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Saying it is critical to “stop the addiction in the beginning,” Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a high-profile bill designed to prevent patients from getting hooked on powerful opioids.

Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is signing legislation to combat the state's opioid epidemic.

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Thousands of Florida homeowners who had healthy citrus trees cut down by the state are finally going to get paid for their losses.

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Florida school districts could get more money to hire school resource officers depending on what happens with a contentious program that allows school personnel to carry guns.


A Cirque du Soleil performer died after his hand slipped off the double rings and he fell 20 feet during a performance in Tampa, police and the entertainment company said Sunday.

The theatrical company announced on Twitter that Yann Arnaud fell while performing an aerial straps number Saturday night during the show VOLTA.

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Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack received two important text messages before her 11th-seeded team faced No. 6 seed South Florida in the women's NCAA Tournament.

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An innovative pedestrian bridge being built at Florida International University was put to a "stress test" before it collapsed over traffic, killing six people and sending 10 to a hospital, authorities said.

The House rejected legislation Tuesday easing how experimental drugs are provided to people with terminal illnesses, as Democrats calling the bill risky and misleading overcame support from President Donald Trump and emotional arguments by Republican lawmakers and ailing constituents.

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The Church of Scientology launched its own TV channel with a vow that it will be candid about every aspect of the church and its operations but isn't seeking to preach or convert.

The death toll from Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. has risen to 44 fatalities directly caused by its strong winds and heavy rains, plus 85 fatalities indirectly linked to the storm, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

A prominent Republican donor says he is among those launching a new group aiming to pressure Congress to enact what he calls reasonable gun legislation.

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A jury has been chosen in the trial of the widow of the man who shot and killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Florida.

The number of Floridians out of work is starting to rise.

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When Florida lawmakers began their annual 60-day session, two priorities were protecting students from bullies and government workers from sexual harassment.

In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company.

A newer cholesterol drug, used with older statin medicines, modestly lowered heart risks and deaths in a big study of heart attack survivors that might persuade insurers to cover the pricey treatment more often.

A watchdog groups say Florida is on pace for another record year for manatee deaths.

The political and legal fallout from Florida Gov. Rick Scott's decision to sign a sweeping gun bill into law following a school massacre was nearly immediate as the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit to stop it and political candidates in both parties criticized it.

Three weeks after the Parkland high school shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a gun-control bill on his desk that challenges the National Rifle Association but falls short of what the Republican and survivors of the massacre demanded.