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Florida panther kittens documented north of Caloosahatchee River

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they have evidence of endangered Florida panthers breeding north the Caloosahatchee River.

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Coast Guard seeks help in solving hoax distress calls

ST. PETERSBURG | The U.S. Coast Guard is asking for the public’s help in identifying hoax callers in southwest Florida.

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Florida investigating whether grad rates were manipulated

TALLAHASSEE | Florida is investigating whether or not school districts are moving students around in order to manipulate graduation rates.

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Baby’s mother arrested, accused of starving him to death

SANFORD | A 26-year-old Central Florida woman is accused of neglecting one of her twin sons who died when he was just three weeks old.

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Man gets life sentence for fatal beating, stabbing

PENSACOLA | A homeless man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally beating and stabbing a man in the Florida Panhandle and taking the man’s car.

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Son, 18, accused of beating, stabbing mother on her birthday

RIVERVIEW | A Florida man told investigators he’d been thinking for a long time about killing his mother and finally decided to go through with it on Monday, her 39th birthday.

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After Trump complaints, Florida may share voting information

TALLAHASSEE | Florida could start comparing its voter rolls to other states to make sure people aren’t registered in other states under a bill now moving in the state Legislature.

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Miami mayor wants more limits on Airbnb and home-sharing

MIAMI | Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms face more restrictions in Miami.

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Changing weather patterns are affecting some Fla. birds

SOUTH NEST KEY | Of the many ways used to diagnosis the health of the Everglades, the most bizarrely beautiful by far, with red beady eyes and bald greenish head, is the scarlet-plumed roseate spoonbill nearly wiped off the planet by feather hunters a century ago.

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Florida firm pushing sales of its American-made AK-47

PALM BAY | Just down the road from a Krispy Krunchy fried chicken store, in a nondescript east coast business park in Florida, a 60,000-square-foot factory produces about 2,500 AK-47 rifles a month.

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Fugitive nabbed after using a store rewards card in Florida

KEY WEST | Key West police detectives nabbed a man wanted in Georgia for an assortment of violent crimes, including felony strangulation and aggravated assault with a weapon — after he used a store rewards card, which tipped authorities off to his whereabouts.

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Officials crack down on abandoned boats in Marquesas Keys

KEY WEST | Marine salvors have been racing to get 32 abandoned boats off the bottom in Marquesas Keys waters before birds arrive.

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Pregnant woman falls ill after immigration detention

MIAMI | Immigration officials say a pregnant woman they detained and handcuffed had to be rushed to a central Florida hospital in pain shortly after being taken into custody.

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Woman charged with DUI, accused of hitting patrol car

ENGLEWOOD | Authorities say a southwest Florida woman was drunk when she rear-ended a deputy’s patrol car at a red light.

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Dog dies during Southwest Florida house fire

IMMOKALEE | Officials say a dog died during a southwest Florida house fire.

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WWII veteran’s remains to return to Florida, 73 years later

ST. PETERSBURG | A World War II veteran’s remains will be returned to his family in Florida, some 73 years after he was shot down by German fighters.

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Prosecutors: death decision months away in airport shooting

MIAMI | Federal prosecutors say a decision is months away on seeking the death penalty for the suspect in a Florida airport shooting rampage.

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Florida deputies search for kidnapped estranged wife

TAMPA | Sheriff’s deputies in the Tampa area are investigating a kidnapping after witnesses saw a man forcing his estranged wife into her car with her hands tied behind her back.

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Russia insists it hasn’t violated nuclear arms pact

MOSCOW | Russia is insisting that it has adhered to its obligations under a key nuclear arms treaty, rebuffing U.S. claims to the contrary.

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Time marches on, with a little bit more skip this weekend

WASHINGTON | Time marches on, with a bit more skip this weekend.

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Woman pleads not guilty in Florida to murder charges

PENSACOLA | A woman accused in the deaths of four women in a bloody rampage in two states that ended in a third has pleaded not guilty in Florida to charges of murder and accessory to murder.

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Teen to juvenile facility for killing mother’s boyfriend

MULBERRY | A 15-year-old central Florida boy will spend at least two years in a high-risk juvenile facility for fatally shooting his mother’s live-in boyfriend during a confrontation.

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Environmentalists sue over Florida chicken plant’s pollution

JACKSONVILLE | Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday against a large chicken processing plant in north Florida, alleging the facility is illegally polluting the Suwannee River.

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Engineers give Florida a C grade for infrastructure

ORLANDO | Florida’s infrastructure is getting a C grade by civil engineers, but that’s still better than the grade of D+ given to the nation overall.

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Senate panel sets March 15 hearing for Trump’s labor nominee

WASHINGTON | Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s new choice to be secretary of labor, pledged Wednesday to leave his position as a law school dean and resign from the board of a bank if he’s confirmed.

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