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Amid GOP struggles, Jeb Bush focuses on education

BOSTON (AP) — As his party struggles through the latest Washington crisis, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is calling on elected leaders to improve a national education system he says is “woefully behind the times.” […]

10/17/2013

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd talks about the events leading up to the arrest over the weekend of two juvenile girls in a Florida bullying case at a press conference in Winter Haven, Fla., Monday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Ledger, Calvin Knight)

Florida bullying case raises questions for parents

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When two girls, aged 12 and 14, were arrested in a bullying-suicide investigation in Florida, many wondered: Where were their parents and should they be held responsible? The mother and […]

10/16/2013

This Sept. 10, 2013, photo shows Polk County Sheriff personnel investigating the death of 12-year-old girl, Rebecca Ann Sedwick, at an old cement plant in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/The Lakeland Ledger, Ernst Peters)

2 girls arrested in Florida bullying case

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida girls who were primarily responsible for bullying a 12-year-old girl who killed herself were arrested after one of them acknowledged the harassment online, a sheriff said Tuesday. Police […]

10/15/2013

This photo provided by Patty Konietzky shows her husband's foot of what they thought was a bug bite on Sept. 22, 2013, in Ormond Beach, Fla. Patty and her husband, Henry "Butch" Konietzky, went crabbing in the Halifax River near Ormond Beach in September. Butch developed a sore which was later confirmed to be vibrio vulnificus. The bacteria spread quickly in his body and he died 60 hours later. (AP Photo/Patty Konietsky)

31 in Fla. infected by bacteria in salt water; 10 have died

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Patty Konietzky thought the small purple lesion on her husband’s ankle was a spider bite. But when the lesion quickly spread across his body like a constellation, she knew something […]

10/11/2013

NYC psychic is convicted of conning clients

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City psychic has been convicted of bamboozling more than $100,000 from clients by pledging to solve problems she traced to previous lives. Sylvia Mitchell was found guilty Friday […]

10/11/2013

C.J. Johnson pulls a shrimp boat out of the water in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Karen, at Myrtle Grove Marina in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Karen threatens US during quiet hurricane season

BRAITHWAITE, La. (AP) — Pickups hauling boat trailers and flatbed trucks laden with crab traps exited vulnerable, low-lying areas of southeast Louisiana on Friday as Tropical Storm Karen headed toward the northern Gulf Coast, a […]

10/04/2013

A python curled up in a test trap at research facility in Gainesville, Fla.  (AP Photo/USDA Wildlife Services, HO)

USDA to test new trap to catch Everglades pythons

MIAMI (AP) — Federal wildlife officials alarmed by an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades have tried radio tracking devices, a massive public hunt and even snake-sniffing dogs to control the invasive species. […]

09/26/2013

Aaron Alexis, the gunman in the Washington Navy Yard shooting. (AP Photo)

HP severs ties with Navy Yard shooter’s employer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. says it’s severing ties with a subcontractor that employed Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. An HP spokesman said Wednesday that the Florida-based firm The Experts failed to respond appropriately […]

09/25/2013

Roses that were placed on an anchor at an entrance of the Washington Navy Yard as security personnel stand watch, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Gunman’s employer sought Navy consulting work

WASHINGTON (AP) – A little more than 24 hours after an IT contractor shot dozen workers at the Washington Navy Yard, the company’s CEO told the Navy secretary he had the experience to help improve […]

09/21/2013

Defendant Jennifer Mee enters the courtroom for her trial on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 2013 in Clearwater, Fla.   Mee and two men are charged in the death of Shannon Griffin, a 22-year-old Wal-Mart worker. Prosecutors say Mee lured Griffin to a St. Petersburg home under the pretense of buying marijuana, but instead, two of Mee's friends robbed him at gunpoint. Griffin struggled with the suspects and was shot several times.  Mee gained fame because of her uncontrolled hiccupping as a teenager .  Videos of her hiccupping gained her national attention, as did her attempts to quell the problem.  (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Scott Keeler, Pool)

Fla. ‘hiccup girl’ guilty of 1st degree murder

  CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who became famous for her uncontrollable hiccupping was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday night and will serve life in prison without parole. A Pinellas County jury […]

09/20/2013

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