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Fire officials in Tampa say a man is in custody, accused with trying to keep them from entering a burning apartment. The man was hospitalized under the Baker Act after he was accused of starting the fire, the Tampa Bay Times reported.


Federal health officials say more than a half million Floridians have picked a health care plan through Obamacare since open enrollment began at the start of November.


Florida health officials are celebrating the first baby born to a mother who enrolled in a state program that helps pregnant women stop smoking.


Wildlife officials say a two-month-long screwworm outbreak among Key deer has helped biologists develop better counts of the elusive herd.


Sherry Riggs didn't stay awake to find out who the next president would be. Her heart literally couldn't take it.

Riggs, a 55-year-old barber, has been ordered to avoid stress after a heart attack and bypass surgery last month. Last year, she had a stent put in, paid for by insurance she purchased under President Barack Obama's health overhaul.

The suicide of a firefighter who had a reputation for being a brave and positive force in his Florida community last month has shined a light on post-traumatic stress disorder in his profession.


Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America's most beloved television moms in The Brady Bunch, has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82.

Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Henderson had suffered heart failure, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement.

Family and friends had surrounded Henderson's hospital bedside, Pressman said.

A criminal investigation is underway after a 65-year-old man died at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Education Secretary John King is urging governors and school leaders in states that allow student paddling to end a practice he says would be considered "criminal assault or battery" against an adult.

A recent study authored by scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service and the University of Miami says dredging at PortMiami is killing far more coral than the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers predicted.


The Republican-led House of Representatives is asking the federal appeals court in Washington to delay consideration of a case involving the Obama health care law because Donald Trump has pledged to repeal and replace it when he becomes president.

President Obama said Sunday he doesn't intend to become his successor's constant critic — but reserved the right to speak out if President-elect Donald Trump or his policies breach certain "values or ideals."

The entire St. Lucie River is open for swimming for the first time in a year after bacteria levels have dropped to an acceptable level.


Republican businessman Donald Trump won the key battleground state of Florida on Tuesday, edging out former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after a fierce campaign.

Authorities say more 29 children at a South Florida preschool have been hospitalized after suffering from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. Authories believe food poisoning could be the reason.


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