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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

The media work at the Murphy Express gas station Thursday morning, Sept. 19, 2013, in Lexington, S.C., after the announcement that the winning Powerball ticket was sold here.  (AP Photo/The State, Tim Dominick)

Holder of lucky Powerball ticket a mystery in SC

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A semi-rural service station was abuzz with activity Thursday, with reporters and onlookers hoping to learn who held the winning $400 million ticket in the latest Powerball drawing. The ticket was […]

09/19/2013

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, left, calls instructions with defensive coordinator John Papuchis looking on, in the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. UCLA won 41-21. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Big Ten coaches: Vent at your own risk

If you’re a college football coach and you want to vent, there’s a short list of places where you can do it safely. Screw it up, Big Ten coaches said Tuesday, it the comments can […]

09/17/2013

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)

Florida girl was bullied for months before suicide

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — For nearly a year, as many as 15 girls ganged up on 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick and picked on her, authorities say, bombarding her with online messages such as […]

09/13/2013

George Zimmerman, right, is escorted to a home by a Lake Mary police officer, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Lake Mary, Fla., after a domestic incident in the neighborhood where Zimmerman and his wife Shellie had lived during his murder trial. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Zimmerman’s wife won’t press charges despite call

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — The sobbing wife of George Zimmerman called 911 on Monday to report that her estranged husband was threatening her with a gun and had punched her father in the nose, […]

09/09/2013

In this June 24, 2013 file photo, George Zimmerman, left, arrives in Seminole circuit court, with his wife Shellie, in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)

Fla. police called on George Zimmerman

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman’s estranged wife called police officers to her father’s house in Florida Monday, saying the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder threatened her with a gun. […]

09/09/2013

Sea turtles hatchlings swim in the sargassum after they were released by officials from Coast Guard and the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Boca Raton, Fla., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. The crew released almost 500 sea turtle hatchlings. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Greg Lovett)

More than 500 baby sea turtles released off Fla.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — More than 500 sea turtle hatchlings were gently released by hand Thursday onto sea beds off Florida’s Atlantic Coast, where the turtles have a better chance to survive. The U.S. […]

09/05/2013

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau Diana Nyad emerges from the Atlantic Ocean after completing a 111-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, Fla. Nyad, 64, is the first swimmer to cross the Florida Straits without the security of a shark cage. (AP Photo/Florida Keys Bureau, Andy Newman)

PHOTOS: Nyad makes 1st Cuba-Fla. swim without a shark cage

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Defeated before in bids to swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad would cry and rage through swollen lips and welts at the jellyfish tentacles that had repeatedly lashed her […]

09/03/2013

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Diana Nyad, positioned about two miles off Key West, Fla., Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, is escorted by kayakers as she swims towards the completion of her approximately 110-mile trek from Cuba to the Florida Keys. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

Nyad 1st to swim to Florida from Cuba without cage

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked on to the Key West shore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help […]

09/02/2013

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