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Man loses hand to firework in early July 4th celebration
LEESBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a central Florida man blew his left hand off with a firework during an early Fourth of July celebration....

Army Corps to reduce lake flows fueling Florida algae bloom
STUART, Fla. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling on President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency to help businesses harmed by the massive algae bloom fouling some of Florida's southern rivers and beaches....

The Latest: Rubio wants Obama to declare emergency for algae
STUART, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on an algae bloom that prompted Florida's governor to declare a state of emergency (all times local):...

Spirit Airlines plane returns to Detroit; oxygen masks used
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) -- Spirit Airlines says a plane bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, returned to Detroit Metropolitan Airport after a possible loss of cabin pressure....

Florida St. AD Stan Wilcox optimistic about next year
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Despite a rare finish outside the top 20 in the Directors' Cup standings, Florida State is pleased with gains the past three years under athletic director Stan Wilcox....

Tesla driver killed while using Autopilot loved fast cars
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Joshua Brown, the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, had an adventurous streak with a "need for speed" but also was a brilliant innovator and beloved neighbor, say those who knew the Navy veteran....

Message in a bottle alleges Coast Guard mistreating Cubans
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a message in a bottle alleging mistreatment of 21 Cuban migrants aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel....

Compensation expert to oversee Orlando donation funds
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The attorney who oversaw the distribution of donations after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing and the BP oil spill compensation fund will now handle the fund for victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando....

Lawsuit: Maggots found on intensive care patient in Florida
ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) -- A family is suing a Florida hospital where staff reported finding maggots while examining a 76-year-old woman....

Lay-offs at Florida agency trying to bring jobs to the state
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is going to slash jobs at the state-created agency that is responsible for trying to bring jobs to the state....

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