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Florida overrun with herpes-infected feral monkeys

A colony of rhesus monkeys that was established in Florida’s Silver River State Park in 1938 has been declared a public health hazard after the majority of its members tested positive for the Herpes B virus. Monkeys infected with the virus present either no or only mild symptoms, but in…

Former Marine recovering after fight with three beach bullies in Florida

Video of the savage beating of a former Marine who stood up to three men bullying a 14-year-old child in Palm Beach, Florida earlier this year has gone viral. Wen Jones, 43, of Jupiter, Fla., required surgery for fracture under his eye after confronting the three beach bullies who had…

Florida resort hit by sinkhole invites guests to ‘come on down’

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida time-share resort where a sinkhole devoured a building Sunday night said that it is open for business and next week’s guests should “come on down.” Paul Caldwell, the general manager of Summer Bay Resorts, which is located 6 miles from Walt…

Sinkhole engulfs part of Florida resort near Disney World

Guests at a resort villa near Walt Disney World in Florida were forced to evacuate after a sinkhole began swallowing up the three-story building, splitting it into two sections. The Associated Press reported on Monday that the sinkhole, which developed around 3 a.m. Monday morning, sunk about 30 percent of…

Southern Poverty Law Center files complaint about Florida’s race-based student achievement plans

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida was hit with a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday accusing it of race-based education goals that violate civil rights law by setting “severely lower expectations” for black and Hispanic students. The Southern Poverty Law Center and Legal Aid Society of Florida’s…

Florida won’t investigate police shooting of Chechen man

State investigators in Florida have rejected a request for an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of a Chechen man while he was being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Florida’s department of law enforcement declined the request by the American Civil Liberties Union…

Explosions rock propane plant in central Florida

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Dozens of explosions rocked a propane tank servicing plant in central Florida, northwest of Orlando, late on Monday, injuring seven workers, at least three critically, and prompting the evacuation of nearby homes, authorities said. No one outside the plant was hurt by the…

Suspect in seemingly random Florida drive-by shootings found dead

A suspect in three seemingly random shootings in Florida over the weekend was found dead in his vehicle of what’s believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police told local media in Fort Pierce. Witnesses reportedly saw a man in a black truck pull up alongside two young men on…

‘Florida’ spelled incorrectly on highway exit ramp sign — twice

Maybe it’s a sign of the times: People aren’t so good at spelling. That seems to be the case down in Florida, where transportation workers were recently getting ready to install a new exit sign on a freeway, and someone realized the word “Florida” was…  …

Woman from Florida ‘gang of robbers’ arrested for stealing from NFL player

Police in New York state said on Sunday the woman they arrested on suspicion of stealing money and jewelry from a professional football player and other men is part of a gang of women behind a string of robberies in Florida. WNBC-TV reported that 25-year-old Subhanna Beyah was arrested in…

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