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Caldwell concedes to Fried, who will be Florida’s next Agriculture Commissioner

After undergoing a manual recount, the race went to Democrat Nikki Fried. Fried won with 50.04 percent of the more than 8 million votes to Caldwell's 49.96 percent. The candidates were separated by just 6,753 ballots.

  Gillum ends campaign for Florida governor after recount shows DeSantis still ahead

Animal rights activist guilty of throwing back caught fish

Organization pushing hard to get greyhounds adopted

Trump would ‘love’ Bondi to join administration

Police: Doc OK’d pot for patients via closed-circuit TV

Adoption scheme: Florida woman accused of defrauding 2 couples

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  $500 million worth of cocaine seized by the United States Coast Guard

Florida governor’s race seems settled after recount; U.S. Senate race headed to second review

Florida orders statewide manual recount in U.S. Senate race

Florida man accused of poisoning co-worker’s drink with bodily fluid

Florida woman steals live lobster from Red Lobster, sheriff says

The Latest: Gov. Scott to step down from elections board

Sheriff: Parkland shooting suspect assaulted jail officer

Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright confirmed in an email Wednesday that Cruz assaulted the deputy around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Details weren’t immediately available, nor the extent of any injuries.

Wildlife officials: Watch out for migrating manatees

November is Manatee Awareness Month. Carol Knox, who leads the agency’s imperiled species management division, said boaters who look out for manatees and follow protection zones are contributing to the conservation of the threatened species.

St. Petersburg woman claims $1M in Florida Lottery

The Florida Lottery announces that Monica Veal, 29, of St. Petersburg, claimed the first $1 million top prize in the new $1,000,000 HOLIDAY BONUS Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

New lawsuits may extend Florida’s recount deadline

From overheating machines, to new federal lawsuits, determining three very important election results may still be days away.

  New ‘Skim Reaper’ device helps stop thieves from stealing credit card information

Broward County elections supervisor known for missteps in recount cross hairs

Trump calls on Florida Democrat to concede, implies fraud

4 cheetah cubs born at wildlife refuge near Jacksonville

VIDEO: Florida man crashes truck into boutique

FHP investigates I-75 crash that killed a Sarasota man

  Florida recount chugs along as more irregularities surface

State law requires a machine recount in races where the margin is less than 0.5 percentage points. In the Senate race, Rick Scott's lead over incumbent Bill Nelson was 0.14 percentage points. In the governor's race, unofficial results showed GOP's Ron DeSantis ahead of Andrew Gillum by 0.41 points.

The Latest: Lawsuit wants Scott banned from role in recount

A Florida judge said he's seen no evidence of wrongdoing in the vote-counting in Broward County and urged all sides to "ramp down the rhetoric."

Florida school shooting defendant registered to vote in jail

The man accused of gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school registered to vote while behind bars awaiting trial.The SunSentinel reports Nikolas Cruz registered as a Republican on July 25.

Druken Florida man accused of biting off man’s fingertip

Authorities say a drunken Florida man bit another man’s fingertip off at a campsite in the Florida Keys.

The Latest: Broward recount delayed because of problem

Broward County is scheduled to begin counting about 700,000 ballots Sunday morning, but a tested machine wasn't registering all ballots. Republican representatives asked that all machines be retested and county officials agreed.

Man attacked by alligator, hospitalized

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told news outlets that the 30-year-old man was bitten on the leg Friday morning at Pero Family Farms near Delray Beach.

  Florida Sec. of State orders ballot recount in Senate, governor, cabinet races

Florida is once again at the center of election controversy, and the deeply purple state learned Saturday there will recounts in three key races.

Florida man catches record-setting 17-foot python

Kyle Penniston, of Homestead, made the solo capture of a 17-foot, 5-inch female Burmese python while hunting on SFWMD lands in Miami-Dade County late Monday night. The mammoth snake weighed in at 120 pounds. It's the third caught as part of the program that measured more than 17 feet.

Vote tallies due in Florida’s hotly contested elections

At stake was the tight and acrimonious U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. The governor's race between former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, might also face a recount.

Will three races in Florida - U.S. Senate, Governor, and Agriculture Commissioner - head to possible recounts?

Florida is now looking at three races - U.S. Senate, Governor, and Agriculture Commissioner - that may be heading to possible recounts. As of Thursday afternoon, here’s what those races looked like.

