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Billionaire's New Estate Sets Florida Record

It's not far from a property Larry Ellison purchased for $80M last year

(Newser) - One of the world's richest people , billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison, has just dropped $173 million on new digs, setting a record for the largest residential sale in Florida history. And by a long shot. Previously, the state hadn't seen a home sell for more than $130 million,...

Cops: Teens Broke Into $8M Mansion for Wild Party

They set up a boxing ring in foyer of Florida home, police say

(Newser) - Police in Florida are trying to track down teenagers who broke into an $8 million mansion for a wild party that included a boxing match in the foyer. The Walton County Sheriff's Office says up to 200 young people were at the party in Santa Rosa Beach, which was...

'Dionysus' Leads Team to Record-Breaking Python

At nearly 18 feet, female was biggest python ever captured in Florida

(Newser) - A team of biologists recently hauled in the heaviest Burmese python ever captured in Florida, officials say. The female python weighed in at 215 pounds, was nearly 18 feet long and had 122 developing eggs, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida said in a news release . The team used radio transmitters...

Gillum Indicted on 21 Counts
Gillum Indicted on 21 Counts

Gillum Indicted on 21 Counts

Former Florida candidate accused of wire fraud, conspiracy

(Newser) - Andrew Gillum, the Democrat who almost became governor of Florida in 2018, has been indicted on federal charges that could send him to prison for decades. The US Attorney's office for the Northern District of Florida said in a press release Wednesday that the former Tallahassee mayor and his...

Cops: Kidnapped Man Intentionally Gets Pulled Over

Police say kidnappers were forcing man to drive to Florida location

(Newser) - A Florida dog breeder who allegedly boasted online about the success of his business was kidnapped by three men who posed as dog buyers, police say. The trio robbed and assaulted the man while holding him captive for almost two days, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said in a...

Saget's Family Didn't Know He'd Died. Then Details Leaked

2 Orange County deputies have been disciplined for confirming his death before kin was notified

(Newser) - Two deputies in Florida's Orange County have been disciplined for leaking news about Bob Saget's death before his family had been notified. Emiliano Silva, one of the deputies who responded to the Jan. 9 call at Orlando's Ritz-Carlton hotel, where Saget's body was found, had been...

Inmates Save Guard From Attack
Inmates Save
Guard From Attack
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Inmates Save Guard From Attack

Prisoner who tried to choke guard with pillowcase now hit with battery, contraband charges

(Newser) - An inmate's attack on a Florida prison guard earlier this month was quickly stopped, but not just by other prison employees. The Miami Herald reports on the June 7 incident, which happened around 1am at Hillsborough County's detention center, where most of the female prisoners were already bedded...

Florida Men Accused of Hurling Rock Into Black Teen's Car

'Get out of my neighborhood,' one man told Sanford teen Jermaine Jones

(Newser) - Florida teenager Jermaine Jones acknowledges that he was speeding when he drove through a gated neighborhood on his way to a friend's house Tuesday—but he says what unfolded afterward wouldn't have happened if he were white. The Black 16-year-old says two white men in the Sanford neighborhood...

Prosecutors: Suspect Tried to Jet Ski Out of the Country

It didn't work out for Ernesto Cruz Graveran, now held in Florida

(Newser) - Stripped of his passport, a man tried to flee fraud charges in the US by riding a jet ski from Florida to Cuba, prosecutors say. Ernesto Cruz Graveran, 54, a Cuban national living in Florida and charged in a $4.2 million Medicare fraud scheme, is being held as a...

DeSantis Lists Net Worth of Just $319K

Florida governor still has student loans

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is being talked about as a potential rival for former President Trump in 2024—but unlike his fellow Florida resident, DeSantis won't be able to put much of his own money into the race. Recently filed financial disclosure documents show that the 43-year-old Republican governor...

