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Police: Officer Hit During Traffic Stop, Fires At Suspect

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ST. CLOUD, Fla. (AP) — A police officer shot at a driver who authorities say struck the officer with a car while fleeing a traffic stop in Florida.
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Florida Spending Money To Keep Bears Out Of The Trash

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is handing out more than $500,000 in grants to local communities so they can provide bear-resistant trash cans and other equipment to residents at a discounted cost.
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3 Things Going On Today In Florida: Kite Surfer Hospitalized

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FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a kite surfer was hospitalized after crashing into a building near a Florida beach.

Killer On Probation Gets Medical Pot Prescription

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MIAMI (AP) — On probation for a bloody 1999 gang murder, Miguel Valdes takes a host of pills to keep his longtime schizophrenia in check.
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Ex-Firefighter Charged With Arson, Theft In Florida

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a former firefighter set a fire in a Walmart and then left with a cart full of unpaid goods as employees rushed to put out the flames.
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Go-Kart Driver Dies After Being Struck By Pickup Truck

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ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man was killed when his go-kart was struck by a pickup truck.
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Deputies: Gun, Ammo Found In Seventh-Grader’s Backpack

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say administrators at a Florida junior high school found a gun and ammunition in a student’s backpack.

Florida Man Back At Supreme Court With 1st Amendment Case

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MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a First Amendment case brought by a Florida man who previously won a landmark ruling from the justices on whether his floating home was a house, not a boat subject to easier government seizure under laws that govern ships and boats.
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3 Things Going On Today In Florida: Alligator Kills Pet Dog

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An alligator killed a pet dog at a lake in Florida. According to a report by WCJB-TV , Scarlett Dent and her 8-year-old son Easton Lowery were throwing sticks into Newman’s Lake in Gainesville on Saturday. They were playing with their two dogs, Beignet and Blue.

Shooting At Rats, Florida Man Tells Police After Standoff

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — After an eight-hour standoff with police, a Florida man told officers he was only shooting at rats in his yard with a rifle.