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Has Your Air Travel Been Hellish? Fingers Point to Florida
Thanks for Our
Travel Woes, Florida

Thanks for Our Travel Woes, Florida

Activity in Florida airspace is messing flights up for the whole country, per 'WSJ'

(Newser) - In June, federal stats showed that the four big airports in Florida—Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami—were among the top five worst airports in terms of on-time arrivals, per the New York Post . But what happens in Florida apparently isn't staying in Florida, with a logjammed "...

Ousted Prosecutor Accuses DeSantis of 'Blatant Abuse of Power'

Andrew Warren has filed a federal lawsuit

(Newser) - Update: A Florida prosecutor ousted by Gov. Ron DeSantis is suing to get his job back, accusing the Republican governor of "blatant abuse of power." Andrew Warren, who was suspended as state attorney in Hillsborough County earlier this month, accused DeSantis of violating his First Amendment rights in...

Court Says Florida Teen 'Not Mature Enough' for Abortion

Parentless 16-year-old sought to bypass law requiring written consent

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl in Florida has to become a mother because she's not "mature" enough to decide whether to have an abortion, according to an appeals court in Florida. A three-judge panel of the state's 1st District Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that blocked "Jane...

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Live In
This Is the Best
State to Live In

This Is the Best State to Live In

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, while Mississippi comes in last

(Newser) - There's no one perfect state in the US to live in, but you can likely find the perfect state for you. WalletHub looked at all 50 of them, examining more than four dozen metrics in five main categories: affordability, including home prices, taxes, and cost of living; economy (e....

Deputies Shoot Pilot After Florida Confrontation

Sheriff says it appears to have been 'suicide by cop'

(Newser) - In what appears to be a "suicide by cop," deputies in the Florida Keys fatally shot a pilot who was deputized to carry guns on planes, officials say. Lane Morgan Caviness, 48, was killed at a Key Largo home Wednesday following reports of an intoxicated, armed suicidal man,...

What Not to Do Upon Leaving Jail
What Not to Do
Upon Leaving Jail

What Not to Do Upon Leaving Jail

Florida deputies say man was released on bail, then tried to break into 3 vehicles parked at jail

(Newser) - A man in Tampa, Florida, had an usually busy day with Pinellas County deputies over the weekend, according to the Tampa Bay Times . First, the unidentified 32-year-old was arrested about 7am Sunday on drunken driving charges after being involved in a fender bender, say police. Hours later, he posted $500...

Cops: 'Old Man Bandit' Got Out of Jail, Began Robbing Banks Again

Steven Gregory Gass didn't learn his lesson in prison the first time around, say Maryland police

(Newser) - The "Old Man Bandit" has been arrested after trying to rob a Maryland bank—one of dozens he's targeted over a criminal career spanning 45 years, according to police. Montgomery County Police say Steven Gregory Gass, 67—who served more than eight years in prison in Florida after...

Too-Familiar Refrain About Florida Turtles: 'It's a Girl'

Animal facility reports all female hatchlings for 4 years because the sand is so hot

(Newser) - Wildlife experts in Florida keeping watch on sea turtle eggs have had an easy job of late in cataloging the gender of hatchlings—they've all been girls. "Only female sea turtles for the past four years," Bette Zirkelbach, manager of the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, tells CNN...

Florida Men Accused of Stealing $1.3M Worth of Seafood

They were caught after seafood supplier got suspicious

(Newser) - Three South Florida men are accused of stealing $1.3 million in seafood by pretending they were a buyer for a supermarket. Rene Hechevarria Echemend, 33, Ernesto Aguilera Baute, 36, and Jose Luis Batista Suarez, 40, are accused of carrying out a scheme in which the fake buyer (using the...

Florida's Python Hunt Is On
Florida's Python Hunt Is On

Florida's Python Hunt Is On

Competitors from 32 states, Canada search for invasive species

(Newser) - More than 800 competitors will be trudging through the Florida Everglades for the next eight days, in search of invasive Burmese pythons that will bring in thousands of dollars in prize money. The python hunt officially began Friday morning and runs through 5pm Aug. 15, according to officials who gathered...

