Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Florida

Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity, speaks in Bonita Springs on Monday.

Florida’s unemployment rate was 5 percent in January, up 0.1 percentage point from the end of 2016, according to figures released Monday. Gov. Rick Scott went to Herc Rentals, an ...
This May 2016 photo released by The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows coral that has bleached white due to heat stress in the Maldives. (The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey via AP)

BY ELENA BECATOROS SOUTH ARI ATOLL, Maldives (AP) — There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef ...
In this Sept. 17, 2008 file photo, Labor Secretary-designate Alexander Acosta speaks in Miami. (AP photo/Alan Diaz, File)

BY CURT ANDERSON and LAURIE KELLMAN MIAMI (AP) — Labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta is expected to face questions at his Senate confirmation hearing about an unusual plea deal he ...
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MIAMI (AP) — A Miami defense attorney is feeling the heat after his pants caught fire as he delivered closing arguments in an arson case. Witnesses told the Miami Herald ...
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BY | LLOYD DUNKELBERGER The makeup of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission was completed Monday, when House Speaker Richard Corcoran named the final nine members of the panel, including five state ...
This July 29, 2016 file photo shows Jimmy Buffett performing on NBC's "Today" show in New York. Buffett is opening a retirement village. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — You can’t get any more laid back than retirement. So perhaps it’s fitting that the king of laid-back music, Jimmy Buffet, is lending his vibe ...
President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pose with fourth graders Janayah Chatelier, 10, left, Landon Fritz, 10, after they received cards from the children, during a tour of Saint Andrew Catholic School, Friday, March 3, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

BY DARLENE SUPERVILLE and JONATHAN LEMIRE ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump toured a private religious school in Florida on Friday, praising it as an ideal institution for “disadvantaged ...
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Black bears couldn’t be hunted in Florida for a decade, while at least $1 million would be set aside so more people could purchase bear-resistant trash containers, under a measure ...
In this Sept. 13, 2016 file photo, George Zimmerman looks at the jury as he testifies in a Seminole County courtroom in Orlando, Florida. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)

BY BRENDAN FARRINGTON TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s “stand your ground” law, a source of contention for years, could soon provide even more protection to people who invoke it. Some ...
This Aug. 27, 2015, file photo shows a solar power array that is part of sustainability improvements at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Ryan Jones/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP, File)

A week after announcing plans to double its solar-energy plans in the coming year, Florida Power & Light on Wednesday outlined where it will locate eight new 74.5-megawatt solar centers. ...
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