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Pulse victims could need more than millions collected so far, analysts say

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 3:00am

On a darkened dance floor one night in June, 35-year-old Frederick Johnson lost much of what he once took for granted.

Like being able to easily open a jar. Or drive with both hands. Or cover his bills.

An insurance underwriter from Jacksonville, Johnson was shot twice during the Pulse nightclub...

Florida unemployment rate dips to 3.4 percent in October

3 hours 4 min ago

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, its lowest level since January 2007.

The state released figures Friday that show October unemployment dropped slightly from September's rate of 3.5 percent. There were 350,000 Floridians without jobs out of a workforce of 10.2 million people.

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Downtown Orlando roads to close Saturday ahead of Florida Classic, Magic-Lakers, UCF-Cincinnati

3 hours 51 min ago

A plethora of special events in downtown Orlando this weekend may cause some traffic headaches.

The Florida Classic, an Orlando Magic game and watch parties for UCF’s prime-time game against Cincinnati are all slated for Saturday.

“This weekend, in addition to Downtown's regular active and vibrant...

Orlando man among 39 arrested in white supremacist drug trafficking operation, authorities say

4 hours 31 min ago

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Friday announced the arrests of 39 white supremacist gang members who authorities said were connected to a drug and weapons trafficking ring.

Among those arrested was 35-year-old Orlando man John Christopher Roberts. The trafficking operation involved members of the...

When disaster strikes, Orange County search-and-rescue dog Jackson digs for survivors

4 hours 56 min ago

Disaster strikes and bodies are caught in a labyrinth of wreckage. First responders don't have time to guess where victims might be, so they depend on search-and-rescue dogs.

Orange County Fire Rescue relies on the nose of 8-year-old golden retriever Jackson.

“K-9 teams have proven far greater...

Woman stabbed husband to death with kitchen knife in Deltona, blamed intruder, cops say

5 hours 21 min ago

A woman suspected of stabbing her husband to death with a kitchen knife in April has been indicted on a murder charge, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Latoya Woodard, 34, was jailed Thursday night on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Edwin Lee Daniels, 35.

The Sheriff’s...

Orlando Fire Department inducts 27 new firefighters at ceremony

6 hours 36 min ago

More than two dozen new hires are expected to join the ranks of the Orlando Fire Department on Friday during an induction ceremony that also will recognize promotions within the agency and two retirements, fire department officials said in a press release.

The 27 new firefighters, five of whom...

E-PASS lanes to close Sunday on SR 417 for construction

8 hours 11 min ago

The E-PASS lanes at State Road 417’s University Main Plaza will be shut down beginning Sunday morning due to construction, according to the Central Florida Expressway Authority.

The closures will begin 6 a.m. Sunday and last until 6 a.m. Monday. During that time, E-PASS holders will be diverted...

Teresa Jacobs looks back at highs and lows of eight years as Orange County mayor

8 hours 46 min ago

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ training to lead Central Florida’s largest government began in the circus.

Jacobs, 60, whose eight-year run as mayor ends Monday, flew on a trapeze as a performer in the “Flying High Circus” at Florida State University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree...

Crash between 2 Lynx buses leaves driver dead, police say

9 hours 26 min ago

One bus driver was killed and another was injured after police said one Lynx bus crashed into another, stationary bus on West Princeton Street early Friday.

The crash was reported about 5:10 a.m. just east of John Young Parkway, police said.

The driver killed has not been named by police. The other...

Traffic report: Major roads clear for commuters

9 hours 26 min ago

Major commuter roads aren’t showing signs of significant slowdowns Friday morning.

Elsewhere, a deadly crash involving a pair of Lynx buses that left a driver dead early Friday has shut down a portion of westbound Princeton Street between Orange Blosson Trail and John Young Parkway.

State Road...

Grandmother tried to pay off grandson's debt to defuse fight that led to her killing, witnesses say

9 hours 46 min ago

As Billy Desrosiers and Corey Steplight argued outside their 24th Street homes over an unsettled debt, witnesses said Steplight’s grandmother intervened, offering to pay the $500 her grandson owed.

“OK, I’ll give it… I will give you the money,” Ruby Steplight told Desrosiers, according to testimony...

Woman arrested on adoption deception charge after promising baby to two families

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:20pm

A 34-year-old woman is facing fraud charges after she bilked $20,000 out of two families who thought they were going to adopt her baby, according to Daytona Beach police.

Christina Bay was arrested Wednesday on charges of adoption deception and fraud.

Brian Kelly, an attorney for one of the families,...

Flight headed for Orlando forced to return to N.C. because of maintenance issue

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 7:20pm

Officials say an American Airlines flight had to return to a North Carolina airport because of what was described as a maintenance issue.

Spokeswoman Crystal Byrd said Flight 2114 had 158 passengers and a crew of six when it left Charlotte Douglas International Airport headed for Orlando on Thursday....

Florida recount: Andrew Gillum won't concede, gains just 1 vote on Ron DeSantis

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 6:30pm

TALLAHASSEE — Amid a dizzying whir of legal action, questions over uncounted ballots and the failure of two South Florida counties to meet the deadline, a machine recount produced little change in the overall results to three statewide races Thursday.

Even so, the U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner...

Governor schedules execution for Jose Jimenez, convicted of killing Miami woman

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 6:20pm

After the Florida Supreme Court cleared the way, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday scheduled a Dec. 13 execution for a death-row inmate convicted in the 1992 murder of a Miami-Dade County woman.

Scott signed a death warrant in July and initially scheduled the execution of Jose Antonio Jimenez in August.

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FBI arrests man accused of robbing banks in Florida, Alabama

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 6:05pm

The FBI on Thursday arrested a 60-year-old man they say robbed several banks throughout Florida and Alabama, according to a press release.

Ernst was arrested in Lakeland in a stolen truck from South Carolina, agents said. Agents had a warrant for his arrest in the Oct. 12 robbery of the TD Bank...

Universal Orlando raises starting pay to $12 an hour

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 5:05pm

Universal Orlando workers will be getting a raise as company announced Thursday plans to increase minimum pay to $12 an hour in February.

The pay hike — a 20 percent jump from previous $10 hourly minimum — comes about two months after Walt Disney World Resort and its union reached a contract deal...

15-year-old accused of killing his mother is charged as adult

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 4:30pm

A 15-year-old accused of killing his mother in DeBary is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, the state attorney for Volusia County announced Thursday.

Gregory Ramos is accused of strangling his mother, 46-year-old Gail Cleavenger, then calling two friends to help him bury her body and...

'The beauty of the liftoff:' SpaceX gives the Cape its first daytime launch in 6 months

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 4:25pm

On the sea green shores of Playalinda Beach on Thursday morning, tourists from as far as Europe rolled out their coolers, plopped down their beach chairs and marveled in the serendipity: They happened to be visiting the Space Coast for the first daytime rocket launch to take off from here in half...

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