DUIs on Golf Carts and Scooters? Welcome to Florida

Recent arrests occurred along state's busiest interstate, at Walmart

(Newser) - A woman with an open bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey in a bag was arrested for driving a golf cart on Florida's busiest interstate while drunk, according to an arrest report. The 58-year-old woman was arrested Saturday night on the shoulder of Interstate 95. She's now facing...

Jurors Head to Bloodstained Parkland School Building

They'll travel there Thursday under heavy security

(Newser) - Jurors in the trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz are expected to walk through the still blood-spattered rooms of Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Thursday in a visit to the three-story building where he murdered 14 students and three staff members four years ago. The seven-man,...

Victims' Families Leave Cruz's Lawyers in Tears

He was 'love personified,' Victoria Gonzalez said of boyfriend Joaquin Oliver

(Newser) - Attorneys representing Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz were moved to tears Tuesday as parents described the holes left in their lives by the loss of their children at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Assistant Public Defenders Tamara Curtis and Nawal Najet Bashiman both "had to remove their face masks...

Hundreds of Suits Blame Injuries on Impaired Surgeon

Patients say Florida hospital ignored their complaints

(Newser) - Lucinda Bonk went into surgery in September 2018 optimistic about receiving a new hip. But the procedure took longer than expected; Dr. Richard David Heekin had somehow severely fractured Bonk's thigh bone during the operation, a lawsuit says. He tried to repair it while in surgery, but the 70-year-old...

Family: Florida Boy Is Fighting Brain-Eating Amoeba

13-year-old Caleb Ziegelbauer 'is fighting his little heart out on the inside'

(Newser) - Only around 3% of people infected with a rare brain-eating amoeba survive, and the family of 13-year-old Caleb Ziegelbauer is praying that he can beat the odds. The Florida teen is fighting for his life at Golisano Children's Hospital in Fort Myers, CBS reports. Relatives say Caleb started hallucinating...

Sailfish Sends Woman to the Hospital in Florida

70-year-old is stabbed by the bill of the fish as it was being reeled in

(Newser) - A 70-year-old woman was stabbed by the bill of a 100-pound sailfish that leapt out of the water as her companions were trying to reel it in on a boat near the Florida coast, authorities said. The sailfish stabbed the woman from Arnold, Maryland, in the groin area with its...

Hey, Florida Man. Meet Florida Sheriff

A few guys with badges are going as viral as some of the dumb criminals they deal with

(Newser) - When a naked man in southwestern Florida recently raised a ruckus outside his house and threatened a deputy with a kitchen knife, the SWAT team swooped in and apprehended him. Soon afterward, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno stood on the man's driveway in combat gear for a news conference...

Parkland Gunman Sat Next to Victim's Brother at McDonald's

John Wilford didn't know who the shooter was in aftermath of attack

(Newser) - After fleeing the chaos at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018, John Wilford, then a freshman, walked to a nearby McDonald's, where he waited for his mother to pick him up. He didn't yet realize his sister, Maddy, had been shot at...

'Happiest Place on Earth' Has Decidedly Unhappy Moment

One person was injured, 3 arrested in Disney World brawl

(Newser) - Three people were arrested after what witnesses said was a massive brawl involving two family groups at Walt Disney World in Florida. A witness to the Wednesday night violence tells Fox 35 that the fight was in Fantasyland, behind Cinderella's Castle. He says it took around two minutes for...

Tesla to Cough Up $105K in Teen's Fatal Crash

Carmaker found 1% liable after deactivating speed limiter

(Newser) - Tesla was negligent in deactivating a speed limiter on a Model S driven by an 18-year-old who crashed in 2018, killing himself and a passenger, though the driver and his father were 99% at fault, a Florida jury has found. According to a National Transportation Safety Board report, Barrett Riley...

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