1 in 5 US Pregnancies Ended in Abortion in 2020

Abortion is on the rise in all regions, even as Supreme Court looks poised to curtail access

(Newser) - One in five pregnancies in the US in 2020 ended in abortion, according to research group Guttmacher Institute , which campaigns for abortion access and says the impact of a Roe v. Wade reversal will be even more devastating than previously thought. US abortions increased 8% from 2017, when there were...

48 Years Later, Remains Identified as 15-Year-Old Girl
She Disappeared in 1972.
Now, 'Finally,' Search Is Over
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She Disappeared in 1972. Now, 'Finally,' Search Is Over

Remains found in 1974 identified as 15-year-old Florida girl

(Newser) - In 1974, the remains of a teenage girl were found in Florida's Palm Beach County. Nearly five decades later, she finally has a name: Authorities have identified her as Susan Gale Poole, who was 15 when she went missing just before Christmas in 1972, Local 10 reports. They believe...

Brothers, 11 and 14, Accused of Stealing 22 Guns

They were arrested after Florida burgary

(Newser) - Police in Cape Coral, Florida, say a 14-year-old boy broke into a gun shop and stole 22 guns with an even younger accomplice—his 11-year-old brother. Cape Coral Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Julie Green says the boys were arrested after they broke into the Guns 4 Less store and ransacked...

Alleged PPP Fraudster Blew $2.5M on Cars, Crypto

Vinicius Santana of Florida allegedly bought 2 cars and a home with his $2.5M loan

(Newser) - Authorities say the former owner of a Massachusetts painting business fraudulently received $2.5 million in loans meant to assist small businesses during the pandemic before buying cars and a home and investing in cryptocurrency. Vinicius Santana, 34, was arrested Monday at Miami International Airport, not far from where he...

Girl, 10, Charged With Murder in Florida

She allegedly fatally shot woman who was in fistfight with her mother

(Newser) - Over Memorial Day weekend, a fistfight broke out between two women in Florida, and one of the women was fatally shot. Now, the 10-year-old daughter of the other woman has been charged with the murder, WESH 2 reports. Police say Lakrisha S. Isaac, 31, punched Lashun Denise Rodgers, 41, during...

Stepfather Found Guilty in Case of Boy Rescued by Server

She noticed that severely abused boy wasn't being allowed to eat

(Newser) - Update: A Florida man has been found guilty of multiple charges in the severe abuse of an 11-year-old boy who was rescued by a quick-thinking restaurant server last year. A jury found 36-year-old Timothy Lee Wilson, the boy's stepfather, guilty on charges including false imprisonment of a child under...

Jury Selection for Parkland Shooter Gets Testy

Defense team asks to withdraw from case, then asks same of judge; both motions were denied

(Newser) - Two months after jury selection began in the trial to determine whether Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz will face the death penalty or life in prison, various disputes and a hospitalization prevented the court from moving past the first phase of questioning. Defense attorney Casey Secor was revealed to be...

Mom Charged After 2-Year-Old Shoots, Kills Dad

Florida couple kept their gun unsecured in a home with 3 children, police say

(Newser) - A Florida woman is facing a manslaughter charge after her 2-year-old son fatally shot his father in the back. Marie Ayala, 28, of Orlando said she heard a "loud pop" on May 26 before finding 26-year-old father of three Reggie Mabry bleeding on the floor of their home, per...

Tampa Players Explain Decision to Skip LGBTQ Logos

It's 'faith-based,' not 'judgmental,' says pitcher Jason Adam

(Newser) - The Tampa Bay Rays celebrated Pride Night during Saturday's home game, and the team added rainbow-theme logos to their uniforms for the day (see them here ). The Rays, however, also gave players the option to wear them or not, a decision that has brought attention upon the several...

Storm Floods Miami Streets
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Storm Floods Florida Streets

System arrives from Mexico with heavy rainfall

(Newser) - The storm system that made landfall in Mexico as Hurricane Agatha has reached Florida, bringing heavy rain and winds and flooding roads on Saturday. Officials in Miami, where downtown streets flooded overnight, warned residents not to try to drive or walk through the standing water, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Many...

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