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How Miami’s rare tropical fruit went TikTok viral

MIAMI (AP) — Rane Roatta and Edelle Schlegel can predict when one of the rare tropical fruits they grow on their Redland farm is destined to go viral on TikTok. "If it's an odd color or appears somewhat phallic," Roatta says, laughing. Press record. Film Roatta taking a machete to a cluster ...

Program opens a whole new world for kids with disabilities

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The joy in the room is palpable when the cast of "Aladdin Jr." closes out its performance by singing the "Glee" version of "Don't Stop Believin'." The song isn't even part of the show, but it's the traditional show-closer for Penguin Project performances, which pair ...

Parkland trial a rare, curtailed look at mass shooting gore

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Few Americans outside law enforcement and government ever see the most graphic videos or photos from the nation's worst mass shootings — in most states, such evidence is only displayed at trial and most such killers die during or immediately after their attacks. ...

Shooting during brawl in downtown Orlando wounds seven

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Seven people were injured early Sunday after a person began shooting a handgun into a crowd during a large brawl in downtown Orlando, police said. Orlando Police Chief Eric D. Smith told reporters the shooting occurred during a fight that started around 2:22 a.m. near ...

Major renovation at Miami’s historic Vizcaya Village

MIAMI (AP) — Every year, 300,000 visitors tour the spectacular, century-old Italianate palace of Vizcaya and its 32 lavishly decorated rooms in Miami's Coconut Grove. They stroll through the extensive formal gardens and take in the panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. Yet they don't get to see ...

Dogs stranded abroad as families face changing rabies rules

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — She thought she had done everything necessary to bring their dog from Kenya to their new home. She'd had the rabies shots updated in Nairobi. She'd had a vet there check the spotted spaniel for worms and sent photos of Toffee's teeth to prove she was at least six months ...

Congresswoman calls for federal probe into Florida utility

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. congresswoman is asking the Department of Justice to investigate Florida Power & Light over claims that the utility used "dark money" to disguise sources of political funding and sway elections in Florida, as well as other allegations documented in recent news ...

Miami school board reverses itself, approves sex ed textbook

MIAMI (AP) — The board for Florida's largest school district rescinded a decision made last week that rejected new sex education textbooks for middle and high school students. The debate over the sex education materials in Miami took place as school districts and boards navigate a new ...

Florida to schools: Don’t follow federal LGBTQ protections

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida advised school districts to ignore protections for LGBTQ students that President Joe Biden's administration is trying to implement, saying the anti-discrimination language is not binding law and following the guidance could result in breaking state ...

Russian charged with using US groups to spread propaganda

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian operative under the supervision of one of the Kremlin's main intelligence services has been charged with recruiting political groups in the United States to advance pro-Russia propaganda, including during the invasion of Ukraine, the Justice Department said ...