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As recently as just a few years ago, this would have been unthinkable: A U.S. presidential candidate coming to Miami and calling for an end to the U.S trade embargo against Cuba. But Hillary Clinton did just that on Friday.

In a speech at Florida International University, the Democratic president front-runner said U.S.-Cuba relations are at a "crossroads," and that she'll "double down" on President Obama's policy of engaging the communist island: “The Cuba embargo," Clinton declared, "needs to go once and for all.”

This post was updated at 6:45 p.m. ET

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton released eight years worth of tax returns Friday, showing that she and her husband Bill Clinton earned $139 million since 2007. They paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes during that period. The couple's effective federal tax rate ranged from 25 percent in 2007 to 36 percent last year.

With Friday’s deadline, about 30 claims bills were filed in the Florida Senate. A few of them seeking to further compensate different victims are controversial.

Emergency Management Services of Pasco County

Pasco County Commissioners today rescinded the evacuation order for residents affected by flooding in the Elfers area. They also lifted a Flood Watch on the Anclote River. Officials say Elfers residents are now safe to return to their homes.

Commissioners also declared a Local State of Emergency to help recovery efforts from this week's heavy rains. They met during a special session Friday afternoon.

Five presidential candidates spoke to the National Urban League Conference in Fort Lauderdale Friday.

The conference, which runs through Saturday, focuses on improving jobs, justice and education in American cities.

 

Democratic and Republican candidates talked about how government can address the conference theme: “Save Our Cities.”

Environmentalists To File Suit Over Bear Hunt

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Environmentalists plan to file suit today against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission seeking to stop the state's first bear hunt in two decades. They say the hunt scheduled for October is unconstitutional.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Speak Up Wekiva plan to file suit in Leon County.

In addition to the newsroom, advertising, circulation and related support functions, the Tribune’s four-acre headquarters also houses its printing presses. Tribune publisher Brian Burns said the newspaper is exploring options for printing, including contracting with other press operations and acquiring newer presses for printing offsite. “The sale of our property creates liquidity with cash flow, and will assist us in reinvestment into our circulation and marketing while also paying down debt,” Burns said.

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 The Coast Guard says it's suspending its search at sunset for two teenage fishermen who've been missing for a week.

Capt. Mark Fedor says the search continues for the  two 14-year-olds from Tequesta in the meantime. He said the search has been a `true all hands on deck effort'.

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos went missing last Friday and their capsized boat was found Sunday. The Coast Guard has searched waters from South Florida up through South Carolina without success.

Hillary Clinton’s Cuban Ghosts

Jul 31, 2015

It was her husband, President Bill Clinton, who signed the embargo into federal statute in the first place. At the time, in 1996, the president faced re-election. He desperately wanted to win Florida, as it started to emerge as the nation’s most-crucial swing state. And early on that year, Cuba became a major flashpoint when Fidel Castro’s regime shot down two Brothers to the Rescue rafter-aid group airplanes over international waters, killing four activists from Miami. The exile community erupted. Politically speaking, the president felt he had little choice. He had to sign what was known as the Helms-Burton Act.

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