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Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage
HAVANA (AP) -- Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting....

Scott and Crist bash each other at campaign events
PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's two main rivals for governor kicked their campaigns into gear on Monday as both Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist lashed out at each other in an effort to ramp up enthusiasm among core voters....

Ex-Republican Crist is Florida Democrats big hope
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Republicans have had control of the Florida Legislature and governor's office since 1999 and have used their power to restrict abortions, loosen gun laws, strip state workers of benefits, allow private school vouchers and enact a slew of other policy changes that Democrats opposed but could do nothing to stop....

5 things to know about the Florida election
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's governor's race will be a nationally watched contest between unpopular Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who won office during the tea party surge and now advocates for more government spending, and former Gov. Charlie Crist, who used to call himself a Ronald Reagan Republican and now cozies up to President Barack Obama. And it will be brutal....

Jennifer Lawrence requests nude pics investigation
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of the Oscar winner online, a publicist for the actress said....

Key West installs plaque honoring Diana Nyad
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- A bronze plaque honoring endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has been installed on the Florida Keys beach where last year she successfully ended a 53-hour swim from Havana without a shark cage....

'Dolphin Tale' aquarium plans to drop animal shows
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- No animal performances will be held at a redesigned aquatic center planned by the Florida aquarium featured in the "Dolphin Tale" movies....

Ave Maria surpasses 1,000-student milestone
AVE MARIA, Fla. (AP) -- The new school year at Ave Maria University is the first without funding from Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monahan....

6th shark bite of the season in Volusia County
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a 13-year-old girl was treated and released after being bitten by a shark in the waters off central Florida....

Police: Boy with autism dies in sailboat fire
STUART, Fla. (AP) -- Police say an 11-year-old boy died when a sailboat caught fire in the waters of Stuart....

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