Feb 11, 2015

Serial flight stowaway jailed in Florida, nabbed at beach resort

A woman notorious for sneaking onto commercial flights has been jailed in North Florida, where she was caught checking into a beach resort under a false name, authorities said on Tuesday. Marilyn Hartman managed to board a flight from Minnesota to Jacksonville, Florida, on ...

Jan 24, 2015

Car found in Florida canal tied to 1978 missing persons case

A badly decayed car found in a south Florida canal may be the key to unlocking the fate of two teenagers who mysteriously disappeared nearly four decades ago, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. The car was discovered by a utility worker on ...

U.S. teens on alleged crime spree captured in Florida

Jan 19, 2015

U.S. teens on alleged crime spree captured in Florida

Two teenage sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the U.S. South have been taken into custody in Florida, Kentucky authorities said Sunday. Grayson County Sheriff officials said in a statement that 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old ...

Jan 16, 2015

Osaka pilot dies in plane crash off Florida

A Japanese pilot trying to accrue flight hours was killed when she crashed off Florida’s east coast on Tuesday night, authorities announced Thursday. Mihoko Tabata, 38, was flying alone in a single-engine Cessna off New Smyrna Beach in thick fog when she told air ...

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. auctioneer fined $1.5 million for selling rhino horns

A Florida auction house owner pleaded guilty to selling illegal rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory and will pay a $1.5 million fine as well as face possible jail time, U.S. authorities said Wednesday. Christopher Hayes, the president and owner of the auction house Elite ...

Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

Jan 6, 2015

Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

Driven by fear that their window is closing, the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in rafts has surged since the two countries announced they would restore diplomatic relations after 50 years, Coast Guard officials said Monday. The Coast Guard ...

Miami judge approves early start to Florida's gay weddings

Jan 6, 2015

Miami judge approves early start to Florida's gay weddings

A local judge provided a jump-start Monday to Florida’s entry as the 36th state where gays and lesbians can legally marry, saying she saw no reason why same-sex couples couldn’t immediately get their licenses in Miami ahead of a midnight launch statewide. The addition ...

Dec 29, 2014

Alleged victims sue after sex predator wins lottery

Two alleged victims of a registered sex offender have filed a lawsuit seeking damages for pain and suffering after the man won $3 million in a Florida Lottery jackpot. Timothy Poole purchased the winning ticket earlier this month in Mount Dora. He took a ...

Dec 29, 2014

Famed U.S. jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco dead at 91

Acclaimed American jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco has died at the age of 91, according to his website, following a long career and numerous collaborations with the genre’s biggest names. DeFranco died on Dec. 24 in Florida, the website said. He helped spearhead jazz’s move ...