Recount would be costly statewide including Sarasota and Manatee County

As a recount looms in the state of Florida in some key races including the Senate race and the race for governor, many people are feeling a sense of deja vu and the cost of a recount.

Scott and Nelson both seek courts to intervene in battle for U.S. Senate seat

The deeply purple state will learn Saturday whether there will be recounts in the bitter and tight U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson; and in the governor's race between former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and the Democratic mayor of Tallahass

Principal accused of taking $900 from disabled 9-year-old

The Tampa Bay Times reports 50-year-old Edward John Abernathy was arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft. A Pasco County Sheriff’s Office release says deputies were told the child brought $2,100 of his parents' money to Connerton Elementary School in Land O’Lakes in October.

Dining in Florida: Bobcat munches on iguana

Green iguanas normally live in Central America, tropical parts of South America and some of the eastern Caribbean islands, not Florida.

Scott files lawsuit as lead on Nelson narrows in U.S. Senate race and possible recount looms

Rick Scott, as outgoing governor, said at a news conference Thursday night that he was asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate elections offices in the Democratic strongholds of Palm Beach and Broward counties, questioning whether they were trying to inflate the Democratic vo

FL Supreme Court hearing case about quality of public schools

The 1998 constitutional amendment requires the state to provide a quote "uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality" system of public schools.

Florida’s racing greyhounds will need to be adopted over next two years after vote

A measure to ban greyhound racing in Florida was passed with overwhelming support on Tuesday.

Race for state Commissioner of Agriculture heading to possible manual recount

Matt Caldwell, a state House member from North Fort Myers, led by less than 13,000 votes late Wednesday morning in the Cabinet race against Democrat Nikki Fried. Slightly more than 8 million votes were cast in the race, according to numbers posted by the Florida Division of Elections.

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified suburban Miami neighborhood

The lizard is an escaped pet. It was first reported loose in August in a Davie neighborhood. Residents said it lurked in their backyards and scratched at their patio doors.

State election site shows recount looming in Florida governor race

The campaign says it's monitoring the situation and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

Not another Florida recount! This one should be smoother

The race was too close to call and Scott's lead as of Wednesday evening was about 30,000 votes out of more than 8.1 million cast — a margin of less than one half of 1 percent. Under state law in Florida, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is 0.5 percentage points or less. That

By 2020 there will be no more dog racing in Florida

According to the group Grey2K USA Worldwide, every three days, a greyhound dies at a Florida race track. But that will change after amendment 13 passed Tuesday, which will end dog racing in the state of Florida.

VIDEO: FL man breaks into crocodile enclosure, gets bitten

Police officers responding to reports of vandalism early Tuesday at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park found the underwear-clad man with an injured leg crawling across a nearby yard.

Trump tweet: DeSantis showed courage in Florida governor win

Ron DeSantis said Trump's support made all the difference in his defeat of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who was hoping to be Florida's first black governor and the first Democrat elected governor since 1994.

Three people living in Tampa-area indicted for allegedly running IRS scam using India-based call centers

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has indicted 31-year-old Nishitkumar Patel, 27-year-old Hemalkumar Shah, and 22-year-old Sharvil Patel, all of Tampa, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and extortion, and substantive counts of wire fraud and extortion. Nishitkumar Pate

List of official winners in Election Day 2018, amendments that passed

You can see our full list of results here, but here is a short breakdown of winners.

Nelson calls for recount in race against Scott for U.S. Senate

With all precincts reporting early Wednesday, Scott held a lead of 38,717 votes out of more than 8 million cast — a margin of less than one half of 1 percent. Under state law in Florida, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is less than 0.5 percentage points.

GOP’s DeSantis defeats Gillum in Florida governor’s race

DeSantis, 40, was considered an underdog before Trump tweeted his support for DeSantis in December, a month before he got into the race. Trump campaigned to help push DeSantis to a primary victory in August and came to Florida two more times to propel him past Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gil

Florida passes amendment to restore felons' voting rights

Supporters said the state's current system was too difficult and arbitrary. It required felons to wait at least five years after completing their sentence before they could file a request with the governor and Cabinet — who then considered the requests individually.

Voting selfies: If a sticker just isn’t enough, it’s hit or miss if you can Instagram your vote

It's fairly split around the country as to whether your state allows selfies inside the voting booth or not.

Man who killed 2 at yoga studio was fired for touching girl

Paul Scott Beierle, 40, posed as a customer during a yoga class Friday, then began shooting, authorities said. A 61-year-old faculty member at Florida State University and a 21-year-old FSU student from Georgia were killed. Five others were injured. Beierle then killed himself.

