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The trial lawyer who led the effort to allow marijuana for medical uses in Florida filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state’s decision to ban smokable forms of the plant.

Smoking marijuana is the best way to administer it to some patients with debilitating conditions such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, lawyer John Morgan said at a news conference outside the Leon County courthouse where he filed the suit.

Disney has confirmed that an animatronic version of President Donald Trump will have a speaking role at its Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida.

 

The company is pushing back against reports that Trump’s figure wouldn’t have a speaking part in the show, which features figures of all U.S. presidents.

 

Disney Parks editorial content director Thomas Smith writes in a blog post that Disney is working closely with the White House on Trump’s words and a recording session with the president has been scheduled.

 

A mass bleaching of coral reefs worldwide is finally easing after three years, U.S. scientists announced Monday.

About three-quarters of the world's delicate coral reefs were damaged or killed by hot water in what scientists say was the largest coral catastrophe.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a global bleaching event in May 2014. It was worse than previous global bleaching events in 1998 and 2010.

Legislation to enact Florida's medical marijuana constitutional amendment is headed to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.

The Senate and House approved the bill during Friday's final day of the special session. The House passed it 108-9 before the Senate voted 29-6.

Both chambers reached agreement on Wednesday that there would be a cap of 25 dispensaries per medical marijuana treatment center and that there wouldn't be a sales tax. The bill still bans smoking despite amendment supporters saying it is written into the language.

Less than a day after skirmishes broke out in Spirit Airlines' Fort Lauderdale terminal because of canceled flights, a federal judge has sided with the carrier and ordered its unionized pilots to stop boycotting flights as part of a labor action.

District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas issued the order Tuesday, saying Spirit likely would win its lawsuit charging that the Airline Pilots Association was engaged in work slowdowns that violated federal law. The union has denied the accusation.

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A judicial official sided with Georgia in a decades-long dispute over water rights with Florida on Tuesday, recommending that the U.S. Supreme Court refuse Florida's high-stakes request to cap water use by its neighboring state.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident, a senior administration official said Thursday.

Esteban Santiago, the suspect in Friday’s shooting that resulted in the death of five people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, made his first court appearance Monday at the U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale.

The first commercial flights from Tampa to Havana in more than 50 years will begin in late October at the earliest, but they're already muscling out at least one local charter company.

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Businessman Todd Wilcox is dropping out of Florida's Senate race and will back Marco Rubio, who decided at the last minute to run for re-election.

Wilcox made his announcement Friday, two days after saying he would stay in the race despite Rubio's decision.

That leaves only Carlos Beruff in the GOP primary against Rubio, who dropped out of the presidential election in March and insisted he wouldn't seek a second term. On Wednesday, two days before the deadline to get on the ballot, Rubio announced he changed his mind.

Electronic cigarettes have sickened rising numbers of young children, a study of U.S. poison center calls has found. Most cases involve swallowing liquid nicotine.

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Florida's governor says the U.S. government needs to prepare for the Zika virus like it's a hurricane.

Police say a well-known St. Petersburg couple whose bodies were found in their home died in a murder-suicide.

After a contentious and bumpy process that saw Florida's top Republican officials deadlock several times, the state has a new insurance commissioner just weeks before the start of hurricane season.

Puerto Rico announced Friday that it has recorded the first Zika-related U.S. death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. territory.

Florida's long, twisted legal drama over its congressional districts may finally be reaching its end after a panel of federal judges on Monday rejected a push by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown to throw out the current district boundaries.

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Authorities say three teenage girls have been found dead inside a car they stole after driving into a pond while fleeing sheriff's deputies in Florida.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the driver apparently missed a sharp turn near the Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Petersburg and went into the water early Thursday morning.

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A Tampa socialite’s federal lawsuit over an investigation that led to the resignation of former CIA director David Petraeus is collapsing after her lawyers asked a judge Friday to let them withdraw from the case.

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The six jurors who sided with Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit over the publication of a sex tape said they believe the ex-pro wrestler was emotionally distressed over it.

In an ABC News interview that aired Thursday morning, the jurors said that despite Hogan's celebrity status, he's still a human being. They awarded him $140 million in his lawsuit against Gawker Media.

Have  golf cart, will travel. At least to The Villages.

The retirement community in central Florida famous for its souped-up golf carts once again was the nation's fastest growing metro area, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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President Barack Obama urged Cubans on Tuesday to look toward a hopeful future with the United States, casting his historic visit to the communist nation as a moment to "bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas."

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Bombs exploded at the Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The two airport blasts, at least one of them blamed on a suicide bomber, left behind a chaotic scene of splattered blood in the departure lounge as windows were blown out, ceilings collapsed and travelers streamed out of the smoky building.

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 Florida's lieutenant governor joined over 200 people in Miami's Little Havana to protest against President Barack Obama's trip to Cuba.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is the son and grandson of Cuban exiles. The Republican running for the U.S. Senate said the first presidential visit to Cuba in nearly 90 years was "a sad day for me."

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A St. Petersburg jury sided with ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and awarded him $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker Media.

The jurors reached the decision Friday evening, less than six hours after they began deliberations. The trial lasted two weeks, and Hogan wept as the verdict was read.

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Sweeping to victory in four key primary contests, Hillary Clinton has solidified her hold on the Democratic nomination, allowing her to begin the work of unifying her party against GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

The process won't be pretty: Rival Bernie Sanders has tapped into a deep vein of anti-Washington sentiment in the Democratic Party, turning what was once expected to be an easy race for Clinton into a far tougher competition. He's vowed to continue all the way to the national convention in July.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is endorsing Donald Trump one day after the billionaire won the state’s presidential primary.

Scott made the announcement Wednesday on his official Facebook page.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will veto more than $256 million from a new state budget that legislators just passed days ago.

Scott announced on Tuesday that he plans to sign the $82 billion budget, but in an unusual move, he announced his planned budget vetoes ahead of time. Scott and other governors usually wait until the budget is delivered to them before announcing vetoes.

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The Obama administration punched a new series of holes in the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba on Tuesday, turning a ban on U.S. tourism to Cuba into an unenforceable honor system and paving the way for Cuban athletes to one day play Major League Baseball and other U.S. professional sports.

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Dr. Celeste Philip as Florida’s acting Surgeon General.

Philip replaces Dr. John Armstrong, who was the Surgeon General since 2012.

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A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy who worked as a traffic crash investigator was killed after his car was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver, who also died in the accident.

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