tank on flight

(Newser) - To the passenger who was in seat 2D on American Airlines Flight 588 on Thursday, America applauds you. As does Kelsey Zwick, a young mom on that same flight with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, headed from Orlando to Philly to receive treatment for the baby's chronic lung disease. USA ... More »

5 Best, Worst US Cities for Retirees

Florida is home to 3 of the top 5

(Newser) - Florida really is the place to be for retirees. The Sunshine State is home to three of the top five retirement-friendly US cities, according to WalletHub , which ranked the most populated cities across the nation, based on affordability, recreational activities, quality of life, and health care. Living in top-ranked cities... More »

4 Kids Dead After Orlando Standoff

Gunman found dead in closet, police say

(Newser) - After nearly 24 hours, a standoff in Orlando ended with the outcome police were dreading. Police say all four children who'd been held hostage in a west Orlando apartment complex were found dead after SWAT officers entered the unit, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "A short time ago we... More »

Alligator on Tarmac Snags Orlando Airport Traffic

The large reptile was in no hurry

(Newser) - Most times it's bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator . Anthony Velardi says his plane had just landed at the Orlando International Airport on Monday when he spotted the large reptile casually lumbering across the tarmac toward a pond. He posted a... More »

Seeking a Budget-Friendly V-Day? Here's Where to Go

San Francisco, surprisingly

(Newser) - Flowers, chocolates, a candlelit dinner. Combined, they might make for a successful, if cliched Valentine's Day—but at a cost. US consumers celebrating V-Day will spend an average of $143.56 this year, $7 more than in 2017, per the National Retail Federation . Hoping for more bang for your... More »

Arrested in Lana Del Rey Kidnap Plot: Man With 'Long Rap Sheet'

Orlando police say they found Michael Hunt a block away from her concert venue with a knife, tickets

(Newser) - A scary situation was diffused by the Orlando Police Friday evening right before a Lana Del Rey concert in that city's Amway Center, with Del Rey at the center of it. E! News and CNN report that 43-year-old Michael Hunt was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping with a... More »

This Is the Best College Town in America

2 Florida cities also make WalletHub's list

(Newser) - High school seniors already thinking about what college they want to attend next September might get some help from WalletHub . Evaluating wallet friendliness (e.g., student debt, cost of living), social environment (students per capita, nightlife, crime), and academic and economic opportunities (quality of education, unemployment), the site has come... More »

He Ate a Krispy Kreme in His Car. Now He's $37K Richer

Fla. man wrongly arrested for meth possession now has a hefty settlement for his troubles

(Newser) - Good Samaritan takes a friend to chemo: check. Good Samaritan drives a fellow churchgoer home: check. Good Samaritan arrested and jailed for having crystal meth in his car that turned out to be flakes from a doughnut: Wait, what? This all happened in one day to Daniel Rushing in Orlando... More »

10 US Cities So Fun You Won't Be Able to Stand It

Las Vegas is America's No. 1 recreation spot

(Newser) - Variety is the spice of life—and also one of the metrics WalletHub used to figure out what the most fun cities in America are. The site looked at 150 of the most populated cities in the US, examining nearly 60 gauges that indicate a good time will likely be... More »

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