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Florida man pleads guilty in fatal “nitrous oxide” crash

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man suspected of inhaling nitrous oxide from a whipped cream dispenser before causing a fatal crash has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. Tucker Hoopengarner, 29, also admitted Wednesday to a charge of unlawful distribution of nitrous oxide, the Tampa Bay ...

Florida plans to backup insurance companies facing downgrade

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has taken action to back up property insurance companies facing a downgraded rating in an effort to help thousands of homeowners comply with mortgage requirements rather than being forced to seek new policies. The state-created Citizens Property Insurance ...

Officials: 2 dead on first day of lobster mini-season

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Two people died in the Florida Keys during the first day of lobster mini-season, officials said. The annual two-day event began Wednesday. It allows people to take their legal limit of spiny lobster before the regular season, which runs Aug. 6-March 31. Both deaths ...

Man accused of selling bleach as COVID cure extradited to US

MIAMI (AP) — A man accused of selling a toxic industrial bleach as a coronavirus cure through his Florida-based church has been returned to the United States after being arrested in Colombia. Mark Grenon, 64, made his initial court appearance Thursday in Miami federal court following his ...

Florida electric-boat maker building North Carolina plant

MARION, N.C. (AP) — A Florida-based company planning the production of electric-powered boats has decided to build a plant in western North Carolina, creating 170 jobs, officials announced on Thursday. Forza X1 Inc., which is developing recreational boats that are powered by electric ...

JetBlue is buying Spirit for $3.8 billion after bidding war

JetBlue Airways is buying Spirit Airlines for $3.8 billion in a deal that could increase competition at the top end of the U.S. airline industry while eliminating the largest discount airline for travelers on a tight budget. The agreement announced Thursday capped bidding war that began in ...

Florida woman who left baby in trash bin take plea deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman who left her newborn baby in a trash bin pleaded guilty to attempted murder and child abuse, agreeing to a seven-year prison sentence and potential deportation. Two maintenance workers at a Boca Raton apartment complex heard faint crying sounds coming ...

Rescued manatee flown from Texas to Florida on cargo plane

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (AP) — An ailing manatee that was found and rehabilitated in Texas late last year was flown to Florida on a cargo plane and released into a bay near a wildlife refuge along the Gulf Coast this week. The manatee named TexasTeeMiguel was released Wednesday into Kings Bay in ...

Forecast: Florida is still growing but faces future slowdown

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida grew slightly over a previous forecast in the first quarter of this year, but slowing population growth due to deaths outpacing births is still in the Sunshine State's future over the next decade, according to estimates released last week. The estimates released ...

Florida will include gun safety tips with weapons licenses

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will begin adding gun storage safety tips when it mails concealed weapons licenses to its residents, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said at a news conference Wednesday. It will encourage people to keep their guns locked, unloaded and stored in a ...