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Florida's Republican-controlled state Senate agreed to pay $900,000 to settle a complaint filed by a high-ranking legislative aide who accused a former GOP state senator Jack Latvala of Clearwater of sexual misconduct.

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Officials say a 2-year-old girl has been injured after falling into the rhinoceros exhibit at a Florida zoo.

Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said the girl was taken to an Orlando hospital for treatment Tuesday afternoon. Her mother was also taken to a hospital for treatment. The incident happened at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne.

The number of sex offenders and predators living in Florida has been rising steadily for more than a decade, according to a new report put together by legislative auditors.

The report issued late last week stated that nearly 29,000 registered sex offenders and predators now reside in the state. That's an increase of 53 percent since 2005, when state legislators first ordered their auditors to review the state's efforts to keep an up-to-date registry of sex offenders.

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A Hillsborough sheriff's dive team pulled a woman to safety early on New Year's Day after another driver cut her off on Interstate 4 and her vehicle wound up upside down in a muddy ravine.

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The number of sex offenders and predators living in Florida has been rising steadily for more than a decade, according to a new report put together by legislative auditors.

Sheriff's deputies in Hillsborough have recovered a half-million dollar truckload of stolen tequila.

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Audio has emerged of Louis C.K. apparently mocking the students-turned-activists from the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

An analysis of state child welfare records shows that thousands of foster children in Florida have led transient lives, staying just a few nights in one place before being moved to another family or group home.

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Dirk Koetter seemed resigned to his fate.

The coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was fired Sunday night a little more than three hours after the Bucs concluded a disappointing season with a 34-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Three Florida cities have spilled almost 1 million gallons (3.8 million liters) of wastewater in recent days.

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Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight.

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A 21-year-old Florida woman is charged with manslaughter after police say she accidentally shot a teenager riding in car with her.

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A Florida police DUI enforcement effort ended up netting a police officer.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says it conducted what they call a "wolf pack" operation designed to seek drunk drivers late Friday and early Saturday. Among the 22 people arrested for driving under the influence was 44-year-old off-duty St. Petersburg police officer Lesandro E. Santiago.

Bodies. Chaos. The smell of gunpowder and blood. A deputy wandering aimlessly, muttering to himself.

The police response to the Florida high school massacre was delayed because school officials rewound a school surveillance video, making officers think the gunman was still in the building, a new report shows.

After months of widespread red tide infestation along Florida's coast, the noxious algae bloom is giving much of the state a break.

Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released — but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study led by a University of Florida psychologist suggests.

Florida Department of Corrections

A man who was convicted of beating and stabbing an elderly woman to death in Miami-Dade County 26 years ago is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday at the Florida State Prison.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

A Sarasota felon has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing nearly four tons of explosive fuses.

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SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. says it has been notified that the U.S. Department of Justice is ending its probe into whether company officials misled investors about the negative impact the documentary "Blackfish" was having on its business.

There were plenty of missteps in communication, security and school policy before and during the Florida high school massacre that allowed the gunman to kill 17 people. Now, the state commission investigating the shooting will consider a long list of recommendations addressing these problems statewide.

The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices.

This year has seen a record number of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday.

Lawmakers want to know why state and federal health investigators missed warning signs about problems in the heart surgery program at a Florida children's hospital.

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Some parents are outraged that a Florida high school conducted an unannounced "code red drill," sending students and teachers into a panic.

A hospital on Florida's Panhandle says it will lay off 800 employees — nearly half its staff — because it suffered such serious damage from Hurricane Michael.

With open enrollment ending next week, the government says sign-ups for coverage under former President Barack Obama's health care law are lagging when compared with last year.

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A team from the University of Central Florida has won a national cybersecurity competition.

A large number of layoffs are in the works at a Florida Panhandle hospital that was badly damaged by Hurricane Michael.

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A Florida conservation group is questioning a plan to develop thousands of acres in southwest Florida that is currently home to the Florida panther.

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