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Crystal Smith Scrubbed Son's Bloodstained Jeans: Cops
Teen Admits Horrific
Murder of Classmate, 13

Teen Admits Horrific Murder of Classmate, 13

Aiden Fucci of Florida stabbed Tristyn Bailey to death in 2021

(Newser) - As jury selection was about to begin in his murder trial, a 16-year-old boy in Florida has admitted fatally stabbing a classmate more than 100 times, reports Law & Crime . "I just want to say I'm sorry," Aiden Fucci said in court Monday in St. Johns County....

For First Time, More People Work in Florida Than New York

Labor stats mark a milestone

(Newser) - A slow-moving trend has become a milestone: Florida has more jobs than New York for the first time, reports Bloomberg . The Bureau of Labor Statistics says Florida had 9,578,500 nonfarm jobs at the end of last year, ahead of New York's 9,576,100. It's the...

AP Black History Course Loses BLM Content

College Board CEO says finalized version wasn't a response to political pressure

(Newser) - A Jan. 12 letter from the Florida Department of Education to the College Board didn't specify which sections it found objectionable in the draft version of new Advanced Placement course on African American studies it was blocking from state high schools—but it's possible those parts have now...

Sheriff's 'Wheel of Fugitive' Earns Him a Lawsuit

David Gay says he wasn't a fugitive in Brevard County when featured on video

(Newser) - In hundreds of videos shared on social media, Brevard County, Florida, Sheriff Wayne Ivey spins the "Wheel of Fugitive" decorated with 10 names and faces. The wheel chooses the "fugitive of the week," whose case Ivey highlights. The goal is to have the fugitive turn themselves in...

Florida Will Likely Soon Allow 'Constitutional Carry'

Gun rights groups have long pushed for the move

(Newser) - Gun rights groups have long pushed for Florida to allow concealed carry of firearms with no permit, and it looks like they're about to get what they want. Legislation outlined this week by state House Speaker Paul Renner, a Republican, would make Florida the 26th state allowing the permitless...

4 Shooters Fire at Crowd Gathered Along Street, Hitting 10

2 of those injured in Florida mass shooting are in critical condition

(Newser) - Ten people were injured Monday afternoon during a drive-by shooting in a central Florida neighborhood, police said. Lakeland Police Chief Sam Taylor said during a news conference that two of the victims were critically injured, while the wounds of the other eight victims weren't considered life-threatening, the AP reports....

Bolsonaro Seeks 6-Month Visa
Bolsonaro Asks to Stay Awhile

Bolsonaro Asks to Stay Awhile

Former president, now in Florida, faces investigation in Brazil

(Newser) - With investigations waiting for him at home, former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has asked to stay in the US for at least another six months. Bolsonaro flew to Florida in late December, after delivering a farewell address to the nation but before his successor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, took...

Woman Heard Crying, Went Outside and Found Newborn

Infant is in stable condition after being abandoned

(Newser) - On Friday night, a Florida woman thought she was hearing cats yowling and fighting until around midnight. An hour and a half later, she thought she heard something else: the cries of an infant. She and her husband went out into the woods outside a Polk County mobile home park...

Feds: $100M Scheme Sought to License Untrained Nurses

More than 7.6K fake diplomas allegedly issued over 5 years in South Florida

(Newser) - "There are over 7,600 people around the country with fraudulent nursing credentials who are potentially in critical health care roles treating patients," FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge Chad Yarbrough said this week. His warning came as the Justice Department announced charges related to three accredited nursing...

Students Threaten to Sue After DeSantis Blocks AP Course

3 honors high schoolers want African-American studies class taught in Florida

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Ron DeSantis' administration blocked an Advanced Placement African-American studies class from being taught in high schools around Florida, claiming the course managed by the College Board is "historically inaccurate" and "contrary" to state law. Now, a group of honors students is threatening to sue the...

Feds: Holocaust Survivor Lost $2.8M to Dating-Site Swindler

36-year-old Peaches Stergo of Florida could face 20 years for alleged wire fraud

(Newser) - He was an 80-something Holocaust survivor in Manhattan looking for companionship. She was a young woman in Florida who claimed to need a loan. It was the start of a long-running romance scam that would see the victim lose out on $2.8 million, according to the US Attorney's...

'Pillowcase Rapist' Convicted in 1983 Attack

Authorities in Florida believe Robert Koehler attacked dozens of women

(Newser) - A man suspected of being the "Pillowcase Rapist" in connection with a string of South Florida rapes back in the 1980s was convicted Wednesday in one of the attacks. Miami-Dade County jurors found Robert Eugene Koehler, 63, guilty of sexual battery, kidnapping, and burglary, the AP reports. He faces...

Arrest Made in Ambush Murder of Microsoft Exec

Sources say there's a link between Henry Teton and Jared Bridegan's ex-wife

(Newser) - Police in Florida say an arrest has been made almost a year after Microsoft exec Jared Bridegan was gunned down in a Feb. 16 ambush —and they do not believe suspect Henry Teton acted alone. Teton, 61, was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree murder,...

Family Calls Swept-Away Diver's Rescue a 'Miracle'

Dylan Gartenmayer was found off Key West, Florida

(Newser) - For a moment, the family members look out at the black speck in the water—fearful, waiting. Then they erupt in cheers, and no wonder. Their loved one, 22-year-old spearfishing diver Dylan Gartenmayer, had then been missing for at least three hours, per NBC Miami . Gartenmayer had been free diving...

Cops: Wife Kills Husband in Hospital as Part of Pact

'She's very sad, it's a tough situation'

(Newser) - Police say an elderly woman who had a suicide pact with her ill husband fatally shot him when he was too weak to do so himself—but that she then could not go through with shooting herself. The Florida woman barricaded herself in her husband's hospital room in Daytona...

Congressman Seriously Hurt on Ladder Is Out of Hospital

Florida's Greg Steube was in ICU after falling 25 feet

(Newser) - A Florida congressman is out of the hospital and recuperating at home after a nasty fall from a ladder that landed him in the ICU. GOP Rep. Greg Steube tweeted Saturday that he had been released from a Sarasota hospital, though he did not provide details about his injuries. He...

Couple Who Won Pig Wanted to Bring Her Home. The Fair: Nope

South Florida Fair insisted 'terminal' auction rules couldn't be changed to save swine from slaughter

(Newser) - When Meg and Eric Weinberger recently attended the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach, they had their eyes open for a pig to bring home to their animal sanctuary, Rescue Life in nearby Palm Beach Gardens. They became enamored with one pig in particular named Bella B Swine, and...

Court: DeSantis' Suspension Violated Two Constitutions

Judge says it's not in his power to give Andrew Warren his job back

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Friday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis violated the First Amendment and the Florida Constitution by removing an elected state prosecutor, but that the federal courts lack the power to reinstate him. In an order dismissing the case, US District Judge Robert Hinkle wrote that federal law...

Florida Blocks New African American Studies Class

Course is 'inexplicably contrary to Florida law,' board of education says

(Newser) - The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has blocked a new Advanced Placement course on African American studies from state high schools, saying the pilot program's content is "historically inaccurate" and "inexplicably contrary to Florida law." A Jan. 12 letter from the Florida Department of Education...

DeSantis Wants to Permanently Ban Mask, Vaccine Mandates

He describes Florida as a 'refuge of sanity'

(Newser) - If the COVID pandemic rebounds to the point where authorities seek to bring back mask and vaccine mandates, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to make sure his state isn't affected by what he calls the "biomedical security state." The Republican is seeking to make Florida's ban...

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