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President Barack Obama has signed legislation aimed at preventing premium increases that some smaller businesses were expecting next year under his signature health care law.

The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to internal figures obtained by The Associated Press as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called Obama's deportation policies too harsh.

Jeb Bush's signature achievement in education policy as Florida governor may be at risk of coming apart.

A champion of what became known as Common Core education standards, Bush pushed a set of high-stakes tests for students and a system of grading schools as the centerpiece of an education agenda that defines much of his legacy in office.

A new report by federal investigators says Florida has consistently underperformed other states in using federal mortgage assistance money to help desperate homeowners facing foreclosure.

A three-day trial that could decide the fate of Florida's political landscape ended Monday as lawyers for both sides accused each other of recommending changes to the state's 27 congressional districts that could benefit either Republicans or Democrats.

More than 80 colleges are creating a website where students will be able to apply to dozens of them and get help along the way.

After a summer largely spent raising money for his Republican campaign for president, Marco Rubio says he's about to start spending a whole lot more time in Iowa and the other early voting states.

"There were obviously other things we needed to do," the Florida senator said this past week in an interview with The Associated Press. "We need the resources to be able to have staff here and be on the air and do the things a campaign requires. But, we were just here a few days ago. We're going to be back a lot more."

CHARLIE NEIBERGALL / AP

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that multiculturalism is bad for the United States, adding that immigrants who close themselves off from American culture deny themselves access to economic rewards.

The former governor of Florida, who speaks fluent Spanish and often touts his success winning Latino votes in a party that badly needs them, addressed the issue in a packed northern Iowa diner as he met people in the crowd.

A young woman approached the candidate and asked how the federal government could help refugees better incorporate into U.S. society.

Florida's unemployment rate continues to drop slightly.

The August unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, compared to 5.5 percent in July. The state added 19,600 jobs last month, according to figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

The jobless rate remains higher than the national rate of 5.1 percent with approximately 507,000 unemployed Floridians.

Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement at the headquarters of a Boca Raton electronic security company. He's made job creation the main focus during his time in office.

Median household income in Florida has returned to the same range as it was before the recession.

New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show the median household income last year was almost $47,500.

Florida's court clerks are going to start using new marriage and divorce forms that no longer use the words "husband" and "wife."

Florida agriculture officials have declared a state of emergency in Miami-Dade County, where an Oriental fruit fly infestation has the potential to attack hundreds of crops.

In a news release Tuesday, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said the first fruit fly was detected Aug. 26. Since then, 158 flies have been detected, many in the Redland area of the county.

Fruit flies lay eggs in fruits and vegetables. They're considered one of the world's most serious pests due to the potential economic harm. The fly attacks more than 430 different fruits, vegetables and nuts.

A change in government procedures has led to a big jump in people losing coverage under the Obama health care law because of immigration and citizenship issues.

Jeb Bush wanted to run for president as a joyful front-runner, above the fray of the pack. Instead, he heads into the fall campaign as a fighter with a foil: Donald Trump.

There's a new urgency in Bush's tone as a candidate. It's moved from frustration and annoyance with Trump's constant needling to a willingness to confront the brash billionaire and call him out for his antics.

A state water management district plans to purchase almost 5,000 acres around central Florida's famed Silver Springs.

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