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

Swiping your card at a gas station could cost more than just a tank of gas. According to The University of Florida,credit card skimmers is a multi-billion dollar problem. To fix the issue, researchers have created a new device called a 'skim reaper' to catch credit card thieves.

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

The Latest: Lawsuit wants Scott banned from role in recount

Florida school shooting defendant registered to vote in jail

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Druken Florida man accused of biting off man’s fingertip

The Latest: Broward recount delayed because of problem

Man attacked by alligator, hospitalized

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

Florida man catches record-setting 17-foot python

Vote tallies due in Florida’s hotly contested elections

  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

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

FL Supreme Court hearing case about quality of public schools

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

Race for state Commissioner of Agriculture heading to possible manual recount

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified suburban Miami neighborhood

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.

Some Sessions allies hope White House allows graceful exit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sensing that Jeff Sessions' days at the Justice Department may be numbered, some of his supporters want the White House to allow for a graceful exit for an attorney general they believe has dutifully carried out the administration's agenda even while enduring the president's fury.

The Latest: Trump dubs Steyer, bomb plot target, a 'lunatic'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the series of pipe bomb packages to prominent Democratic officials (all times local):

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Midday' game

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

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Midday' game

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

FL Lottery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — These Florida lotteries were drawn Sunday:

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 2 Midday' game

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

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Midday' game

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

Police: Pilot had loaded gun in suitcase at Florida airport

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an airline pilot was arrested at a Florida airport after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on suitcase.

Fake police officers pull over driver on I-75, steal his vehicle

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Florida Highway Patrol say two men are pretending to be police officers and pulling people over on Alligator Alley to steal their vehicles.

Police: 3-year-old injured in road rage shooting in Florida

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Police say road rage contributed to a shooting that critically injured a 3-year-old in Florida.

Panel upholds sex-for-speed bumps case against Florida mayor

LANTANA, Fla. (AP) — An ethics panel has found probable cause against a Florida mayor accused of soliciting sex from a resident in exchange for installing speed bumps in her neighborhood.

At the finish? Floridians deciding greyhound racing’s future

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.

Hurricane Michael killed at least 35 in Florida, 45 total

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have linked six more deaths to Hurricane Michael, raising the state's death toll to 35.

Mail bomb suspect's personality changed radically

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Thirteen years ago, mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc traveled the country leading a mixed-race troupe of male exotic dancers — he ran scams and had a temper, but a fellow dancer who is African-American said he never expressed racism or homophobia.

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Winning numbers drawn in 'Lotto' game

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