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The Coca-Cola Company said Monday it is "closely watching" the expanding use of a cannabis element in drinks, another sign cannabis and cannabis-infused products are getting more acceptance in mainstream culture and a harder look from long-established pillars of American business.

The city of Orlando is asking a federal judge to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit that was filed on behalf of victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was confronted by dozens of protesters during a southwest Florida campaign stop. 

Thousands of children in foster care may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, according to a federal watchdog's investigation that finds a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted.

Bat droppings are being blamed for causing breathing problems that made 13 workers ill at a Florida courthouse.

It was a rough week for Florida's beaches, with a resurgence of red tide on the Gulf Coast and returning feces-related problems in South Florida.

Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first time compared to the previous year.

False fire alarms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been triggering memories of a mass shooting that killed 17 on Valentine's Day.

Like many Puerto Ricans who fled to the mainland after Hurricane Maria, Jose Santiago has been scrambling to find a place to live. The federal vouchers that pay for his hotel room near the Orlando airport expire at checkout time Friday.

Florida House of Representatives

In a move that could trigger a legal challenge and constitutional crisis, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday moved ahead with plans to replace three justices on the state Supreme Court who are being forced to leave early next year due to age restrictions.

A Florida man needed a ride home when he was released from the hospital. So police say he stole an ambulance.

Arizona's new senator says he'd vote to repeal the nation's health care law. That's one additional Republican ready to obliterate the statute because his predecessor, the late Sen. John McCain, helped derail the party's drive with his fabled thumbs-down vote last year.

Florida House of Representatives

Florida's next governor may inherit a small budget surplus during his first year in office, according to an annual forecast by state economists.

It appears that a noxious red tide algal bloom has reached one of Florida's main metropolitan areas. 

In convenience stores spawned by the wellness wave, kombucha slushies take the place of corn-syrupy treats infused with red dye, tortilla chips are made of cassava flour instead of corn and there are vegan ice cream bars and a dizzying selection of organic produce and craft beer on tap.

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Officials say two pygmy killer whales have died a week after being found distressed in shallow waters off Sand Key.

Mote Marine Laboratory spokeswoman Stephannie Kettle says one of the females, Lightning, died Wednesday, and the other, Thunder, died Thursday.

Florida's Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner says a second bank has terminated her campaign account because she supports medical marijuana.

The Florida man accused in the shooting death of an unarmed man in a store parking lot apologized to the victim's family during a jailhouse interview, but said he wouldn't change anything about what he did that day in July.

The Florida commission investigating February's high school massacre will discuss the role of campus police officers and changes to the state's mental health laws.

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Utility firms say thousands of customers remain without power as bands of rain from Gordon continued to soak some areas.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

It's coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country.

So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants.

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Tropical Storm Gordon is strengthening and should hit the central U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane late Tuesday before moving over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.

Publix Super Markets

Publix Super Markets is recalling ground chuck products that may be contaminated with E. coli.

Florida wildlife officials have changed fishing rules for snook and redfish in areas hit hard by a devastating red tide just ahead of the opening of the popular snook season.

A Florida family is terrified of a huge Monitor lizard that has taken up residence in their back yard.

Several deputies serving an arrest warrant at a Florida home have been sickened by an unknown substance in the air.

Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother's drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants.

The new secretary of veterans affairs pledged to the American Legion on Wednesday that he won't privatize his agency's health care services even as it increases options for veterans to seek care in the private sector.

State officials have found a rare neurological disease in a six-year-old beef cow in Florida. 

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Racism immediately became an issue in the Florida governor's race Wednesday as both nominees made predictions: The Democrat said voters aren't looking for a misogynist, racist or bigot, while the Republican said voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by choosing his African-American opponent.

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