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Amber Alert issued for 4 children last seen in Bradenton area

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Florida Nursing Home Listed Dead Resident as ‘Resting in Bed,’ State Says

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Volusia schools announce hurricane make-up days

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Dog that disappeared in Florida in 2016 is found in New York

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DeLand man who shot son convicted of attempted manslaughter

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UPDATE: SC family adopts 24 lb. tubby tabby at Florida humane so - | WBTV Charlotte

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A Dog That Disappeared in Florida in 2016 'Some How, Some Way' Was Just Found in New York

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A Dog That Disappeared in Florida in 2016 'Some How, Some Way' Was Just Found in New York


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Amber Alert issued for 4 children last seen in Bradenton area
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Florida nursing home where 9 died during Hurricane Irma has licence suspended amid claims staff 'doctored body temperature records'
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Irma nursing home deaths: Owner rips Florida move to stop Medicaid, ban patients
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Florida Nursing Home Listed Dead Resident as ‘Resting in Bed,’ State Says
In a sharply worded response, a lawyer for the nursing home contested the agency’s findings, saying that its staff had been constantly monitoring residents and that “there was no indication based on actual conditions” that a 911 call, or an evacuation, was necessary before residents began to fall ill. Eight of the residents died that day, either at the home, known as the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, or at Memorial Regional Hospital   Read More ...
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Florida suspends license of nursing home over Irma deaths
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Volusia schools announce hurricane make-up days
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DeLand man who shot son convicted of attempted manslaughter
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SC family adopts 24 lb. tubby tabby at Florida humane society
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UPDATE: SC family adopts 24 lb. tubby tabby at Florida humane so - | WBTV Charlotte
JACKSONVILLE, FL (WIS) - A larger than life cat whose photo by a Florida humane society went viral has been adopted by a South Carolina family. Meet Faye - a 24-pound cat who needed a fur-ever home and daily exercise. She now has that thanks to a family from South Carolina's Lowcountry. The humane society first posted a photo of Faye on Tuesday and one of the volunteers who could barely wrap her hands around this fat pussycat   Read More ...
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A Dog That Disappeared in Florida in 2016 'Some How, Some Way' Was Just Found in New York
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Power is back on in Florida, but utilities still under fire
By GARY FINEOUT and MATTHEW DALY Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - After a massive restoration effort, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago. But that may do little to stem a growing backlash over the widespread outages that caused misery across the state and sparked sharp criticism from residents and elected officials   Read More ...
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Bail denied for Palm Coast murder suspect
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9th death confirmed after Florida nursing home left without A/C
A ninth victim has died after a Florida nursing home failed to evacuate its residents, who suffered for days in oppressive heat with no air conditioning, after Hurricane Irma, according to the Hollywood Police Department. The 93-year-old died on Tuesday, adding to eight who were found dead last week at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills or who died after being evacuated to a hospital   Read More ...
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Hurricane Irma leaves behind foul stink across Central Florida
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After Irma: Florida governor says nursing home 'failed...basic duty' in deaths
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Frontier to offer winter flights between Omaha, Florida
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Frontier to offer winter flights between Omaha, Florida
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Frontier Airlines will offer nonstop flights from Omaha and southwest Florida this winter. The Omaha World-Herald reports the service will begin Nov. 9 and will be offered Thursdays and Sundays through Dec. 7. It will fly on Mondays and Fridays after Dec. 15. The flight will leave Fort Myers, Florida, at 10:20 a.m. and arrive in Omaha at 12:53 p   Read More ...
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Sinkhole gobbles part of Florida home
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Daytona Beach Main Street problems debated
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Dogs airlifted from Florida hurricane zones to Delaware
Dogs from storm-battered Florida have been airlifted to Delaware to make room for pets separated from their families during Hurricane Irma.   Read More ...
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