The Associated Press

Two months after a gunman killed dozens inside an Orlando nightclub, the sound of popping balloons prompted shoppers to frantically flee an Orlando mall, injuring nine.

The Obama administration has once again refused Florida Gov. Rick Scott's request to declare a federal state of emergency because of algae blooms on the St. Lucie River.

A Tallahassee judge is going to hold another hearing on the lawsuit challenging the state law that prevents some school children from being promoted to the fourth grade.

Florida's economy is growing, but there are signs of weakness that are limiting how much money legislators will have to spend next year.

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the north side is calming after violence in the wake of a police shooting that left one man dead.

The violence erupted a few hours after an officer shot and killed a 23-year-old man. Police said the man was fleeing a traffic stop and was armed with a gun. It wasn't immediately clear if he pointed it at or fired it at the officer.

Alex Rodriguez returned to the infield, hugged a reception line of teammates and was handed the final ball from his final game with the New York Yankees. He walked to the area behind third base, leaned down and grabbed a handful of dirt.

Baseball's most notorious star of the last two decades then headed back to the dugout after a Yankee Stadium finale Friday night that included a pregame ceremony punctuated by thunder cracks and cut short by a downpour, a first-inning RBI double and a surprising ninth-inning return to third base.

A new state report estimates that half the lake area in Florida contains elevated levels of algae.

A Florida comics dealer says books worth $85,000 were stolen at a Tampa convention, including two rare editions that marked the first appearance of Spider-Man.

A weather system that already has caused at least six deaths in the Dominican Republic has been designated as Tropical Storm Earl.

Florida parents shopping for the new school year are getting a smaller, shorter back-to-school sales tax holiday.

Following the escape of two cobras last year Florida may restrict who can own venomous snakes.

St. Petersburg appears to be out front in a bid to become home to the first Cuban consulate in the United States in more than five decades.

Florida's Department of Health has granted its second dispensing authorization for medical marijuana and its location will be in Tampa.

Florida's worries about the Zika virus have turned into reality.

In the middle of the state's typically humid, buggy summer, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that four Zika cases in South Florida were likely caused by mosquito bites.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is OK after being bitten on the arm by a shark while catching lobster off the Florida Keys.

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