Deputies: Woman claims she was handed baby at Disney resort

Deputies: Woman claims she was handed baby at Disney resort.

St. Pete Beach restaurant worker tests positive for Hep A

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) has identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker in St. Pete Beach.

Florida police dog involved in over 200 arrests has died

A Florida police dog credited with taking part in more than 200 criminal arrests has died.

6 shot at FL yoga studio; 2 dead

Tallahassee mayor and Florida Democratic governor candidate Andrew Gillum said on Twitter that he was in touch with authorities.

Severe weather damages community in Pinellas County

A small community in Pinellas County was severely damaged from the thunderstorm yesterday evening.

Police arrest Florida State student for throwing chocolate milk on Republican volunteer

Florida State University student Shelby Shoup was charged with battery after pouring chocolate milk on a volunteer at a Republican party table on FSU's campus.

Florida becomes epicenter of nation’s polarizing politics

In the closely contested campaign for governor, President Donald Trump and GOP nominee Ron DeSantis have used what has been called racially coded language to slam Democrat Andrew Gillum. The battles for the governor's mansion and a key U.S. Senate seat are playing out in communities still recovering

Florida woman stopped, talked man off ledge of Tampa bridge

Nicola Oyola tells Fox 13 that something told her to stop as she made her way across the Howard-Franklin Bridge on Thursday afternoon. She talked the 23-year-old man off the edge, telling him that everything would be ok.

Complaint: State workers cleared debris from official’s yard

A Florida state official is under investigation following allegations that she ordered state employees to clean up debris for Hurricane Michael at her Georgia home.

Bradenton chiropractor among two people killed in gyroplane crash in Highlands County

The Highlands County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened around 3:30pm at the Sebring Falls Mobile Home Park. One mobile home was destroyed and a second damaged.

Five children, two adults hit by car while waiting for the bus in Tampa

WTSP reports the accident happened on East Bougainvillea Avenue just after 8am when a 47-year-old Tampa man struck the victims at the Marvy Avenue intersection.

Early voting in Florida surges past 2014 totals

New statistics released Wednesday by the state Division of Elections show more than 1.48 million people have voted early. Additionally, more than 1.9 million people have voted by mail.

Sarasota Hosts First Ever eSailing World Championship

Sailors from around the world gathered in Sarasota to compete for the title of world champion through the World Sailing organization. But none of them brought or set foot on an actual boat.

GOP holds slight edge with 3 million ballots in Florida cast

New statistics released Tuesday by the state Division of Elections show that more than 1.26 million people have voted early. Additionally, more than 1.8 million people have voted by mail. Voters are on pace to surpass the early voting and vote by mail totals from the 2014 midterm elections.

Florida will still “fall back” this weekend for Daylight Saving Time

Floridians will still need to set their clocks back one hour on November 4, despite Gov. Rick Scott signing a bill that would allow the entire state to remain in Daylight Saving Time year-round.

Indonesian plane crashes with more than 180 people on board

KARAWANG, Indonesia (AP) — A Lion Air plane carrying 189 people crashed into the sea just minutes after taking off from Indonesia's capital on Monday in a blow to the country's aviation safety record after the lifting of bans on its airlines by the European Union and U.S.

Trump and Obama to campaign in Florida during final week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama are coming to Florida in the final days of the 2018 campaign.

Bomb suspect set for Florida court appearance

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida man accused of sending packages containing explosive material to prominent Democrats and other opponents of President Donald Trump is due to make his first court appearance.

Americans crave unity amid violence, anger

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — She flipped through television channels and radio stations, scanning from conservative to liberal media, searching for any sign that the polarized nation had finally reached its tipping point.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Fantasy 5' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Fantasy 5" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 3 Evening" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 5 Evening" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 2 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 2 Evening" game were:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:

Trump loads up on rallies before Election Day

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is packing his campaign schedule before the midterm elections.

Will state voters decide to ban greyhound racing?

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Several times a day, eight muzzled greyhounds spring from boxes at Palm Beach Kennel Club's starting line and hurtle forward in a blurred mass.

Gov. Scott orders State Highway Patrol to step up security at places of worship.

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WWSB) - Following the shooting in Pittsburgh Saturday, Governor Rick Scott is trying to make sure people are safe here in Florida.