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Fight over Everglades refuge pits Fla. against feds
LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (AP) -- South Florida water officials are threatening to cancel a lease with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over management of a 144,000-acre wildlife refuge in the Everglades....

Orlando shops designate themselves 'safe places' for gays
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Orlando officials are launching a program that allows businesses to designate themselves as safe places for gays and lesbians if they feel threatened....

Congress includes help for Everglades, beaches in major bill
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Congress is including millions to help with Everglades restoration in a wide-ranging water bill being sent to President Barack Obama....

Backstage turnover at Sarasota Ballet
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- The Sarasota Ballet may be reaching unprecedented levels of artistic recognition under the leadership of a former general manager of the famed Metropolitan Opera in New York, but backstage there's turnover....

Fla. woman dies from stabbing outside Home Depot
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Bond has been denied for a man facing charges he stabbed an ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of a central Florida Home Depot store....

Brother says former US Sen. Hagan is in intensive care
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, who represented North Carolina, has been hospitalized after falling seriously ill....

Man caught at border with forged credit cards pleads guilty
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A Miami, Florida, resident who was caught at the northern U.S. border with 73 forged credit cards has pleaded guilty....

Twins minor league pitcher Yorman Landa dies in Venezuela
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins say minor league pitcher Yorman Landa has died in Venezuela. He was 22....

Officials: South Beach halts Zika's spread, but risks remain
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Florida declared its crisis with local transmission of Zika over for the season Friday in a welcome announcement ahead of peak tourism months, but health authorities warned that travelers would continue bringing the disease into the state....

Detective: 'Cops' TV presence damaged murder-for-hire case
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A former police detective told jurors Friday he believes that having a "Cops" television crew present damaged the Dalia Dippolito murder-for-hire investigation by changing the way investigators did their jobs....

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